A Jewish resident in Brooklyn has been charged with targeting other local Jewish residents with anti-Semitic acts. On January 16th, 2012, David Haddad, a 56-year-old building manager of Penn South, was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime in association with those acts. This post combines and summarizes highlights of stories from the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post.
Police have connected Haddad to four incidents: threatening phone calls made to his 80-year-old mother in Brooklyn on December 11th, 2011; anti-Semitic symbols and statements scrawled on five apartment doors and a threatening phone received in a building in the Chelsea district of Manhattan on January 10th, 2012; a threatening phone call made to an 87-year-old woman in Manhattan on January 11th; and a threatening voicemail message left for a 78-year-old woman in Brooklyn on January 1st. Police are also investigating whether Haddad painted swastikas at additional buildings in Midwood, to include a garage door on East 5th St. in Brooklyn over the weekend. Police also suggest that Haddad he knew all the victims, at least two of whom are his relatives, and that he had a business dispute with members of his family. Haddad had worked for his family’s Linden, NJ, business, which imports and exports socks, but left to start an off-shoot company, but the business recently failed. The victims in Midwood claim they've never heard of Haddad, though.
Two local Jewish politicos reacted. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who lives near the buildings in Midwood that were vandalized over the weekend, said “None of this makes me happy. But at the end of the day, I would obviously rather have a situation where there are other reasons behind the threats than pure anti-Semitism.” And City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Midwood) said, “This first arrest is an empowering development. But it seems this is happening all over the city. All at the same time. It seems this individual is responsible for a section of it.”
One commenter to the WNBC story seems a bit more wise than most:
Peter O'Shea, Seton Hall University, January 16th 5:51 P.M:
Most anti semitic crimes are committed by the jews. So this is no surprise.