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April 10, 2013 6:15 pm

Police Apprehend Mezuzah Burning Suspect

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Rubin Ublies. Photo: NYPD.

Police have apprehended a man they believe committed a string of hate crimes in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

According to the New York Times, Rubin Ublies was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the burning of 11 mezuzahs inside an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish apartment complex in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Monday, which was Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. An additional mezuzah was discovered burned inside the apartment building next door a day later.

Authorities say they used facial recognition to identify Ublies. Police say Ublies has an extensive criminal history that includes nearly 50 arrests on robbery, drug, assault, weapons and other charges.

“This was a brazen act of religious desecration, and it is something that is shocking to everyone in this community,” City Councilman Stephen Levin told New York’s WABC television station.

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  • Aaron Phillips

    I would like to see the term “Ultra Orthodox” disappear from the lexicon of the press. Though I am a Reform Jew, I do not find the term “Ultra Orthodox” helpful. We have Jews who attempt to follow the 613 mitzvot, and those who do not. Until the 1800 ‘s, all Jews were “Ultra Orthodox” meaning they were Jewish. The fact there are us Jews who have decided not to be strict in our observance should not be used to demean those Jews who attempt to be strict in their observance.

  • Joseph

    It is unfortunate it that the Alemeiner, its effort to be a “modern” and “mainstream” publication, use the term “Ultra Orthodox” in its reporting.

    • Samuel Dinkels

      Very true. They took the story from the NYT. You would expect that Algemeiner would know better.

  • shloime

    if convicted, he should be required to pay for their replacement. $1200 isn’t a huge sum, but the legal system should start with restitution for the victims. (before paying his attorney!)