Daniel Melamed – 3 Counts of Unlawful Evictions

Brooklyn Landlord Found Guilty of Unlawful Evictions in Crown Heights

 

CROWN HEIGHTS — A Brooklyn landlord could face up to a year in jail for harassing and endangering rent stabilized tenants at his Crown Heights building, the state attorney general announced.

Daniel Melamed, owner of 1578 Union St., was arrested in 2015 after an investigation by the newly created Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force found he had intentionally cut heat to rent stabilized tenants in the middle of winter, failed to shield them from lead dust and asbestos and did illegal construction to try to push them out.

Melamed was the first person arrested due to the work of the task force, created in 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman this week said Melamed has been found guilty of three counts of unlawful eviction following a trial that included testimony from tenants who detailed how they lived under Melamed’s ownership, including bathing using buckets, having to cover their faces to protect against dust and heating their apartments with ovens.

“We won’t hesitate to bring the full force of the law against anyone who harasses, intimidates, and jeopardizes the health and safety of tenants,” Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday. “Daniel Melamed intentionally endangered rent-stabilized tenants in order to push them out — and line his own pockets.”

PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE IN ITS ENTIRETY ON DNAINFO:

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170621/clinton-hill/affordable-housing-lottery-1007-atlantic-avenue

3 Tammuz and Eastern Parkway – “We Want to See Our King”

http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=46195&alias=thousands-to-unite-for-3-tammuz

Thousands to Unite for 3 Tammuz

Thousands are set to attend a Gimmel Tammuz event on Eastern Parkway, where Chassidim will unite to see and hear the Rebbe.

A major event is planned to take place Gimmel Tammuz on Eastern Parkway, where Chassidim will unite to see and hear the Rebbe.

The event which will take place in front of Beis Chayeinu – 770, is scheduled for Monday evening, Leil Gimmel Tammuz, June 26, 8:30 – 9:30PM.

The event’s theme is: ‘Retzoneinu Liros Es Malkeinu, Let’s Prepare, The Time Is Near’.

“Standing now over 20 years since Gimmel Tammuz, we know that the Geulah is indeed imminent, very soon, we will merit to hear a Farbrengen once more,” organizers told COLlive. “This event will prepare us for that most auspicious day.”

Each Chabad community worldwide will additionally gather in their community Shul, to watch this historic event. To arrange the gathering in your community, E-mail: 3TammuzEvent@gmail.com

The program will include a beautiful collection of Sichos and Nigunnim which was prepared especially for this event.

All Men, Women, and children are asked to participate in this historic event.

The organizers would like to thank Reb Chanina Sperlin, the intergovernmental liaison of the Crown Heights Community Council and Detective Vincent Martinos of the NYPD Community Affairs at the 71st Precinct for making this event possible.

“Pidyon Shvuyim” פדיון שבויים Campaign – Raising $59,000 to Free a Father in Need

Dear Reader:

We do not generally post this type of information because we do not want it to be deemed an endorsement. However, this was sent to us by a reader who, among other things, has never seen this type of fundraising campaign and is also a frequent contributor.

We have been unable to independently verify if the subject of this fundraiser actually did anything wrong and if so, what it was. We have no information on the aggrieved party or parties. We are publishing this at the behest of an LM loyalist in the hopes that perhaps by so doing, we are showing the best of this community as opposed to so many dark accounts found on these pages. If this man deserves the help, we hope that by posting, he gets it.

Should anyone find something nefarious in this fundraiser, or anything about the underlying circumstances, please let us know. To the extent that it is meant to remain private, we will respect that.

In the meantime, please do your own research and if you feel it justified, please donate to the campaign.

LM –  22.06.2017

 

Jun 22, 2017

http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=46208&alias=help-free-a-father-from-prison

Help Free a Father From Prison

A Crown Heights resident and father of a large family who fell into a bad business deal can narrowly escape jail time if he pays $59,000.

Dear fellow Jews,

A long time member of Anash and resident of Crown heights, a father to a large family ka”h, recently fell into a bad business deal, which resulted in a criminal case against him. Although a crime was done, this person actually did not commit the crime being brought against him.

He is currently facing up to two years jail time. With Hashem’s Nisim, the judge and prosecutors have agreed to give this individual a way out of this whole saga, by paying up the parties who were affected.

A sum of $59,000 needs to be collected ASAP in order to pay the remainder towards the court agreed settlement plus a very minimal amount to the lawyer on the case, who gave a massive discount.

The Yungerman is penniless and cannot afford any of this money alone.

Please participate in this great mitzvah of פדיון שבויים which will directly acquit this person from any wrongdoing, avoiding prison time and allowing him and his family to move forward with their lives.

Click here to help now

The details of this case are 100% verified.

All donations are tax deductible through NCFJE’s Pidyon Shvuyim fund.

Rabbi Levi Garelik

Rabbi Shea Hecht

Rabbi Benjy Stock

Moshe Pinson

Shua Brook

Yaacov Behrman

Yoni Raskin

Nachman Dov Vichnin

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With Israeli Billionaires Profiting From Human Capital in Congo, What Responsibility do they Play?

 

Congo rights group: Army kills 12 rebels after Beni attacks

BENI, Congo — Congo’s army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni on Thursday, killing at least 12 assailants and capturing seven, a local human rights group said.

Two soldiers also were killed in the fighting and several people were wounded, including students taking exams, said Omar Kavota, executive director of the Center for Studies of Peace and Defense of Human Rights.

Kavota blamed a new rebel coalition for the bombing of a school and attempted attacks on a women’s prison, a police station and the town hall.

The death toll could rise as Congo’s military pursues other attackers, he said.

Beni Mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa blamed the attack on Mai Mai rebels. Kavota, however, warned that a new rebel coalition has formed outside Beni after armed men on June 11 attacked the city’s central Kangbayi prison, killing at least 11 and freeing 900 prisoners.

The new coalition, which Kavota called the National Revolutionaries Movement, is likely composed of rebels from the Mai Mai, Allied Democratic Forces and former M23 members who escaped prison.

Kavota said the new coalition may have external political and military support, given the logistics of the attacks, and he called on the government and military to quickly dismantle the group.

Kavota, whose organization tracks civilian deaths in the region, also called on the military to increase protection of civilians and public places.

Eastern Congo is home to multiple armed groups that compete for control of the region’s vast mineral resources.

http://www.startribune.com/congo-rights-activist-says-army-kills-7-attackers-in-beni/430095063/

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Sexual Violence Fuels Vicious Recruitment Cycle in Congolese Militia Inter Press Service News Agency 16:04 Tue, 20 Jun

 

Kiryas Joel and United Monroe Agree to Amicable Divorce

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http://www.vosizneias.com/272572/2017/06/18/orange-county-ny-in-historic-agreement-kj-and-united-monroe-to-split-into-separate-entities/

Orange County, NY – In Historic Agreement, KJ And United Monroe To Split Into Separate Entities

Orange County, NY – In a development that could end years of costly legal battles, Kiryas Joel and representatives of the United Monroe citizens group have agreed to the equivalent of an amicable divorce, splitting the Village of Kiryas Joel off into a separate town that would include an unspecified amount of additional acreage to accommodate future growth.

The agreement was announced on Friday night on United Monroe’s Facebook page and would end three years of bitter infighting that resulted when Kiryas Joel announced its plan to annex more than several hundred acres of neighboring land into the village.

The new town would be the first created in New York State in 35 years, with a revised map of the proposed unnamed town to be provided to county lawmakers this week, reported The Times Herald Record

The exact details of the agreement, the result of two months of hush-hush negotiations, have yet to be disclosed, but United Monroe said that new acreage allotted to Kiryas Joel would be considerably less than the 382 acres specified in the village’s latest petition.

The plan still needs to pass muster with both the county legislature and voters in the Town of Monroe. Once that hurdle has been cleared, the issue would be included on the ballot in the upcoming November 7th election.

United Monroe’s Facebook post generated dozens of comments, with the group blaming Kiryas Joel for refusing to negotiate a separation for the past three years and noting that spinning the village off into a new entity would remove Kiryas Joel’s influence in matters concerning Monroe residents.

Both Emily Convers, head of United Monroe, and Kiryas Joel administrator Gedalya Szegedin, expressed their appreciation to all parties involved for their efforts in reaching an equitable compromise.

To read the article in its entirety click here.

The Death of Katumba?- a Billionaire Financier’s 29,900%, Congo, Fleurette, and a Funeral Embrace

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Questions for our Readers to Ponder:

Was the death of Augustin Katumba Mwake in 2012 an accident?

Is what appears to be a very close relationship between Joseph Kabila, (who wrested control of Congo after his father was assassinated) and Dan Gertler deniable?

Had Dan Gertler as of 2014 really attracted $7 billion worth of investment in the Congo (as he claimed to critics then) or simply exploited the country for its resources, and the Congolese people for cheap labor?

How many of the events depicted in news today are attributable to the relationships that Mr. Gertler has with Kabila and the exchanges that have been made for mining rights?

 

DRC mining billionaire turns 29,900% profit on oil deal

Billionaire mining financier Dan Gertler has been accused by human rights group Global Witness of a strip and flip transaction in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bloomberg reports according to official records Nessergy, an oil driller owned by the Israeli businessman, paid $500,000 for 95% of Congo’s portion of the offshore block in 2006.

Congo’s government paid $150 million to buy it back last year, according to le Soft, a Kinshasa-based newspaper, but none of the details of the transaction has been made public despite DRC government regulations requiring large contracts involving the country’s natural resources be made publicly available within 60 days.

Bloomberg could not secure comments from either Nessergy nor the African nation’s Oil Minister, while Gertler’s financing firm, the Fleurette Group, said it is protected by confidentiality agreements with the DRC and Angola, which are jointly developing the field.

Reuters quotes a Fleurette spokesperson as saying the $500,000 signing bonus was “the standard amount companies paid to Congo for oil rights at the time the contract was agreed” and that the block’s value had risen sharply since discoveries in nearby Angolan fields.

It is not the first time Gertler’s name has been mentioned with regard to questionable natural resource deals in the DRC.

Gertler is the grandson of Moshe Schnitzer, Israeli diamond exchange founder, and arrived in the Congo in 1997 shortly after the military coup that put current president Joseph Kabila’s father in charge of the resource rich country which is almost the size of Western Europe.

Gertler is said to have used his relationship with the younger Kabila and his now late adviser Augustin Katumba Mwanke to bag mining projects “by stripping from others if necessary, only to sell them on at great profit.”

Now delisted Kazakh mining group ENRC, was forced to pay out $1.25 billion to Canadian mining firm First Quantum in 2012 after the DRC government expropriated First Quantum’s Kolwezi copper projects in the country only to sell them onto ENRC via Gertler.

ENRC acquired a 50.5% stake in Camrose, a company controlled by the Gertler family trust, for $550 million last year.

Camrose owns a stake in Africo Resources, listed in Toronto, which partners with DRC’s state-owned Gecamines in various copper-cobalt, gold and iron projects and dominates the DRC diamond trade.

Kabila has on occasion dispatched Gertler as special peace envoy for the DRC and Gertler answers his critics by saying he’s attracted $7 billion worth of much-needed investment to the war-torn country.

http://www.mining.com/drc-mining-billionaire-turns-29900-profit-on-oil-deal-70917/

Gertler, a Wedding, Congo, Kabila and Katumba

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https://mg.co.za/article/2012-08-23-suspicion-circles-israeli-diamond-maven-who-understands-negroes

Suspicion circles Israeli diamond maven who ‘understands negroes’

Recorded in about 2 00, the revealing slur was made during the early days of the Israeli diamond ­scion’s ambitious Democratic Republic of Congo venture.

It is a venture that gained him an unsavoury reputation after he ingratiated himself with two successive DRC presidents and a shadowy presidential adviser and kingpin while laying claim to a host of sought-after mining concessions – in often shady circumstances and on often questionable terms.

Now Gertler is dogged by investigations in Israel, where it is alleged he made large payments to companies said to have been controlled by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman while Lieberman held other public positions.

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Gertler denied the claims, whereas Lieberman declared that he had sold his shareholdings. Prosecutors and police remain suspicious.

An ultra orthodox Jew, Gertler hails from an influential line of diamond traders. His grandfather, Moshe Schnitzer, founded Israel’s Diamond Exchange and Gertler established his own firm when he was just 22. He arrived in Kinshasa soon afterwards.

Military training
This was in about 1999. The DRC was tied up in a civil war and then-president Laurent Kabila needed money. Gertler made short work of befriending the president and bagged his first big deal: exclusive rights to export the country’s artisanal diamonds. In return, Gertler was said to have promised Kabila $20million on unclear terms and it was alleged that he had promised to organise arms and military training for Kabila’s fighters.

However, the details of whatever military assistance was discussed with Kabila senior have been fiercely disputed in Israeli courts after Yossi Kamisa – a former Israeli border policeman said to have been roped in for the task – sued Gertler for breach of contract in 2004 after he was cut from the deal.

In Kamisa’s version, he was summoned to Lieberman’s Jerusalem office in July 2000 and told that he and Gertler were “partners” in  “future transactions with tremendous economic potential”. In court papers Kamisa claimed: “Gertler explained that paying bribes is very accepted in Congo and that his stay in the country, connected with making the transaction, had already cost him more than a million dollars.”

Gertler has consistently and vehemently denied Kamisa’s claims and he and Lieberman later reached a settlement with Kamisa retracting his allegations, causing the court to reject the case outright.

In his appeal against the dismissal of the case, which was also rejected, Kamisa presented a transcript of a disturbing conversation between the two. Gertler, who was removing Kamisa from the deal, offered his version of African politics, as reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: “A kushi [a derogatory Hebrew term for a black person] who wants something from you ‘sits on your vein’ … A negro likes to talk and make promise after promise, blah blah blah …”

Politics of negroes
Kamisa then claimed that, if it was not for him, Gertler would not have landed the concession, to which Gertler responded: “Yossi, either you are mentally ill or I don’t know what. Are you saying that the diamond contract was signed because of you?” And then: “Yossi, you don’t get it. I understand the politics of negroes.”

Lieberman has strenuously denied his role as described by Kamisa.

After Kabila senior was assassinated in 2001 and succeeded by his son, Joseph, Gertler was able to rekindle relations with the new incumbent as well as his notorious adviser, the late Augustin Katumba Mwanke. Gertler then moved on to claim more lucrative mining concessions in the country.

More recently, Gertler has been hammered by human rights campaigners and international media for “secretly” acquiring mining assets from the DRC government using a complex web of offshore companies. Whereas Gertler’s role in these companies has either been deduced or acknowledged, the companies’ full lists of beneficiaries remain unknown.

The most infamous example was the Kolwezi copper and cobalt tailings project, “grabbed and flipped” from First Quantum through a Gertler company to Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in 2010.

Others described by human rights campaigner Global Witness include:

  • SMKK copper and cobalt mine: A Gertler-linked company acquired a stake in this mine from the DRC for $10million in February 2010 and sold it to ENRC for $75million that June.
  • Kansuki copper and cobalt mine: The DRC transferred a stake to a Gertler company in July 2010. A month later, Glencore took control of half the stake but is financing the entire mine development.
  • In May 2011 the DRC government transferred the remaining 25% stake in Kansuki to another Gertler “associated” company for $17million. Global Witness cited valuations suggesting the stake was worth between $86million and $209million.
  • Mutanda copper and cobalt mine: The DRC sold an allegedly undervalued 20% stake to another offshore Gertler company in March 2011.

Gertler does not deny that he “enjoys a close friendship” with Joseph Kabila and he openly attended Katumba’s funeral early this year. He also claimed to have served in the mysterious role of the Congo’s “honorary consul” in Tel Aviv.

But through a spokesperson he ­stridently rejected all claims of impropriety.

According to him, his proximity to the Kabilas and Katumba had no bearing on his business deals. And, he said, the mining assets were purchased, not “grabbed”, at a fair price and sold – “not flipped” – thus bringing significant investment into the DRC.

Gertler prefers to draw attention to such investment, claiming to have spent millions on “community support and environmental programmes” in the DRC, as well as the Chabad House he finances in Kinshasa, advancing his orthodox views.

Please see the original article: https://mg.co.za/article/2012-08-23-suspicion-circles-israeli-diamond-maven-who-understands-negroes