ADL Condemns Hate Graffiti Targeting German Made Cars
New York, NY, August 23, 1999
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed
its concern about the discovery of hate-motivated graffiti etched into seven German made
cars in the Midwood section of Brooklyn this past weekend. The seven cars were defaced
with swastikas and obscenities towards Nazis.
Howie Katz, Director of ADL's New York Regional Office issued the following statement:
The Anti-Defamation League strongly condemns the vigilante act of hatred directed at
owners of German manufactured cars. Recent acts of anti-Semitism that have occurred
throughout the United States, including the Midwood section of Brooklyn, have created a
While it is not uncommon for acts of bias and hatred to be followed by
"retaliatory" acts, tit for tat bias by a disturbed faction or individual are no
more appropriate than the violent acts that inspired them. The efforts of the NYPD Bias
Unit, which has been exemplary, points up the need for an additional law enforcement tool,
a strong NY State Hate Crimes bill, to properly prosecute bias crimes.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.