NEW CITY, N.Y. -- There is a $2,500 reward associated with apprehension and conviction of the suspects who used fireworks to attack the exteriors of the homes of two Jewish leaders near Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland.
Evan Bernstein, the regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said the organization is offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
The attack was characterized by County Executive Ed Day as a "hate crime" at a rally Thursday at the Rockland County Courthouse.
Three small explosions occurred Tuesday night at the homes of Rabbi Simcha Morganstern and Rabbi Avremel Kotlartsky on Tarry Hill Drive and Phillips Hill Road respectively, both of which are closely located to the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland.
The incidents occurred around 10:45 p.m., and a fragment and partial label of a firecracker were recovered at the scene, a news release from Clarkstown police reported.
“Let’s be clear: when two incendiary devices, high-powered fireworks—whatever there were—are tossed in front of two rabbi’s residences that is intimidation, that is a hate crime in my view,” Day said.
“We cannot legislate that you love your neighbor but we will and can have legislated that we will live harmoniously and we will show respect,” said Rockland Commissioner of Human Rights Penny Jennings during the rally.
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