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Mezuzah ripped off door post in Williamsburg in suspected hate crime

By Mason White 4:30 PM July 31, 2014
Mezuzah illustration 

By: Devansh Dutt
Hasidic Jews in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, are shocked after learning that a mezuzah was ripped off a door post in an anti-Semitic attack.

The New York Police Department said that they launched an investigation on Thursday, after they received a call about the mezuzah vandalism.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, is calling it a bias incident.

Police officers interviewed people and reviewed security cameras in order to track down the suspect.

“I am surprised and disturbed that a mezuzah, which is a religious symbol of profound importance to the Jewish faith, was ripped off the home of a community member last night,” Council Member Steve Levin said.

“We stand united against acts of hatred, and we will pursue those responsible for the attack. Last year, multiple mezuzahs were desecrated in the same community and the criminal was found quickly thanks to the work of the NYPD. I have full confidence in the New York Police Department as they investigate this crime, and will continue to work with them through the entire investigation,” he concluded.

So far, no arrests have been made.