The second man charged in a series of attacks on synagogues in New Jersey is being held on $2.5 million bail.
Prosecutors told the court that 19-year-old Anthony Graziano confessed to firebombing another synagogue in Paramus along with a home attached to a synagogue in Rutherford.
The prosecutor said that Anthony Graziano was spooked by a passing patrol car and failed to carry out the third alleged attack.
“Someone like Mr. Graziano, let’s just say it’s probably best we did make the arrest when we did,” Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Wednesday.
The arrest of Anthony Graziano of Lodi comes just days after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office released video of a “person of interest” sought in the investigation into the firebombing.
Investigators say surveillance video shows him leaving a Walmart on Route 46 in Saddle Brook after buying materials to make Molotov cocktails.
“I think we can use this act of hatred an act of unity,” said Rabbi Nosson Schulman. “Use that hatred and turn it inside out to love.”
For Rabbi Nosson Schuman and his wife, it’s getting a little easier to sleep in their bedroom again. This is just days after someone firebombed their home and synagogue in Rutherford.
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The firebombing of Rabbi Nosson Schuman’s residence next to Congregation Beth El marked the fourth hate crime targeted at a Jewish center in the past month.
Rabbi Nosson Schuman, who lives in the home with his wife and five children, said he saw a flash of fire outside his bedroom window before his bedspread caught fire.
Swastikas have been scrolled in white grease paint on the windows of a Japanese bookstore and clothing store on 41st Street and 6th Avenue, where several rabbis and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer gathered Tuesday to say ‘enough.’
Several synagogues in North Jersey are reviewing their security measures following a recent series of bias incidents.
Police in New Jersey are looking for the vandals who painted swastikas outside of synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood.
Authorities said someone wrote the words “God don’t like Jews” in red marker on the window of a car owned by a Jewish family.
The Anti-Defamation League called the ad “crude and offensive,” and in a press release said it “reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes.”