Miami Beach

Swastika, hateful message appear on car parked in Miami Beach

A swastika and the words “[Expletive] Jews” appeared on a parked car outside of a Miami Beach home over the weekend, Miami Beach police confirmed Tuesday.

“Any hate crimes are taken very seriously,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, a police spokesman.

While a police report was not available Tuesday, Rodriguez said the department is looking into the incident in the 3300 block of Pine Tree Drive.

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday released a statement condemning the anti-Semitic acts.

“No family should have to wake up and find hate messages scrawled on their property,” Hava L. Holzhauer, ADL Florida regional director, said in a news release. “Regardless of whether the vandalism can be easily repaired, the damage done to the family and to the community at large is permanent. We commend the Miami Beach Police Department for promptly responding to the incident and their continued investigation.”

This is not the first time anti-Semitic messages have been left on cars in Miami Beach.

Last July, a couple walking in the 4200 block of Meridian Avenue spotted cream cheese smeared on a car spelling the words “Hamas” and “Jew.” Another car also was egged in the same area.