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April 9, 2013 9:29 am

ADL Slams Brooklyn Mezuzah Torching as “Blatant Act of Anti-Semitism”

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The Anti-Defamation League has condemned an act of arson in Brooklyn as a hate crime after a dozen Jewish residents of a Brooklyn apartment building had their mezuzah scrolls set on fire.

“This is a blatant act of anti-Semitism with a clear attempt to instill fear and intimidate the victims in their homes,” said Etzion Neuer, ADL Acting New York Regional Director.  “It is particularly disturbing that this horrific act of hate occurred on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time in which we remember the heinous acts committed against the Jewish people.”

The incident happened Monday, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Orthodox Jewish residents of the Taylor-Wythe Houses found the scorched remains around 4:45 p.m. Monday, police sources and neighbors told the New York Daily News.

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“Why would somebody do this in broad daylight?”  one woman who lives on the sixth floor of the public housing building, which is home to dozens of Hassidic families, told the Daily News. “It seems very vicious.”

The alleged arsonist started on the 13th floor of the building and worked his way down, lighting numerous mezuzahs ablaze along the way, police sources said.

Miriam Schwartz, who has lived on the third floor of the building for 40 years, said this was the second time she had her mezuzah burned. It had also been stolen once in the past.

“This has to be stopped,” said Schwartz, 75. “I’m always scared.”

Thus far no suspects had been apprehended but an NYPD spokeswoman said the investigation was ongoing.

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  • Danny

    B&H should donate the surveillance equipment.

  • So what is the ADL going to do about it? Is Abe Foxman going to donate part of his salary to put surveillance cameras in the building? Is the ADL going to form patrols?

  • marlene rosenberg

    For the sake of Zion, I will not keep silent.

    What can we do about this?

  • This kind of crime deserves the attention of the FBI. Someone who has easy access to the building or premises has to be involved. Beside the occupants there must be a few hundred others: delivery, merchants, suppliers, domestic employees, all can be narrowed down to find an obvious perpetrator.

  • richard sherman

    Funny how the ADL is so concerned with the desecration of 11 mezuzas…but has no criticism of the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Quarayza..

    • sarah

      Richard, the ADL is concerned about the desecration of the mezuzas and the implied threat to their owners which is happening NOW – and you are right, they are not talking about the sociopath Muhammad who decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Qurayza because that happened in 627 CE. Yes, what you are talking about shows the history of the violence and hatred of Muslims toward Jewish people, and history helps to understand what is happening now, but we have to focus on NOW.

      • I guarantee nobody will be found and nothing will be done. Jews are not considered a special minority in US and hate crimes against Jews normaly go unpunished.

    • Steven Butman

      Right on!