(UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF POST) Yeshivaworld has just interviewed a prominent Lakewood Askan, who has vented his frustration at last night’s brutal, unprovoked bias attack by an African American male on a Lakewood Cheder Rebbe.
According to him, and practically every single Rosh Yeshiva, Rov, Askan, and Lakewood resident, the root of the problem is that Lakewood is filled with slum-housing that is occupied by violent gang members. Many (95%) of these properties are owned by members of our own community.
He feels that not enough is being done to correct this dangerous problem.
“Perhaps it is time to get the public records of every criminal arrested in the last 5 years in Lakewood, and see what their address is. Close to 100% of these addresses are owned by Frum landlords/slumlords. The names of these slumlords should then be publicized. Let the community see what the real reason for the crime in Lakewood is.
The most crime-infested properties in the town of Lakewood are owned by prominent members of our community. Downtown is a fearful mess.
Criminals from the High Point neighborhood prey on the adjacent neighborhoods. One frum landlord owns some 40 units in High Point alone. Thugs from Woodlake can cruise through Lakewood at will, looking for victims. Raintree is filled with homes of dealers of all sorts. Shootings take place on Seventh Street by people who live on Seventh Street, and if not on Seventh then on another block nearby. The abductor of the frum girl from Trim Gym lived in the home of a frum person.
Last nights brutal assault was another wake-up call! We need to get the community to stand up and force these landlords to evict these vile creatures.
Everyone knows that if you invite 500 terrorists to live in Lakewood they will plant a bomb in one of our Shuls. This is no different. Bring 500 violent thugs – all gang members – into the heart of our community and we then have incidents such as last night.
Steps were taken to stop this in the past by Rabbonim and Poskim, which failed in the face of strong landlord opposition.
Just last year the slumlords were outraged when a law was passed requiring that properties be kept in decent condition. Their reaction? They staged a demonstration outside the home of Mayor Lichtenstein!
They are now fighting a law that would require a yearly inspection of rental properties. What is wrong with a yearly inspection? What are they afraid of? Is it the countless violations that will definitely be found in the properties?
Enough is enough! It is time to stand up!”
Lakewood’s Mayor, Police Chief, a representative of the United States Justice Dept, and representatives of Lakewood’s communities will meet at the Strand reception area at 3:30PM.
Concerned citizens might want to attend to learn more about what is being done to make Lakewood safe again. (See update below)
In regards to Mordechai Shmuel ben Miriam: He remains in serious condition, with a serious skull fracture – and bleeding on the brain R”L. The doctors are very optimistic that he will I”H have a complete Refuah Shelayma.
NOTE: Yeshivaworld requests that due to the sensitivity of this subject, any comments submitted should not have any names, nor have any hints as to whom one is talking about. Absolutely no Lashon Hara, Motzei Shem Ra etc. will be tolerated!
UPDATE 1:45PM EST: For some reason the meeting has been moved to the Municipal building, and is now a closed-door meeting. It will still not be detrimental if the community shows their appearance at the building.