Officials congratulate NYPD on capture of hate-crime suspect

April 10, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Following news that the person of interest in the Williamsburg mezuzah-burning case, 35-year-old Ruben Ublies, has been apprehended, elected officials and community leaders congratulating NYPD on their investigation.

As the Eagle has reported, on April 9, 11 mezuzot, or Jewish religious symbols posted on doorposts, were set on fire at 85 Taylor St. The following day, one fire-damaged mezuzah was discovered at 130 Clymer St.

Council Member Stephen Levin said, “Today we have sent a clear message: Williamsburg will not tolerate hate, Brooklyn will not tolerate hate, and New York City will not tolerate hate.”

State Senator Daniel Squadron said, “Apprehending the suspect in this week’s abhorrent crimes is an important step that will hopefully put an end to a very ugly few days. Hate crimes have absolutely no place in our city or anywhere, and we must continue to stand together against all forms of bigotry and intolerance.”

 “I was deeply disturbed by the act of religious desecration that took place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I join my colleagues in commending the NYPD for their swift identification and apprehension of the individual suspected in these hateful crimes. Let this be a reminder to all who would seek to strike fear in ethnic and religious communities through cowardly acts,” said Council Member Letitia James.

Rabbi David Niederman of United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg said, “The Jewish community is incredibly grateful to the NYPD for their tireless work to find the person responsible for these hateful acts. Their work with members of the community to find the suspect has brought us one step closer to justice.”

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