Swastika Scratched Into Boston Man’s Car On Passover

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – A couple in Brighton was stunned to discover a swastika keyed on the passenger door of their car Friday morning. Walker Hartz actually drove to work unaware of the offensive scrawling until it was seen by a co-worker.

swastika Swastika Scratched Into Boston Mans Car On Passover

Swastika scratched into car in Brighton.

It had been keyed overnight, including an expletive, when it was parked a block away from their apartment. The car may have been randomly chosen but Hartz’ fiancée, Melissa Brickley, believes the message was deliberate as it was scrawled on the first day of Passover. “Someone knew the time of year, the holiday and neighborhood they were in that is conservatively Jewish,” she said.

Boston Police have been notified of a possible hate crime, and Brickley believes the community should know. “It’s one thing to vandalize a car, but to put a swastika on it elevates it to another level.”

It also happened steps away from Temple B’nai Moshe. Friday night as they prepared Seder supper, Ira Krachman said the community has to face acts of anti-semitism. “There are still instances of anti-semitism even in secure communities and we need to be more aware of that,” she said.

Temple member Isaac Adar says, “It’s making a statement that someone hates. If there are some people who still think it’s right to do some harm, it’s no different than a bully,” he said.

There have been other acts of vandalism on the grounds of the temple, including a broken window, a torn sign, and stolen lamp post. It’s enough that a security guard has been hired for the weekend.

For now Brickley has covered the offensive symbol until it can finally be removed. “This is a very diverse neighborhood. You need to embrace it to live here, and if you don’t it’s the only reason you would do this,” she said.

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  • Eric

    Hey Melissa, give me a call on Monday. I would like to help you! 617-569-8869

  • JD

    It’s really important that anti-semitism continue to exist so that Abraham Foxman can keep getting his massive salary and Israel can keep claiming it needs to exist as an exclusive state. This might not be as big an issue as the media wants it to be, but there is a larger agenda at hand and there are goals to accomplish.

    • Mike

      I love it, when something happens to a Jew it’s fake or blown out of proportion. Happens to a Christian or anyone else, it’s horrible. Go shove it you anti-Semitic prick.

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