BY SAM RAPPAPORT
The appearance of anti-Semitic graffiti at Holliswood Hospital spurred local elected officials to rally against all forms of hate. On Friday, at the Holliswood Hospital site, Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) joined religious clergy, area residents and community advocates for a press conference to condemn the graffiti.
“We will not tolerate hate in our neighborhood or in any neighborhood,” Weprin said. “The hate crimes in this case may be against the Jewish community, but a hate crime against anyone is a hate crime against all of us.”
Graffiti of a swastika, the number “666,” several upside-down crosses and a heart that appeared to be divided in half were all found at the site of the Holliswood Hospital. Prior to Friday’s press conference, the NYPD painted over the markings at the request of the property owner.
“Anti-Semitic and hate symbols are repugnant to and rejected by our community,” Grodenchik said.
The images were similar to graffiti found in June 2017 at the same location and seem to be indicative of a persistent issue in the community.
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, that image of a swastika is worth about six million words,” Rabbi Moshe Taub of Young Israel of Holliswood said at Friday’s press conference.