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Swastika graffiti angers Queens community

Friday, November 04, 2011

Police in Queens are investigating the discovery of swastikas painted on three buildings Thursday morning.

Spray painted anti-Semitic hate was discovered on a couple public libraries and the Tefereth Israel Synagogue on 88th Street. Someone spray-painted the lens of a surveillance camera to avoid detection.

The Jackson Heights community is home to scores of holocaust survivors.

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Police believe the incidents in three separate locations are related. They are being investigated by the hate crimes taskforce.

The swastikas have since been removed. Community bleaders denounced the crime during a news conference on Friday.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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