An anti-Semitic pamphleteer who terrorized Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill last week brought his hateful message to Bay Ridge overnight on Sept. 29 — in the midst of the Jewish holidays and just days after bigoted Christians protested Judaism at two Brooklyn synagogues.
The objectionable offender scrawled the words “KILL JEWS” in thick black marker on dozens of fliers and dropped the slips of paper on Third Avenue between 75th and 95th streets just two days after Yom Kippur and three days before Sukkot.
“It’s disturbing and it’s sick. This needs to be looked into and dealt with,” said Herb Karasik, co-president of the Bay Ridge Jewish Center — a Fourth Avenue synagogue that in January was the victim of an pro-Palestinian computer hacker who changed the temple’s homepage to read “Death to Israel.”
Karasik told The Brooklyn Paper that congregants of his temple, which is between 80th and 81st streets, have found similar “KILL JEWS” fliers around Bay Ridge at least three times over the past few months, and that the Rabbi has been the target of an anti-Semitic phonecall.
Last week, cops tried to determine whether or not the hate writer was linked with the Westboro Baptist Church — an extremist organization that protests against Jews, gays, abortion rights and even dead American soldiers — but this week, Brooklynites revealed that they’ve been spotting the anti-Semitic notes for months.
“I actually found one of these notes a month or two ago — unrelated to any events — on Atlantic Avenue near Bond Street,” wrote a commenter named “Jack” on The Brooklyn Paper Web site. “Thought not much of it beyond some kid doing it, ripped it up and tossed it in the trash.”
These hateful messages found in Bay Ridge — like the one discovered by The Brooklyn Paper last week in Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill — seem to have been scribbled on the backs of sheets of paper that contain printed information about taxi cab regulations, witnesses said.
A police spokeswoman said the agency has not yet classified the offensive litter as a hate crime.
The anti-Jewish notes are also reminiscent of an anti-Semitic message also written in thick black marker that was taped to a Brooklyn Heights door last December.
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