Racial tensions in the New York town of Ramapo -- near Monsey -- flared on August 7, when two men and a woman were arrested for firing a paintball gun at two members of the Jewish volunteer patrol group Chaverim. One of them suffered minor wounds to the stomach, the Jewish Press website reports today (August 9, 2013).
The trio also yelled anti-Semitic slurs and was charged with a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and criminal possession of a weapon.
The victims were standing on the street when the attackers drove through the Jewish community near Monsey. Police arrived and arrested the trio.
Tensions have been running high in Ramapo, where there is a large Orthodox Hassidic community as well as large black and immigrant communities.