Yesterday, it was alleged on the Facebook, that I have some secret documents that show there was no bigotry or animus in the actions taken by Mahwah’s Township Council.
To be clear, I don’t think any council member ever outright said, “we need to stop Jews from moving into Mahwah”. That’s not how this kind of thing works.
But there were choices made. Choices to exclude people. And those choices to exclude, were made after complaints from residents about Hasidic Jews came to the surface. Complaints ranged from parks being used too much, to doors being knocked on for solicitation (and allegations of “blockbusting”) and more. In many cases, evidence of what was feared, was lacking or non-existent.
When faced with these pressing issues by residents, the Council had options.
Take the parks issue, where a handful of residents stated that the parks were overrun with Hasidic Jews from New York.
Would the Council opt to go with a simple ordinance that addresses the issue (e.g. “groups of 30 or more need a permit”) or would they try to ban certain (((groups))) from coming to “their” town?
The Council opted to ban (((non-residents))). Read More “The secret email…”