Remember this incident last week that briefly led to media hysteria and the usual nonsense from the terror co-conspirators from CAIR? Once the facts came to light and it was shown to be the actions of one deranged individual, the story completely disappeared.
Yet it’s curious how little attention has been paid to a series of temple firebombings in northern New Jersey, with the latest incident happening just yesterday.
Jewish leaders and law enforcement officials are tightening security measures as investigators search for the culprit who firebombed the Rutherford synagogue Wednesday, injuring its rabbi.
Many synagogue leaders said they would reexamine security at their temples in the wake of the fourth bias incident within a month, and they are gathering in Paramus Thursday night for a meeting at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey with top law enforcement and elected officials to address security issues at Jewish institutions.
Meanwhile, the Anti Defamation League is upping its reward to $2,500 in the hopes that it will encourage those with information about any of the attacks on synagogues to step forward.
“We’ve seen a rise from vandalism to arson to attempted murder,” said Etzion Neuer, director of the ADL’s New Jersey office, who has sent out security alerts to area synagogues calling for greater vigilance. “Every synagogue must take extra steps to protect its constituents and building,” he said.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli urged the community and local law enforcement to be watchful of house of worships in their communities.
The heads of the Hackensack and Maywood police departments, where two of the incidents took place, said they would step up patrols for all religious institutions. Maywood Police Chief David Pegg called on residents in Bergen County to join together.
“We also ask the public if they see something, see a car, if something doesn’t feel right, to contact police,” said Capt. Tomas Padilla, Hackensack’s acting officer in charge.
The FBI has also gotten involved and has been monitoring all the attacks since last month, according to Michael B. Ward, the special agent in charge of the Newark field office. They sent a civil rights agent and a bomb technician to the scene in Rutherford on Wednesday, he said.
In the New York incidents, there was no hesitance to label it a hate crime. Now after four incidents, it’s merely a potential hate crime.
Why the double standard?