By COLlive reporter
Two young men, who appear to be Yeshiva students despite trying to mask their identity, were captured on surveillance cameras vandalizing one of the new murals in Crown Heights.
The mural they were filmed destroying was the one on Lincoln Place and Kingston Avenue on the wall of the Calabria pizzeria in the early hours of Thursday.
Another 2 murals were destroyed on the wall of Weinstein’s Hardware & Houseware on Kingston Avenue and Sell-E-Bration Flowers & Gifts on Kingston and Crown Street.
What all vandalized murals had in common was they were all created by the Montreal street artist who goes by the name Zrey Li and each had the graffiti-style image of the Rebbe.
VIDEO: The vandals in action
Calabria’s manager Hillel Harel said he was saddened to discover the vandalization, not only because of the stain on the wall of his store but because the art itself had a message to it.
“This work of art was created by a Lubavitcher artist who is working to promote the Seven Noahide Laws and is painting them on walls around the world,” Harel told COLlive.com.
He added, “the artist is doing it out of a sense of Shlichus and bringing people closer. Many people really liked it and connected to its messages. It seems like some liked it less and sent these bochurim to violently destroy something that doesn’t belong to them.
Harel said he has yet to file a report with the New York Police Departement.
An article on COLlive.com has given voice to those opposing using the Rebbe’s image as “propaganda art’. The author of the article did not call on using violence against the art or the artist.