In light of the deadly Dec. 10 attack on a kosher grocery in Jersey City, N.J., Baltimore County has placed police camera towers at Pikesville’s two kosher supermarkets, Seven Mile Market and Market Maven Baltimore, to monitor any potentially suspicious activities.

Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka
Baltimore County Councilman Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka. (Handout photo)

In a statement released Dec. 12, Baltimore County Councilman Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka (D-2nd) wrote, “My heart breaks for the four victims — Leah Minda Ferencz, Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, Moshe Deutsch and Det. Joseph Seals — who were killed during an attack on a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J., Tuesday. Out of an abundance of caution, I worked in partnership with the Pikesville police precinct and [Baltimore City] Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer [D-5th] to have police camera towers placed at the two kosher markets in Pikesville — Market Maven Baltimore and Seven Mile Market — to monitor for any suspicious activity and to ensure the safety of the employees and customers of both stores.”

In the Jersey City attack, officials believe the two shooters at the JC Kosher Supermarket were motivated by hatred against Jews and law enforcement agencies. The suspects were identified as David N. Anderson, 47, a former member of the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, and Francine Graham, 50.

Police arrived on the scene and a shootout began that lasted more than an hour, paralyzing the entire western Jersey City neighborhood of Greenville where many Orthodox Jews reside. Both suspects were killed during the attack, and they are now considered suspects in the killing last weekend of an Uber driver in Bayonne, N.J.

Photo of police tower at Seven Mile Market courtesy of the office of Baltimore County Councilman Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka (D-2nd)

“No person should have to fear for their life at the grocery store, school, work, place of worship or anywhere in between,” Patoka said in the statement. “I want to thank the Baltimore County Police Department and Chief Melissa Hyatt for your proactive response in the 2nd District of Baltimore County and beyond during this difficult time.”

Patoka linked Jersey City to similar anti-Jewish attacks that have occurred recently at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life congregation and at Chabad of Poway near San Diego.
“The horrific and reprehensible crime of hate in Jersey City, N.J., marks the third time within the past 14 months a Jewish establishment in the United States has been the target of a deadly anti-Semitic attack,” he said. “Hate has no place in our society. Not here. Not in Jersey City, N.J. Not in San Diego. Not in Pittsburgh. Not anywhere.

“Now more than ever, we must be committed and unified in the fight to eliminate anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate from our society.”