The Brooklyn Eagle has an extensive report on neighborhood reaction to last night's anti-Semitic vandalism spree:
Rabbi Serge Lippe of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue said that five or six years ago, his synagogue was hit by a graffiti “tagger” who included “one or two swastikas” in addition to the graffiti. The difference, he said, is that now the graffiti was specifically anti-Semitic. He added that the homes seem to have been tagged at random – the Columbia Place house is owned by local realtor Kevin Carberry, who is Irish-American.
Carberry himself told the Eagle that he was “completely blown away” and shocked by the incident. He added that on the building next door, which is owned by Long Island College Hospital, the vandals had drawn a swastika with the words “Kill the Jews.”
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, assistant rabbi at B’nai Avraham, said the incident had not been preceded by any phone calls or other threats. “I grew up in England, where you often hear about desecration of Jewish cemeteries and anti-Semitism,” he recalled. “One of the reason I came to the United States was because of the image of freedom and tolerance.” For this reason, he said, he found the synagogue defacement extremely disconcerting. (Full Story)