Saturday, 12 November 2011

Kristallnacht In Our Time

New York Daily News
Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News
Vandals torched three cars on Ocean Parkway and Avenue I. 
A fourth car had a swastika spray painted on it, and a nearby bench 
was tagged with the letters “KKK.”
Brooklyn, NY -- Bigots fueled by hatred and beer terrorized a heavily-Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood Friday, torching three cars, vandalizing a van and defacing other property with anti-Semitic messages.

Stunned residents on the targeted Midwood block awakened to thick black smoke pouring from the cars — and other hateful reminders of Nazi viciousness on Ocean Parkway.

"It was horrible," said 18-year-old Arlette Tebele, whose mother's charcoal-colored BMW X5 SUV was reduced to charcoal in places by the flames.

"They were trying to send a message," she said. "They're anti-Jew, anti—Semites."

Her brother, Bobby, was equally angry.

"It's not so much that the cars got blown up," he said. "It's the hatred behind it that's chilling. Of course, this would happen the one time I don't park in the driveway."

Eight nearby benches were spray-painted with Nazi swastikas and "SS" — the initials of Hitler's brutal Gestapo — and "f--k the Jews" was scrawled on a sidewalk.

Sandra Simone, a speech therapist at a nearby school, said it was no coincidence the hate attack came a day after the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when the Nazis in 1938 raided, ransacked and burned Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues across Germany.

Simone also tied the attack to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, where signs blaming Jews for the economic meltdown have been spotted from time to time.

"There are crazy people in this world, who just have nothing to do but hate," she said. "This is a sign of the times — that somebody would be emboldened enough to do this."

Police recovered at least four gas containers — and a dozen beer bottles — from the block of Ocean Parkway, between Avenues I and J.

"There were Coronas everywhere," said one detective. "Looks like they had a party."

"We're canvassing gas stations and hardware stores a mile around," another detective added, describing the police search for the haters.

City Councilman David Greenfield's office offered a $1,000 reward for information about the culprits, and the Anti-Defamation League kicked in an additional $4,000.

A recent ADL survey counted 133 anti—Semitic incidents in the city in 2010 — 53 of them in Brooklyn.

"New York City is home to more than 8 million of the most open and tolerant people in the world," Mayor Bloomberg said.

"But even here, there are occasional incidents involving actions that are hateful or vicious or both."

Tebele said she was in an upstairs bedroom in her home that overlooks the street when she heard "laughing and screaming," about 5:30 a.m.

"It was a group of kids," she said. "There was a series of explosions. The three cars were all on fire. It spread from the first car, to the second car, to the third."

In addition to the BMW, the vandals incinerated a rented Jaguar and an Audi and spray-painted KKK, for Ku Klux Klan, on a red Ford van.

Officers from the local 66th Precinct and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force are investigating the hate fest.

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