Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
An employee arriving at Congregation Beth Chabad on Willis Avenue in Mineola discovered two swastikas spray-painted on the double doors of the synagogue. The swastika is the symbol of the Nazi regime that persecuted and murdered those of Jewish faith during World War II.
Police said the swastikas were put on the doors sometime between 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Police said the incident is being investigated as a bias incident.
Rabbi Anchelle Perl, director of Congregation Beth Chabad doesn’t feel the incident represents Mineola, which he called a wonderful community. He said he has received an outpouring of support.
“As much as we’ve gone forward in life, there’s latent ignorance out there. It’s really sad to see that in the world that we live in today and there’s such a nice and caring and working relationship we have with each other and respect, that there should still be those who have nothing else to do with themselves,” Rabbi Perl said.
The swastikas were removed rather quickly because the congregation didn’t want to honor the Sabbath with such markings on the doors.
According to police, there were also three vehicles on Lincoln Avenue that were spray-painted with swastikas similar to those at the synagogue.
Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Police are investigating multiple incidents of graffiti that occurred overnight, between 8 p.m. on Friday, July 3 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.
According to police, words and images, many sexually explicit in nature, were spray-painted on at least seven vehicles parked on Andrews Road, White Road, Latham Road and Wilson Boulevard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.