Police Investigating Bias Graffiti Outside Williamsburg Synagogue

| June 19, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG — Police are investigating a possible hate crime in South Williamsburg after finding racially charged vandalism scrawled on a street in front of a synagogue Tuesday, authorities said.

The offending graffiti was discovered written in white chalk in front of Synagogue Kerestiel Shul at 402 Berry St., at the corner of South Eighth Street, Tuesday about 6:30 a.m., NYPD officials said.

The vandalism — which spelled “F—k Jews” in large white letters — is being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force, police said.

The incident shocked local residents who feel the Jewish community is under threat following a series of similar bias incidents in Brooklyn.

"This is bad and it is uncomfortable," said Boruch Rubin, 19, a janitor at the synagogue, who could not recall any other incidents of bias vandalism at the location in the past. "It is not how it should be."

The incident comes after a string of swastikas was found spray-painted in Borough Park and Kensington, including at a synagogue and other Jewish institutions, authorities said.

Police are also investigating those cases as a hate crime, as well as a vandalism spree in Williamsburg where the windows of eight cars were damaged with a pellet gun.

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