Friday, June 01, 2007

Boy accused of burning down synagogue

Ramapo police today arrested a 15-year-old boy on a felony charge accusing him of burning down a Monsey synagogue used by an anti-Israel group.

The boy was playing with matches and recklessly started the fire that destroyed Congregation Bais Yehudi on April 1, Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said.

The Saddle River Road building housed a rabbi and his family and was used by Netura Karta. The anti-Zionist religious group believes only the biblical Messiah can create a state of Israel and that Jews there should live under Arab rule until that day comes.

Police charged the youth with fourth-degree criminal mischief.

His case has been referred to the Rockland Family Court for disposition of the charge because of his age. The boy is scheduled to appear in court on June 26.


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