By Gus Saltonstall
Swastikas were drawn Thursday outside of the New Jewish Home at West 106th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, photos show and New York City Councilmember Shaun Abreu stated.
The swastikas appeared on the sidewalk outside of the senior health center and on a lamppost on the eve of the organization’s 175th anniversary.
“On the eve of New Jewish Home’s 175th anniversary, swastikas were drawn outside of their health center on the Upper West Side,” Abreu wrote Thursday night. “This is an act of pure hatred — not just against Jews, but a proud organization that cares for New Yorkers of all backgrounds. Antisemitism has no place here.”
The New Jewish Home, which provides healthcare to older New Yorkers of all backgrounds and ethnicities, told West Side Rag that the hate crime was “sickening.”
“These hate crimes are sad, misguided, and sickening. Since the incident came to our attention, we immediately began working in coordination with law enforcement and anti-hate organizations including Community Security Initiative (CSI) and the ADL [Anti-Defamation League],” a spokesperson for the New Jewish Home said. “We are grateful for Council Member Abreu’s vocal support and denunciation of these abhorrent acts on the eve of our 175th anniversary, and we ask that our city’s leaders continue to unequivocally condemn such flagrant and wholly unacceptable crimes of hate and antisemitism.”
To receive WSR’s free email newsletter, click here.