(JNS.org) New York’s police department is questioning an alleged suspect in the mezuzah burnings that occurred in Brooklyn Monday, which was also Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day.
Orthodox-Jewish residents in several Williamsburg buildings had discovered at about 4:45 p.m. Monday that 12 mezuzahs hanging on their doors were torched. “It’s devastating. It’s very sad and such things shouldn’t happen,” said resident Raizy Fogel told New York’s local CBS 2 News. Local news channel Long Island News 12 reported police have placed 35-year-old Rubin Ublies in custody and are questioning him on the arson.
“This is a blatant act of anti-Semitism with a clear attempt to instill fear and intimidate the victims in their homes,” Etzion Neuer, the Anti-Defamation League’s acting New York regional director, also said.