Monsey Jews respond to recent violence


Muncie is a hamlet in the suburbs to the north of New York City was some twenty thousand people many residents here are his city could use a second of all to Orthodox Judaism at a strip mall and main street choppers hid under umbrellas and ducked in and out of she would clothing stores to limited skis father survived the Holocaust and she says the weekend's attack brought up painful feelings of what he always warned her about he would tell me be where these so much anti semitism I go no doubt anywhere in America and here it is coming up again you know just a very ugly and very horrific she works as a biology teacher at a public school nearby she says she felt an outpouring of support from the diverse community here many of my colleagues and my neighbors orthodox not orthodox Jews not Jewish black white people called me because they cared about me and asked if I was well inside an eyeglass store nearby the owner and his employees say they've been discussing ways to increase security the employee thinks they should get a gun but a key vote the order who declined to give his last name because of concerns over safety disagrees I like the idea of the taser better just to have something and protection but this is not a gun it's not float to the another man at the store Mordecai helper Stam works for security firm and he says his company has been getting lots of last minute requests somebody made a party last night Hanukkah party actually called if we could provide armed security as party because he's bringing out his whole family there is children as cousins grandparents you know if somebody has no problem walking into somebody's house of machete was she going to do there and sent a few women passing by declined to be recorded one says she knows one of the victims in the attack and feels traumatized another young mother says she now feels paranoid nearby adorama PO town hall elected officials and community leaders gather to discuss how to move forward risky fighter is a community activist the people to learn who we are we human beings I mean what we different so we prayed to from you have a different religion but we still love our children we care about education we have a lot of things in common people to want to see that Aaron leader is a Rocklin county legislator I can tell you that the number one thing on people's mind our god for bid if this is a school with the next attack is taking place the attack in Muncie is the latest in a string of violent attacks on ultra orthodox Jewish people in the tri state area members of this community where traditional clothes that make them easy to target despite that we said the thought of changing his appearance in any way has not crossed his mind I will never ever try to conceal the fact that I'm Joe all walk proudly is it you federal prosecutors say the alleged attacker Grafton Thomas kept journals with anti semitic writings and then he's facing hate crimes charges in a statement released by his attorney Thomas's family says he had a long history of mental illness meanwhile in Muncie members of the Jewish community are looking both for answers and for healing as they celebrate the last day of

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