Bigots spray paint “Hitler” on the New York synagogue

A Brooklyn synagogue with Holocaust survivors in its community was the victim of anti-Semitic graffiti vandals who spray-painted “Hitler” on its facade, authorities said Wednesday.

City Councilor Inna Wernikow posted a video of the hateful message that desecrated the Beth Shalom Synagogue on X Avenue in Sheepshead Bay.

Vernikov said she received a text message from Rabbi Asher Altshul, who saw the vandalism when he arrived at the synagogue around 6:30 a.m

The word "Hitler" written on the synagogue in Brooklyn.
Rabbi Asher Altshul saw the vandalism when he arrived at the synagogue around 6:30 a.m. and alerted his councilman.
Gregory P. Mango

“We’re not [just] see in the media. It’s happening in our backyard,” Vernikov, who lives three blocks from the house of worship, said in a video posted to Twitter.

“There are Holocaust survivors who attend this school,” she added. “And after the atrocities they saw during World War II, now in 2022 they must come into a synagogue in the United States of America and see a Hitler sign on the wall.”

Vernikov told the Post in a subsequent interview that officers from the 61st Ward were investigating the alleged hate crime, while Shomrim Patrol volunteers erased the hateful graffiti

“It’s very scary. It’s disgusting,” said Vernikov, a Ukrainian-born Jew whose own relatives were among the 6 million killed in the Nazi genocide during World War II.

Recent reports show that anti-Semitism is on the rise in New York and across the country, with reported incidents ranging from physical assaults to anti-Jewish graffiti and vandalism.

Vernikov said she is pressuring educational institutions — including the City University of New York — to combat anti-Semitism among their own faculty and students.

NYPD car parked in front of the crime scene.
“It’s disgusting,” city councilwoman Inna Vernikov told the Post about the hateful graffiti.
Gregory P. Mango Bigots spray paint “Hitler” on the New York synagogue


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