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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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