Anti-Semitic message found scrawled in Ohio elevator
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Anti-Semitic message found scrawled in Ohio elevator

Police investigating after button defaced with ‘Jew Floor’ in heavily Jewish suburb of Cleveland

The DeVille apartments in Beachwood, Ohio, where the button of an elevator was defaced with the words 'Jew Floor,' January 4, 2015. (Photo credit: Google Street view screenshot)
The DeVille apartments in Beachwood, Ohio, where the button of an elevator was defaced with the words 'Jew Floor,' January 4, 2015. (Photo credit: Google Street view screenshot)

Anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered in the elevator of an apartment building in a heavily Jewish suburb outside Cleveland, Ohio, a local news outlet reported Sunday.

Police in the town of Beachwood were investigating the incident in which the words “Jew Floor” were scrawled on an elevator button, according to local ABC affiliate NewsNet5.

Residents of the neighborhood were reportedly “very upset” by the vandalism — which was later removed, police said.

Some 90 percent of the 11,000 residents of the middle-class suburb are Jewish, according to a recent Jewish community study.

Sunday’s occurrence mirrors a similar attack near Philadelphia last week, in which a private home was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

The words “Move Jew” were spray-painted across a Jewish family’s garage door, sparking a wave of protest and community outrage.

A total of 751 anti-Semitic incidents were reported across the US during 2013, a slight decline from the previous year according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Despite the downward trend, a considerable rise in the number of violent assaults on Jewish individuals were recorded by the civil rights watchdog.

Episodes noted by the ADL for 2013 include an unprovoked attack on a 24-year-old Jewish man wearing a yarmulke by four men in Brooklyn, NY; an assault of a 12-year-old Jewish girl who had a bottle thrown at her by a group of girls, including one who yelled, “You dirty Jew”; and the attack of a Jewish man in Los Angeles who was surrounded by five male suspects who yelled “Heil Hitler!” before striking him.

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