Anti-Semitic Pamphlet Sent to N.Y. Politician, Days After Home Defaced With Swastika

Brad Hoylman, an openly gay state senator who belongs to a synagogue, believes there is a link between recent uptick in hate crimes and Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon.

A man holds a sign with a swastika displayed during a protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York on November 18, 2016.
Bria Webb, Reuters

An anti-Semitic pamphlet was sent to the Manhattan home of a New York politician, days after his building was defaced with a swastika.

According to a New York Daily News report, the pamphlet sent to State Sen. Brad Hoylman’s home depicted a masked figure labeled “God’s Wrath” slashing a sword through symbols of Islam, peace, the LGBT community, Judaism and others with text reading “false religious orders must perish...That goes for Judaism.” Days earlier, a pair of swastikas was etched on an elevator door in Hoylman’s building.

A page from the anti-Semitic pamphlet.
Screenshot, New York Daily News

According to the report, the Anti-Defamation League’s Etzion Neuer said the man allegedly responsible for sending the pamphlet – Brian Clayton Charles of Tucson, Arizona – has also allegedly sent the same literature to Jewish institutions in Florida, Texas and California.

Hoylman, an openly gay man who has not formally converted to Judaism but belongs to a synagogue, said he filed a police report and added “I believe there’s a link between the election of Donald Trump and the appointment of a white nationalist to a senior post and the unleashing of hate across the state, in our own city and across the nation,” referring to Trump's controversial appointment of Steve Bannon.

The appointment has raised the ire of many American Jews due to Bannon's alleged past anti-Semitic comments. Some 169 House Democrats have since signed a letter protesting Bannon, calling on Trump to rescind the appointment. Bannon was scheduled to appear at a pro-Israel gala over the weekend, but didn’t show up while hundreds of Jewish protesters demonstrated outside the event. 

As of Monday, New York police said hate crimes have grown 36.6 percent, rising from 253 incidents at this point in 2015 to 345. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in the two weeks since Trump was elected, there have been 28 hate crimes in New York City, compared to six in the same period in 2015. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that state police will establish a special unit dedicated to tackling the escalation in hate crimes.