III. A Look at Some Serious Incidents
On Christmas Eve, 1998, vandals broke into a Jewish day care center and school in Brooklyn, New York, and vandalized extensively several rooms in the building. Equipment was stolen, 20 computers were badly damaged, as were several televisions and VCRs. Swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn with paint on the walls and blackboards of several classrooms. Unfortunately, the crime scene was disturbed when parents, who had arrived at the school in anticipation of a party, cleaned up the facility, so the fingerprints and other evidence may not yield reliable results. The investigation remains open, however, awaiting the results from laboratory tests.
On November 2, a man walking down a street in Union City, NJ, was assaulted and robbed of $40 cash. The perpetrator repeatedly punched the victim on the side of his head, and said, "Give me your money, f---ing Jew," until the victim turned over the money. Although the perpetrator has not yet been identified, the police investigation is continuing.
On July 14, vandals broke into an Iowa synagogue and did an extensive damage. In addition to rifling through all the cabinets, they broke into the holy ark and stole the silver crowns atop the Torah scrolls. Other silver was also stolen from the edges of memorial plaques. In the basement, several storage cabinets were broken, and various items were stolen, including plates, platters, and bowls engraved to honor certain people and occasions. Locked doors to rooms containing food were sawed open, and papers around the office were scattered. Swastikas, "SS," "Burn Jew," and "SPW" were scratched into a wall. Although no suspects have been apprehended, the investigation remains open, and there is a reward of several thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
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