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NYC Probes Anti-Semitic Attacks as Firebombing Hits NJ Rabbi’s Home

By Marilyn Elias on January 11, 2012 - 5:26 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Concern is mounting over an apparent wave of anti-Semitic assaults and vandalism in the New York City area since November, with the latest two incidents being investigated as hate crimes.

At about 4:30 a.m. today, several Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices were thrown into the rabbi’s residence at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, N.J., according to the Associated Press. Rabbi Nosson Schuman told CBS 880 Radio that he saw a flash of fire outside his bedroom window before the bedspread caught fire. The rabbi said his five children and wife made it out safely, and that the damage to the building was minimal. Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said the incident is being investigated as attempted murder and bias-related arson.

Meanwhile, the Hate Crimes Task Force at the New York Police Department is investigating an incident in which multiple swastikas were scrawled across four storefront windows on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, according to States News Service. The vandalism was discovered last Sunday. Police could find no prints on the windows but are reviewing video from a nearby NYPD camera to see if it captured footage of the person who drew the Nazi symbols, a source at NYPD told Hatewatch.

The two incidents follow at least 10 other assaults and acts of vandalism since November that appear to be motivated by anti-Semitism, according to a summary report by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and data gathered by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

There were about the same number of anti-Semitic incidents in the New York metro area in 2009 and 2010, Ron Meier, director of the New York region of ADL, told Hatewatch.  “A sudden spike now of so many incidents in such a short period of time is quite unusual,” Meier said. “There doesn’t seem to be a shared trigger or any pattern for these events. But they do raise the level of concern, and the need for all of us to be outspoken and to take action.”

Stringer’s report lists a number of seemingly anti-Semitic incidents, including violent attacks against Orthodox Jews in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn; anti-Semitic graffiti in Williamsburg, a heavily Jewish area of Brooklyn; subway stations defaced with anti-Jewish graffiti; and a stabbing on a subway platform by two men who shouted anti-Semitic slurs.

The acts “are an insult to all New Yorkers,” Stringer said. “We need to send a message to those who commit such crimes that this behavior is unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  New York City prides itself on diversity and tolerance.”

The New Jersey incidents included another fire intentionally set last week at a temple in Paramus close to the one bombed today, and anti-Semitic graffiti discovered last month at two synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood, according to the AP.

“There’s no panic here, but we feel concern,” Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, told Hatewatch. “We’re also hearing concern from leaders of other faiths. We have strong interfaith relationships here in New York, and people of other religions stand with us all the time.”

  • Kiwiwriter

    A suspect in this case has been arrested. He is identified as an unemployed loner with few friends and a great hatred for Jews.

  • Kiwiwriter


    Someone who chortles over a vicious firebombing of a rabbi and his family is only worthy of ridicule, condescension, and pity.

    So trundle back to VNN, where your anti-Semitic “witticisms” are more welcome, I’m sure.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “P.S., the forced conversions of the northern european peoples by their ruling elites occured from 600-1400 AD (more or less), therefore the correct timeline is 1400-600 years ago.”

    Gee Woland, I didn’t know Europeans(or “whites” as you like to call them) include only ‘Northern Europeans.’ See I had this wacky idea that Greeks and Romans were Europeans, thus pushing that timeline to the reign of Theodosius who made it the official religion of the Roman empire.

    Also those ruling elites you speak of…were they Jewish? I’m pretty sure they weren’t. In any case I have to find it funny when WNs complain about non-white crime and behavior while simultaneously idolizing Germanic barbarians who were infamous for their rape and pillaging. Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Moors, Mayans and Chinese built far greater civilizations than the Germanic and Scandinavian pagans. You’re basically putting a small sub-group of Europeans on a pedestal when in fact they didn’t even show much promise at all until long after their adoption of Christianity.

  • Woland


    You have such a beautiful command of the English langauge.

    P.S., the forced conversions of the northern european peoples by their ruling elites occured from 600-1400 AD (more or less), therefore the correct timeline is 1400-600 years ago.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Woland, virtually every neo-Nazi claims he’s not a Sieg Heiling idiot. But with your nonsensical views about the “semitic spirit”(whatever the hell that is), you might as well be. And about that “slave religion”, you do realize WHO “foisted” that religion on you right?

    It’s rather amusing finding someone who is still butthurt about something that happened around 1700 years ago.

  • Woland


    What is the reason for your obsession with VNN?

    Is it that your favored method of argument is to slander anyone who disagrees with your worldview as a “neo-nazi”?

    And before you fire off an appropriately condescending, facile comment, note that I am not an arm-band wearing, stiff arm saluting Hilterite cartoon stereotype.

    I am simply opposed to the semitic spirit and the docile cattle mentality that results in us “goyim” when its various slave religions are foisted upon us – which incidentally, is an more accurate description of what Marr railed against in 1879.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Aron, as I said earlier, be careful how you feed trolls. They just want to be able to rush back to VNN and show their pals how they stood tall in the glorious fight against the Jewish-Communist conspiracy to put a kosher delicatessen flying the hammer and sickle on every street corner, and actually got a reaction.

  •, Aron


    Were there enough non-sensical questions in your last post? Does anyone really care? Why am I even bothering to respond to you?


  • Matt

    You see most people don’t burn their own houses and cars? Didn’t any of you lefty Jews look at the story of how it is all insurance fraud? That paper must be run by a war criminal?

  • Roger

    So now a rabbi’s home gets firebombed. Okay, I wonder how the perpetrators of this vicious act would feel about their own homes being torched?! Wow! You mean that’s not nice? Imagine that.

  • Beachcomber

    Wow! This subject sure brought out the anti-Semitism in many of you, not to mention blaming the victims, pointing fingers at one another, and arguing over the definition of anti-Semitism. For shame! For shame! How childish. How backward.

  • Reynardine

    Ian, that is true: the majority of Muslims speak either Indo-Iranian languages or one of the languages of Indonesia. At this point, increasing numbers speak English with increasing fluency, or other more or less Western languages of countries where their families have settled. A sizeable number are Turanian, also. Just so, outside of Israel, Hebrew is solely a liturgical language, and most Jews don’t speak it. Nonetheless, these religions, like Christianity, are desert-born and come from common cultural roots. That is exactly why the Children of Ibrahim are at each others’ throats: it is sibling rivalry. Where one becomes dominant, the other two are persecuted. Christianity, though, has so long called itself European that it considers the remaining religions to be nomadic “others” and often (as in Spain) the same Other. The kind of mindset that will persecute one will persecute both.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I think the saddest thing about Woland’s childish extrusion is the thought that he probably regards it as having struck a great blow for his beloved yet nonexistent Aryan race. If spouting drivel like that on SPLC’s blog — and presumably bragging about it to his pals on VNN — is the greatest accomplishment of his life, I feel sorry for him.

    Ruslan, Mitch, Aron: good answers to the troll. Be careful how you feed him.

  • Matt

    seems it not hte National Socialists?

  • Ian

    Wilhelm Marr, the inventer of the term “anti-Semitism” used it to describe the movement against Jews. The book where he first used the term was called “”The Victory of Germandom over Jewry”, not “The Victory of Germandom over Rival (Non-Christian) Abrahamic Religions and Cultures”.

    A large majority of Muslims do not speak Semitic languages, other than religious use of Arabic.

  • Reynardine

    Ian, I never said it means prejudice against Semitic languages. It means prejudice against rival (non-Christian) Abrahamic religions and cultures. All “Christian” Inquisitions have persecuted them both, and where it is acceptable to persecute one, the other will soon follow.

  • Ian

    Claiming “antisemitism” means prejudice againt Semitic languages is like claiming “homophobia” means fear of same.

  • Starr

    This sounds a whole lot like the recent “anti semitic attacks” that turned out to be a case of i”nsurance fraud.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Molly, you must be new here. If you make claims, you need to bring the evidence.

  • Matt

    Let’s not point fingers yet, many of these cases lead right back to the homeowners themselves. NYC is not a hotbed of National Socialists.

  • Mitch Beales

    Molly your post is hate speech since you are repeating lies that have been called out repeatedly.

  •, Aron


    Care to enlighten us with some evidence? Because, I don’t you’ll be able…

    Oh, and Woland: your armband is showing.

  • http://Yahoo Molly

    Where were the occupy wall streeters when this happened. They are stirring up a lot of anti- semitism. Hate speech is alive and well there.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Yes, Woland, I’m sure that Rabbi was responsible for terrible oppression of the “Goyim.” That would be typical VNN logic.

  • Woland

    Once the Goyim start to be “uppity”, who knows what they will do next?!!!

  • Woland

    Oy Vey!

  • Reynardine

    Anti-Semites are anti-Semites. “Semites”, culturally and linguisticly, is a term that includes Muslim and Christian Arabs, as well as Jews (I don’t think too many Americans even think about the Maltese). Anti-Muslim/Arab bigotry is going to have a resonance with anti-Jewish bigotry, and often serves as a more socially acceptable surrogate for it, so whoever stirs up one will sooner or later stir up the other.