Holocaust Education Center: Anti-Semitic Graffiti Attack at Hopewell Jct. Camp is a Hate Crime
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. – Officials from the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center in White Plains are calling the spray painting of swastikas on vehicles at the Holiday Summer Homes Camp in Hopewell Junction over the weekend a “deliberate targeting of the facility…with a symbol of hate and intimidation” and say it should be treated as a hate crime.
The camp caters to a large Jewish population through the months of May to October.
In statement released by the Center on Monday, President David Albert and Executive Director Mille Jasper said it was important to show that vandalism that targets specific populations with messages of hate won’t be tolerated.
“History shows that haters and hate groups often take root with low level criminal acts,” they wrote. “We must stand together as a society to protect our freedoms from the agents of intolerance.”
The Center called on the New York State Police, the attorney general’s office and federal authorities to treat the incident as a hate crime and to spare no effort “to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
One published report said that, besides the two cars that were vandalized at the camp, a driveway in a nearby neighborhood was also sprayed with offensive graffiti. Another stated that six neighboring homes had been attacked with graffiti.The Hudson Valley Reporter could not confirm either report.
State police are asking that anyone with information that could aid the investigation call Investigator David Barnard at the Wappinger state police barracks at 845-298-0952.