(JNS.org) New York’s police department is questioning a suspect in a series of mezuzah burnings that occurred in Brooklyn on Monday, which was Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Orthodox-Jewish residents in several Williamsburg buildings had discovered at about 4:45 p.m. Monday that 12 mezuzahs hanging on their doors were torched. “It’s devastating. It’s very sad and such things shouldn’t happen,” resident Raizy Fogel told New York’s local CBS 2 News. Local news channel Long Island News 12 reported that police have placed 35-year-old Rubin Ublies in custody, whom they identified using facial recognition software, and are questioning him on the arson.
“This is a blatant act of anti-Semitism with a clear attempt to instill fear and intimidate the victims in their homes,” said Etzion Neuer, the Anti-Defamation League’s acting New York regional director.
On his Facebook page, Ublies denied any involvement in the mezuzah burnings. “I’m going to get my name cleared. I don’t even like fires; been threw (sic) too many of those to attempt to threaten a community thats (sic) has not violated me. Give me the benefit of the doubt,” he wrote.