The person arrested for a spate of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York is apparently just mad about a business dispute and not on a hate campaign against Jews; in fact, he's Jewish. 56-year-old David Haddad had tried and failed to start his own business after working for his family's business that imports and exports socks and then allegedly decided to express his frustration by tagging swastikas all over the place and calling his own mother to tell her, "All Jews should die and go to hell." At least, that's what the New York Post reports. The Post and The New York Times both reported the swastikas found scribbled in Manhattan and Brooklyn went up on doors of people related to Haddad. He's now charged with hate crimes for allegedly painting swastikas on doors of his family members at housing complexes in Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, and more in Midwood, Brooklyn, where he reportedly stayed with his mother over the weekend. He's also accused of calling two more elderly women in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, with nasty anti-Semitic rants. He may not be a true anti-Semite, but he sure sounds like a jerk.
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