Wednesday, March 2, 2016

TR Mayor: We have no tolerance for anti-Semitic attacks

TOMS RIVER, NJ  Patch.com-- The discovery of threatening anti-Semitic graffiti that included the words "Burn the Jews" at the playground at Riverwood Park has drawn the condemnation of Toms River officials and sparked a bias crime investigation by the Toms River Police Department.



Toms River police were alerted to the existence of anti-Semitic graffiti on March 1, when The Lakewood Scoop published a report about the existence of the graffiti, said Ralph Stocco, spokesman for the Toms River Police Department. The report did not name the playground, and said the incident was reported to the Lakewood Civilian Patrol. Stocco said another news organization contacted the department to confirm the incident, but nothing had been reported to Toms River police.

Police then began working to identify which park and find the graffiti, Stocco said. It was located at the Riverwood Rodeo playground equipment at Riverwood Park, he said, and included the statement, "Burn the Jews," as well as several other foul words, all scratched into the equipment.

"Many (of the words) included obvious spelling errors," Stocco said. Within two hours the offensive phrase was removed by the Buildings and Grounds Department, he said.

“In Toms River, we have no tolerance for anti-Semitic attacks," Toms River Mayor Thomas H. Kelaher said. "We will not accept this reprehensible behavior. This action is being rightfully condemned and thoroughly investigated."

The incident occurred in the wake of growing tensions between local residents and the Orthodox Jewish community in Lakewood. The community's growing population has led to attempts to find homes in nearby towns, including Toms River, and has led to what Toms River officials have labeled unscrupulous real estate practices, including attempts at intimidating residents to sell their homes.

The Toms River Township Council passed an ordinance last week banning all real estate solicitations in the North Dover section of the township -- Riverwood Park falls within the areas covered by the cease-and-desist ordinance. The day after the ordinance was approved, a Lakewood man was arrested and charged with trespassing after he was found inside a home in one of the banned areas. He told police he had been told the home was in foreclosure and that he could look at it for the possibility of buying it.

11 comments:

  1. ניט אלץ וואס מען זעהן דארפ מיר מפרסם איין דער סקופ מיט אגודה דירקטר וואלט געבליבען שטיל

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  2. דער סקופ מיט די אגודה דירעקטאר זענן זייער שטיל ווען עס קומט צו אסאך אנדרע ענינים. המבין יבין!

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  3. Uber zei veisen vee azoy tzu machen grider far zich

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  4. Just wondering is there a Rav guiding these amateur askanim?

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    1. Did your rov guide you to come here and comment on this blog?
      Just wondering

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    2. NO I dont ask a Rav before commenting on a blog,however those that are in leadership positions or speak on behalf of the klal have an achrayus to double check anything they say or do. Is it smart to raitz uhn neighboring politicians without contacting them first? as mentioned in the article the TRPD was not even aware of the incident.

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    3. I was wondering the same thing. There was a spike in reported bias incidents only after TR passed their cease and desist ordinance. Could reinforce the narrative of those pushing a victim agenda.

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  5. Its also possible that a meeshelanu was involved so he can blane others to further his agenda. Its not so far fetched to assume this .

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  6. If there was a victim agenda how would going or not going to a rav help. Rabanim have agendas too.

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  7. The ADL is very good at finding any small anti semitic incident and reporting it all over the media which in turn creates even more anti semitism. To call out politicians who didnt even know about what was scratched in some playground, does need a Ravs guidance.

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    1. Story on NJ.com that the ADL has condemned this action. Word of this incident is spreading, but will it create sympathy?

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