A Jewish man has been charged in New York with aggravated assault as a hate crime.
A family business dispute is said to have driven a David Haddad, 56, of Manhattan, to make anti-Semitic hate calls to elderly women, which included his own mother, and paint swastikas on their doors.
Haddad allegedly said: ‘All Jews should die and go to hell,’ when he called his mother, 80, on December 11.
He is also said to have called two other elderly ladies last week with similar anti-Semitic messages.
His relationship to these women – 78 and 87-years-old – is not clear.
The threatening calls were said to have taken place over several weeks and he is believed to have left similar messages on their voicemail.
A police spokesman said: ‘He threatened to kill the other individual on the phone as well as her relatives. He said basically that all Jews should die and go to hell.’
He is also suspected of scrawling swastikas in a heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighbourhood.
Haddad used to work for his family’s business in New Jersey which imports and exports socks.
Sources say he left to start an off-shoot company but it recently failed and he is believed to have taken out his frustrations on his family.
Police were called to a home in Brooklyn which had been spray painted with a large swastika, two smaller ones and the words Die Jews.
More hateful graffiti was found on the front door of a home across the street, sources said.
Though he has not been charged in the vandalism incidents, he is the number one suspect.