Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Palestinian man doing favors for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community particularly on shabbat, serving as a shabbat goy, meaning doing items Jews are prohibited of doing on Shabbat, was arrested today for having sex with yeshiva students in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, according to press reports.
Police arrested a Palestinian man living in Bnei Brak on suspicion of paying religious school students to have sex with him. The suspect has been residing in the city for 20 years and serves as a Shabbat goy.
Police estimate that over the years the suspect was able to gain the trust of several students from
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Brooklyn, NY - Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Meilech Schnitzler for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, for throwing a cup of bleach in the face and eye of Rabbi Nathan Rosenberg on December 11, 2012.
Schnitzler, 37, is charged with two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree; Assault in the Second Degree; Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the top count.
“This indictment alleges an act of thuggery in broad daylight that cannot be tolerated,” said District Attorney Hynes. “The indictment sends a clear message that anyone who would seek to intimidate someone opposed to the uncovering of sexual abuse in the Orthodox community will face serious criminal charges and if convicted, I will ask for the maximum jail time.”
According to the indictment, the defendant and the victim both lived in Williamsburg and knew each other. The victim was walking past 311 Roebling Street when Schnitzler allegedly tapped Rosenberg on the shoulder, threw a cup of bleach in his face and eye and ran away.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.
|Posters in Brooklyn call on Jewish women to abide by ultra-Orthodox standards of ‘modesty.’|
One of the most striking ironies of the Nechemya Weberman trial, which ended with his conviction on 59 counts of sexual abuse, was the revelation that the unlicensed therapist was a member of the Va’ad Hatznius, or modesty patrol, the self-appointed arbiters of right and wrong in the Satmar community.
Until recently, the Va’ad Hatznius was little known outside the Hasidic community, but its actions have reverberated through the community for years. Although they ostensibly monitor the moral behavior of both sexes (men and women are both warned not to read English books, watch television or surf the internet), most of their energies are directed towards ensuring that women and girls dress and behave modestly.
Their reasoning is clear: When a female wears revealing clothing or chats with the opposite sex, it could entice the men, and lead to dire consequences. In other words, the goal of their injunctions is to inhibit the sexual impulses of the male population.
Where did the tradition of the Va‘ad Hatznius originate? And what do the Hasidim themselves think of it? The term V‘ad Hatznius doesn’t appear in the Bible or in the Talmud, but Maimonides does write, in Hilchos Yom Tov 6:21, that “the Beit Din [rabbinical court] must appoint officers during the festivals to patrol the gardens and orchards and along the rivers to prevent men and women from gathering there to eat and drink, lest they fall into sin.”
The Jewish communities of eastern Europe didn’t use the term Va’ad Hatznius either but religious leaders did issue rulings, forbidding women from publicly wearing fashionable clothing and jewelry, said Dr. David Fishman, professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The rulings were announced after prayer services in the synagogue or through posters hung on the synagogue door. In larger cities, posters were hung in a number of places.
A book about these rulings, published in Yiddish by Mordkhe Bernshteyn in Argentina in 1955, explains that these decrees were often quite detailed. According to rules issued by the burial society of the town of Rymanow at the turn of the nineteenth century, for example, women were forbidden from wearing golden veils, pearl-studded or silver-lined kerchiefs. In addition, the dictum said, “women should not wear any fashionable dress or shoes. Even their kerchiefs should be similar to those that their mothers wore.”
Women who defied these rulings were penalized monetarily, as were the tailors that designed them, and if a tailor continued to sew fashionable clothing, he could lose his work permit, Bernshteyn writes, quoting the records of the Rymanow tailors’ guild.
The intention of those rulings had nothing to do with preventing sexual temptation, however. “They were simply worried that if Gentiles were to see how much money Jews were spending, the wealthy landowners would raise the taxes for the entire Jewish population,” Fishman explained. In fact, men, too, were warned not to dress in conspicuously lavish clothing or wear powdered wigs.
However, these rulings were issued during a time when Jews were collecting taxes for the Czarist government and hence had the power to levy fines against members of their own community, and ex-communicate or penalize them for defying the rules. Once the Czarist government took away the power of the Jews to tax their own population in 1844, the only means that community leaders had to ensure adherence to their rulings was through social pressure – a tactic which has remained effective till today, as Hasidim continue to fear being ostracized from their community or losing valuable marriage prospects as a result of so-called indecent behavior.
The strict separation of men and women is a relatively modern one, Fishman explained. In Czarist Russia, men and women used to stand together at weddings; there was no mekhitse, or partition between them. When Sh-Anski, the author of The Dybbuk, led his series of landmark ehnographic expeditions through Volhynia and Podolia in 1912–1914, he photographed cemeteries in which the graves of even the most pious couples were found side by side. Today most Hasidic men are buried separately from their wives. The Ohel (gravesite) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, for example, is not next to the grave of his wife, Chaya Mushka.
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, who was raised in the Satmar community of Wiliamsburg, and is the director of the Beit Midrash program at the modern Orthodox rabbinical school, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, told the Forverts that the Va’ad Hatznius isn’t an organized body but an informal group of people who act on their own, and whose actions the Rebbe doesn’t officially condone. Every v’aad is comprised of a theoretician, one who decides which kind of behavior to ban, and enforcers.
The theoretician is usually a well-regarded figure, while the enforcers give a more fanatical impression, Katz explained. “They usually wear their tsitsis out, their hair and clothing is unkempt, and they have no job, so they don’t elicit much respect from the community. Weberman was undoubtedly a theoretician, his tsitsis didn’t hang out, his hair was combed, he had a job, this is why families trusted him.”
Katz recalled that the Va’ad Hatznius of Williamsburgh issued an edict about 20 years ago against women wearing ponjelos (loose houserobes) and turbans that revealed some hair, as they stepped outside to dump the garbage. Posters were hung everywhere, warning that tragedies might befall the community if women didn’t start dressing modestly. The Va’ad also rebuked the owners of dress shops for selling ponjelos and immodest turbans.
Katz says that the Satmar Hasidim he knows are privately upset with the Va’ad. “They say they’re bullies, extremists and have nothing better to do because they have no jobs,” he said. “But even if people don’t admire them, they still fear them.”
Rabbi David Niederman, President of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, denied any knowledge of the Vaad Hatznius. When asked whether the group has the blessing of the Satmar rebbe, Niederman replied: “I don’t know (what) the Va’ad Hatznius is all about.”
The UJO is the central planning and social service agency for more than 200 organizations in Williamsburg.
The Satmars are not the only Hasidim to use modesty patrols. Katz remembers an incident his friends had with the Va’ad Hatznius of the Gerer Hasidim, while studying in Israeli yeshivas during their teen years. They had heard that the Tel Aviv Museum was interesting, so they took a trip there. Soon afterwards, their parents back home in the United States received anonymous phone calls, warning them: “You have no idea what your children are doing in Israel.”
“My friends suspected that the Va’ad was shadowing them – Katz said – and one day there was a knock at the door, and there was a Gerer Hasid saying, in Yiddish: ‘We’ve heard that improper things are going on here, that there are too many newspapers. So I’ve come to check it out.”
“Look all you want, you won’t find anything,” one of the students replied. The Gerer Hasid searched the entire apartment until he found an issue of Time Magazine with a photograph of Princess Diana on the cover. “You see?!” he exclaimed. “There really are impurities here!”
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Journal News publishes names of people who have legal gun permits, but will not publish names and addresses of criminals.
A controversial decision on the part of The Journal News (http://goo.gl/ugMM4) to publish the names and addresses of hundreds of residents in Westchester and Rockland counties who possess a handgun or pistol permit has sparked a furor online and on social media, with over 1,100 comments posted on The Journal News website and 18,000 likes on Facebook so far.
ABC News reports (http://yhoo.it/W0tBDW) that gun owners’ names and addresses were placed on a virtual map, enabling viewers to click on any dot to determine who has a weapons permit and where they live.
“This is CRAZY!! Why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner’s information?? This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders, not law abiding gun owners…I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!” wrote one commenter.
All of the data was culled from public records. The Journal News has also put in a Freedom of Information Law request to obtain the same information for residents in Putnam County. Officials there are still in the process of gathering those records.
In a statement, The Journal News defended its decision to post the information, saying its readers “are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods,” in the wake of the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut last week.
“We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law requests. We also requested information on the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, but officials in the county clerks offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties maintained that those specifics were not public record. New York’s top public-records expert, Robert Freeman, disagrees,” the statement said.
The Journal News said it would not answer any additional questions about the map.
Friday, December 21, 2012
|Frankfurter the "Tuchis Leker"|
Ami editor Yitzy Frankfurter, the Satmar panderer and "Tuchis Leker," is running a bio on the pedophile defender George A. Farkas in this weeks edition of Ami.
Yitzy compares himself to the Chasam Sofer Z"L who "fearlessly battled the heretics of his days."
And compares the ones who are defending the 12 year old victim that was raped and tortured by the fiend Weberman to "heretics."
He then goes on in his sick editorial to relate a story that never happened:
"Rabbi Hertz Frankel once shared with me that he had accompanied the Beirach Moshe when he went to be menachem avel the Satmar Rebbetzin, after the passing of the Satmar Rebbe z"l. The Beirach Moshe told the Rebbetzin then that he always marveled at how calm the Rebbe was during a mass protest, and showed no fear that someone might try to strike at him because of his strong views."
First of all this story could not have happened because everyone including the "dope" Frankfurter knows that the Rebbetzin despised the Beirach Moshe and would never had engaged in any conversation with her arch nemesis, no less than at his shivah.
Just a small secret to your ignorant readers, the Rebbitzin actually started her own following.
Second of all, are you telling your naive readers that the Beirach Moshe could find no other praise of R' Yoilish z"l but that R' Yoilish remained "calm" at a mass protest..and this discussion took place at a "Nicham Aveilim of R' Yoilish?
Third of all, anyone who attended any of these protests knows very well that every time the Rebbe z"l showed up at a protest he was surrounded by a bunch of Romanian goons and Hungarian hooligans.
And why would any body want to strike him? His protests were irrelevant then as it is now; The State of Israel is a fact and all of Satmars' bantering opposing the State will not change a thing.
With this made up story, Frankfurter wants to compare himself to the Satmar Rebbe z"l, WHAT GALL AND CHUTZPAH!!!
This lunatic, Frankfurter, writes:
"I view Ami's mandate as being to defend any beleaguered Jewish community in the world with all our means. I don't recall a recent time when a G-d fearing and law abiding Jewish community was as beleaguered as the Jewish community in Williamsburg is today"
So whose fault is that? When the leader of Satmar community calls the victim a "zoina" as R' Aron Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe, called her, and calls Weberman the accused, a "tzaddik" what do you expect?
Farkas the losing attorney says:
"I'll tell you this: Abuse is possibly the most reprehensible thing a person can do. The only thing that comes close to it is to be falsely accused of it."
Hellooooooo! "falsely?" He was found guilty 59 times by his peers!
"They looked for other evidence," "but it didn't make a difference. It was 'he said, she said.' She made a very convincing witness. One of the things we couldn't bring into evidence was that she could learn a completely made-up script and follow it in a matter of a half-hour. We had proof of that. Someone coached her to say certain things and she did."
First of all, Forkosh Batchie, every witness that testifies gets coached and as a former prosecutor you would certainly know that..
and you didn't coach Weberman?
Having said that ... if she followed a "completely made-up script," how did she stand up to an unheard of four days of cross-examination?
To this gripping question ... the hungarian Farkas answers:
"That's true. In retrospect, maybe it should have been shortened. But that's "farfallen." I don't think it made a difference in the end."
It did make a difference, genius, the jury saw that even after four long days of cross-examination, her story held up!
Frankfurter the Satmar "tuches leker" asks:
"How did the prosecution manage to stop you from presenting your case as you claim?"
"The prosecution was successful in getting the judge to rule that a lot of the evidence we wanted to bring in was off-limits. I can't comment on what that evidence was because it's improper to do so."
Exussssse meeeee! What evidence did you possibly have?
That the 12 year old child was fooling around? Well Mr. Farkas ...that's an indictment on your client the "chazir" Weberman; taking advantage of a 12 year old child knowing full well that she had problems...
and why can't you "comment" on it now ... isn't the case over?
Or are you worried of a defamation lawsuit, since you evidence is a bunch of hog-wash and lies...
and even if it were true, how does your "evidence" preclude the fact that he raped her?
So now any body, even a fat jlub like Weberman, can rape a girl that is fooling around?
What about the victim's evidence that Weberman burned her stomach with a lighter and told her to "apply peanut butter" so that the wound would heal?
What kind of psycho client are you representing?
Fokosh Batchie then goes after the bloggers:
"Who spread these rumors (that Weberman is a serial rapist and a sadist) and innuendos? Bloggers. In a case of such importance, my feeling is that if you want to tell your story, come forward and tell it in court! If you are too afraid, don't tell it to bloggers. "
So now the bloggers are to blame that Weberman burns his victims' stomachs to satisfy his sadistic tendencies. He wants victims who are terrified to testify against monsters like Weberman not to leak this to bloggers? Get it? I don't!
"if you're talking about a guy who's been doing this to his therapy patients for who knows how long. I would expect an army of victims to come forward, as happened with other cases. It's a pattern. I'd expect to see something physical, something on his computer, some proof that he's a monster, and it's not there."
It's not there? Didn't you walk the courtroom halls yourself and saw with your own cursed eyes other victims? Women tortured and raped by Weberman who were terrified to testify, but came to give the victim support?
Some were now married and had children and didn't want their children thrown out of the community...
You know good and well that this case was different because Weberman the Chazir was a powerful man in the community and his victims were afraid....
More later, I have to throw up first! Watch this column I'll comment during the week.......
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
From Piccadilly Circus to an incident at Waterloo this eye-opening 3D street art is probably the best on the planet.
Not only do these incredible pastel drawings on pavements across the world look realistic by themselves - but when passers-by jump into the scene they take on a life of their own.
As well as his London creations, U.S. street artist Kurt Wenner, 53, created a playboy's bachelor pad in a Singapore Airport, a magic carpet for children to ride over an Arabian fantasy city and a grand prix car for local female drivers to try out during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Under the carpet: Mr Wenner's The Flying Carpet photographed in Bettona, Italy
Piccadilly Circus? A three-dimensional street painting called The Belgian Underground photographed in Brussels, Belgium
U.S. street artist Kurt Wenner, 53, created this work, called Incident at Waterloo, in London
Bradley Wiggins gets involved in the artwork by riding along a jungle scene called St Paul's and London Craning Skyward
Mr Wenner invented a new geometry that creates compositions that appear to rise from or fall into the ground.
Using his homemade pastels, he can take up to seven days to complete his intricately detailed large-scale drawings, sometimes longer depending on the weather.
Mr Wenner's innovative style draws on religion and classical mythology.
Mr Wenner began his career in Rome, inspired by the city's centuries-old tradition of street art.
Mr Wenner explains: 'The pieces look real because they are calculated to be perfectly and mathematically accurate.'
Incredible: A three-dimensional street painting called Women Driver photographed at Bahrain Grand Prix in Bahrain
Adventurous: The Northwest Fantasy photographed in San Francisco, California
Mr Wenner's Titania Encantado photographed in Burgos, Spain
Grand Canyon Trail photographed at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Centre in the U.S.
Sustainable: A 3-D painting by Mr Wenner called Greenpeace / Million Signatures
Hellish: Dies Irae, based on a 13th century Latin hymn thought to be written by Thomas of Celano
Awe-inspiring: Mr Wenner's incredible 3-D sea dragon photographed in Kaosiung, Taiwan