The Anti-Defamation League announced today that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for slashing over 100 tires in Lakewood, New Jersey this past weekend. According to police and other reports, the cars affected were owned or operated by members of the Jewish faith, and the incident is being investigated as a potential bias crime.
“We are deeply alarmed and concerned by the possible bias motivation underlying the extensive vandalism in Lakewood over the weekend,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director. “The entire Lakewood community must come together to stop inflammatory language, ease tensions and stop these incidents in their tracks. Ocean County is simply no place for hate, and we thank the Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for investigating.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Lakewood Police at 732-363-0200.
ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.