(JTA) — A Brooklyn neighborhood was the scene of an alleged hate crime for the second time in less than a week.
Early Wednesday morning, the Avenue J subway sign in the Midwood section of the New York borough was spray-painted to read "Avenue JEW."
Last week three cars were set afire in the neighborhood several blocks from the new vandalism. The sidewalk and park benches nearby also were spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti, including "F— the Jews" and Nazi swastikas. "KKK" was painted on a nearby van.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating last week’s incident.
“Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred,” state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said Wednesday, according to reports. “We must send a message to those who perpetrate these vile acts that we will not tolerate their behavior.