Friday, November 21, 2014 

Illegal Satmar yeshiva in Clinton Hill still running

It appears this illegally run yeshiva in NYC's Clinton Hill neighborhood is still being operated:
CLINTON HILL — A yeshiva is illegally using a factory building as a school and has racked up a litany of complaints about illegal construction, according to Department of Buildings records.

Neighbors have a laundry list of grievances about United Talmudical Academy, located at 25 Waverly Ave., which include the use of the street as a parking lot for school buses and students who harass women in nearby buildings and throw garbage out the window.

Now neighbors say the school is doing construction — including waterproofing the roof and working on the elevator shaft — without a permit at all hours of day and night.

Four complaints were made to the DOB on Nov. 6, prompting the department's emergency response team, which responds to complaints that are deemed hazardous and in need of immediate attention, to inspect the building.

One caller said that they were doing work on the building after 6 p.m. during the week and all day on Sunday, records show.

Inspectors issued a stop work order on the site the next day because of construction work being done in the building's elevator shaft without a permit, according to the DOB.

The agency found that workers were weatherproofing an abandoned shaft, had made illegal partitions and were using the building as a school illegally, the records show.

Two violations were also issued — for work without a permit that includes weatherproofing being done on the roof and occupancy contrary to use for a factory building being used as a school.

Over the next several days 12 more complaints were made to the department about continued construction at the building despite the DOB's order to stop.

A complaint made on Nov. 10 describes construction taking place at 2 a.m. on a Monday.

The most recent complaints were made on Nov. 14 for construction being done despite a stop work order. The results of that complaint were not immediately clear.

The building has three open violations for problems with the elevator and failure to maintain the structure, records show, and owes more than $5,000 in fines.
Shouldn't the construction workers be arrested for disturbing the peace and violating injunctions? I think that's exactly what should be done. Not only that, the building should be sealed off and equipment confiscated. In fact, maybe the neighbors for whom the school's been causing so much aggravation should take special steps of their own like play loud rock music to send a message.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Satmar leader goes blame-the-victim route again

Aaron Teitelbaum, the awful spiritual leader of the Satmar clan, has acted offensively yet again:
The Satmar Rebbe eulogized the victims of the massacre in Har Nof Tuesday, pointing the blame not at the Palestinian Arabs who killed them, but at Jews who ascend the Temple Mount (Judaism's holiest site - ed.) as the cause.

"These days, bad news comes from the holy city of Jerusalem," the Satmar Rebbe stated, as quoted by hareidi website Kikar Hashabbat. "Just today we heard terrifying news from Jerusalem of the loss of precious lives."
Reading what he says, I find it hard to believe he really considers the lives lost precious if he won't condemn the Koran for what it's led to.
Rebbe called to pray and study the Torah in wake of the massacre, ''and to teach the books of our holy Satmar teachers, to memorize the pure view in times like these."

He then pointed an accusatory finger at Jews ascending the Temple Mount.

"Regarding the prohibition of ascending the Temple Mount, which all Jews who fear G-d know demands the punishment of karet [a severe punishment; open to interpretation, could mean premature death or spiritual excision - ed.], it has unfortunately become easy for people to take it lightly because of false beliefs," he stated. "Who knows how many victims were killed by observant Jews going up to the Temple Mount, and who knows what it will cost us, G-d have mercy, as a result of them."
Has he ever wondered how many more lives will be taken as a result of the Koran's influence? It makes no difference whether ascending the Temple Mount is appropriate or not, that's no excuse for murdering innocent people.
The more stringent of the Satmar hassidic sect do not visit the Western Wall or Rachel's Tomb because Jews were killed in order to gain control of those sites.
Is that so. No matter, because such disgusting people don't belong at a place where being good friends makes more sense. If they do visit, they should be booed away, and they shouldn't visit this country.

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Incestuous Muslim savage held in Georgia

Western Journalism tells of a Muslim rapist/murderer who's been arrested in Gwinnett County, Georgia, for raping his own daughter and murdering an infant he fathered with her. Absolutely vomit inducing.

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French Muslims have huge lead in anti-semitism

A recent survey in France revealed that Muslims there hold some of the most hostile positions on Jews you could find in Europe. But while the European governments may be ready to acknowledge there's a serious problem at hand, a public debate about this still looks way off.

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UAE declares CAIR a terrorist outfit

A most unusual source has condemned CAIR as the terrorist front group they are - the UAE:
Many of us wonder which Muslim countries will publicly take a stand against Islamic terrorism? Well, it seems we have a definitive answer from one nation – the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I’ve previously stated the other major country standing against Islamic terrorism is Egypt – funny thing, it was Egypt and the UAE who flew airstrikes against Islamist forces in neighboring Libya. But the recent declaration from the UAE sends a very strong message that hits home in the United States.

As reported by The Daily Caller [1], “The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). UAE’s cabinet made the announcement following a meeting on Saturday. Other groups designated as terrorists include al-Qaida, al Nusra, Boko Haram and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). CAIR’s designation is interesting given its high profile here in the U.S.”

We recently reported on CAIR’s designation of certain American citizens as “Islamophobes.” The office of CAIR is located just blocks away from Capitol Hill and its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation’s largest Islamic terrorist funding case, the Holy Land Foundation, has resulted in it being declared “off limits” by the FBI. But as we’ve reported [2], there are some interesting individuals with links to CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood – such as Mohammed Elibiary – who hold significant positions in the current Obama administration.
While this remarkable, don't expect Obama's administration to alter its relationship with them so easily. It'll probably be just business as usual, unfortunately.

Also noted here is Turkish premier Erdogan's declaration that Muslims - not Columbus - discovered America:
The other question is why does the current administration promote policies that advance a closer relationship with countries that support Islamic terrorism like Qatar and Turkey? It is Qatar that provides residence for the leader of Hamas.

And we’ve addressed [4] the anti-Semitism and Islamism of Turkey’s leader, Recip Tayyip Erdogan – who just recently made an astonishing declaration himself. As reported by the Washington Post [5], “In a televised speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Muslims had discovered the Americas three centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus. He was addressing a summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” Erdogan said. “Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.”

If you know Islamic supremacist and imperialist dogma and traditions, you know the seriousness of such a declaration in the Islamic world. A world separated by Dar-al-Islam and Dar-al-Harb, and that wherever Muslims have ruled, or existed, that land must be recovered and ruled by Muslims.
It sounds like another very disturbing way of inciting Muslims to violence. And he even has the gall to put words in Columbus' mouth about what he allegedly saw in Cuba.

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Houses of jihadists demolished

The government's gotten around to leveling the former houses of the jihadists who committed the latest atrocities:
Early Wednesday morning, the IDF Engineering Corps demolished the east Jerusalem home of the terrorist who killed a three-month-old baby girl and a woman from Ecuador last month when he rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people in the capital.

Abdel Rahman al-Shalodi, a convicted Palestinian terrorist from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was shot by police and died in hospital after the October attack that killed the baby Chaya Zissel Braun, as well as Karen Yemima Mosquera, a 22-year-old Ecuadorian.

[...] On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the homes of the two terrorists who carried out the synagogue attack in Har Nof in which five people were murdered.

[...] In addition to ordering the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who carried out Tuesday's attack, he also gave orders to move forward with the demolition of the homes of terrorists who carried out recent attacks.
From this point onward, every savage who commits jihad should have their house blown to smithereens instantly.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

Jihad infiltrates Har Nof yeshiva murdering 4

Another savage act of jihad murder took place at a yeshiva in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood, taking the lives of at least 4 people and injuring several others before police were able to gun them down:
The son of Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies’ founding director has been identified as one of four rabbis — three American — killed this morning in a terrorist attack during morning prayers at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Funeral services for Rabbi Moshe Twersky, a Boston native and son of the late Rabbi Isadore Twerksy of Brighton, were planned for this afternoon. Yeshivas Toras Mosche, the Israeli religious studies institute where Twersky was dean, said in a statement, “It is with great pain and sorrow that we inform you of the murder of HaRav Hagaon Rav Moshe Twersky in today’s terrorist attack in Har Nof.”

Twersky, 59, was a 1973 graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, which was founded by his grandfather Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

According to Consul General Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel to New England, the other three killed in Tuesday’s synagogue attack in Jerusalem were American rabbis Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, and Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58, and British Rabbi Calman Levine.A ll held dual Israeli citizenship, according to the Associated Press.

The victims were reportedly slaughtered, and more than a dozen others wounded, when two Arab militants burst into the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue with a gun, meat cleaver and ax. The suspects were killed by responding police, according to the World Jewish Congress.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this heinous crime and to their families. (This was) obviously the result of an orchestrated campaign by Palestinian groups whose sole aim is to incite to hatred against Jews,” WJC President Ronald Lauder said in a statement.
Yes, I think it was, though one of the senior police officials says if it was a "lone wolf" attack, then it's very hard to predict their actions. For now, the police did the right thing to wipe out the culprits. I hope they'll be demolishing their homes next. Keep the victims in your prayers.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 

Dhimmitude at the National Cathedral

The staff at Washington DC's National Cathedral are going the dhimmi route and opening the doors wide for the Muslim Brotherhood to conduct prayers there. But to make matters worse, the dhimmified dean in charge acts disinterested in the atrocities committed by the last official caliph in the early 20th century, calls Breitbart "extremists" for daring to challenge him, and even resorts to anti-Israel sentiments:
Breitbart News asked Dean of the National Cathedral, Gary Hall, whether it was appropriate to host Muslim prayers on the 100th anniversary of the last Caliph’s call for Jihad against nonbelievers, which resulted in the slaughter of innocent Christians.

Hall responded, “I did not know that it was that anniversary. But knowing it now, it actually seems to be more appropriate to have an event that is on an anniversary of a hard time… There have been atrocities on both sides. There have been extremists on both sides.”

He added: “The second thing, is that, the Christian church... a few centuries before was doing similar kinds of things in the holy land with the Crusader states and the Crusades themselves. Almost every religious tradition is guilty at some point of fostering violence in the name of that religious tradition.
Not only is he oblivious to how the original Crusades were a reaction to Islamofascism, he acts as though any violence committed in the name of religion is trivial, or even justified. Some "Christian" he is, slumming away in moral equivalence, right down to what he says about the Irgun:
“We always have to remember that Menachem Begin was a terrorist,” said the Dean of the National Cathedral. “Many of the early generations of Israel’s government were terrorists,” he added.
So he's blurring the facts, and calling Begin and company something I figure he would never dare call the PLO and Hamas, or even ISIS. In this man's twisted view, Irgun are only "terrorists", not guerillas and resistance fighters, while the PLO are "militants", not terrorists. No wonder so-called church outfits like these are losing members, because they're doing nothing to inspire, and only capitulating in the worst ways possible.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 

Haredi court issued social exclusion order against woman for filing lawsuit against neighbor

The case of a woman in Haredi society being ostracized is now being reviewed by a higher court:
The High Court of Justice issued a court order demanding that a private rabbinical court in the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad explain why they issued a writ of social exclusion, which is illegal, against a woman who filed a law suit in a civil court instead of a rabbinic one.

Many haredi rabbis, courts and authorities in Jewish law view the use of state courts, in Israel and in the Diaspora, as a violation of a principle of halacha prohibiting a Jew from handing over another Jew to non-Jewish legal and criminal justice systems.

The writ was issued by the Central Rabbinical Court of Justice of Elad for Property against the woman, referred to as H.K. to protect her identity, because she filed a complaint with a civil court against a neighbor who was illegally building a porch above her apartment.

Along with the three judges of the rabbinical court that issued the decree, the petition named Elad’s Sephardi Municipal Chief Rabbi Mordechai Malka as a primary defendant. [...]

In 2013, the attorney-general issued a directive allowing for the criminal prosecution of anyone involved in imposing such decrees.

On Wednesday, the High Court made an injunction against the defendants asking them to explain why the court should not declare that they had acted in contravention of the law in issuing and publicizing the social exclusion order. [...]

Because H.K. turned to the civil court to deal with the construction of the porch by her neighbor, an independent rabbinical court operating in Elad, just east of Petah Tikva, issued the social exclusion writ against her.

It informed the community that she should be treated as “someone who has lifted up their hand against the Law of Moses,” and transgressed the laws of “mesira,” delivering a Jew into secular or non-Jewish legal authorities.

Edicts were posted on notice boards around the city announcing the imposition of this social exclusion, and as a result of this decree, H.K. says she can barely leave the house for fear of being spat on and verbally abused.

She claims that at least one of her daughters was denied a place in high school because of the decree. She says that she can no longer go to synagogue because of the stigma and social ostracism it has caused.


According the Hiddush religious freedom lobbying organization that filed the High Court petition on behalf of H.K., she has to all intents and purposes been banished from communal life in the city and will not be able to continue living there. The petition states that she has suffered from severe psychological stress due to this social ostracism.

Uri Regev, the Reform rabbi and attorney that heads Hiddush, said that many people in the haredi community find themselves in a similar position as H.K., but do not take action since they fear even greater retribution from the rabbinical courts.

“It requires great personal courage to deal with this issue in a civil court, and therefore it is vital that the court recognize the importance of the relief requested by this appeal for the defense of others around the country who are exposed to the threat of a social exclusion order, who bow their heads in submission to this criminal extortion, citizens who suffer from the arbitrary, illegal, unilateral, extremist and brutal nature of such decrees,” said Regev.
This is disgusting, and I don't buy the denials of the faux-rabbinical judges involved. This actually proves a point how these Haredis don't consider non-Haredis in this country Jewish, even if they are, just because they don't wear black hats. Nobody who falls victim to such mentality should waste their time living in such communities.

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Michael Moore is defending Islam

The terrible documentarian is making things worse by appointing himself one of Islam's useful idiots, and claiming Christianity has done worse. As Richard Butrick says, however:
The followers of the warrior-prophet Muhammad had been waging relentless jihads against the Christian world for 600 years before the Christian world retaliated. They waged brutal conquests and forced subjugation of Christian populations in the Levant. They lay siege to Byzantium for 400 years (7th-11th centuries) – 400 years of the most brutal, vicious, merciless attacks, including attacks on defenseless populations. They subjugated North Africa and conquered Hispania, leaving behind a trail of massacres and relentless persecution. Here is the timeline of Arab-Muslim “conquests.”

The Crusades were retaliation for 600 years of Arab-Muslim assaults on Christendom. Wherein, then, lies the real culpability? As the great Belgian historian Henri Pirenne has put it, "[w]ithout Islam, the Frankish Empire would probably never have existed, and Charlemagne, without Muhammad, would be inconceivable."
It's time for Moore to retire from Hollywood. He's nothing but a lazy excuse for a documentarian who only cares about his own bloated ego.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 

US navy sailors assaulted in Turkey


Via United With Israel, a video showing 3 American sailors being attacked in Turkey by a dozen Turkish Muslims. And for all we know, the culprits might not even pay for their crime. Truly awful.

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Don't expect Hollywood to ever get tough on Islam

Fox News brings up the challenges Hollywood could take up in focusing on Islam, but probably won't anytime:
Islamic terrorists have been featured in TV shows including “24” and “Homeland” and in the film “Syriana,” and the lives of Muslims have been explored on the big screen in “The Kite Runner,” Three Kings,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and many other films. But some say Hollywood has been playing it far too safe in its portrayals.

“You have to expose the radical ideology. Hollywood could play a big part in that but they won’t ever do it,” said L.A.-based Director of Former Muslims United and author Nonie Darwish, who was born in Egypt but converted to Christianity after moving to the United States. “I don’t want to watch the denial of what really goes on. Hollywood has a blackout from reality. They don’t know how to portray the reality without offending, so instead they rarely portray the reality.”
They're cowards, plain and simple. Or worse, they sympathize with the aggressors.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 

Order given to destroy house of Muslim terrorist

An order's been approved for wrecking the house of a jihadist who committed murder in August:
The Home Front Command issued an order Thursday to demolish the home of the Palestinian man who carried out a terrorist attack in central Jerusalem in August.

The terrorist, East Jerusalem resident Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, was shot dead by police shortly after running over a pedestrian and ramming a stolen excavator into a bus.

In response to the increasing tensions in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the reinstatement of the policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who perpetrate terror attacks in Jerusalem, during an emergency cabinet meeting last week.

The prime minister’s directive came in response to a series of deadly hit-and-run terror attacks in Jerusalem that have killed six people and injured dozens of others.
If there's a whole block of buildings once dwelled in by jihadists, they should all be smashed to bits.

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Why the Haredi world holds such a weak view of child sex abuse

A rabbi writing in the Jerusalem Post who was born in the Satmar community explains why they have such a poor approach to topics like sex abuse. He talks about a victim of homosexual child rape who recently committed suicide, and a delivery man who'd been a pedophile and raped several boys over many years, one that the community leadership otherwise refused to ensure was punished properly:
Ultimately, however, the community leaders decided to do nothing, turning a blind eye to this violent criminal. They are a prominent and wealthy Jewish family in an insular hasidic group; the community’s leadership was too afraid to antagonize them. The perpetrator was consequently not taken to task for his crimes.

Such outrageous behavior begs explanation.

In order to make some sense of this community’s abhorrent and cavalier attitude toward sexual violence it is important to emphasize a basic distinction: the difference between sex, something physical which we do instinctively, and eros, an emotion which has to be learned.

Having sex is innate. Cats, bees and even flowers do it. Sexuality and sensuality, on the other hand, is not. Animals, bugs and flowers do not feel sexual nor do they experience sensuousness. Developing a sexual persona is a learned skill; sensuality is an acquired emotion.

Nobody is born feeling sensuous or having a sexual identity. The adults in our lives help us develop those identities and cultivate those emotions.

Recognizing the distinction between sex and sensuality should make us appreciate the futility of trying to address the seriously flawed sexual mores of Satmar and other ultra-Orthodox communities.

Like all human beings, haredim, too, have sex. Fornication is an instinctive human behavior. Emotionally, however, they are different.

Their value system largely prevents them from experiencing eros
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The haredi sexual ethos is that the only purpose for having sex is procreation; sensuousness is frowned upon and sexual awareness condemned. A haredi man or woman is, therefore, not encouraged to feel sensuous, nor do parents or educators teach children how to develop a “sexual identity.” They mostly view sex as a necessary evil whose sole purpose is the propagation of the species. He/she merely performs this human (and according to some “beastly”) activity so that the couple involved in the act can procreate.

Their apparently cavalier attitude toward child molestation is likely informed by this minimalist understanding of sexuality. In their mind, sexual abuse of a minor is merely an inappropriate act; the perpetrator is simply acting immodestly. For them, sex is just sex.

They do not appreciate the larger implications it has on our psyche and identity. Accordingly they do not share the outrage we intuitively feel toward such dastardly behavior. They do not see the abuse as having broader psychological implications for the victim because sex for them is a physical act which is psychologically inconsequential.
So I see. Their view of sex and how to perform it has shades of Orwellianism, taking all true love and happiness out of sexual relations, and might be vaguely similar to Islam's own views of sex, when women are seen only as a means of reproducing offspring for possible jihad in the future.

Only when the Haredis come to appreciate eros, emotion and love will it finally be possible to change their attitude towards sexual abuse properly.

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The trouble with a Haredi theocracy in America

Jonathan Kay, the Canadian writer who spoke about the issues with Islam and Haredi society at least a year ago, has written again about the topic in the National Post, but again, he's apparently doing it at the expense of concerns over Islam. He begins with:
Remember the great Shariah-law freakout of 2004? A decade ago, the province of Ontario examined the question of how the province’s Arbitration Act could be applied to religious disputes involving inheritance and family law. Various faith groups, including Jews, had been quietly running small-scale local tribunals for years. But post-9/11, the stakes were raised: When the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice announced that it intended to create tribunals for Canadian Muslims, culture watchdogs warned that the whole project really was about Shariah taking over Canada. Then-Premier Dalton McGuinty read the political winds and declared: “There will be no sharia law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians.”

In the United States, the fight over shariah law’s alleged encroachment has been even fiercer: Since 9/11, lawmakers in just about every bible-belt state have introduced some form of “anti-Shariah” legislation. And groups such as the “Sharia Awareness Action Network” hold conferences to warn Americans about how Muslims are secretly infiltrating all level of government. I’ve attended a few of these events, and can attest that the participants really do honesty believe that their U.S. children and grandchildren may one day live in an Islamic theocracy.
So again he's belittling legitimate worries about Islam's beliefs and influence? That soaks the impact of the argument he's presenting next, because as bad as Haredi customs can be, they're not as awful as Islamofascism, though you could probably argue we should be worried whether one day, Haredi extremists like what Satmar's produced could reach a level much worse than what they go by now. His link to a Daily Beast article hostile to Michelle Bachmann and Frank Gaffney also raises suspicion about Kay's true positions.
Which makes it all the more amazing that a repressive and patriarchal mini-theocracy really does exist in the heart of America’s biggest city — yet few Americans seem to have noticed. More astounding still, the theocrats who run the place owe at least some of their special privileges and powers to the connivance of local secular officials. It’s like the Sharia Awareness Action Network’s worst nightmare — except that it involves Jews, not Muslims.

For the details, read Rachel Aviv’s epic, newly published New Yorker exposé of the massive Hasidic Jewish community in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Aviv’s narrative focuses on a single legal odyssey, which began in 2008, when a Hasidic man named Sam Kellner came to believe that his son had been molested by a neighbourhood cantor named Baruch Lebovits. After Kellner began digging around, he found that there were all sorts of creepy allegations surrounding Lebovits — some involving the accused driving around the neighbourhood, asking boys to get into his car.

Lebovits eventually pled guilty in May, 2014, to molesting a teenage boy. That is a horrible crime in and of itself. Equally horrible is what Aviv’s article tells us about the reaction of the Hasidic community in Borough Park: Most Hasids robotically rallied to Lebovits’ defence, on the theory that Jews shouldn’t rat each other out to the secular state.
Yes, that was horrific how tons of Satmar members took the side of the culprit who committed homosexual rape upon several youngsters. And all condemnations of such a mentality are fully valid. It was also tragic how the DA's office turned against one of the plaintiffs and accused him of blackmail, and at this point, realizing Charles Hynes was not doing a very good job, I'm not sorry he lost his position. The subject of child abuse in Haredi societies is not something that should be ignored.

But what about sex abuse in Muslim societies? Is Kay going to ignore that by contrast? His dismissive attitude about sharia undermines his whole argument about Haredi orwellianism. It's worth noting he fails to cite the heavy reliance many Haredi communities have on welfare and food stamps, especially Satmar. The subject came up in a Village Voice article this week that notes how they're the poorest place you can find in America, though there are Muslims who live off welfare in America too, and that shouldn't be overlooked either. However, it fails to note clearly that Joel Teitelbaum was one major phony, and how stupefying it is he successfully formed a community comprised of groupthink and mind control elements.

Again, the issue of Haredi mentality's bad impact on wider society is something calling for concern. And one can argue Americans are making a mistake to overlook Haredi reliance on welfare at everyone else's expense. But Kay is not fit to comment if he dismisses Islamism by contrast.

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Avigdor Lieberman really was a plant

Dror Eydar addresses the anti-democratic bill leveled against Israel HaYom in the Knesset yesterday, which Tzipi Livni supported, gallingly enough, but Avigdor Lieberman also gave his full backing for:
Livni should not take democracy's name in vain; she should inquire with legal scholars on both the Right and the Left about the degree to which this vile bill hurts democracy, free speech and our public discourse. A media outlet's content should never be grounds for its closure unless it actively promotes sedition or violence. This disgrace is a mark of Cain on the forehead of those who call themselves proponents of democracy and free speech; I am referring to people like MK Merav Michaeli (Labor), MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid), and MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid). Calderon has always advocated a spirited Talmudic-style debate but on Wednesday decided to vote in favor of restricting the marketplace of ideas.

Those supposedly principled MKs also disgraced themselves. What would the late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir have said had he witnessed his son, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beytenu), vote for the bill? What would the late Irgun officer Haim Landau have thought about his son, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beytenu), voting for a bill that stifles the Right's free speech? I am focusing on Yisrael Beytenu MKs for a reason. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has tried to move this bill forward, is very close to Mozes and a darling of Yedioth.

While Lieberman gets favorable coverage in Yedioth, the conservative-rightist constituents he claims to represent are being badgered over and over again by the paper that used to run a state. That paper now has a competitor it needs to shut down.

Lieberman says his party belongs to the Right. On Wednesday's moment of truth it turned out that this party of his is just a decoy that was used to siphon off votes from the Right for the sake of power and personal vengeance. No one really knows what Lieberman genuinely believes in, on any issue (with the exception of inciting the public against the Arabs). The Right would be well-advised not to build up expectations when it comes to his willingness to safeguard the land of Israel. How ironic is it that MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) and other Arab MKs voted with Lieberman. The next time Tibi laments about the lack of free speech and the infringement of minorities, people should wave a copy of the bill in front of him.
It's time to boycott Yediot Achronot right into the ground. I'm not even going to link to any articles they publish anymore, because I honestly don't see the point of giving them attention at this point; they don't deserve it. And Eydar has a point about Lieberman's willingness to defend Israel being uncertain. This was a man who got involved with potentially corrupt casino magnates, one more reason why he shouldn't be backed.

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