The words “No Jews” and other anti-Semitic messages were found covering the inside and back of a for-sale home in Rockland County, New York last week, CBS New York reports.
This is the second time since November that a for-sale home has been vandalized to target the county’s Jewish community, and police are now investigating the incident as a hate crime but have yet to name any suspects.
Baruch Weiner, the home inspector who discovered the graffiti and is himself Jewish, said he was inspecting the home for a pair of buyers — an Orthodox Jewish couple — when he found the home defaced.
“On the wall was spray painted in large lettering, ‘No Jews,'” he said.
The Anti-Defamation League and the local town supervisor were quick to release statements condemning the vandalism.
“Hate speech is hate speech. And if it’s aimed at one population today, it’ll be aimed at another population tomorrow,” town supervisor Howard Phillips said. “Here we are on Memorial Day weekend and we’re talking about somebody really discriminating against a race, when we had a whole generation of men that went out and fought a war against this type of fascist attitude.”
Weiner, however, took the crime less seriously.
“It was probably done by a young kid that didn’t think what he’s doing,” he said.
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