Anti-Semitic Letter Citing Pittsburgh Shooting Sent to Jewish N.Y.C. Councilwoman

Karen Koslowitz, whose grandfather was killed in Poland for being Jewish, says she feels 'personally' targeted by the letter

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A New York City councilwoman received an letter that also referred to the in a Pittsburgh synagogue building.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Queens.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Queens.Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York / Wikimedia Commons

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Queens, who is Jewish, received the letter on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

“You had been defending all stinky, filthy, dirty jewish population in New York City as well as the stinks mof’s living in Israel, Russia, former Soviet Union countries, in western European and Latin American countries,” read the typewritten letter dated Nov. 12 and beginning with the salutation “Dear Karen.”

A handwritten sentence at the end of the letter said: “What do you think about those stinky Jews killed, 11 and 4 hurt in that synagogue. What these mother****r rats are doing in other states of the USA???”

The letter also reads: “I do not know why AL QAEDA PATRIOTS; THE ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS AND ISIS LEADERS had been unable to finish the work that was started in concentration camps in Poland and finished with these race of crooks, in Israel, Russia and most important here in the U.S.”

Koslowitz’s grandfather was killed in Poland in 1923 because he was Jewish; the rest of her family fled to New York. She told the Post she felt “personally” targeted by the letter, which was signed by a constituent who lives close to her district office. “Since I am Jewish I feel he targeted me,” she said.

The New York Police Department told the Post that the letter is “vile, disgusting and reprehensible,” but it is not a hate crime.