MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Vandals spray scrawled symbols of hate on a wall outside a Surfside Publix store.
On Saturday, September 6th, police said someone painted a cartoonish red “V” and “J” along with a swastika and letters KKK on the rear wall of the grocery store at 9400 Harding Avenue.
The red letter “V” and the swastika symbol was also painted on the street in the 9500 block of Bay Drive.
Residents of the normally quiet neighborhood are a little uneasy.
“It fills me with fear and with pity for people who think like that,” said resident Salo Lekach.
Rougly 20 miles away in West Miami, the same symbol of hate was lightly sketched into a wall of a Jewish temple at SW 8th street. The word “Iraq” was also scribbled above the swastika.
“We were absolutely shocked to think there should be any type of graffiti of that nature here at the synagogue, because we live in a beautiful neighborhood, a kind neighborhood,a caring neighborhood,” said resident Charlotte Kleinman.
She said she doesn’t want her temples purpose to be overshadowed by the graffiti incident. But as the holiday season approaches, the memory of other relatively recent antisemetic gestures are still on the minds of many.
Last July, someone spray painted swastikas and the word “Hamas” on the pillars of the Congregation Torah Ve’emunah, at 1000 NE 175th Street, in northeast Miami-Dade.
Days before, a family who lives along Meridian Avenue in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Miami Beach found their cars had been vandalized as they left to attend a service at their synagogue. The vandals wrote “Hamas” on the back of the car window and “Jew” on the driver’s side rear passenger window.
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