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Friday, 19 December 2014

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder ‘In Shock’ After Receiving ISIS-style Threatening Letter

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Rockland County majority leader, Aron Wieder was a little shaken to discover that his tireless advocacy on behalf of his community in Rockland County has taken some to suggest the extreme, after receiving a threatening picture in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

On Thursday, Spring Valley Legislator Aron Wieder revealed to local media that the chilling picture was sent to his county office on Monday in an envelope postmarked from Monsey and sent under the name of “Moshe Muhammad.”  

“I opened the letter and I was completely shocked. I literally had shivers running down my spine,” Wieder said. “It’s meant to intimidate and to shock. If it’s someone who is sympathetic toward ISIS or someone who is hateful toward the Orthodox community is no matter, it’s equally disgusting.”

Wieder said that he opened the shocking letter while in session on Monday at the County legislator. He immediately excused himself from county business and went over to show the picture to Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who was in attendance.
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“I’m looking over my shoulder, and that’s plenty,” Wieder stated. “I lock my doors at night, but life goes on and you hope for the best. You have to have full confidence in law enforcement.”

“I take this very seriously,” said Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III. “We’re looking at it. It’s under investigation with ourselves and our joint terrorism task force.. We’re taking this very seriously as a threat and will be working with our partners in law enforcement and the FBI to try to track down who sent this.”

Wieder, the County Legislature’s only Orthodox Jewish member, was elected in 2011.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said he spoke with Mr. Wieder and called on local authorities to protect him. “We don’t know who did this but we’re going to find out,” said Hikind “The Jewish community worldwide is celebrating the miracle of Chanukah and some sick individual chose this time to send this message to Wieder and our community. We’re taking the message seriously and I am calling on both local and Federal authorities to do the same—to investigate thoroughly as well as provide security for Aron Wieder and his family. The people responsible for this must be arrested and dealt with.”

Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield tweeted, “my love & support to Rockland legislator @AronWieder who was sent photo-shopped #ISIS pic of him about to be beheaded. #Appalling.”

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