EDISON – Police are increasing patrols in and around Edison Parks while maintaining a high police presence in areas where Jewish schools and synagogues are located following an anti-Semitic vandalism incident at Paterniti Park last week, officials said.
A resident reported finding several swastikas and an anti-Semitic statement written in black magic marker on playground equipment at the Vineyard Road on Friday, officials said. The Edison Police Department is actively investigating the crime. Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the police detective bureau at 1-732-248-7540.
Mayor Jun Choi said, “These actions are intolerable. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Edison has always prided itself in our respect for cultures and faiths of all backgrounds.”
Last month, an Edison Yeshiva student was attacked on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Police arrested a 16-year-old township resident for allegedly punching the man, and charged him with juvenile delinquency and bias intimidation. Police are still investigating who painted three large blue swastikas on an Edison synagogue on Sept. 27
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