Manhattan Man Arrested in Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes: Cops

Suspect arrested Monday also being eyed in anti-Jewish vandalism in Midwood, police say.

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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A Manhattan man arrested Monday and charged with hate crimes for allegedly making threatening anti-Semitic calls is being eyed by cops for a string of anti-Jewish vandalism in Brooklyn this weekend, police said.

David Haddad, 56, is being charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime for four incidents in which he made threatening phone calls, which included anti-Semitic statements, to at least three elderly women, police said.

In another instance, the Manhattan man is accused of posting anti-Semitic symbols and statements on apartment doors in a Hells Kitchen building, police said. Police said he is related to one of his victims and knows at least one of the others.

It wasn't immediately clear if Haddad had an attorney.

Haddad is also being considered in the latest incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism that sent waves of concern through the Midwood section of Brooklyn this weekend, according to police sources. 

He has not been charged with those crimes.

The first incident was reported late Saturday, when a large black swastika and two smaller black swastikas were found painted on a private driveway on Avenue L, according to authorities. The words "Die Jews" were also painted alongside the swastikas.

Across the street, two swastikas were also painted on the door of an apartment building.

The Midwood neighborhood has seen its share of anti-Semitic incidents since the fall. In November, a subway sign was defaced to read "Avenue Jew."

A series of cars were also burned and covered in swastikas in Midwood earlier that month, but investigators revealed last week the arson may have been an insurance scam disguised as a hate crime.

Elsewhere in the tri-state, officials and community leaders in New Jersey have become alarmed over the number of anti-Semitic attacks in the last month, including graffiti scrawled on a temple and a Molotov cocktail thrown into a synagogue."

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at nypdcrimestoppers.com or at 800-577-TIPS.

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