Arsonist sets fires at 7 different Jewish sites in Brooklyn

Suspect reportedly arrested after yeshivas, synagogues said to have been targeted in Hasidic area of Brooklyn.

Tal Polon,

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) received reports of fires at seven different locations in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn on Friday. According to City Council Member Stephen Levin and State Senator Martin Dilan, the fires targeted “yeshivas and synagogues in the predominantly Hasidic community.”

“Earlier this morning, NYPD’s 90th Precinct received reports of fires at seven different locations throughout South Williamsburg. The perpetrator set fires at local yeshivas and synagogues in the predominantly Hasidic community. The crimes are being investigated by the Hate Crime Task Force and Fire Marshals,” they said in a statement.

“Tragically, it would seem these types of attacks are becoming all too common. Words and speech are as real as any weapon, and I again call on the current administration to unequivocally denounce every and all hate groups. We need to do everything in our power to deny hate safe harbor, whether in Pittsburgh, Charleston, or here in Williamsburg.”

According to Williamsburg News, the suspected perpetrator of the fires was arrested by NYPD, with the help of neighborhood watch group Williamsburg Shomrim.

The arson took place around the time that graffiti reading "Kill all the Jews" was found daubed in Brooklyn's Union Temple. The discovery led to the cancellation of a political event that was supposed to take place there.




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