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Police: Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Rockland

Hate symbol found this morning in front a man's home in New City.

A swastika, the Nazi symbol recognized for its use in messages of hate, was found this morning on the street in front of a New City community leader's home.

Steve Gold said a neighbor was the first to spot the swastika painted on Lady Godiva Way in the Camelot development, located between Route 304 and Congers Road in New City.

The incident comes just weeks before Gold, and his wife Helene, are being honored by the Rockland Holocaust Museum & Study Center at its Annual Benefit Brunch, where they are scheduled to receive the Leadership Award on Oct. 21 at the Crowne Plaza in Montebello.

Clarkstown police are investigating the incident.

The incident quickly prompted angry reaction:

“I am outraged by anti-Semitic vandalism in New City near the home of a prominent member of the Jewish community whose parents survived the Holocaust," said U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Rockland/Westchester. “I know Clarkstown Police Department will investigate this crime and hold accountable anyone who would deface public roads with such a symbol of hate. 

“This shocking act is another reminder that even in the most diverse and educated areas of the country, the scourge of intolerance and anti-Semitism must be erased," Lowey said. "All members of our community have a responsibility to reject intolerance and speak out against hate speech directed against individuals for no reason other than their religion.”

Steve Gold is a vice president of JCC Rockland in West Nyack. He chairs the Munich 11 Minute of Silence Campaign.

At a recent memorial to the Munich 11, Gold said, "By the International Olympic Committee saying no [to a moment of silence], they failed to inspire a new generation of combating anti-semitism."

This summer Sleepy Hollow Police reported finding a swastika symbol painted on a building in DeVries Park among other offensive graffiti.

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David C. Couper October 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Scary stuff. And this is when community policing needs to come in. Want to know more about community-oriented policing, why it is needed and why it works? For insight and direction on this and other important police improvement issues, take a look at “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com in US and EU). And the blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where other current police improvement issues are discussed. Good luck and may we all experience not just good but great policing! Great policing is accomplished by police who are well-trained and led, restrained in their use of force, honest, and courteous to every person.
S.s. Wallonie October 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Why is the swastika backwards? Doesn't seem like a mistake a neo-nazi would make. Also, how did they know Mr. Gold lived at this house? I would think only people who know Mr. Gold would know where he lives, unless he randomly gives out his address to potential neo-nazis. Are we sure this wasn't an inside job [we have a lot of those in the New York area.. the inside jobs that is] to self-promote Mr. Gold's victimhood through sympathetic media? And I'm not sure where anyone got the idea that the swastika is a "symbol of hate". It is thousands of years old and can be found in many different cultures of all different races -- representing the sun wheel and is recognized as a symbol of fortune and good luck, the creation of light as it expels dark, and a calling card of high-minded Aryan civilizations. Adolf Hitler chose the symbol for the NSDAP and later the Reich itself as a symbol of rebirth and the unconquerable spirit of the Aryan race in the face of Zionist/Marxist aggression from the Satanic, anti-human Communist/Capitalist alliance of the international Talmudic bankers who sought to enslave the world through usury and proliferate moral degeneracy through corrupted and monopolized media. "At the time of supreme peril I must die a martyr's death for the people. But after my death will come something really great, an overwhelming revelation to the world of my mission. My spirit will rise from the grave and the world will see I was right." --Adolf Hitler
Count Yob October 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
It'll probably turn out to be another "hate" hoax serving its purpose of preserving victim status for the community and allowing politicians to parade their self-righteous indignation.
John Blanton October 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Its backwards, another failed attempt by jews to do a nazi hoax.. Makes you wonder who actually is worse..
Rosenkr4nz October 03, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The symbol is in the middle of the street!? How can Mr. Gold determine it was meant for him? If it was meant for him then why not paint it on his driveway? Or his car? We don't buy this nonsense anymore. And why is there no video footage?
Patricia October 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Wow...John...do you really think that a person of Jewish heritage does not know what a swastika looks like. Why do you think this is a hoax? And it does not make me wonder who is actually worse.
Patricia October 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
What nonsense is somebody selling for you to buy? It was probably youths doing something stupid and not realizing the severity of the act. They probably put it there because they know that there are some Jewish families living there. Just the same, it is a threatening gesture and that is why people react the way they do.
S.s. Wallonie October 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Patricia, No, it was probably NOT "youths" doing something "stupid". It was, in all likelihood another case of Jewish lightning. A blue backwards swastika in the middle of the street, it's a joke. Nobody buys it anymore Jews. Go away.
Scott Ernest October 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Mr. Gold should know better than vandalizing property. Also, hoaxing in the middle of the street can be dangerous. A Bigfoot hoaxer in Montana got run over. Next time, Mr. Gold, if you want to make it even remotely believable... you should draw it the right way. No "Neo-nazi" would get it wrong. I agree the community needs to be more vigilant. You have adult Jewish folks going around vandalizing property.
John Blanton October 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Have you not watched the news on the large number of falsified hate crimes that jews have been doing? one of the most recent, have been a restraunt ran by them in which they were caught lying and the college girl who was jewish and was drawing swastikas outside her dorm room, then later busted for it on camera, doing it herself. Or even better a synogogue had an issue and yet it was not a a neo nazi, it was a member of the place.. Its amazing how blind you are to the lies.
Patricia October 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
You will probably go away before them. A nice quote from Hitler you posted, only he died a coward's death.

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