commends Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-D) for calling upon the
New York City Police Department to investigate recent Brooklyn
crimes, including swastikas painted on the Sephardic Community
Center, as hate crimes.
International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) commends
Congressman Anthony Weiner for calling upon the New York City
Police Department to investigate the recent rash of anti-Jewish
graffiti as a crime targeting Jews-solely because they are Jews.
the week of October 11, 2004 swastikas were found painted on at
least twelve different establishments including synagogues, the
Sephardic Community Center, yeshivas, schools, medical buildings
and funeral homes throughout Brooklyn. Many of these were spray
painted prior to the Jewish Sabbath, possibly so the Jewish community
would see them when they went to services. This was not the first
time, the same happened a week earlier. The mere fact there were
over a dozen separate Nazi emblems painted over a section of Brooklyn
shows someone or some group is targeting the community.
for the Jewish community is not exclusive to New York. In the
past two weeks swastikas have been painted on a synagogue in Erie,
Pennsylvania, a South New Jersey synagogue, as well as in California.
Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director of the ISFSP stated:
is critical that people realize a swastika painted in the dark
of the night is not just an act of graffiti, it is a physical
manifestation of hatred towards the Jewish community, acts such
as this should be a warning that all Jews, in all geographical
areas should be alert to their surroundings. People should realize
they are being watched and by those who do not wish them well.
ISFSP believes it is important the authorities not only look at
the 'traditional' Jewish haters such as white supremacist groups,
but investigate more contemporary outward haters of the Jewish
community. Because a police car was also targeted, police should
also potentially regard this as work of a group (or individual)
which considers themselves a self-declared enemy of both the Jews
and the United States. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there
are a number of indications American neo-Nazis are continually
working with Islamic terrorist groups and it has been said an
operational alliance may be taking shape in the United States.
Representative Weiner who represents people of all faiths and
backgrounds living in Queens and Brooklyn, New York should be
commended for his immediate action requesting New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg to investigate these alarming incidents under
established state hate crime statutes. A defender of both New
Yorkers and the country, after the 9/11 attacks Rep.
Weiner was the only New Yorker appointed by House leadership to
the Homeland Security Task Force. As a member of the Task Force
he has passed legislation to greatly enhance the flow of information
between state and federal authorities investigating terrorist
with information on this crime can call 1-800-577-8477 to leave
an anonymous tip.
International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) is a Jewish
agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants
of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the
Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although
based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization
representing Sephardim internationally. The ISFSP also functions
to produce high quality Jewish educational projects which will
educate the public on the rich Sephardic Jewish communities, past
ISFSP is a
a non-profit organization.