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(VOORHEES)–Today Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) issued the following statement in response to the alleged firebombing of Temple Beth El in Rutherford, as well as three other recent incidents of alleged arson and anti-Semitic graffiti at Bergen County synagogues:

“Hate-based acts of violence directed at people for their religious beliefs are repugnant to both the spirit in which our nation was founded and the laws and values of our state. I am personally disgusted by these vicious displays of Anti-Semitism. Such reprehensible acts have absolutely no place in New Jersey–or anywhere else for that matter.”

“I am thankful that Rabbi Schuman and his family were not seriously injured. He and his family, as well as the entire Temple Beth El community, are in my thoughts and prayers.”

“These appalling acts of prejudice and intolerance will not be allowed to stand. Justice must be served, and I am confident that the appropriate local, state and federal authorities will investigate and prosecute these incidents to the full extent of the law.”