Hundreds gather in Montauk to condemn symbols, messages of hate found throughout South Fork

One was discovered on the side of a business, and another was found on buildings near Ditch Plains Beach.

Jon Dowding

Oct 30, 2023, 9:38 PM

Updated 172 days ago


Hundreds gathered in Montauk on Monday to condemn symbols and messages of hate that were found throughout the South Fork.
Residents found antisemitic remarks on the side of a business, Naturally Good, and on buildings at Ditch Plains Beach.
East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc says this has to have been one of the worst incidents like this to happen in years.
"I think we have to be ever vigilant and any time we see any kind of hate to rebuke it,” said Van Scoyoc.
And rebuke hate is what residents did Monday when they gathered for a Love Rally to show that these acts don't define the community.
"It's nice to see people coming together,” said Montauk resident Tracy Mohr. “Uniting together with compassion and love and understanding as opposed to, as opposed to hatred."
Rabbi Aizik Baumgarten, who’s based in Montauk, says everyone can help stop the spread of hate by doing one thing, being kind.
"Being a little more sensitive to other people and showing that you care, and charity, helping humanitarian needs,” he said. “These are all things that will spread light and make a ripple effect to the whole world and push away the darkness."
The large outpouring of support shown by the attendance at Monday’s gathering didn’t surprise Mohr.
"That's our community. We rally together. We're here for each other in times of need, in times of darkness, in times of sorrow,” she said. “It makes me very grateful and happy to live in this community. It really does."
Never hate, love, respect and compassion were some of the words children at the gathering wanted people to remember as police continue searching for a suspect.

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