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Noted bigot: Cops seek suspect who posted anti-Semitic note on wall at Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights • Brooklyn Paper

Noted bigot: Cops seek suspect who posted anti-Semitic note on wall at Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights

Hate note: Police are investigating this Post-it note that a bigot left on a mural outside the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights on May 30.
Mordechai Lightstone/@Mottel via Twitter

Cops are hunting the lowlife who left an anti-Semitic Post-it note that read “Hitler is coming” on a billboard outside the Jewish Children’s Museum on Eastern Parkway on May 30.

Witnesses reportedly saw a teenage girl writing the note on the wall — where the organization has invited passersby to leave Post-its describing how they would transform the world — at around 8 p.m. Onlookers put up a search for the vandal, but she had already left the scene, according to the local Jewish news site Collive.com.

Police are currently anticipating a harassment charge — not vandalism — due to the semi-public nature of the wall, according to a police spokesman.

“My understanding this is an area where people were welcome to come and leave notes,” said Det. Michael DeBonis. “It isn’t a traditional vandalism, or graffiti.”

The case is being pursued by the department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, and any charges issued may be upgraded if investigators can prove bias in the incident, DeBonis said.

The museum’s spokesperson did not return requests for comment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo condemned the act and directed the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to assist NYPD with their investigation.

“To ensure those responsible for this heinous act are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to immediately provide the NYPD with any resources needed to assist in the investigation of this incident,” Cuomo said in a May 30 statement. “Now and always, there is no place for hate in our state.”

The state’s commander-in-chief noted the rise of anti-Semitic episodes across the country, calling for both unity — and condemnation.

“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,” the pol said.

The event comes just more than a week after another malcontent drew a swastika on a Jewish community center in Clinton Hill.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
The museum staff reportedly set up the mural to encourage people to post good resolutions on it.
Mordechai Lightstone/@Mottel via Twitter

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