FLATBUSH, N.Y. (PIX11)—Just a week after arsonists torched several vehicles, vandalizing them with anti-Semitic graffiti, vandals have struck yet again in another neighboring Jewish community in Brooklyn.
According to authorities, vandals struck the Avenue J subway station at East 16th Street early Wednesday morning, spray-painting the letters "E" and "W" to the Avenue J sign so it reads "Avenue Jew." Police from the 70th precinct are now searching for the vandal.
"Who would do something like this, in the early morning hours? It's a person filled with hate," Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) told PIX 11 News.
The shocking anti-Semitic graffiti comes less than a week after an arson and hate crime rocked residents in nearby Midwood where several cars were torched and burned. Police have classified the incident as a hate crime.
"Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred," Hikind said. "These cowards need to know that we will find them wherever they lurk, and when we do, we will prosecute them to the fullest extend of the law."
Reward money has increased to $56,000 for credible information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for last week's hate crime, the torching of the cars. Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD tip hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.