The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday called on law enforcement authorities to increase security and patrols around synagogues, schools and other Jewish institutions in northern New Jersey following the firebombing of a synagogue in Rutherford.
Authorities said the fire in Congregation Beth El synagogue was sparked by an incendiary device thrown through a window. It was the second reported case of attempted arson against a Jewish house of worship in Bergen County in the past week. Police are also investigating the January 4 firebombing of a Paramus synagogue.
“An attack on a Jewish synagogue is an attack on the entire community,” said Etzion Neuer, acting ADL New Jersey director. “After this horrific attack in Rutherford and other synagogue attacks in Bergen County, we are urging law enforcement to increase patrols and security near synagogues and Jewish community buildings in northern New Jersey to help prevent this from happening again.
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