Family caught allowing child to climb on 9/11 memorial
A family was caught on camera allowing their children to climb and sit on the Rockland County 9/11 memorial.
The photograph released shows a child climbing on part of the memorial located in Haverstraw Bay County Park.
One couple who went to the memorial to pay respect to their son said they have seen this behavior before and wish people would be more respectful.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day posted the photo on his Facebook page saying it is a desecration of the sacred site.
Day says while they are not going to be arresting children for playing there, he has reached out to the Sheriff's Department and Parks Department to try to come up with ways to prevent this sort of behavior.
In a statement, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council said that by reposting this picture, Day is generating more hate comments against Orthodox Jews.
It said: "The story about Havestraw Park is that a photo of children climbing on a 9/11 memorial was first posted in the comment section of the Facebook Page of Rockland County Executive Edward Day, accompanied with an angry tirade against Hasidim. Instead of removing this tirade, Ed Day and his son Chris Day both adapted the photo to post it simultaneously as new posts on their respective Facebook pages; thus generating more hate comments against Orthodox Jews. OJPAC praises the many people from different communities who took to Facebook and Twitter to express outrage at the malicious act by Mr. Day who has multiple times criticized "The Jew in Rockland" video released by OJPAC without even once criticizing the hate pointed out in the video. The good people of Rockland County and beyond are hoping that the Days will bring communities together instead of dividing them."