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Niagara Falls: Arrest in Synagogue attacks

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) praised the Niagara Falls Police Department, the FBI, and the Niagara County’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for the arrests of two teenagers suspected of repeatedly vandalizing a local synagogue.

Michael S. Blount, 18, and a juvenile yesterday were charged with felony hate crimes and criminal mischief in several bias-related incidents against the synagogue during a six-month period.

“We applaud law enforcement for making this investigation a priority and for pursuing hate crime charges against the perpetrators,” said Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director.  “Hate crimes, be it an attack on an individual or a communal institution, can have an impact far beyond those immediately affected. Such crimes have the potential to unsettle an entire community. The message from Niagara law enforcement is clear – that any attack targeting minority group in Niagara Falls is unacceptable and will have consequences.”

Vandals have repeatedly targeted Temple Beth Israel for the past two years.  On January 12, the message “kill the Jews” was duct-taped on a door to the Niagara Falls temple.

(Source: ADL)

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