Florham Park, NJ, September 6, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned a hate filled graffiti spree in Manalapan, New Jersey which included the words "kill the Jews" and red swastikas painted on a vehicle, mailboxes, and fences surrounding private homes, street signs and sidewalks.
The League applauded the Manalapan Township Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutors Office for their quick and responsive actions investigating the incident as a bias-motivated crime.
Jeffrey K. Salkin, ADL New Jersey Community Director, issued the following 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. 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.
We urge members of the community to speak out and declare in one voice that these acts of hate are unacceptable.
We applaud the immediate response of the Manalapan Township Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and are confident that those responsible will be identified and prosecuted. We are coordinating with the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County in responding to this incident.