New York Commuters Unite To Remove Anti-Semitic Graffiti On Subway

Anti-Semitic messages written on New York City subway train (NBC)

New York City, NY (NBC) – A group of New York commuters banded together on Saturday to clean up a subway car defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti and Nazi symbols.

Gregory Locke, 27, an attorney from Harlem came across the scene Saturday evening when he got on an uptown train on the city’s 1 line at 50th Street.

Locke told NBC News that he and his fellow passengers found swastikas and other graffiti on every window, door and advertising display.

Slogans were also written across the carriage including “Destroy Israel, Heil Hitler,” and “Jews belong in the oven,” an apparent reference to the Holocaust.

“The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do,” Locke said in a Facebook post.

“One guy got up and said, ‘Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.’ He found some tissues and got to work.”

Locke told NBC News that his fellow passengers then began looking for hand sanitizer, while others started wiping off the graffiti, which was gone before the train made it as far as Lincoln Center at 66th Street.

Image: Passengers scrub anti-Semitic graffiti off of a New York City Subway car
Passengers removed anti-Semitic graffiti found daubed on a New York City Subway train on Saturday.

Locke said that one woman who helped remove the graffiti became visibly upset. She was from Texas, and said she had never dealt with an incident of this kind before, he said.

Police in New York City reported a spike in bias crimes in the city in the aftermath of last year’s presidential election.

There were at least 13 incidents of swastikas being painted in public places after the election, including some with graffiti that mentioned Trump provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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