‘Blood On Your Hands’: Mob Vandalizes Brooklyn Museum Director, Board Members’ Homes

The homes of the Brooklyn Museum’s director, Anne Pasternak, and several Jewish board members were targeted by an antisemitic mob overnight, who left a trail of red paint and hate-filled messages in their wake. The shocking incident has sparked outrage among city officials and community members, who are calling for swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Pasternak’s co-op apartment building in Brooklyn Heights was a primary target, with vandals stringing up a sign labeling her a “White Supremacist Zionist” and spraying an inverted red triangle, a symbol previously used by Hamas to identify Israeli military targets, on her door. The vile act has drawn condemnation from Mayor Eric Adams, who took to social media to declare, “This is not peaceful protest or free speech. This is a crime, and it’s overt, unacceptable anti-Semitism.”

The Brooklyn Museum expressed being “deeply troubled by these horrible acts,” while residents of the targeted buildings shared their fear and unease in the aftermath of the attack. Harriet Colen, a 79-year-old Jewish resident of Pasternak’s building, noted that people should not have to fear walking around their own neighborhood.

Local lawmakers, including Councilman Lincoln Restler (D-Brooklyn) and Councilmember Julie Menin (D-Manhattan), were quick to denounce the vandalism, labeling it “despicable” and “absolutely horrific and vile.” Comptroller Brad Lander criticized the perpetrators, stating that their actions harm the cause they claim to support and make everyone less safe.

The incident follows a recent protest at the Brooklyn Museum, where anti-Israel demonstrators set up an encampment, defaced artwork, and draped a banner accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza. As the city grapples with this latest manifestation of antisemitism, authorities are working to identify and apprehend those responsible for the vandalism, while community leaders call for unity and understanding in the face of hate.