Passenger pastes a SWASTIKA to the front of a subway elevator in NYC
16th January 2020

Passenger pastes a SWASTIKA on to the front of a subway elevator in Manhattan amid rise in ‘scourge of anti-Semitism’

  • An unidentified man was caught using leaflets to fashion the Nazi hate symbol 
  • He vandalised the elevator at 96 Station on the Upper West Side of Manhattan 
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo called anti-Semitism a ‘scourge that must be stamped out’

Footage of a man pasting a swastika on a subway station elevator was released today by the New York Police Department, leading Gov. Andrew Cuomo to condemn the ‘scourge of anti-Semitism’ amid rising attacks on Jews. 

The clip taken from a security camera at 96 Street Station shows the man fashioning the Nazi symbol using subway advisory leaflets on New Year’s Eve at 6.20am in the morning. 

Police are seeking information about the vandal in relation to ‘an aggravated harassment incident’, according to Fox5.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement: ‘I’m disgusted by the report of an individual posting a swastika made out of flyers in a subway station in Manhattan recently.’

Cuomo added that New York State Police’s Hate Crimes Task Force will offer to help the NYPD to investigate the incident. 

‘Anti-Semitism is a scourge afflicting this nation and it must be stamped out. New York is a place of diversity and acceptance—not hate—and we will continue to stand united in condemning these vile acts.’ 

Police are looking for information leading to the arrest of this man, who was filmed on a security camera at 96 Street Station in Manhattan plastering a swastika to the front of an elevator on New Year’s Eve 

The unidentified man used subway leaflets to fashion the Nazi hate symbol 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was ‘disgusted’ by the news and had offered the help of the New York State Police’s Hate Crimes Task Force in the investigation 

The anti-Semitic vandalism comes weeks after Grafton Thomas, 37,  allegedly stormed the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, a prominent Hasidic Jewish leader in an ultra-Orthodox community of Monsey, New York, and attacked guests gathered there for Hannukah celebrations.

Last week he was charged with five counts of attempting to kill victims based on their religion and obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon. 

Thomas allegedly took out a machete and started stabbing and slashing people in the home packed with dozens of congregants. 

New York City has been gripped by an inrease in anti-Semitic attacks over recent months 

The indictment charges Grafton Thomas (pictured) with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion and obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon

The five victims suffered serious injuries – including a severed finger, slash wounds and deep lacerations.

One of the men wounded in the machete attack remains in serious condition. His family has said he may have permanent brain damage. 

The most gravely injured is reported to be a 72-year-old man who suffered machete blows to his head, leaving him partially paralyzed, comatose and breathing on a respirator. 

 

 

 

 

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