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New York village slapped with lawsuit after preventing Satmar Jews from living among them

By Mason White 3:58 PM September 9, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A New York town was slapped with a lawsuit after they allegedly prevented Satmar Jews from living among them, according to court documents filed in New York.

Hasidic Jews seeking to build and operate at least 396 units and a private religious school in Bloomingburg, filed the lawsuit on Monday.

They are seeking $25 million for religious discrimination, accusing town officials of conspiring to block a massive influx of Satmar Hasidic families to the small village of approximately 420 inhabitants.

The village is part of the town of Mamakating, which is also one of the defendants being accused of anti-Semitism.

“The people and the city are trying to use their political power, economic pressures, zoning laws, and sheer intimidation to prevent a certain type of people from joining their community,” the lawsuit alleges.

“This kind of intolerance may sound like the Civil Rights era in the South. It is currently developing in a municipality just 75 miles from New York City,” the lawsuit also alleges.

Town officials said that they voted to approve a new gated community of 125 luxury homes with a golf course, tennis courts and swimming pools that village residents could use.

However, the original developer sold the property, and 396 apartment units were built. “So they told us that a resort will be built, and then changed their plan once they got the approval,” an official said.