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EVENT OF THE DAY: Zimriyah Israel Independence Day Celebration

Please join the Forest Hills Jewish Center for its annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut Zimriyah, on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The annual program is sponsored by the Avidor family in loving memory of Arie Avidor, and will feature a tribute to the music of Arik Einstein. The program will begin with evening prayer services and will include Israeli-style café foods. This program is free of charge. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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A Queens man, who reportedly once worked as an NYPD officer, has been arrested for allegedly leaving anti-Semitic graffiti on buildings and vehicles in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Read more: The Queens Courier

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Ex-NYPD cop from Queens arrested for Brooklyn anti-Semitic graffiti


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A Queens man, who reportedly once worked as an NYPD officer, has been arrested for allegedly leaving anti-Semitic graffiti on buildings and vehicles in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

The graffiti was found about 9 p.m. Saturday, spray painted in pink on the front of the Bnos Zion of Bobov School on 14th Avenue and on a vehicle parked in front of the building, officials said. Police later discovered anti-Semitic graffiti on three additional buildings and 15 vehicles in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

The markings included swastikas and offensive, hateful language, according to published reports.

Michael Setiawan, 36, of Bellerose, has been charged with 19 counts each of criminal mischief as a hate crime, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal mischief in connection to the vandalism, police said.

The former NYPD cop was with the department for about two years, where he served in the 69th Precinct in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn, but left in 2007, reports said.

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Far Rockaway teen busted for anti-Semitic graffiti at LIRR station


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A Far Rockaway teen has been arrested for defacing the Cedarhurst Long Island Rail Road station with anti-Semitic graffiti on eight occasions, the MTA said.

Jonathan Schuster, 18, has been charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree as a hate crime, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and making graffiti, according to MTA police.

A senior at Priority-1:Torah Academy of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, a yeshiva located in the town, Schuster allegedly committed the acts starting in December 2012. He is accused of using a black marker to write anti-Semitic statements, which usually contained expletives, on platform advertising billboards, police said.

His arrest comes after a year-long investigation that included uniformed patrols and surveillance by undercover detectives, according to the MTA. A wanted poster was also issued last month and a reward was offered for any information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Tips lead detectives to Schuster who allegedly confessed to the crime, police said.

Since December 2012, there have been 11 incidents in which anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on advertisements at three Long Island Rail Road stations in the Five Towns area of Nassau County, including the eight at Cedarhurst station, three at Lawrence station and one at Hewlett station, authorities said.

MTA Police are continuing to investigate the other incidents.

 

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