Cops seek teens who threw pipe through Williamsburg synagogue window
In the latest in a series of acts of anti-Semitic vandalism in Brooklyn, a group of teens were caught on video throwing a metal pipe through a window at a synagogue in Williamsburg.
The suspects, several of whom were wearing orange, broke a window at the Volkan synagogue at Franklin Avenue near Myrtle Avenue around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, then ran, according to the Daily News.
The vandalism came a day after James Polite, a recent college graduate with a history of mental illness and drug addiction, was nabbed by police and charged with entering the Union Temple near Grand Army Plaza and writing graffiti such as “Die Jew Rats” and “Hitler” on the walls on Thursday. Polite was also charged with setting several fires in the Hasidic Jewish area of Williamsburg on Friday.
Earlier last week, local residents found swastikas and the “n-word” written with chalk at several locations on Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights. No arrests were made in the case at press time.
Such attacks are part of a nationwide trend. The Anti-Defamation League identified 1,985 anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017, up from 1,267 in 2016.