Monday, May 29, 2017

Ami Turns on POTUS .....No Gratitude For Getting White House Press Credentials!

Yitzchok Frankfurter the editor of Ami Magazine is a "wanna be" pseudo- intellectual but the reality is that he is an uneducated fool.

And now he can add being evil to his resume. 

He somehow maneuvered White House press credentials for his childish side kick, Turx, when other important Jewish News Agencies couldn't. G-d only knows how!

Instead of having "hakoras hatoiv" gratitude ..... he decides to kick the President of the USA in the proverbial ass and places a photo of  Trump with a Yarmulkah at the Kotel, with the words "Scandal" in the headline below!

You are probably scratching your head wondering "what scandal?"
Charles Krauthammer, no friend of Trump said about the Trump investigations ..."it appears to be a coverup lacking a crime nobody can locate a crime."

But even if there was one, do we need a frum publication dissing our president on the cover? By all accounts frum people are excited about Trump hoping that he will be good for Israel. 
So what does that say about us when we kick him in the shin?

And if that was not enough ....the clown, Frankfurter writes an editorial totally mocking the president with the heading "Free Fall."

The pathetic blithering idiot, writes:
"What is most ironic is that the President's impulsive tweeting may ultimately get him impeached - or more likely, bring about his resignation. And perhaps that should serve as the biggest lesson to be derived from this entire episode, that taunting others on social media. This needs to be repeated over and over again, because too many people believe that "anything goes" on the internet. Some may have mistakenly come to that conclusion by thinking that since surfing the internet is wrong in the first place, doing wrongful things on the web doesn't compound their culpability." 

DIN: I'm not going to comment on his idiotic statement that the President's tweeting "may ultimately get him impeached." 
But I will comment on his pathetic comment that "that the biggest lesson to be derived (he learned a new word) from this entire episode, that taunting others on social media etc."

Hey Frank ..... most people don't have the luxury to own a  magazine to taunt others, they only have the internet, thank G-D, and this is the only medium to call out traitors and sickies that call themselves editors.

Then the clown goes on to quote his rebbe "Rav Dovid Soloveitchik...... bla bla bla bla bla 
What????? Rav Dovid Soloveitchik with Trump???????
Yup .....

He also writes:
"Did he really think the media were going to be extraordinarily nice to him after all the truly derogatory words he has thrown their way."

Hey Frankie clown ...... have you been in a coma for the last Year?
Who started all this?????
Are you now backing the press, that hates Israel, now? 
Or is it because Trump put your child, Turx, in his place?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Satmar Continues to Deceive and Lie About IDF

Satmar sheep are led by an obsessed hater of his  fellow brothers and sisters that live in Israel.
 R' Aron, Satmar Rebbe of Monroe, made a speech on May 11, 2017 and published in this weeks Der Blatt on page 8 , that was loaded with half truths and whole lies.

We have gentiles that want to kill us,  destroy us with movements such as  BDS , but that is not enough for this fool, he wants to be part of destroying the Jewish nation from within; spreading innuendo, false narratives, misinformation and out right hatred for our boys in uniform.....

Some excerpts of his blathering nonsense.
He said:
" Today we are facing the issue of the mandatory draft of yeshiva students"

well, that is an outright lie ....and he knows that ...
All yeshiva boys can easily get a "pitur' an exemption, without any problems...... 
My very own child got a "pitur" without any coercion by the IDf....

He then contradicts himself a couple of seconds later and babbles:
"There are large yeshivas in major Orthodox communities; they receive all the privileges. For them they make it very easy and smooth. Everything goes well in the major yesivas. They don't put any obstacle for them." 

Then he lies, and barks:
"But when individuals comes by themselves, they have many tricks up their sleeve. Oh, your'e not so good? Go to the army!"

The headline on the cover page that was printed in Red....... read:
Treifene Tzha"l Starts Campaign To Enroll Yeshivah Students in IDF

"Treifene?" What gall? What chutzpah? to call boys and girls that put their very own lives on the line ..."Treif"

Hey ... reb aron ... how about focusing on your own "trifa" foolish sheep?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Media Never Reported Why Trump Disappeared For A Few Hours In Israel

President Trump and First Lady Melania have been tirelessly traveling for almost an entire week and are nearing the end of their first overseas presidential trip. The couple just landed in Belgium and the president will soon be attending the G7 Summit back in Italy on Friday and Saturday. However, with as busy as he’s been for days, he recently dropped everything and quietly slipped out of sight for a few hours and now we know the unbelievable reason why.
There’s been no shortage of media coverage as the Trumps travel the globe this week. Liberal news outlets wait with baited breath for the first sign of slip up on the president’s first overseas trip and will find anything to judge him for. Despite having cameras following the couple practically around the clock, there’s one outing in Israel that media “conveniently” missed and it’s clear as to why they chose not to cover it.
Practically every second of the president’s 27-hours in Israel was packed and planned out, but he still made time to fulfill a wish of a 14-year-old who heard he was coming to her country. As eager as she was to see him, Trump was reportedly eager to meet this special little girl.
“During his recent visit to Israel, President Donald Trump made a 14-year old girl’s dream come true. Emilee Imbar has been battling cancer for the last seven years, and has dreamed of meeting with the U.S. President.”
“Rachashei Lev is Israel’s national support center for pediatric cancer patients, and among their hundreds of invaluable services, they have helped thousands of pediatric cancer patients to achieve their dreams.”

Emilee’s dream was to meet the President of the United States and she got that wish fulfilled by our incredibly personable leader. Trump truly loves kids as much as the First Lady, who seems to have had a compassionate effect on him. Perhaps not surprising, was that the entire media ignored this incredible story and act of love from our president since it’s counter to their narrative.
You can bet that if Barack Obama had done something as thoughtful as this, there would have been a media entourage in tow. On the contrary, liberals accused Melania of only being interested in the “photo op” at her frequent and lengthy hospital visits, which is far from the truth with the genuine love and concern for kids this couple continually exudes.
“President Trump chatted with Emilee, asking about her health and wellbeing, and relating to her a little bit about the immense responsibilities of being a President of the United States,” The Yeshiva World reported. “Emilee blessed and thanked President Trump, and presented him with a letter she wrote expressing her desire to meet him again – this time in the White House, where she hoped to do business with him, and maybe even to bring peace to the world. President Trump was visibly moved by Emilee and wished her good health and a speedy recovery. It was a momentous day for all.”
The local news outlet was the sole source of the story originally. However, if the mainstream media can find a way to spin this story into something grossly negative, you can rest assured that every outlet will be running it in no time. It’s disgusting that the Obamas got perpetually coverage of their fake warm and fuzzy things they posed for, but when any member of the Trump family does something actually genuine and on their won accord, it’s ignored or twisted into something disgusting that it is not.
The left wants the world to believe that Trump is a heartless, horrible man who is out to dupe us all, take rights away, and kill people he doesn’t like. Ironically, facts prove these things to be true about some of our liberal leaders. Meanwhile, if this first overseas trip has shown us anything, it’s how loved the President and First Lady are around the world. They aren’t swayed by the leftist media in America that slanders our leader for the sole cause of paving the way to an impeachment. People in other countries simply judge him by his actions and not what people say, since that’s what speaks louder than negative, spiteful words.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Elderly Orthodox Jewish man brutally beaten in Los Angeles

Elderly Jewish man beaten on way to synagogue in Los Angeles. Attack captured on security camera.

An Orthodox Jewish man en route to a Los Angeles synagogue for morning prayers was viciously beaten by an unknown assailant Monday morning.
Footage from a closed circuit camera shows the attacker pacing around the street at the site of the attack, then lunging at the victim as he walked down the street.

The attack reportedly took place near the Bais Yehuda synagogue at the corner of Oakwood and North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.

No details have yet been released on the condition of the victim or progress in the investigation into the attack.

The LAPD says it has not yet classified the incident as a hate crime, adding that the appeared to be a random assault, not a robbery.

Locals who know the victim say he was targeted because of his faith.

"He's never hurt a fly," one local told ABC 7. "He's just a good guy going on the way to prayers this morning and gets pummeled for no reason other than probably being Jewish."

Many Dead at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester England ...... Suicide Terrorist Attack!

22 people have been killed and 59+ injured after explosions were heard inside Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande gig tonight.  

Video footage showed people fleeing in tears from the venue after bangs rang out immediately after the concert finished.
Bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by emergency services outside the gig and armed police were seen patrolling the arena.  

Evie Brewster, who attended the concert, told MailOnline: 'Ariana Grange had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded.
'Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit.

'We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying.

'There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smokey and burnt.

'The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.' 

Manchester's Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled. 
Greater Manchester Police said: 'Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.

'There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.
'Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.'

Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: 'We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.

'It was a huge explosion - you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.'  

Majid Khan, 22, said: 'I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
'It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.

'Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.' 

Another concert-goer Laura, 22, told MailOnline: 'There was a woman leaning against a car in the car park with her head down, covered in blood and a little girl being lifted away by paramedics. There were quite a few people injured in the car park.'

Her friend, Livvy, 22, added: 'we saw the explosion happen. Bits of it hit me. My first thought was, 'that's a bomb'.
'It was just when we were leaving. We saw a flash of light and smoke.

'We're really shaken up. If we had been there moment earlier we would have been caught up in it rather than seeing it.' 

Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister.
He said: 'I was in the toilet and heard a loud bang just after the concert had finished and people had started to leave.
'The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.
'I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.
'Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.
'Reports of blood and people injured.'
He added: 'In so much shock and panic. You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you. I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe.'  

Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, reported a huge bang rocking the neighbourhood.
She told the Press Association: '(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we're on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
'The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
'Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can't see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.  

Former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand said: 'Just heard the news what's happening in Manchester... hope everyone is safe and sound!' 

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available.'

A British Transport Police spokesman said: 'We are aware of an incident at Manchester Arena. We have officers at the scene and will provide further updates as soon as possible.' 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Meah Shearim Fanatics Find a "heter" to Destroy Chabad Shul on Shabbos!

These are the same cowards that beat up frum soldiers in uniform.

 This friday night the savages went to hunt for more frum soldiers to beat up and couldn't find any, so they did the next best thing and went to the Chabad historical shul in Meah Sheorim and destroyed it ....... 

Aye it's Shabbos? 
No problem! They looked up the Satmar Seforim and  found a precedent to be mechallel Shabbos against perceived enemies .... 

Satmar had no problem sending Domino's Pizza and furniture on Shabbos to the Kloizenberger Rebbe z"l when the Kloizenberger was still living in Williamsburg before they brutally chased him out and he had to relocate to Jersey City, because of all the savagery perpetrated against him and his Chassidim. ....

I don't have any idea why they didn't go back to the time when Reb Yoel's Chassidim put glass shards in the Spinka's Rebbe z"l mikvah on Shabbos in the city of Krula way before R' Yoilish became Satmar Rebbe; he was then the "Krula Rebbe" and this all happened before WW2!

The frum animals also had another precedent when  just last week Satmar hooligans attempted to disrupt the Belzer Rebbe's trip in London, and were mechallel Shabbos!

But ..... Lubavitch nevertheless, forgave them and invited the savages to come learn Sifrei Chabad in the destroyed shul!

Congregants of the old Chabad shul in Meah Shearim were amazed to discover on Shabbat (Sabbath, Saturday) that vandals had broken into their synagogue.
The vandals destroyed the synagogue's walls, stole books and newsletters, and harmed anything they could get their hands on.
The vandalism was discovered when sexton Tzvi Hanon returned late on Friday night to lock the synagogue after everyone left and prepare it for the next morning.
However, when he arrived on Friday night, he discovered that various materials had been spread on the walls, books and newsletters had been taken, and the entire synagogue had been trashed.
Hanon's son Mendy said, "The Chabad synagogue in Meah Shearim is a lighthouse for thousands of Jews all over Jerusalem. Every Shabbat, people stream to this place, to be inspired by hasidic teachings, by the lectures we hold every day of the week."
"In the midst of our intensive preparations for the Shavuot holiday, we are witness to these difficult events. I am sure we will overcome it.
"Anyone who did these acts is invited to taste the hasidic teachings. I promise that after tastes it, he will not be able to leave."

Trump Disses Satmar "Ketanim" and Visits with Zionists and Kotel

Satmar "Ketanim," both in Williamsburg and Monroe are fuming that President Trump visited the Kotel, which Satmar and the Arabs prohibit from visiting ......... 
Nobody has forgotten that R' Aron Teitelbaum, Satmar "Katan" of Monroe wrote letters to Congressman that they shouldn't attend Netanyahu's address warning Congressman not to vote for the disastrous Iran deal ....... R' Aron was pushing for the Iran deal that gave the murderous Iran a license to obtain nuclear weapons .... 
Satmar and liberal Reform Rabbis teamed up together with "achdus" against keeping Israel safe!
A very demented and sick view ..... 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ramapo Supervisor St. Lawrence Found Guilty On 20 Counts

A 12-member jury found Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence guilty on Friday of 20 of 22 federal charges of rigging the town's financial books in order to receive lower rates on bonds to finance a baseball stadium in Pomona and other town projects.
The jury returned guilty verdicts on 12 wire fraud counts and eight counts of securities fraud. He was acquitted of one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day quickly responded to the guilty verdict by saying: “Holding public office is a privilege. Any public official found guilty of breaking the law has violated that sacred public trust," Day said. "The conclusion of this jury that the Ramapo Supervisor broke the law is a stain on the town and all of Rockland County. We support every effort to restore integrity to Ramapo.”
This is a developing story.

Rabbi Greer must cough up $15 million to his Rape Victim

A federal jury Thursday ordered prominent Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Elm Street yeshiva to pay a former student $15 million in compensatory damages because the rabbi raped and repeatedly abused him 15 years ago.
The jury awarded an additional $5 million in punitive damages, to pay the lawyers.
In adjudicating a civil lawsuit brought by Eliyahu Mirlis, a former high school student at the Yeshiva of New Haven, the jury deliberated in U.S. District Court here for 12 hours over two days before coming to its unanimous decision.
The eight jurors slapped Greer with the eight-figure bill for the emotional suffering he caused Mirlis by assaulting and battering the boy over a three-year period, from his sophomore to senior years at the high school. The panel calculated the total after also concluding that Greer and the yeshiva had shown recklessness and intentional infliction of emotional distress and the school separately had displayed negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
That sum was less than half of the $38 million that the plaintiff’s attorney, Antonio Ponvert III, had requested.
Jurors also requested that the court nail Greer with extra punitive charges to pay Mirlis’s lawyers. That added another $5 million to the bill.
“This completely justified all my faith in the justice system. Even an incredibly difficult case can be resolved fairly on the facts,” Ponvert said. “What the plaintiff suffered and what has been suffered by children for generations need to stop, period. Child abuse, in all forms, is a plague that we all need to work together to stop.”
When asked why he believed his side prevailed, Ponvert responded, “The truth.”
Greer’s defense said the rabbi plans to appeal the verdict.
“We are extremely disappointed by the jury’s verdict, and intend to pursue all potential options to set it aside, including an appeal,” defense attorney David Grudberg wrote in an email.
The verdict followed a suspenseful four-day trial here at U.S. District Court, with a cliff-hanger ending about whether the yeshiva was also liable.
Two victims — Mirlis and the yeshiva’s assistant dean, Aviad Hack — both described their underaged sexual encounters with Greer in graphic detail. Shira Mirlis, the victim’s wife, said the abuse had hardened her partner, preventing him being vulnerable. An expert in childhood sexual abuse and a University of Connecticut professor, Julian Ford, explained to jurors that the inability to trust was an normal response to “betrayal trauma,” as he diagnosed Mirlis with post-traumatic stress disorder.
From Greer’s side, the jurors didn’t hear much of a denial. The rabbi repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. (He denied only one accusation: That he’d had sex with Mirlis on a forested parcel of land in Hamden.) The defense’s other witnesses presented only mitigating evidence: Neither the rabbi’s wife, Sarah Greer, nor his secretary, Jean Leadbury, had noticed anything unusual, they testified. The team’s defense instead, relied heavily on a set of cheery wedding photos showing Mirlis continued to maintain a relationship with his abuser, honoring the rabbi at life milestones.

The final day in federal court Wednesday wrapped up with attorneys presenting 40-minute closing arguments from a podium arms-length from the jury box. The lawyers’ summations of the case volleyed from high-minded (with references to the Founding Fathers) to ad hominem (with accusations of deception and cheating).

Ponvert, Mirlis’s counsel, said the two victims’ testimony and an expert’s diagnosis proved the accusations against Greer were more likely than not true — meeting the lower standard, a preponderance of the evidence, used in civil suits as opposed to in criminal trials.

Ponvert, from the firm Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, argued that the yeshiva also deserved blame. Hack, effectively the school’s manager, had suspected the rabbi was abusing Mirlis, once even trying to beat down a locked door where Greer was having sex with the boy inside. He failed to report his suspicions to child welfare and law enforcement authorities as required by law.

The defense, Ponvert added, still hadn’t fleshed out its counter-arguments: why Greer couldn’t deny the accusations, why Mirlis would want to attack someone he revered, why Hack admitted to only one sexual encounter as a student if he truly wanted to bring down the rabbi, and why the University of Connecticut pyschiatry professor might have been so “duped” by his client.

In closing, Ponvert asked for $38 million in damages to repay Mirlis for his stolen childhood and his pain since. He argued that Mirlis’s first experience with intimacy should have been dating a girl he loved. “Not a forced kiss, not fellatio, not anal sex. Not with a man and not with a rabbi. Not pseudo-romantic nights in motels with alcohol and hot tubs. Not coerced intimacy but real intimacy,” Ponvert said. “What this man did to Eli Mirlis has affected him in such a way that he cannot have a trusting relationship. And at the end of our lives, ladies and gentlemen, what do we all have but relationships with people that love us and the people we love, the moments we share with them and the experiences that bond us? Eli doesn’t have that.”

When defense attorney William Ward stood up, he first thanked the jury for being in attendance —  “more than I can say for the plaintiff,” the lawyer added, pointing out that Mirlis had been largely absent throughout the trial aside from a few hours on the stand Monday afternoon. He then argued there was no hard evidence of abuse in the exhibits. He called Mirlis a “liar” and a “cheat.”

“That’s not even an inference; it’s an admission,” Ward said. Mirlis “told you some other lies, big or small.”

The defense attorney made one last attempt to explain why Greer hadn’t denied the accusations. Because Mirlis had spoken with police a year ago, keeping silent on “anything that tends to incriminate you” by pleading the Fifth would be “wise,” Ward explained. “That could mean anything that puts Mr. Mirlis or Mr. Greer alone in the same room during four years in high school, anything.” He added that Ponvert had fired “loaded questions” throughout the trial, cornering Greer into remaining silent. (Local police decided not to pursue a criminal investigation of Greer, concluding that the statute of limitations had expired, according to law-enforcement officials familiar with the matter.)

Ward repeatedly sought to impeach Mirlis’s credibility. Mirlis, for example, testified that his grades suffered when he rebuffed Greer’s entreaties, but Ward pointed out that his report card didn’t reflect this, with five As and two B-pluses in classes Greer supposedly taught.

Several times, though, Ward himself twisted Mirlis’s testimony to make it sound deceptive. In one misrepresentation, Ward claimed Mirlis had lied about when he first informed his wife about Greer’s abuse. Ford, the UConn psychiatrist whom Ward described as a “hired gun,” said Mirlis kept the molestation secret during couples counseling —  a fact that wasn’t incompatible with Mirlis’s account of first telling his wife when they were dating. But Ward conflated the two, making it sounds like Mirlis had misled someone. That’s despite the fact that Mirlis testified, under oath, that Ford didn’t ask when he first confessed to his wife, so he didn’t tell the psychiatrist.

In another attempt to portray Mirlis as dishonest, Ward said Mirlis had lied about having sex with Greer repeatedly for 26 hours at a hotel in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Ponvert had indeed tried to portray the stay as an overnight orgy, but Mirlis had corrected him on the stand. To avoid violating the Sabbath, Mirlis indicated that they had sex only before Friday’s sundown and after Saturday’s sundown. By closing statements, Ward had reshaped that exchange to look dishonest. “It’s not ‘the 26-hour sex-fest’ that he told you in direct, isn’t it? It’s a lie, it’s a lie,” Ward claimed.

Ponvert fired back with a seven-minute rebuttal, calling Ward’s speech the “most bizarre and inaccurate” closing statement he’d heard in his career. Flustered with anger, he paused once to compose himself.

“I’m so frustrated I don’t know what to say at this point. Everyone wants this man out of here!” he exclaimed, his voice rising. “He’s [Greer’s] a child molester.”

Ponvert ended by saying it had been an honor to represent Mirlis, as well as a weighty responsibility. “I share that with you,” he said. “I ask you to accept that burden.”

During the two full days that jurors argued in a locked room, starting at 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, the rabbi paced around the courtroom, asking his lawyers about court procedure, gossiping with his wife about spectators and making several trips to the bathroom. Sarah Greer serenely read a book in the stands.
At 3:03 p.m. on Wednesday, jurors knocked on the door to indicate they had a question. They handed an unsigned, yellow sheet of paper to the marshal. It read, “If we finish this evening, will [we] be able to render a decision tonight or still have to come back tomorrow?” Judge Michael P. Shea sent his deputy into the room to let them know that if the court accepts their verdict tonight, they wouldn’t have to return.
At 3:19, they sent out another note. “We could use fresh coffee and donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts, please.”
The jurors sent out a note at 4:35 p.m. asking to replay Hack’s deposition. At 5:01 p.m., a second note said they’d finish deliberations on Thursday.
Back in the courtroom at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, jurors examined the last 20 minutes of Hack’s deposition. Under pressure by Ward to name exact dates when Greer had sex with him as a student, Hack said he could not remember a single instance, aside from the first fondling. In the same clip, Hack said he knew about mandatory reporter laws, “certainly by 2007” — two years after Mirlis graduated.
For nearly four hours, the jury discussed whether the yeshiva had been negligent. After lunch, they wrote in a note that they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on that specific charge.
At 12:51 p.m., Judge Shea asked them to shrug off any fixed conclusions and reassess the evidence. “This is an important case for all parties. Therefore it’s important for you to reach a verdict without anyone surrendering a conscientiously held view,” Shea said. “There does not appear to be a reason why this case could be tried better or more exhaustively on either side, nor that any other men or women will be more intelligent, more impartially chosen or more competent to decide the case than you.” He added that jurors in the minority, in particular, should reexamine why more of their colleagues had tipped to the other side. “Take as much time as you need to discuss things; there is no rush.”
At 3:39 p.m., the jury handed back their ruling. After reading through verdict form, count by count, each juror stood individually to affirm agreement with the decision.
The defense team left silently, hurrying outside into oncoming traffic. Red-faced, Greer hugged Ward in the parking lot behind the courthouse, then slid into his minivan.
Beginning in the 1980s, Rabbi Greer oversaw the revival of the neighborhood around his yeshiva at the corner of Norton and Elm streets, renovating neglected historic homes.
Over the years, Greer has also crusaded against gay rights in Connecticut, at times played an active role in politics and government, and advocated for keeping nuisance businesses out of the Whalley Avenue commercial corridor. He and his family earned national attention for exposing johns who patronized street prostitutes in the neighborhood, for filing suit against Yale University over a requirement that students live in coed dorms, and then in 2007 for launching an armed neighborhood “defense” patrol and then calling in the Guardian Angels for assistance to combat crime. In the 1970s, Greer also led a successful campaign to force the United States to pressure the Soviet Union into allowing Jewish “refuseniks” to emigrate here and start new, freer lives.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump administration's new aide is pro-Hamas

Kris Bauman

A pro-Israel lobby group in the US has warned that the Trump administration’s recently tapped advisor for the Arab-Israeli conflict has a record of anti-Israel positions and sympathy for the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip.

The Zionist Organization of America released a statement Wednesday calling upon National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster to nix his recent appointment of a former US Air Force officer Kris Bauman as chief NSC advisor on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Bauman, who previously served in the Obama administration as chief of staff to General John Allen, then a Senior Advisor in the Defense Department, was tapped earlier this month to replace Yael Lempert.

Lempert, an Obama-era holdover, was accused of pushing the Trump administration away from Israel’s position on key issues including Jewish housing in Judea and Samaria, and towards the Palestinian Authority.

But Lempert’s replacement, the ZOA argues, is hardly an improvement, with his own history of hostility towards Israel.

In Wednesday’s statement the ZOA dubbed Bauman “pro-Hamas” and noted his involvement in drafting a blueprint for a final status arrangement to be initiated by then-Secretary of State John Kerry which would have included a return by Israel to the pre-1967 borders and the deployment of US ground troops in the area.

“Bauman would deny such secure borders to Israel,” the ZOA wrote.
“Instead of leaving Israel with defensible Israeli borders, Bauman plans to send in U.S. troops and Palestinian Arab ‘security’ forces. Sending in American troops would embroil the U.S. in wars in Judea/Samaria and Gaza- when the U.S. already has more than enough military conflicts to contend with. Moreover, so-called Palestinian ‘security’ forces have too often used their American training and weaponry to kill innocent Israeli civilians – and couldn’t stop terrorist organization Hamas from taking over Gaza. Bauman proposes also relying on Jordan for Israel’s security, when Jordan is already having enough trouble assuring its own security nowadays.”

The ZOA also cited Bauman’s 2009 PhD dissertation, which the group claims blames Arab violence against Israelis on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who Bauman wrote “derail[ed] the peace process almost completely”.

Bauman also blamed Israel for not “engaging” the Hamas terror regime, and accused the Jewish state of turning the Strip into an “open-air prison”.

“Israel and the Quartet refused to engage with Hamas and instead turned Gaza into an open-air prison.”

But former Ambassador to Israel and Obama-appointee Daniel Shapiro pushed back against the ZOA’s statement, calling the claims against Bauman “overheated rhetoric”.

Bauman, Shapiro told the Jewish Insider, is a “dedicated friend of Israel”.

“He has worked for years, side-by-side with senior IDF leaders, to develop arrangements that would ensure Israel’s security in a two-state solution. To equate such efforts with being ‘pro-Hamas’ is beyond offensive - it’s ridiculous.”