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Jewish Businesses Attacked in Highland Park, Man Arrested

For descriptive purposes.  Not from Highland Park.

For descriptive purposes. Not from Highland Park.
Photo Credit: Lionel Allorge. For illustrative purposes. Not from Highland Park

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A frightened Highland Park, New Jersey Jewish community rested a little easier Thursday, after a suspect in an attack on five Jewish businesses was put under arrest on Wednesday.

Windows were smashed at five Jewish businesses on Raritan Avenue on Wednesday morning.  Two of the stores sold Judaica, and two were Jewish restaurants – Jerusalem Pizza, Trio Israeli Gifts, the Judaica Gallery, Park Place kosher restaurant, and Jack’s Hardware.  No anti-Semitic graffiti or messaging was found at the sites.

Richard Green, 52, of New Brunswick was arrested and charged with five counts of criminal mischief, a fourth-degree offense.  Police are also investigating possible connections between Green and vandalism at the Chabad House of New Brunswick and the Hillel house at Rutgers University.  Both sites were attacked on Sunday night, their windows shattered.

The Highland Park mayor’s office affirmed that Mayor Stephen Nolan is taking the crime seriously, and that police are investigating, but that there is no indication that there are any additional threats to the Jewish community of Highland Park.

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About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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4 Responses to “Jewish Businesses Attacked in Highland Park, Man Arrested”

  1. Not a hate crime A mentally challenged soul Who needs help Mr. Green is a poor Jewish male with a long history of mental illness. his serious mental illness are not made public. He needs help and perhaps there is a mental institution where he can get help. This is the second day that the media intentionally or unintentionally misinform people by omitting critical facts from the story.
    Unfortunately, now that he has gone ahead and committed crimes and shown himself to be unstable and destructive, he will be in the “system” for significant time. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG
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  2. MCR wrote: from others media

    Rabbi Rosenberg’s comments are accurate. According to many sources, mysteriously not being reported by the media, the person under arrest is a Jewish man who has a history of mental health problems. One of the store owners told me he knows the man, and he even shopped in his store regularly.

  3. The HP community was in an uproar when the so called 2nd Chrystal Nacht took place. The one who went out of his way to speak to the store owners and gather the truth was Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg. As usual he is attacked for being the outspoken courageous symbol in our community. He is the only one seeking the truth, the culprit is mentally unbalanced and a Jew, and now the story is not headlines…. The rabbi was given no credit for organizing the Edison police dept. to guard all Jewish businesses synagogues and schools in Edison. Why is his religion being swept under the carpet.

  4. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG says:

    I was right all along. They are finally admitting that he is Jewish.
    http://njjewishnews.com/article/statewide/prosecutors-jewish-man-targeted-jewish-shops#.Tt_JXbLfU04

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