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By Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News,
November 16, 2011
A message of hate has cropped up yet again in the city — this time, a bigot defaced a sign at a Brooklyn subway station so it read “Avenue Jew.”
The act of anti-Semitic vandalism happened at the Ave. J subway stop in Midwood and came just days after a shocking show of hate in the same neighborhood left several cars ablaze.
The anti-Semitic subway scrawler added an “E” and a “W” to the end of the “Avenue J” sign on the station platform.
State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said he was contacted Wednesday by a constituent who saw the defaced sign and took a picture of it.
Police are investigating the hate-filled graffiti, and the sign has been removed.
No arrests have been made in the graffiti incident or last Friday’s wave of vandalism in Midwood that reduced three cars to charred wrecks and left vehicles, benches and sidewalks marred with anti-Semitic and Nazi-embracing messages.
Hikind said the reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the Friday hate spree has been upped to $56,000.
“Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred,” Hikind said. “We must send a message to those who perpetrate these vile acts that we will not tolerate their behavior.”
Anyone with information on either crime is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers tipline at 800-577-TIPS.