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StandWithUs Rejects Antisemitic Comments By Rockville Centre, NY Resident at Village Meeting 4/4/22

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

Rockville Village Center resident Michelle Zangari speaking to the town’s Board of Trustees. Photo: Screenshot


Rockville Centre, NY Mayor and Board of Trustees released this statement on 4-11-22:

We are deeply disturbed by the comments made by a Rockville Centre, NY, resident at the village meeting on 4/4/22 ( Her comments were overtly antisemitic and deeply offensive, because she singled out Jews. While there are legitimate concerns about noise, traffic, and proper ordinances when it comes to creating houses of worship in residential areas, there is no reason to single out Jews. It is also concerning that no one, not the Mayor nor any trustee, questioned her comments as directed only against Jews, but instead said it will be looked into. We appreciate the statement released by the Village on 4-11 about inclusivity. However, it falls short of condemning these hurtful and antisemitic comments. We hope the Village will live up to its convictions of tolerance and create an environment that is safe and welcoming for all people.

About StandWithUs

StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.

Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on six continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada, Brazil and Australia.

For the last ten years, SWU has consistently received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum).


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