Saturday, January 28, 2023

Jewish Link readers are deeply concerned about increasing incidents of antisemitism. A powerful, simple way to show our Jewish communal response will be on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m., when Matthew Mahrer and Christopher Brown are due in New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, 111 Center Street, Manhattan, room 733, before Judge Diane Kiesel.

Readers will recall that the pair were arrested on Nov. 18 at New York Penn Station after threatening on social media to attack an unnamed synagogue—could have been yours, or mine— as early as the next day. Police confiscated from them an illegal gun, ammunition, hunting knife, body armor and a Nazi armband.

Although Brown remains in jail, Mahrer, who lives around the corner from Cong. Ohab Zedek in Manhattan, incredibly has been allowed out on bail, without even an ankle monitor. Our message must be clear: Until trial, put Mahrer out of public circulation, where he’s a potential menace and could still be ingesting online hate 24/7. Even if you can’t make it to the court yourself, you can help spread this message to family and friends.

Glenn Richter
New York City
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