‘Kill Jews’ and swastikas scrawled on Bronx playgroundBy Mason White 4:16 PM July 22, 2014
|“Kill Jews” scrawled in children’s playground|
By: Sanvi Rizvi
Jewish residents of the Bronx, New York, were shocked to find “kills Jews” and swastikas scrawled on a local children’s playground.
Police have launched an investigation after four swastikas and the anti-Semitic phrase were found drawn in chalk at the McLaughlin Playground.
A Jewish man who brought his two grandchildren to the playground located on Greystone Avenue, reported the incident to police.
The 63-year-old man said that luckily, his grandchildren are too young to read and they do not know the meaning of the swastika.
Police removed the hateful inscriptions from the playground. Another Jewish resident however, said that she is not bothered by the swastika and “kill Jews” phrase.
“You just have to ignore it. The hate has been here for thousands of years. The people behind it are just ignorant,” she said.
“Such acts of hatred have no place in our borough or anywhere in civilized society. This anti-Semitic graffiti is a sad reminder of the cruelty some individuals are capable of, and I am proud to join my colleagues today to condemn this act in one united voice. The people of The Bronx do not tolerate hatred of any kind, and I hope those responsible for this hate crime are brought to justice,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said.