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Swastikas and anti-Semitic profanity that included the words, “F–k Jews” was found scrawled on the walls of an apartment building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Monday.

The many Jews who live in that building and who knew it was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps during World War II, were very upset and frightened by the graffiti, according to a report by NBC-4 TV.

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Despite a tweet by the NYPD Monday night vowing that anti-Semitic acts “would not be tolerated in our community” and that the incident “will be thoroughly investigated,” so far there are no arrests and no suspects.

In Brooklyn, meanwhile, US Attorney General Bill Barr arrived Tuesday morning to address the skyrocketing number of anti-Semitic incidents in the New York City area in a visit to the local Jewish Community Council in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park.

Although Barr did not meet with the local Orthodox Jewish lawmakers (there are four) – which is odd – he did in fact meet with the community’s religious leaders to discuss the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks, and how the DOJ is combating the issue.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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