ADL Condemns New Jersey Vandalism Targeting Jewish Institutions

New York, NY, November 30, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned a spate of vandalism targeting Rutgers Hillel and Chabad and Jewish-owned stores in Highland Park in a crime spree that took place over the past few days.

ADL has been in contact and is working closely with local law enforcement officials and the Jewish community in response to the attacks."We are appalled by the targeting of Jewish stores and Jewish campus institutions at Rutgers," said Lawrence Cooper, ADL New Jersey Regional Board Chair. "These shocking crimes target the entire Jewish community as these locations appear to have been selected because of their Jewishness. We're confident that the police are doing everything they can to identify and apprehend the perpetrators."

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the windows of Rutgers Hillel in New Brunswick were shattered by a brick, and early this morning in Highland Park and New Brunswick, three kosher restaurants, two Judaica shops, and a Jewish-owned hardware store had their windows broken, according to authorities.

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and Highland Park Police arrested Richard M. Green and charged him with multiple counts of criminal mischief and bias intimidation for the incidents.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.