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Swastikas Spray Painted Around Monmouth Heights Neighborhood

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the Manalapan Police Department are currently investigating the vandalism.

Spray painted symbols of swastikas were found on road signs and similar defamatory graffiti were found on approximately 12 houses in the Monmouth Heights neighborhood, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Grammiccioni.

The graffiti was found solely in the area of Route 9 and Taylors Mills Road, Grammiccioni said. The Prosecutor’s office was made aware of the defacement  at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday and an investigation immediately began.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement this afternoon condemning what they referred to as a "hate filled grafitti spree" citing that red swastikas were painted on fences, street signs, sidewalks, mailboxes and even a car. In some areas the words "kill the Jews" were even painted, according to the statement.

"The defacement of public and private property in Manalapan with red swastikas and the message 'kill the Jews' represents an attack on the entire community." Jeffrey K. Salkin, ADL New Jersey Community Director said in the statement. "The swastika is a universal symbol of hate, meant to instill fear and intimidation. By targeting multiple locations the perpetrators in this case intended to send a message to the entire community."

The Monmouth County Freeholders also released a statement on Thursday condemning these acts. “It is shocking and unacceptable, especially in an area that is home to a number of Holocaust survivors,” Freeholder Serena DiMaso said. “The community will not be intimidated by these senseless acts of hate. I stand with Monmouth Heights and the larger Manalapan community in condemning these ugly acts of hate directed at the Jewish community.”

Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen also made a comment along with the Freeholders saying, “swastikas are all about instilling fear and intimidation. It’s revolting.”

The Jewish Federation of Monmouth County is currently working to enhance security resources in preparation of the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County Keith Krivitzky said. 

The Federation even held a security training the night of the vandalism, according to Krivitzky, and a variety of security resources have been made available to the community and local security experts are available to undergo individual risk assessments.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is working in conjunction with the in investigating this vandalism. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Monmouth County Detective David D’amico at 732-620-2307 or Detective Thomas Mantle of the Manalapan Police Department at 732-446-4300.

This investigation is ongoing. Please continue to follow Manalapan Patch as this story develops.

Mike September 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I think gypsy290 is one of those who perpetuates. Sigh.
mushmouse8 September 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Manalapan is an affluent community and the majority of residents are not Jewish. Your statement is ignorant gypsy.
gypsy290 September 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I knew that statement would generate comments. What difference does it make it most of the kids are Jewish or not? I don't hate anyone. I love my town. I think it's wrong to spray paint hatred of any body anywhere. But I seriously don't think it was kids from town. And I hope they find the idiots who did it. And as for Mike, I don't perpetuate negativity. It would really be no big deal if the kids were mostly Jewish, Catholic, or any other religion. So get off your high horse!
mushmouse8 September 10, 2012 at 08:28 PM
You're right. It doesn't make a difference. So why make the statement in the first place?
gypsy290 September 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Quite honesty because I was so angry with the first comment that I responded before thinking it out first. It really made me angry to read that. My mistake, for sure.

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