Islamophobic graffiti scrawled in subway station near Kensington

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Hate has gone underground.

A vandal scrawled “F--- Allah” on a bench inside the Fort Hamilton Parkway F and G station on the border between Windsor Terrace and Kensington sometime before Monday, shocking local leaders who say it is the first Islamophobic graffiti they’d seen in the area in more than a year and that they blame Donald Trump’s victory for emboldening bigots to once again blight the area with their hate.

“We didn’t have any problems and now with the election a lot of people are taking advantage,” said Mamnunul Haq, a leader in the area’s large Bangladeshi Muslim community and member of Community Board 12. “It was gone for a while, but for this to happen today is really shocking.”

Louts attacked Kensington with both anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic graffiti for several years beginning in 2013, according to Haq — especially along Ocean Parkway, where mailboxes and storefronts could frequently be found debased with swastikas and messages defaming Allah.

But local politicians and officers of the 66th Precinct made a concerted effort to stamp out the rash of racist vandalism, and Haq said he hadn’t heard of any offensive scribbles since 2015 — until Monday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was not aware of the vandalism until contacted by the paper, and the agency dispatched a cleanup crew in response, according to an agency spokesman.

Councilman Brad Lander (D–Kensington) says he contacted police to investigate the subway vandalism and vowed to hold a community gathering to discuss the issue.

Police are now investigating the offensive words as a hate crime, according to a spokesman.

It is just the latest in a series of hate-filled outbursts in Brooklyn since the election of Trump — who during his campaign said that he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and make all practitioners of Islam register with a national database — Lander noted.

“Unfortunat­ely, we’ve seen a welling up of hatred and Islamophobia in the weeks since the Trump election,” he said. “What you have to do is get it very quickly investigated, painted over, and see that the community comes out together against hate in support of our Muslim neighbors.”

Amongst other incidents, someone drew swastikas and “Go Trump!” in a Brooklyn Heights playground, another wrote “Trump!” on the door of the Muslim prayer room at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering Downtown, and a Trump supporter punched a woman in the face after a political argument in a Boerum Hill bistro.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 3:11 pm, December 8, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Jjm from C. Hill says:
I say let them go ahead & have fun spreading their hate because when ISIS and al-qaeda attacks america, they better not say sh*t or shed 1 tear.
Dec. 5, 2016, 8:54 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
when ISIS and al-qaeda attacks America, don't be surprised when Manzanar opens up for business again, but with a new clientèle.
Dec. 6, 2016, 5:41 am
Misty Waters from Brooklyn Heights says:
JjM is right! These people are the real terrorists! Not the people with bombs, the ones who don't express the mandatory respect to an absurd religion!
Dec. 6, 2016, 10:18 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Looks like that the MTA got their hands full, even these kinds of vandalism are negatively political in nature, in which the MTA must strictly enforced.
Dec. 6, 2016, 12:13 pm
The Biz from Greenpoint says:
Slow news day ehh' well if you like I know a men's bathroom full of "news" headlines I'll over the stalls.
Dec. 6, 2016, 1:19 pm
Samir Kabir from downtown says:
Allah means God. And He has no body parts with which to engage in fornication. Because, get this folks, He is not a human being! Wow! Islam 101.
Dec. 6, 2016, 1:26 pm
John from Gravesend says:
Not respecting a religion or their deity is not a crime. Physically attacking someone for their beliefs, race, etc. is criminal, mocking or offending those same beliefs is not. Freedom of speech is a thing, freedom from offense is not.
Dec. 6, 2016, 1:47 pm
Hooty McBuhtt from Park Slope says:
Samir Kabir - maybe you don't know anything about islam. The Koran frequently reffers to Allah's butthole as a spiritual portal. That is the reason muslims bend over with their tooshies in the air to pray. Like they are symbolically putting their holes on allah's hole. Allah could easily be screwed in that hole.
Dec. 6, 2016, 2:44 pm
Rationality from Kensington says:
Vandalism is a crime. Insulting a deity is not.

Violence toward Muslims is an issue that must be treated seriously.

But the Brooklyn Paper is desperate for clicks, and so they are happy to trivialize the real issues, and stoke fear, to gain some readership.

Dec. 6, 2016, 7 pm
Zeus from Midwood says:
F Monotheism, period; how's that?
Dec. 6, 2016, 7:03 pm
Tom from Kensington says:
Glad this got reported. It's important to know what's going on around us.
Dec. 7, 2016, 1:07 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Spare me the fake outrage, moonbats
Dec. 7, 2016, 8:08 am
Upstander #1 from 11217 says:
I stand with American citizens attacked because of their religion. I especially stand with my Muslims in Brooklyn who face discrimination by people who hate the American value of freedom of religion.

My neighbors, members of my congregation, families at my local school, co-workers and friends are vocal in defending the safety and dignity of all Brooklynites, especially those who have faced attacks after the election.

I prefer to say this in person, but there are times when I am compelled to say this online as well.
Dec. 7, 2016, 9:28 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Where can I go to Mass in Syria or Saudi Arabia?
Dec. 7, 2016, 1:21 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Vandalism is not OK. Freedom of speech is. Even if it offends people.
Dec. 7, 2016, 4:14 pm
Clique from Kensington says:
The problem is ethnic neighborhoods. Ethnic neighborhoods need to be dismantled and made into neighborhoods of diversity. That is the only way to stop hate, a mixing of all cultures with all cultures propagating freedom and democratic ideals. Those who abhor such ideology should be forced out of the community.
Dec. 8, 2016, 3:48 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I think that what was placed there was wrong, I still feel that Muslims have their own share of hate speech as well. The truth is that I have never heard Muslims protesting against terrorist groups that happen to be of their own religion be it Hamas, Boko Haram or ISIS. At the same time, they have cried foul like the ones at ads by those such Pamela Geller that mentions calling out such terrorist groups. Also, a good number of members of pro-Palestinian groups that are Muslim do happen to make a lot of anti-Semitic statements at Jews, and I doubt they even support peace with Israel let alone a two state solution while some are calling for Hamas to do even more terrorist attacks on them, which I feel isn't an act of free speech when it incites violence. Overall, don't take this the wrong way because I don't support hate speech at them, but the Muslims should also learn that it doesn't justify the hate speech they use back at others.
Dec. 8, 2016, 5 pm
Tom from Kensington says:
Google "Muslims protesting against terrorist groups" for links to articles about "Muslims protesting against terrorist groups that happen to be of their own religion."
Dec. 9, 2016, 9:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Tom, when Muslims start protesting against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, I will believe your claim, but I know they won't because they don't want Hamas to kill them.
Dec. 12, 2016, 4:23 pm
Tom from Kensington says:
It isn't MY claim, Tal. The articles are about actual protests. Sorry if people don't meet YOUR demands of them.
Dec. 15, 2016, 11:32 am

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