Local politicians are condemning the “reprehensible symbolism” of swastikas that appeared in a South Williamsburg apartment building, and are calling on the Trump administration to denounce what they say is a result of “the politics of hatred and fear.”
A statement released this afternoon speaks out against the anti-semitic graffiti that appeared last week in the Schaefer Landing apartment building on Kent Street, home to a large number of Orthodox Jews.
“This reprehensible symbolism — in a largely Jewish community — is simply unacceptable,” the statement reads. “Let us be very clear: the politics of hatred and fear have real consequences locally, nationally, and around the world. It is incumbent on the Trump Administration to denounce the rise in these acts.”
Among those sending the message of “not in our borough, not in our city, and not in our country” were State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, and City Councilmember Stephen Levin.
Evan R. Bernstein, regional director of Anti-Defamation League New York, tweeted that the anti-prejudice organization “is very disturbed by Swastika Found Graffitied in Williamsburg. Happening way too often.”
The incident, being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force, follows last week’s alleged neo-Nazi beating on the Lower East Side and the anti-semitic, pro-Trump graffiti that appeared in South Williamsburg in November.