Jewish man arrested for swastikas, anti-Semitic calls

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Posted: Jan 16, 2012 6:23 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said.

A family business dispute drove David Haddad, 56, of Manhattan, who is Jewish, to make threatening phone calls to his mother, 80, and two other women, ages 87 and 78, a police source said.

"He threatened to kill the other individual on the phone as well as her relatives," said a police spokesman. "He said basically that all Jews should die and go to hell."

Haddad, who was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, also was accused of taping notes with anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas on five apartment doors and in the hallway of a building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Haddad lives in Chelsea but police declined to say whether he targeted his own building.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)