Swastikas appear in Maryland and in Brooklyn neighbourhood

(JTA) – Swastikas were spray-painted at a park and an elementary school in Rockville, Maryland.

The swastikas were discovered on Sunday, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

A witness said he saw two white boys spray-painting the swastikas, according to the Post.

Montgomery County police told the newspaper they contacted the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington about the incident.

“Even though some people think it’s just offensive graffiti, you must understand it really offends community members deeply,” Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told The Washington Post. “It’s not just a matter of getting over it.”

Rockville is the centre of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s Jewish population. It is home to a Jewish community centre, a Jewish nursing home, a Jewish day school, synagogues and kosher restaurants.

Also, a vandal drew swastikas on public and private property in a Brooklyn neighbourhood.

The swastikas were drawn in white marker early Monday morning, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

They were found on garbage can lids, a residential gate, a traffic control box, and the door of a building in an Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in Brooklyn.

The vandal, a white male wearing dark clothing, was caught on surveillance video at about 4 am on Monday.

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