"Blockbusting" by ultra-Orthodox realtors in Lakewood should be probed
A New Jersey township is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate haredi Orthodox community leaders for alleged “blockbusting,” or trying to pressure large numbers of longtime homeowners into selling their property to Orthodox Jews.So instead of building their own houses, all they can think of is taking over everybody else's and indirectly saying they're wrong to be choosing where they want to live. It's offensive, not just because of the poor conduct towards non-Haredi and non-Jewish neighbors, but also because it can take away attention from more important issues like Islamofascism.
The incident is the latest example of tensions between a large and growing haredi Orthodox community in the Lakewood area and its non-Orthodox and non-Jewish neighbors.
For months, numerous residents in communities near Lakewood, in southern New Jersey, have accused real estate agents representing haredi Orthodox clients of aggressively pressing non-Orthodox homeowners to put their property on the market. Members of the Orthodox community have denied the claim.
On Tuesday, the Jackson Township Council said it was alarmed by videos circulating in which Orthodox leaders at the haredi Agudath Israel of America’s November convention encouraged Orthodox Jews to buy property in communities near Lakewood, the Asbury Park Press reported.
“Those videos very strongly indicated what I think many of us had feared or have attempted to prove, and that is there seems to be a cohesive attempt to blockbust our neighborhoods, to look at Jackson as a place to be taken over,” Rob Nixon, the council president, told the newspaper.
Now if those Lakewood wackos really want to apologize for all the trouble they caused with realtors who clearly aren't even well versed in their alleged professions, they'll cease all efforts and just buy some space in which to build their own houses and apartments. And not make it sound to non-Haredis like they're not allowed to live in neighborhoods the Haredis in NJ want to take over for nothing more than using as enclaves.