New Square arson victim blames Hasidic community for attack

The New Square man critically burned in what police say was a religious dispute told News 12 today he blames the Hasidic community for targeting his family.

Aron Rottenberg says he was terrified to go to sleep, afraid of reliving the moment when his flesh was taken over by flames, severely burning more than half his body.

Rottenberg says it's still hard to talk about last month's attack, when he ran outside after his son spotted someone approaching their New Square home. He says he could smell gas and saw someone in the woods.

Shaul Spitzer, 18, has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking Rottenberg.

Rottenberg says the attack stems from the fact he didn't worship at New Square's main synagogue, angering Hasidic Grand Rabbi David Twersky.

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