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Cops arrest Pennsylvania man for allegedly setting rabbi’s Midwood house on fire

Smoked out: Cops arrested a Pennysilvania man Sunday for allegedly setting a rabbi's Midwood home on fire last week.
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Cops arrested a Pennsylvania man for allegedly setting a rabbi’s Midwood home ablaze last week, creating an inferno which spread to two neighboring homes and injured 13 people.

Matthew Karelefsky, 41, was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson, according to police. Karelefsky is a McKeesport, Pa., resident, who has held a long-standing grudge against Rabbi Jonathan Max that investigators believe led him to commit the crime, court documents show.

In 2012, Karelefsky published the first of numerous Facebook Posts threatening to kill Rabbi Max and accusing the holy man of molesting him as a child, warning other users to “keep minor children away from Rabbi Jonathan Max of Brooklyn.”

Max denied the abuse allegations, saying he never knew the man as a child. The rabbi claims the defendant’s vendetta began after his wife left him in 2010, and that Karelefsky has blamed him for the divorce ever since.

“He wanted to kill me because, in his mental state he felt that he had to be totally in control of his family,” Max said. “He wrote his thoughts down on Facebook and he was angry at me because he didn’t understand the divorce even though I was against it.”

Karelefsky’s loathing for max was so intense, he got a tattoo on his right arm, which reads “Never let go of the hatred — kill Rabbi Max,” and ends with “Yemach shmo,” a Hebrew term for the obliteration of the Rabbi’s name, according to court documents.

Max went on to claim that Karelefsky’s been out to get him for years, and court records show that the Pennsylvania man was arrested in his home state for making terrorist threats against the rabbi — including a Facebook post that read “My way of showing I don’t believe in God will be by killing my number one enemy Rabbi Max” — in 2017, although a judge later dismissed the charges for jurisdictional reasons, writing that the case should prosecuted in New York, where the victim resided.

The fire broke out at 3:50 a.m. within the rabbi’s E. 17th Street abode on June 13, according to court documents. The Rabbi said that children were inside the home when the fire broke out, and that he is thankful they were able to walk away alive.

Karelefsky, who could immediately be reached, is due back in court on June 21.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schenpsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.
Updated 2:58 pm, June 17, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
Another white terrorist!
June 17, 1:48 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay says:
How long will it be before the Anti-Defamation League declares this incident to be an anti-semitic Hate crime despite the fact that the perpetrator is Jewish himself? The media, politicians and other special interests groups will jump on the band wagon. The Jewish community is not fooled by the artificially inflated anti-Semitic epidemic. The Measles outbreak in the metropolitan area affects us much more.
June 17, 4:16 pm
Lucy Furr from Hollyweird says:
The Dems always want to divert attention away from the Mus lim Ji hadists who are on a rampage around the world against religious minorities, all In the name of their all ah. The Muzzies are one of the tools of the globalists who are trying to undermine the Judeo-Christian values of the West.
June 17, 5:30 pm
Local from Here says:
The GOP always want to divert attention away from the White Christian Jihadists who are on a rampage around the world against religious minorities, all In the name of their "God". The Chrizzies are one of the tools of the globalists who are trying to undermine the values of the modern world.
June 17, 6:06 pm
Local from Here says:
⬆️The stupidity above is mind boggling.⬆️ You would think white Christians flew the planes into the World Trade Center after they bombed it, and Christian women are the ones walking around in burkas so they don’t get whipped by the religious police. Then again he worships the Muslim in chief that President Trump has the thankless job of cleaning up after.
June 17, 6:49 pm
Local from Here says:
⬆️The stupidity above is mind boggling.⬆️ You would think a white Christian didn't murder 60 people at a country music concert in Vegas and Christian women are the ones walking around with their rapist's babies because of the religious police. Then again he worships the Conman in chief, president drumpf.
June 17, 6:57 pm
Local from Here says:
You must have some special telepathic powers that clue you into the motives of Las Vegas shooter that no one else knows. Or you are just full of ——. We all know it’s the latter. We also all know that you are a groveling dhimmi, but that won’t help you when it’s your turn to be beheaded while crying on YouTube.
June 17, 7:35 pm
Local from Here says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆That medication that your orderly is insisting you take will help you. Don’t resist, it’s better for everyone that way.⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 17, 7:39 pm
Lucy Furr from McMecca says:
Hey idiot, just because a person is white does not automaticlally make them a Christian, let alone acting in the name of Christ. Is that so hard for you to comprehend? Now the muzzies whole existence is to serve the vile Koran and destroy the infidels.
June 17, 8:48 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay says:
In case one did not know, the perpetrator was also Jewish. the ADL will still advertise the event as being anti-Semitic. We in the Jewish community know better. Quite a bit better.
June 18, 4:40 pm

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