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Miami Beach family outraged after 2 vehicles egged, defaced

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Police said this Infiniti SUV was defaced with cream cheese. Police said this Infiniti SUV was defaced with cream cheese.
Joshua, one of the family members whose vehicles were vandalized. Joshua, one of the family members whose vehicles were vandalized.
Rachel, Joshua's sister, said her family was "shocked" by the incident. Rachel, Joshua's sister, said her family was "shocked" by the incident.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is declaring the actions of the person or people who, police said, vandalized two of their vehicles outside their home anti-Semitic.

Police said someone egged two vehicles outside the home near Meridian Avenue and 41st Street, early Saturday morning. "I wake up, I go outside, and I see my dad's car full of eggs, cracked eggs," said Joshua, the son of the homeowner as he pointed to a black Audi sedan.

Dried yolks and egg shells still remained on the driveway Sunday afternoon. Investigators believe this was no random act of vandalism.

Joshua indicated that the second vehicle targeted by vandals, an Infiniti sport utility vehicle, had words smeared on the back and side windows with what police discovered to be cream cheese. "It said, on the back of the car, with cream cheese, it said 'Hamas,'" he said.

The word "Jew" was also smeared on the SUV's side window.

The victims, who did not wish to disclose their last name nor the exact location of their residence, said they moved to the U.S. 25 years ago and had never been targeted in this manner. The Iranian Jewish family believe the defacing of their vehicles is a hate crime fueled by the escalating violence on the Gaza Strip between Israeli forces and Hamas.

"Right here with this crisis, we don't feel free," said Joshua. "We feel like someone's out to get Jews."

Joshua's sister was also outraged when she first heard what had happened to her family's cars. "Everyone was shocked, like, no one knew what was going on," said Rachel. "Like, this is America, this is Miami. Why would we be targeted?"

The family's cars were the only ones vandalized Saturday morning, but according to family friend Shanie Weinstein, the impact was felt throughout the community. "Before we even knew what happened, half the community was outside, like all together, and it was just a really nice thing to see how everyone reaches out for each other," she said.

While Miami Police conduct an investigation into the incident, the family said they plan to install surveillance cameras and will do what they can to prevent another such incident from happening again. "With the crisis going on in Israel, it's very scary now," said Rachel. "We really have to be careful, no matter where we are."

If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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