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Mahwah, NJ - Vandalism To Mahwah Eruv Being Investigated As A Hate Crime

Published on: July 27, 2017 10:52 AM
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White PVC piping that serves as part of the Eruv, is seen fixed to a utility pole in Mahwah NJ on July 25, 2017 (Sandy Eller VINnews.com) White PVC piping that serves as part of the Eruv, is seen fixed to a utility pole in Mahwah NJ on July 25, 2017 (Sandy Eller VINnews.com)

Mahwah, NJ - Three days after an emotional meeting that had Mahwah residents uniting in an effort to have a recently installed eruv removed from their streets, township police are investigating an act of vandalism that damaged the eruv in four separate locations.

Police Chief Jim Batelli said that investigators are reviewing surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the parties who attempted to remove the eruv’s recently installed PVC piping from utility poles on Sparrowbush Road and East Mahwah Road.

Since the incident targeted a specific religious group it is being investigated as a hate crime, said Batelli. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified of the incident.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2h5JbWi), more than 200 Mahwah residents gathered at Continental Soldier Field to plan a strategy to deal with the eruv, voicing concerns about what the existence of the eruv could mean for Mahwah. Residents also aired their grievances about out of state residents making unsolicited offers to buy homes for cash and large groups of children from outside Mahwah using local parks.

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In his remarks to the crowd, meeting organizer Robert Ferguson urged Mahwah residents not to take matters into their own hands regarding the eruv.  Ferguson referenced an online petition opposing the eruv, noting that he had deleted numerous comments from individuals saying that they would remove the eruv’s PVC piping themselves.

“Do not do that,” Ferguson said emphatically. “That doesn’t help us at all. In fact, it makes us look terrible.”

Mahwah mayor Bill Laforet said that he could not comment on an open police investigation but that there is no place for vandalism in Mahwah.

“We are a welcoming, inclusive community and the acts of a few do not represent the people of Mahwah,” said Laforet.

Laforet, who had expressed his frustration at his inability to open a dialogue with the eruv commitee, asked VIN News on Monday to facilitate a conversation that could possibly help alleviate some of the township’s concerns. That discussion took place this week between Laforet and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of the Monsey Eruv and was described by the mayor as “productive.”

“There is nothing that can’t be helped through discussion,” noted Laforet.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Mahwah Police Department at tips@mahwahpd.org.



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 Jul 27, 2017 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

That PVC in the picture can't be part of a kosher eiruv the way its tilting.

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 12:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

That PVC in the picture can't be part of a kosher eiruv the way its tilting.

So you saying a Yid did the damage?

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 12:14 PM grandpajoe Says:

PVC - SHMIVC - IT'S ANTI SEMITISM REARING ITS UGLY HEAD

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 01:01 PM gimmeabreak Says:

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grandpajoe Says:

PVC - SHMIVC - IT'S ANTI SEMITISM REARING ITS UGLY HEAD

Don't you read the comments on VIN and other frum news sites? Trump is president. There is NO antisemitism.

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 01:59 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

That PVC in the picture can't be part of a kosher eiruv the way its tilting.

Am ha'aretz.

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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gimmeabreak Says:

Don't you read the comments on VIN and other frum news sites? Trump is president. There is NO antisemitism.

This anti religion, which is a result of the Obama years.

Most of the people in Mahwah voted for Hilary. Look at the election results.

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

To #4- Stop blaming Trump for anti-semitism; the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the hate calls which were telephoned into the JCC's in the USA, was done by an Israeli-American teenager.

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 Jul 27, 2017 at 06:27 PM Anonymous Says:

"You've got to be taught, to learn how to hate." South Pacific

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 Jul 28, 2017 at 03:06 AM Mark Levin Says:

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gimmeabreak Says:

Don't you read the comments on VIN and other frum news sites? Trump is president. There is NO antisemitism.

Still upset that Shrillary lost? LOL!!!!!


When things start looking up for you, please don't partake.

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