New Yorkers, public figures march against hate crime

Marchers take to the streets in Brooklyn neighborhood where swastikas were spray painted, cars set alite on Kristallnacht anniversary.

brooklyn bridge 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
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Residents and public officials from a Brooklyn neighborhood in which cars were burned and swastikas spray painted earlier in the week to the streets Sunday, marching against hatred and intolerance, The New York Times reported.
Marchers carried at least one Israeli flag and expressed shock that the incident took place in their neighborhood, which is home to a number of Holocaust survivors. Protesters from Occupy Wall Street also joined the march, according to the Times.
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One marcher, New York State Senator Eric Adams said that the aggression of the hate crime that took place in the neighborhood should be matched "with the same amount of unity that we will not tolerate this and we will not accept this," the Times reported.
Anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas, mentions of the Ku Klux Klan and profanities against Jews were painted on surfaces in a Brooklyn neighborhood early Friday morning, prompting the creation of a special New York Police Department task force.
The Anti-Defamation league condemned the “shocking” incident of anti-Semitism on Ocean Parkway in Midwood.
Three cars were also set on fire in the spree of graffiti on sidewalks and benches.
“The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence,” NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”

Jordana Horn contributed to this report from New York.