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New Jersey: Vandals deface Holocaust memorial outside of synagogueA banner containing an ethnic slur for Jewish people was placed over a Holocaust memorial in front of a synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey, following the accusations that seven Jewish couples lied about their incomes in order to receive public welfare benefits. State authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who hung the poster.
On Sunday, an anti-Semitic banner was placed over a Holocaust memorial outside of a synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey. The message on the banner referred to Jewish people by using an ethnic slur and stated that they “will not divide us.”
The local authorities announced that they are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to those responsible for the act after New Jersey’s Anti-Defamation League chapter tweeted a picture of the banner over the memorial.
The incident occurred after seven couples in the local Jewish community, including the rabbi and his wife, were arrested on suspicion of lying about their incomes in order to receive public welfare benefits. The court eventually released the couples without bail after they appeared for their initial hearings.
The Lakewood Jewish community has recently been the victim of other anti-Semitic incidents in light of the accusations. In another incident, anti-Semitic fliers about the arrests were placed on dozens of cars belonging to members of the community. It is currently unclear whether the same people were responsible for both the incidents.
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