By Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel of NJ
As many of you may have heard, the Jackson Township council has made a formal complaint about a “block-busting style plan” and “decree” ostensibly plotted by representatives of Agudath Israel of America (Shore News Network, July 27). In response, we Have issued the following statement:
Jackson Township’s complaint about a “block-busting style plan” and “decree” ostensibly plotted by representatives of Agudath Israel of America is totally groundless.
There is no such plan, no such decree. Encouraging (see video below) members of Agudath Israel’s growing constituency to consider affordable housing opportunities in new neighborhoods is simple sound advice.
Agudath Israel encourages all to live as good neighbors, with respect, tolerance, and sensitivity. We urge the local New Jersey municipalities to practice total fairness in housing and for houses of worship and schools. Homeowners deserve to be free from harassment and pressure tactics, and prospective buyers are entitled to seek affordable housing without being discriminated against because of their religion.