Anti-Semitic acts of vandalism strike N.J. town

NEW YORK (JTA) — Several Jewish-owned shops in Highland Park, N.J., were vandalized.

Windows were smashed Tuesday night at five stores owned by Jewish merchants, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The targeted businesses included kosher restaurants, Judaica shops and a hardware store.

The attacks follow an incident in nearby New Brunswick in which a brick was thrown through the window of the Rutgers University Hillel over the weekend.

“We are appalled by the targeting of Jewish stores and Jewish campus institutions at Rutgers,” said Lawrence Cooper, ADL’s New Jersey Regional board chair.  “These shocking crimes target the entire Jewish community, as these locations appear to have been selected because of their Jewishness.  We’re confident that the police are doing everything they can to identify and apprehend the perpetrators."

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