NEW YORK — Visitors to the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn on Thursday discovered a note saying “Hitler is coming” pinned to the museum’s mural.
The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into the matter, treating it as a hate crime.
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The anti-Semitic post-it message was stuck to the museum’s large outdoor sign designed for people to write positive messages about how they would “transform the world.”
The incident has drawn the attention of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who ordered the state police to assist the NYPD in their investigation.
“We have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, discrimination or hate of any kind in New York, and no person should ever feel threatened because of their religious beliefs,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“In the wake of a rise in anti-Semitic and other hate crimes in our nation, it is more important than ever that we stand united to condemn these despicable acts of violence and root out hate in all its forms,” he added.
The Jewish Children’s Museum, located in Crown Heights, was originally built in honor of Ari Halberstam, who was shot to death in an anti-Semitic attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994.
The museum’s website states that it is “a place of learning and wonder” and “a unique institution where children and their parents — from all segments of the community — can explore Jewish history and heritage in a stimulating and interactive environment.”
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Anti-Semitic incidents have become a daily occurrence for Brooklyn residents and are also reflected at the national level. According to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit, violent attacks against the Jewish community in the United States doubled last year, while attacks that include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels.
The New York-based group recorded 39 cases of anti-Semitic physical assaults involving 59 victims in 2018, up from 19 assaults involving 21 victims in 2017.
The 2018 data includes the shooting attack that left 11 people dead and two wounded at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October, in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.