Mahwah, New Jersey proposed laws to bar orthodox Jews from moving there in according to NewJersey.com. The residents of the town put up a petition where many called Orthodox Jews 'dirty' and claimed that their 'property values will diminish. Taxes will go up' because of religious Jews.
Fearing an influx of Orthodox Jews from New York State, the Township of Mahwah introduced two hateful and discriminatory ordinances that illegally targeted that community, the state Attorney General's office alleged in a stunning complaint filed against the town on Tuesday. The harsh public rebuke of both the actions of Mahwah's elected officials and the anti-Semitic sentiment of some residents likened the conduct of the town to the actions of "1950s-era white flight suburbanites who sought to keep African-Americans from moving into their neighborhoods."
The State of New Jersey is suing the town of Mahwah on behalf of the Orthodox Jews.
"This is an extensive complaint ... but the bottom line is very simple -- the township council in Mahwah heard the angry, fear-driven voices of bigotry and acted to appease those voices," Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a statement.
The complaint against the town takes the town's residents to task over the pro-discrimination rules.
But the complaint takes Mahwah's residents to task for their alleged behavior. The council, the state says, was "influenced largely" by the "vocal anti-Orthodox Jewish sentiment" from some residents on social media and in public meetings.