The discovery of threatening anti-Semitic graffiti that included the words “Burn the Jews” at a playground at Riverwood Park in Toms River has drawn the condemnation of Toms River officials and sparked a bias crime investigation by the Toms River Police Department, THE PATCH reports.
Within two hours the offensive phrase was removed by the Buildings and Grounds Department.
“In Toms River, we have no tolerance for anti-Semitic attacks,” Toms River Mayor Thomas H. Kelaher said, THE PATCH reports. “We will not accept this reprehensible behavior. This action is being rightfully condemned and thoroughly investigated.”
“As good neighbors we need to be ever vigilant and report suspicious activity in neighborhoods, schools and at work,” Kelaher said. “Please call the Toms River Police Department if you have any leads. It is up to all of us to make Toms River a welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.”