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24-Year-old Man Arrested After Harassing, Anti-Semitic Calls to Synagogues

Police: Calls were traced to Pearl River resident.

A 24-year-old Pearl River man has been arrested after making harassing and anti-Semitic telephone calls two synagogues and a Jewish community center in Rockland County, according to Clarkstown Police.

The calls, police said, made direct reference to the on-going conflict in Gaza, where Israel has retaliated with military action after Israel was hit by rocket fire from militants in Gaza. The calls, police said, blamed Israel for the violence in Gaza.

James Schroeter, 24, of Pearl River in Rockland County was arrested at his home on Friday after Clarkstown police detectives were able to trace calls that were made to Temple Beth Torah and Congregation Sons of Israel, both in Upper Nyack, and JCC Rockland in West Nyack.

Police said no threats of violence were made and there does not appear to be any specific reason why calls were made to the two temples and the community center other than their religious affiliation.

Harassing calls started at about 1:15 p.m. on Friday. Police said the calls included a number of anti-Semitic statements as well as anti-Israel statements that also include blaming Israel for the on-going violence in Gaza.

Police said there were no incidents of vandalism or violence connected with the calls.

After his arrest, Schroeter was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court in New City and he was ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $3,000 bail pending a hearing.

Jeanne Gilholm November 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Israel was the only foreign nation to send help to the victims of hurricane Sandy. What other country did anything for us????????
george November 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
No lack of ignorant morons ascribing to radical hateful propagnda.
Elizabeth R. Apgar Triano November 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Regardless of one's feelings regarding the actions of foreign powers, abusive phone calls like that are cowardly. What a putz.
Nummy November 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
China,Japan, UK and even Mexico
Merken Muffley November 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
there's nothing worse than abusive phone calls. it's a number one priority. care to share something which approaches reality
shakemdown November 18, 2012 at 04:43 AM
DUDE, when was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror.
Patriot November 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM
The leftist media keeps feeding a pro Arab narritive in reality The Islamists keep targeting civilians in Israel and have been for a long time. Israel is responding as any country would by protecting its citizens from Islamist terror.
Patriot November 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Islamists are sending missiles to Tel Aviv no country would tolerate this Islamist onslaught of terror
Patriot November 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM
The West should unite against Islamist terror, anti Semitism and savagery.
Aintthatascam November 18, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Yeah, where is the outpouring from the countries who's peasants we've adopted.
Patriot November 18, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Islamists are causing terror worldwide and the media sides with them the left wing media is responsible for anti Semitism right now

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