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For Immediate Release: Contact:
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2003 Corey Bearak         or         Manny Behar
(718) 343-6779              (718) 544-9033


Queens Jewish leaders condemned an alarming number of anti Semitic activity in the Hillcrest and Fresh Meadows area communities. The Queens Jewish Community Council and Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council joined local synagogues and public officials including Councilmen James Gennaro and David Weprin to urged vigorous enforcement efforts. As Jews everywhere gathered during the observance of Passover, several incidents occurred including two cars in Hillcrest painted with swastikas on April 18; a swastika painted on a garage door in Fresh Meadows, with the words "All Jews Must Die" on April 19; a brick thrown through the Hatzolah ambulance parked at the Young Israel of Hillcrest on 169th Street and Jewel Avenue on the morning of April 20.

"All New Yorkers should find these acts offensive and outrageous," said NEQJCC Chairman Corey Bearak, President Jeff Gurdus and Executive Director Gail Eisenberg and QJCC President Jan Fenster and Executive Director Manny Behar. "We condemn any use of the swastika. The use of this symbol of mass hate and destruction tends to trivialize the Holocaust and is insensitive to the pain and suffering of the six million who perished and those who survived."

The Queens Jewish Community Council represents more than 90 synagogues, organizations and institutions throughout the Borough of Queens.

The Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council represents thirty synagogues and other Jewish organizations and fraternal groups in Bayside, Bay Terrace, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Holliswood, Hollis Hills, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Queens Village and Whitestone.



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