Police question suspect in burning of Jewish religious symbols in Brooklyn

Posted at 11:37 AM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 11:42:35-04

Police are questioning a suspect in the burning of Jewish religious symbols outside multiple homes in Brooklyn.

Police are investigating the burning of the mezuzahs as a possible hate crime. Mezuzahs are small objects that contain parchment with Hebrew phrases from the Torah,  and are meant to offer protection to the household.

Police have identified the suspect as Rubin Ublies, 35.

“This was a brazen act. It was malicious and hurtful to this community,” said Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin earlier this week.

This hateful crime happened on Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day that people around the world remember the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

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