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Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Der Blatt" A Satmar Paper, Smudges the picture of Netanyahu!

This week as I do every week, I bought the Satmar Newspaper, Der Blatt.
 Every single week, all Satmar Newspapers, Dee Zeitung, Der Yid, and Der Blatt bombard their readers with hate against the State of Israel. Those who read Yiddish, will find their editorials and articles filled with vile & hateful stories against their fellow brothers and sisters. Their opinions are no different than what you read  in Al Jazirah, or what we read in the German Newspaper "Der Sturmer" during the Nazi era.

My dear readers, when we read this in the Arab Media we all shout Anti- Semitisim, so why is it that we allow these Jewish gangsters to fill their pages with Loshon Horah on a weekly basis? Why do we continue to fund their institutions when they pray for the downfall and the disappearance of the Jewish State, which would inevitably cause the annihilation of the Jewish People as we know it, G-D forbid? We all know that their schools breed generations of haters . 
Just last week I posted an article from their Web Site Jewsagainstzionism.comPlease see my post Dus Iz Nies

But this week, Der Blatt, took it to another level . They actually blotted out the picture of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but left in the picture of President Barak, a President  that wants Israel to commit suicide. Failedmessiah  reported it today and its imperative to let the Jewish People know what they are up against.
Here is a loose translation from a paragraph gleaned from their filthy newspaper, from page 57
"Professor" Netanyahu lectures Obama
Since Obama became the President and brought in his Liberal leanings in American politics, the State of Israel moved in the opposite direction leaning sharply to the right. Most Israeli citizens believe the false claims that Obama is a hidden Muslim , and nearly all of them believe the theory that whether Obama is a Muslim or not, he is ready to sell the State of Israel for a pot of lentils."
President Obama is convinced that the Arab World is ready for democracy, but that the State of Israel with its instigation against the Palestinians would rather be prepared for new war then a new peace."
Dus is Neis: This disgusting article continues to spew lies and hate against Netanyahu , while praising the President whose record so far with Israel is the worst since the creation of the State. In these few lines that I gleaned, there are no less than 3 blatant lies.

  1. Netanyahu never lectured the President, he was actually very respectful, he pointed out that Israel cannot go back to the 67' borders because that would be indefensible. He also explained that Israel can never allow all the Arabs to return because that would in effect destroy the Jewish State as we know it. (This is something that both the Arabs and Satmar would agree would be a good thing) 
  2. The Blatt wrote that "most Israeli citizens believe the false claims that Obama is a hidden Muslim, the truth is that only 39% of Israelis believe he is a Muslim :   By the way 24% of Americans believe that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim Foxnews poll
  3. The lying Blatt writes "State of Israel with its instigation against the Palestinians would rather be prepared for new war then a new peace." When did the State instigate anything against the Palestinians?  Which country would tolerate thousands of missiles flying in their heartlands? Which country would not want to protect their citizens from such an onslaught. How long would Satmar tolerate missiles flying into Williamsburg from Crown Heights? Years ago when the Lubavitchers sent Sheluchim into Williamsburg on Yom Tov, the Satmars beat the hell out of them.

    As I have written may times before, how many Jews will become frum because of this article? So why are they backing Obama over Netanyahu?
    Some bloggers have suggested that the reason Der Blatt smudged out the face of Netanyahu is because one should never look at the face of an Evil person, and since Netanyahu is "evil" they blotted his face out. But that is not true, because Der Blatt, and Dee Zeitung have published pictures of Hitler and Eichman and other evil pictures in the past.
    My theory is very simple.... they must back Obama because he will keep them on the  programs, even at the expense of the Jewish People.
    The Yiddish caption underneath the picture reads:
    "The Media points out how Netanyahu turned his face away from President Obama, as one of the most undiplomatic photos in the history of diplomacy"
    But these are the facts:
    Netanyahu did not turn his face away from the President but was actually turning to face a reporter that was asking him a question, it was Obama who turned his face away showing his disinterest in the whole process. Der Blatt quotes from the Anti-Semitic Media, and makes it look like it was a fact.. What Chutzpah!
    Read here what the media sympathetic to Israel actually wrote:
    President Obama’s speech on the Middle East at the State Department last week, his icy glares at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office last Friday, his address before the AIPAC conference on Sunday, and his subsequent press briefings have all made clear that he is not sympathetically inclined toward Israel, nor does he consider Israel an ally worth defending.
    Obama’s advocacy of the 1949 armistice lines as a starting point for negotiations demonstrate his lack of support for Israel’s right to defensible borders. His non-response to the Hamas-Fatah unity deal demonstrates that there is nothing the Palestinians can do that will make him accept the reality that their commitment to Israel’s destruction, rather than Israel’s continued control over Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, is the reason there is no peace between them and Israel.
    And yet, disturbingly, major Jewish American organizations took it upon themselves this past week to defend Obama to their members and to the general public. The most prominent example of this was the Anti-Defamation League’s press release following Obama’s State Department speech. After Obama endorsed the Palestinian position that negotiations must be based on the indefensible 1949 armistice lines, and did so in the face of explicit Israeli entreaties that he abstain from doing so, the ADL released a statement applauding Obama.
    ADL leaders Abe Foxman and Robert Sugarman congratulated Obama for his support for Israel. Among other things, their statement said, “This Administration has come a long way in two years in terms of understanding of the nuances involved in bringing about Israeli-Palestinian peace and a better understanding of the realities and challenges confronting Israel.”
    Why on earth did the ADL feel it necessary to defend the indefensible? Why, in the midst of an open fight between Obama and the Israeli government, did the ADL feel it necessary to side with Obama against the government of Israel?
    In his speech before AIPAC on Sunday, Obama did not repudiate his attachment to the Palestinians’ negotiating position. He did not mention any objection to the Palestinian demand to overrun Israel with millions of foreign Arabs. He did not announce any steps the U.S. will take to end its support for the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that continued funding is outlawed by U.S. terror finance laws.
    Moreover, Obama’s speech to AIPAC included a barely-veiled threat against Israel when he asserted, “There is a reason why the Palestinians are pursuing their interests at the United Nations. They recognize that there is an impatience with the peace process – or the absence of one. Not just in the Arab world, but in Latin America, in Europe, and in Asia. That impatience is growing, and is already manifesting itself in capitols around the world.”

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Sarah Palin and Esther Hamalkah

    Editorial of New York Sun
    The growing signs that Sarah Palin may enter the race for president are igniting warnings that she takes inspiration from Esther. The signs that she might run include reports that she has purchased a house that could serve as a base for a national campaign, that she has given her approval to a film that depicts her years as governor of Alaska and that will debut at Iowa, and that she’s launching a “One Nation” bus tour. One of the warnings about her that crossed our screen was a blog post by Andrew Sullivan, who writes that Mrs. Palin “is running against the media; she is running as a victim; she is running for revenge.” He adds: “I, for one, feel nothing but a chill go up my spine.” And then: “Queen Esther is coming. Look busy.”
    What’s with this angst over Esther? She is, after all, one of the great heroes in the Jewish story. It was Esther who, at great risk to herself, exposed to King Ahasureus the plot of Haman to kill the Jews of Persia and thus saved her people. When Benyamin Korn first reported in the Sun that Mrs. Palin used the biblical Book of Esther as bedtime reading material for her eight-year-old daughter, it caused something of an internet sensation. Mrs. Palin, Mr. Korn reported, wants her daughter to emulate Esther, “who,” as Mr. Korn put it, “risked everything to save the Jewish people from Haman’s plan for genocide.” It’s lost on no one that once again the threat of genocide hangs over the Jewish people from Persia, whence Iran openly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. If Esther is a heroine who resonates for Mrs. Palin, what it shows is how deeply rooted is her understanding of our modern world.
    So what about it could possibly cause a chill in a sage of the left? Maybe they fear that by expressing admiration for Esther Mrs. Palin is suggesting that the leftist leaders might be comparable to Haman. We don’t believe that is what Mrs. Palin is suggesting. But surely the story of Esther will give her comprehension the current tyranny at Iran is comparable to the tyranny from which Esther delivered the Jews. So her admiration for Esther does not send a chill down our spine. It engenders in us a sense of encouragement that here is a leader who understands the long history and the current emergency. We do not suggest she is the only one. We do suggest she is one with a much deeper comprehension of the current world than the capital gives her credit for — a circumstance she shares with a certain Jewish woman of long ago.

    TSA Agents Pat Down Child, Little Old Lady; Ignore Man Dressed In Arab Garb!

    The Hill reports: "I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she  was patted down," Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

    "Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"

    Skverer Rebbi Condemns The Violence & Wishes the Victim Well

    Updated May 27, 2011
    From Failed Messiah a recording in yiddish by the Skevere Rebbi who under tremendous pressure had to cave in an issue a statement
    Skeverer Rebbi finally telling students not to resort to violence!
    In this statement the Rebbi does ask that violence never be used, and wished a "Refuah Shlimah" for all those who need it,

    Shaul Spitzer:
     Photo credit:failedmessiah
    Lipa Shmelter visits Chaim Aaron Rottenberg

    Journal News:
    The Skvere Rebbe has not expressed any sympathy for Aron Rottenberg. He has not even asked his followers to pray for Rottenberg's recovery. This dynastic leader goes on with his regal life as if nothing has happened, as if a man is not lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life with the skin and flesh burned from half his body, simply because he did not want to pray at the Rebbe's synagogue.

    Yet under the direction of the Skvere Rebbe a man was harassed, threatened and attacked. And then he and his family were almost murdered.

    That harassment and those attacks are crimes. They are violations of Aaron Rottenberg's civil rights and the civil rights of his wife and children. Their attempted murder is hate crime, and the attempted arson of the Rotenberg home is no different than the burning of a black church or the firebombing of a synagogue.

    These are federal crimes. They cry out for federal investigation.

    And that investigation if faithfully conducted will, I believe, lead to the conviction and imprisonment of New Square's rabbinic and governmental leadership, including Rabbi David Twersky, the not so grand rabbi of the cult and criminal enterprise known as New Square.

    Rottenberg's wife, Ruth Rottenberg, told reporters in her home Wednesday that the family had been harassed since her husband started attending prayers at a nearby nursing facility around the High Holidays in the fall. She said he believed prayers were too long in the main synagogue.

    Their 15-year-old daughter was soon kicked out of school, she said, and their home and car windows were smashed. A week before the attack, an anonymous phone caller said their house "won't be worth a penny," she said.

    Calls to the police went nowhere."It sounded like this was acceptable, to police, to everyone," she said.
    Rottenberg's civil rights were violated in an ongoing campaign that culminated in the attempted murder of his entire family and himself.

    Ramapo police and the Ramapo government appear to have been complicit in this and, at the very least, their indefensible inaction allowed the hatred of Rottenberg to grow and fester, and made the hate crime against him and his family possible.

    The crimes against the Rottenbergs cry out for federal investigation.

    The federal government should immediately launch an investigation of Ramapo's police and government.

    But Pinches Dirnfeld is also right.

    The Rebbe of Skvere knew about the violent and harrassing acts leading up to this week's attempted arson and murder. Yet he never condemned that violence and harrassment. Indeed, his rabbinic court sent out notices ordering residents to harrass the Rottenbergs.

    And then early Sunday morning the Rebbe's personal butler donned a mask and (according to some, with several other men) went to the Rottenberg's house and tried to burn it down while the family slept.

    But because of the family's vigilance and Aron Rottenberg's bravery, the house and Rottenberg's family were spared.

    Rottenberg now fights for his life in a hospital.

    His attacker, the Rebbe's butler, Shaul Spitzer, is recovering from less serious injuries and is free on $300,000 bond. Many believe he will flee the country as soon as he is well enough to travel, and that Skvere and its Rebbe will help him.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Congress raves over Israeli prime minister! But Anti- Israel Orthodox Rabbis & the Arab World Condemn him

    The United States Congress gave the Prime Minister a standing ovation and loved every single word he said, but our own Jews will make a sick and ridcules statement at a time when the Jewish people need all the praise they can get.. instead of keeping their mouths shut, they continue to shame all of us with their stupid remarks.
    Here first read from the Washington Times:
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a rapturous reception worthy of a rock star from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill on Tuesday - a stark contrast to last week’s tense White House visit.

    His speech to a joint session of 
    Congress was repeatedly punctuated by sustained applause, laughter and more than two dozen standing ovations. It also received some high praise from bipartisan admirers.

    “For someone who has listened to a lot of speeches I have to say you’ve made the all-star team,” Senate Majority Leader 
    Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, told Mr. Netanyahu at a press conference afterward.

    Once again, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has angered American Orthodox Jews by drawing on Biblical themes to support his Zionist ideology, and by blurring the boundaries between the Jewish people and the Zionist state.

    In front of the oval office on Friday, he said to President Obama, “It’s the ancient nation of Israel. And, you know, we've been around for almost 4,000 years. We've experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We've gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.”

    We, as Torah Jews, object strongly to Netanyahu’s identification of his modern Zionist nation with the Jewish people. The true Jewish people has been around for almost 4,000 years and has never lost hope – but that hope was never the hope of reestablishing a sovereign state on our own as the Zionist movement has done. Indeed, religious Jews throughout the ages never even considered such an option, since it is forbidden by the Torah. Our hope was and is only for G-d’s final redemption with the coming of the messiah.

    Netanyahu further stated, “A peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality…the only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakeable facts.” Actually, the entire Zionist project is based on illusions and was doomed to failure from day one. Over a hundred years ago, when Herzl convened the first Zionist congress, the greatest rabbis warned that his plans would only bring danger and destruction for the Jewish people.

    Netanyahu went so far as to openly deny the Jewish people’s age-old hope when he said regarding the peace process, “We don't have a lot of margin for error…Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.” To his heretical mind, the false Zionist redemption is the only redemption the Jewish people will ever have.

    In a speech to Congress on Tuesday, he said, “I recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts of the Jewish homeland. In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers…This is the land of our forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history can deny the four thousand year old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.” 

    ronically, this statement itself is the real distortion of history. Netanyahu has conveniently skipped the millennia of exile that separate Abraham, David and Isaiah from the present day. He denies the fundamental Jewish belief that our exile was a Heavenly decree, which will end with the final redemption of the world, when there will be peace among all of humanity. During exile, Jews may live all over the world, including the Holy Land, but only without Jewish sovereignty.

    “Netanyahu does not trust in G-d; he uses G-d for his agenda,” said Rabbi Leopold Klein, a spokesman for True Torah Jews. “He doesn’t believe in the Torah or the Prophets either. He takes all that is holy to us and uses it whenever it’s convenient for him.

    “As American Jews, we declare that the State of Israel cannot – and should not – claim to represent worldwide Jewry, nor should it be identified as a Jewish State, because confusion between Judaism and Zionism jeopardizes the safety of Jews living all over the world,” Rabbi Klein concluded.

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    This Cartoon Sums Up the Entire Controversy Between Obama & Netanyahu

    Picture of Netanyahu & Obama in their 20's

    Bibi Netanyahu (on left) Barack Hussain Obama (on right)

    While Bibi was fighting for his life and the life of Israel  “BS Barry” was smoking!
    It is really true that a picture says a thousand words.

    Update on Shaul Spitzer from New Square

    Chaim Aaron Rottenberg in Burn Unit
    UPDATED APRIL 18, 2012
    Shaul Spitzer, a follower of the New Square grand rebbe, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for first-degree assault in the attack on Aron Rottenberg at 4:15 a.m. May 22 during an attempt to burn down the family's home on Truman Avenue in New Square.

    Spitzer was sentenced this morning in state Supreme Court in New City.
    Rottenberg, 44, once a plumber, continues to recover from third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, suffered when Spitzer set off an incediary device while grappling with Rottenberg. Spitzer suffered burns to his hands and arms.

     Charges Upgraded!
    Ramapo police have upgraded the charges against the suspect believed to have attacked a Truman Avenue man early Sunday morning after trying to burn down his home.    Shaul Spitzer, 18, of nearby Adams Lane, now faces charges of first-degree arson andsecond-degree attempted murder, both felonies. He had previously been charged with felony counts of first-degree attempted arson and first-degree assault.
    Police said Spitzer was responsible in the arson attack that left Aron Rottenberg, 43, with third-degree burns to 50 percent of his body. Rottenberg was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and remains there in serious condition. He is expected to survive his injuries, police said today.
    Rottenberg's family say they have been the target of violence and protests in the Hasidic enclave because Rottenberg worships at the Friedwald Center, rather than the community's main synagogue.
    But at a press conference at 2:30 p.m. today Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said he had spoken with New Square Deputy Mayor Israel Spitzer and had been assured that Sunday's attack was the result of a private dispute between the two men and not a campaign of retribution. Rottenberg's family has strongly disputed that conclusion.
    Police said they are continuing to investigate and released only a few additional details, some of them grisly. When police arrived at Rottenberg's home on Sunday at 4:12 a.m. they found him sitting on the front steps of his home so badly burned smoke was rising from his body.
    Rottenberg's son also suffered burns on his fingers after trying to put out the flames.
    Here read the Condemnation of the Skvere Bais Din, notice no one signed it, and nobody wished R' Aaron Rottenberg a Refuah Shelimah! 
    Rottenberg Hires A Lawyer

    An attorney hired by the family of a man severely burned during an arson attempt early Sunday reiterated the family's claim that the attack was orchestrated by religious leaders of the Hasidic Jewish village, and should therfore face prosecution.
    Michael Sussman will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon in front of Aron Rottenberg's Truman Avenue home where Sunday's attack occurred.
    Sussman said Rottenberg had no personal issues with the suspect, Shaul Spitzer, 18, contradicting the position of a village leader.
    Sussman said Rottenberg's rights to practice his religion were violated by the leadership of grand rabbi David Twersky, the dynastic spiritual leader of the Skver Hasidic Jewish community.
    "Rather this event culminated months of increasingly violent and coordinated religiously based attacks on Mr. Rottenberg triggered by the victim's choice of synagogue and religious leader," Sussman said
    Spitzer was being arraigned this morning in a Manhattan hospital burn unit room. He suffered severe burns to his arms and hands.
    Ramapo police charged Spitzer with felony counts of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson and first-degree assault.
    Spitzer is accused of tossing a flammable item onto the rear porch of Rottenberg's home on Truman Avenue.
    Rottenberg, a plumber, and his family have been the targets of community intimidation since last year, police reports and Internet videos show.
    Mobs of people descended on his house, demanding he leave the Skver Hasidic Jewish community.
    Rottenberg and his family said his refusal to pray in Twersky's synagogue led to retaliation from community members. Rottenberg's family and residents say Spitzer worked as a butler in the grand rabbi's home.
    After 4 a.m. Sunday, Rottenberg confronted Spitzer outside his house. Both of them caught fire, police said.
    Rottenberg suffered third-degree burns across 50 percent of his body. He's being treated at the Westchester Medical Center.
    Spitzer is being treated at the Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan with serious burns to his hands and arms.
    Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma said this morning that a video from Rottenberg's house shows one man outside.
    He said detectives are investigating all avenues of the case, including who broke Rottenberg's windows last week and those who attacked his house last autumn.
    "We're looking at all the incidents together," Emma said as he drove to Manhattan for the arraignment. We're looking at whether the incidents were done collectively or by people acting individually."
    Emma said one other family on Bush Lane has reported being targeted, but "Mr. Rottenberg for some reason has been the principal victim."
    Emma said detectives spoke to Rottenberg, but he was under heavy sedation. His son-in-law, Moshe Elbaum, said Rottenberg has been in great pain.
    Spitzer declined to talk to police without his attorney, James Licata, the county public defender, Emma said.

    New Square burn victim had feared for his safety!

    Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower announces the charges against a New Square man in connection with Sunday's arson attack against Aron Rottenberg, 43, of New Square. Behind Brower at Monday's news conference is Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.

    A New Square man who was severely burned early Sunday during an attack on his home had been the victim of growing harassment for more than a year because he did not attend the community's main synagogue.
    Aron Rottenberg, 43, who suffered third-degree burns to half his body, visited The Journal News office in November to express concerns about his safety.
    Rottenberg had been ostracized by the Skver Hasidic sect that runs New Square because he did not worship at the community's main synagogue, headed by Grand Rebbe David Twersky.
    A letter distributed to the community in November by New Square's leadership and rabbinical court warned that not worshipping at the synagogue was a severe violation and that anyone in violation must be stopped from using the community's facilities.
    "This all started when Rabbi David Twersky called for a meeting demanding the religious services outside his synagogue must be stopped," wrote Sam Dirnfeld, a New Square resident, in an email.
    Rottenberg's son-in-law Moshe Elbaum said the family had faced growing levels of intimidation in recent months, including broken windows in their home. Some protested outside the Rottenberg home in November, calling on them to leave. The family later installed surveillance cameras.
    The cameras didn't help on Sunday. Just after 4 a.m., Rottenberg confronted a man carrying a rag soaked with flammable liquid behind his home on Truman Avenue and was severely burned during a confrontation.
    Rottenberg is in serious condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla but is expected to survive.
    Shaul Spitzer, 18, of nearby Adams Lane, was arrested and now faces charges of first-degree arson and second-degree attempted murder, both felonies. Spitzer also suffered serious burns to his hands and arms and is being held at Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. He has not yet been arraigned.
    At a news conference Monday, Police Chief Peter Brower said his detectives had not found evidence linking the attack on Rottenberg's house to the previous protests in the community.
    Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said he was assured by New Square Deputy Mayor Israel Spitzer that Sunday's attack was an isolated incident, the result of a private dispute and not part of a campaign of retribution.
    Yossi Gestetner, a Monsey-based journalist who works with the Hasidic community, said New Square leaders would never condone such violence.
    "Did the rabbinical leadership have issues with Mr. Rottenberg? Yes," Gestetner said. "But to conclude they would sanction violence is wrong."
    But others suggested that the campaign against Rottenberg inspired Sunday's violence.
    "If you don't follow the rules, this is what happens," said Elbaum, a former New Square resident.
    Dirnfeld said he had little faith in local law enforcement because of its ties to New Square. He called for a federal investigation.
    "I know there will be retaliation against me for speaking up, but as there is no responsible leadership, someone has to," he wrote.
    One New Square woman said she and her friends were waiting for New Square's leadership to condemn Sunday's act and were bitterly disappointed that nothing was said.
    "No one has come out to condemn the action of that boy," she said. "The girls went back to school. The boys went back to yeshiva. Nothing. It is against Judaism, against the Torah."
    The woman did not want to be identified because she said she would be shunned and her property vandalized.
    She said residents don't know what to tell their kids about Sunday's violence.
    "People are hurting others, burning others, throwing rocks into windows, doing things to people's property, and no one condemns them," she said. "A group of men think that when New Square was built, the grand rebbe's father, who built the village, said everyone should pray in one synagogue. Did he know there would be many, many more people here and that not everyone would want to go to the same synagogue?"
    Divisions within Skver and other Hasidic sects only occasionally spill into public view. New Square is a mystery to most. Its population grew by 50 percent to 6,944 between 2000 and 2010, as most adults marry young and have large families. New Square's average household of 5.54 people is the largest in the region.
    Samuel Heilman of New Rochelle, distinguished professor of sociology at Queens College and one of the nation's leading experts on Hasidim, said the Skver community is a monolithic place where people are always on the lookout for challenges that could lead to divisions. People also believe the grand rebbe is their intermediary to God, so perceived challenges to his authority are taken seriously.
    "The idea of a crack in the charter of the community is really frightening to them," he said.
    Rottenberg and up to 30 others had decided to pray at the Friedwald Center, a rehabilitation and nursing center on New Hempstead Road, rather than New Square's main synagogue on Truman Avenue. Elbaum said the community's pressure dropped the number of worshippers to a handful, including his father-in-law.
    nternal disputes rarely involve violence, although there is a tradition of using force to confront a wrong-doer, Heilman said. A dissenter is more likely to be cut off by the community.
    "I could see a young man, who probably doesn't understand the rabbinic norms, figuring that if someone doesn't follow the conservative line, you can impose it on him," Heilman said. "It's not an impossible jump."
    The Skver Hasidic movement was founded in modern-day Ukraine in the city of Skver during the late 1700s. Rabbis in the Twersky line are believed to have been at the helm since the earliest days. The movement came to Brooklyn during the 1920s. Then in 1954, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, the grand rebbe of the day, bought 130 acres of a former dairy farm outside Spring Valley to form New Square.
    Many of the community's early residents were Holocaust survivors, and none had been followers of Twersky previously, according to "Hasidic People: A Place in the New World," a 1992 book by the late scholar Jerome R. Mintz.
    "They were united in the dream of the new community and in their faith in the sincerity and piety of the Skverer Rebbe," he wrote.
    The settlement incorporated as a village in 1961 after battling the Ramapo Town Board over zoning regulations. When the grand rebbe died in 1968, David Twersky was quickly named his successor.
    A similar division has been seen in the Satmar Hasidic sect. A group that opposed the chief rabbi in Orange County's Kiryas Joel village wound up battling the sect in the state courts over where it could worship.
    The highest-profile Hasidic split has been for the leadership of the vast Satmar movement, with two sons of the late rebbe splitting the movement into two groups as they battled for power.
    Press Conference in New Square

    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Yeshiva Boy in New Square attempts to burn down house with family sleeping inside

    Reports are still very vague and sketchy,but reports are coming in that a young yesivah boy of New Square attempted to burn down a house in New Square this morning. There were 4 people sleeping in the house. The owner of the house refuses to pray in New Square and prays in Friedwald, a nursing home outside the community. This was done to teach him a lesson.The victim Chaim Aaron Rottenberg had to be hospitilized with 3rd degree burns.There is confidential information that the surveillance video tapes were handed over to the Chassidishe Sheriff Koenig, if that's in fact true, then according to people close to the investigation those tapes "may very well disappear."

    Chaim Aaron Rottenberg in burn unit

    Here read report from The Journal News:

    A Truman Avenue man suffered severe body burns early this morning when he fought off a village resident armed with a incendiary device during a fight over a simmering religious controversy, Ramapo police said.
    Ramapo police said they later arrested 18-year-old Shaul Spitzer of Adams Lane on felony charges. He had serious burns to his hands and arms and has been hospitalized, police said.
    The victim, 43, whose name is being withheld by the Journal-News, suffered burns to 50 percent of his body and remains hospitalized.
    Police charged Spitzer with felony counts of first-degree attempted arson and first-degree assault, police said.
    Other charges are possible, including attempted murder or possibly murder if the victim dies at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, police said.
    Police said they are aware that the Truman Avenue family had been targeted before with violence and protests by religious zealots because the victim prayed outside the community's main synagogue used by the Skver Hasidic grand rabbi, the worldwide community's dynastic leader.
    Police investigators said today that they have no evidence of any connection between today's attack at 4:12 a.m. and past incidents gainst the family and other dissidents in the community. The vacant upper floor of a Bush Lane house caught fire recently where another dissident family lived.
    "I know there is a history there and we're aware of problems within the community," Ramapo Police Detective Lt. Mark Emma said today. "We have no evidence there is a connection. We're still investigating."
    The Truman Avenue family installed surveillance cameras because of previous incidents at the house.
    Just after 4 a.m. today, a young man living in the Truman Avenue house woke up his father after hearing people out on the porch, police said. Four people were in the house.
    The family members began watching a security camera monitor when they saw a man later identified as Spitzer throw something onto their rear deck, Emma said.
    Emma said the item turned out to be a rag soaked in flammable liquid.
    The father and a son went outside, where the father confronted Spitzer, Emma said.
    "Somehow — we're not sure yet — the victim's clothes caught on fire," Emma said. "He has severe burns to his face, arms, and chest."
    The victim's son rolled his father on the ground to put out the flames, Emma said.
    "The suspect fled the scene, but we were able to track him down" at 8:30 a.m., Emma said.
    Rockland Paramedics Inc. and police found the victim sitting on the front steps of his house.
    The suspect was taken to Nyack Hospital for the burns and later transferred to Cornell Medical Center in New York City, Emma said.
    Ramapo police were later assisted by the Rockland Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation fie unit and the Rockland County Computer Crimes Unit.