Rockland Lawmakers Call for Panel on Anti-Semitism

NEW CITY, N.Y. -

Facing a surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the county with a significant Jewish population, Rockland lawmakers are calling for a commission to be established to investigate racially biased events

There were two separate incidents recently where locations were vandalized and defaced with swastikas and racist slogans in Pearl River, said Alden H. Wolfe, chairman of the Legislature.

“We must stand together against these and all acts of hatred,” Wolfe said. “Rockland County has always been a place that embraces diversity. It must be crystal clear that our county has no tolerance for racism and anti-Semitism, because people who hate don’t differentiate between race or religion. They just hate.”

Wolfe said he wants to see a bipartisan commission examine these crimes as well as the attitudes that give rise to them. He expressed hope that County Executive Ed Day, a Republican, would join in the effort.