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Two men spray swastika onto New York yeshiva

Antisemitic vandalism being investigated as a hate crime by authorities, who have released a video of the incident in question

Screenshot from video on Twitter of the two suspects the police are trying to identify.
Screenshot from video on Twitter of the two suspects the police are trying to identify.

Two men spray painted a swastika onto a Brooklyn yeshiva last weekend in an apparent hate crime, authorities said Saturday as they released surveillance video of the incident.

The antisemitic image, along with the men’s tags, or graffiti signatures, were found on the side of Mesilas Bias Yaakov in the South Slope neighbourhood last Sunday.

The New York Daily News reported that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the crime, but that so far there have been no arrests.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “despicable.”

“To the Mesilas Bias Yaakov community: your city stands with you. We denounce this vile act of antisemitism with one voice,” he tweeted Saturday.

De Blasio’s long and relatively close relationship with the city’s Orthodox Jewish community took a hit during the early days of the pandemic, after he drew widespread criticism for calling out Charedi Jews as a main culprit in the virus’ spread.

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