A New Jersey town has introduced hateful and highly discriminatory new rules aimed at barring Orthodox Jews from moving in, according to a stunning complaint filed by the state attorney general.
The nine-count complaint accuses Mahwah’s public officials and most vocal residents of using the same tactics employed by “1950s-era white flight suburbanites who sought to keep African-Americans from moving into their neighborhoods.”
The lawsuit takes aim at two ordinances that state prosecutors say were designed specifically to deter Orthodox Jews seeking to relocate from upstate New York, according to NJ Advance Media.
The first edict, which went into effect at the end of July, barred out of state residents from using Mahwah parks and other recreational facilities.
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The second, which was introduced but not passed, expanded a ban on placing signs on utility poles to include any “device or other matter.”
The measure would have prevented Orthodox Jews from installing on utility poles a white piping used to create an eruv, a ritual boundary that allows the community members to carry house keys or push baby strollers outside the home on the Sabbath.
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