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Swastikas found across Borough Park

Friday, June 15, 2012

Swastikas were found spray painted across Borough Park, Brooklyn, Friday morning.

The hate graffiti littered the area around 16th Avenue and 46th Street, with swastikas painted on a school, a synagogue, a minivan, a deli and a supermarket, among other places.

Most of the graffiti was found along a three-block stretch of 16th Avenue, which is a major thoroughfare in what is regarded as the largest Jewish community in America.

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Surveillance video indicates that the damage was done around 2:30 a.m. and was the work of at least two young men who police say were clearly seen on the tape scrawling the graffiti.

"They knew what they were doing," New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said. "The could've done anything. They could've done just graffiti. But they said no, a swastika will work in Borough Park."

Detectives have seized the video and are working feverishly to identify the suspects.

Police taped off the front of the synagogue as they investigated.

"I never saw this happen in all my life," Borough Park resident Menachem Ben-Simcha said. "I pray in here. I'm here for services every day. It reminds you of the second World War."

No arrests were immediately made.

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