ADL Condemns Swastika Graffiti Spree In Manalapan, NJ

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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.