By Gus Saltonstall
Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism. This year’s holiday began Sunday and will continue through Monday evening. At some point over the weekend prior to the holiday a person vandalized an Upper West Side newsstand with antisemitic graffiti.
“F*** Jews Die,” read the message on the newsstand at West 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
West Side Rag visited the newsstand Monday morning to see if the message had been erased.
The majority of the message was no longer distinguishable, but the words had not been completely wiped from the metal freezer.
An employee within the newsstand told the West Side Rag that they close on weekends and the message must have been written between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening. He added that he didn’t originally notice the graffiti when he arrived that morning and couldn’t fully clean it until he spoke to his boss.
The newsstand sits directly in front of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, as well as in close proximity to Lincoln Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex.
“Truly disgusting,” one person wrote on Twitter in response to a photo of the graffiti.
The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to West Side Rag’s request for comment.
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