The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Unit is investigating swastikas and anti-Semitic messages drawn on a school playground.
Dozens of swastikas and anti-Semitic messages, including “Heil Hitler” and “No Jews Allowed” were drawn in chalk on the playground of a public school in Rego Park, in Queens, New York.
The drawings were discovered by the school’s custodian on Friday, according to reports. School was not in session, but the playground was open to the public.
So far this year, 36 anti-Semitic crimes have been reported in the city compared to 21 at this time last year, CBS New York reported.
“There’s no question there is a huge uptick in real hate crime of all types,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told WNYC on Friday. “In this city we’ve seen it in a horrible manner, particularly lately anti-Semitic hate crimes.”
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Local councilwoman Karen Koslowitz tweeted: “I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the scene today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough!”