Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal took to Twitter to respond to the vandalism saying, "We must be able to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We must do more. The continued rise of antisemitism is unsustainable and unacceptable."
On the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, newspapers racks distributing Jewish publications were vandalized with swastikas.We must be able to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We must do more. The continued rise of antisemitism is unsustainable and unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/WCz5wrRGar— Daniel Rosenthal (@DanRosenthalNYC) October 6, 2022
"No one was physically harmed, but people are really emotionally upset," Rosenthal told the Queens Chronicle in an interview. "At this point, they're fed up and they want to see just more action and more responsiveness."
Deputy Inspector Kevin Chan, commanding officer of the 107th Precinct told the Chronicle that "On an average Wednesday, it would be a very crowded area. Whoever did this knew that people would be in synagogue that day and the Jewish businesses wouldn't be open."
Several Queens elected officials condemn the incident
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards tweeted as well about the incident saying, "Your act of hate and weakness will do nothing to intimidate our borough. You fail. All it will do is bring us closer together as we uplift and support Queens' proud Jewish community, especially after the holy holidays."
To the person responsible, your act of hate and weakness will do nothing to intimidate our borough. You failed.All it will do is bring us closer together as we uplift and support #Queens’ proud Jewish community, especially after the holy holidays. That’s what Queens is about. https://t.co/MkJo6nvcRK— Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPRichards) October 6, 2022
"I am shocked and outraged over this disgusting vandalism and I condemn it," Congresswoman Grace Meng, Co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, said in a statement. "This antisemitism is completely unacceptable, especially during Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith.
"Hate will never be tolerated in Queens. There is no place for it in our borough or anywhere in our society and we must all denounce these despicable acts whenever and wherever they occur."
The local police are investigating the incident and the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force has been notified, according to multiple sources.