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Vandals spray paint pink swastika on Manhattan synagogue door

Cops are looking for three men who spray-painted a pink swastika on a Midtown synagogue, officials said Thursday.

The incident adds another case to a troubling rise in the number of anti-Semitic crimes in the city, which have jumped almost 50% so far this year.

The anti-Semitic hate symbol was scrawled across the doors of the Sutton Place Synagogue on E. 51st St. near Third Ave. around 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.

Surveillance video from a camera across the street shows one of the vandals defacing the temple doors as an accomplice looks on.

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The two creeps slink off into the night moments later.

On Aug. 24, a vandal spray-painted “KKK” on the Beth Hachasidim De Polen Synagogue on East Broadway near Clinton St., cops said.

The individuals were captured on video surveillance spray painting a pink swastika on the door of the Sutton Place Synagogue located at 225 East 51 Street.


Several hours earlier, someone drew a swastika next to the front door of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on W. 86th St. near West End Ave.

In March someone called in a bomb threat to the offices of the Jewish Association for Serving the Aged on Coney Island Ave. in Midwood. The offices had to be evacuated and searched. No bomb was found.

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Earlier in March, five threats were called in to Jewish institutions around the city.

Hate crimes against all groups are up citywide 22% citywide this year, with 290 reported through Thursday compared to 237 during the same period last year, records show.

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the city has jumped to 126 so far in 2017 compared to 85 during the same period last year — an increase of 48%.

Nationwide, 541 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the first three months of this year, compared to 290 during the same period last year, an 86% spike, the Anti-Defamation League said.

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“It’s a trend that we’re certainly seeing around the country and in New York,” said Evan Bernstein, the ADL’s New York Regional Director.

“We don’t want this to become a new norm. These are serious incidents. We are worried that they are happening so frequently that people become saturated and don’t react with the same emotion and disdain.”

Anyone with information on the Sutton Place Synagogue vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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