The Manny Waks Newsletter, December 2019

Dear Readers:

We are subscribers to the newsletter published online by Manny Waks on his blog. We encourage you to subscribe as well. Interested readers should click here.

We are reposting this without obtaining his permission to do so and if asked, it will be taken down. We have chosen this particular printing of the newsletter to repost because we have covered so many of the stories independently.

We are admirers of Manny Waks’ work on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse and wholeheartedly support his efforts to prevent sexual abuse in the Global Jewish Community. We sincerely hope that one day his newsletter will be deemed unnecessary, obsolete and be relegated to the annals of history.

Until that happens, we remain steadfast in our efforts and our admiration.

LM

 

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Established in 2016, Kol v’Oz (meaning voice & courage/strength in Hebrew) – which combats child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community through advocacy, education & awareness  – is in a transitional period. We’re growing, and are taking this opportunity to review and strategise.

As we’re a global organisation, one of the things we’re doing is changing the name to English. So, we’re reaching out to see if anyone has any creative and appropriate ideas – we’re looking for something short, appealing and memorable! Feel free to provide me with any feedback you might have – regarding a possible name or anything else of relevance. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to sharing with you the new name, logo, website and other changes in due course! For now, let me welcome our newly-appointed Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Ms Noga Shelleg. I look forward to what lies ahead!

As always, below are items of interest – most importantly, details of the next Malka Leifer hearing (and the new live-blogging platform from court), as well as our new partnership with The Jewish Agency.

Warmest,
Manny

Jewish Agency and Kol v’Oz partner to protect children

“We know of 60 convicted and credibly accused perpetrators of child sexual abuse who have made aliyah,” says Manny.

By HANNAH WACHOLDER KATSMAN
DECEMBER 4, 2019
“The concern is that Israel is viewed by many as an ‘ir miklat,’” according to Manny Waks, CEO of the international child protection organization Kol v’Oz. He is referring to the cities of refuge described in the book of Deuteronomy for those whose actions led to an accidental death, therefore protecting them from retaliation by the victim’s family. The case of Malka Leifer, whose ultra-Orthodox school helped her escape with her family to Israel, has sparked outrage in Israel and abroad because of the justice system’s failure to extradite her to Australia to stand trial for abusing three teenage sisters. Although Leifer was born in Israel, her case has called attention to immigrants who made aliyah in the wake of sexual abuse allegations. Keep reading

Israeli Court OKs Evaluation of Australia Sex Crimes Suspect

By The Associated Press
Dec. 3, 2019

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a former educator accused of sexually abusing students in Australia, paving the way for a new psychiatric evaluation to determine her fitness to stand trial for extradition.

Australia wants Malka Leifer extradited to face 74 charges of abusing students while she was principal at a Jewish religious school in Melbourne. Prosecutors say she is feigning mental illness to dodge extradition. Keep reading

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The next Malka Leifer court hearing (#62!) details are as follows:

Venue: Jerusalem District Court
Presiding judge: Judge Chana Lomp
Date: Tuesday 10 December (tomorrow)
Time: 9am (Jerusalem), 6pm (Melbourne), 2am (New York)

It’s expected to be a decisive hearing. The court will advise of the new psychiatric panel’s decision regarding Leifer’s fitness to face justice – whether she will finally face the ever-elusive extradition trial (she is wanted by Australia on 74 charges of rape and sexual assault against the three courageous sisters, Nicole, Dassi and Elly).

Once a decision is made, it’s expected that both the Prosecution and Defense will have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses, etc. We are not sure of precisely what to expect and when – after 61 court hearings, we expect the unexpected!

Please note that I will be live-blogging from inside the court-room on The Australian Jewish News website (their Home page will have a direct link to the blog before the start of proceedings). Hoping for some semblance of justice to finally prevail!

HEBREW: This is one of the most disturbing stories of pedophilia in Israel. There is consensus that many children have been sexually abused in a religious neighbourhood in Jerusalem (Nachlaot). The rest of it is full of controversies and conspiracies. Tragic, in more ways than one. Hopefully this in-depth investigative journalism will lead somewhere – to justice, prevention and a better understanding of the issues. Watch story
Articles of interest
Shock at Yeshivah – The Australian Jewish News
FBI arrests doctor who had sex with 14-year-old boy
Sexual abuse survivor shares healing message at Orthodox synagogue in Delray
Rabbi Greer headed to prison – New Haven Independent
Utah nanny convicted of all counts in childhood abuse of rabbi
Brooklyn man accuses Hasidic rabbis of child sex abuse in Hebrew ‘hell’
Paedophile synagogue security guard downloaded ‘more than 1,000 indecent child images’
UJA-Federation named in new suit filed under Child Victims Act

Malka Leifer and Those Who Helped Her Escape – Karma…

https://www.theage.com.au/national/cbd-melbourne-tins-rattle-loud-for-hawks-20191210-p53iob.html

IT WAS WRITTEN

Adherettes, the Port Melbourne signage company headed by Mair “Mark” Ernst, has gone into voluntary liquidation after operating for more than 40 years.

Ernst was at one stage listed on the website as a “prominent member” of Melbourne’s Jewish community.

Prominent is one way of putting it. He was a committee member at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel School in Elsternwick during the mid-2000s, as the school dealt with claims of sexual abuse by principal Malka Leifer.

Ernst and wife Hadassa came under fire during the police investigation when it was revealed that Hadassa had arranged the plane tickets for Leifer’s midnight dash to Israel the night she was fired from the school.

The school paid for the airfares.

Victoria Police eventually charged Leifer with 74 counts of sexual assault and rape, but have been hampered from pursuing the case because Leifer fled before a warrant could be issued.

Where are the Ramapo, NY Building Inspectors and Code Enforcement Officers? 101 Maple Ave, Monsey

MS. JAMES INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPMENT LAWSUITS IS MISGUIDED. THE ISSUE IS THE APPLICATION OF BUILDING CODES, NOT WHETHER OR NOT A POPULATION CAN OR CANNOT LIVE THERE.

The Forward in an article entitled “Is it Anti-Semitism, or NIMBYism? Lawsuits Multiply with Growing Orthodox Population” are quick to excoriate criticism of the law abiding population against over-development. The article is quick to ignore the the lax building code enforcement and building inspections in Monsey, New York, Ramapo, New York, Rockland County, New York, Lakewood, New Jersey, Jackson Township, New Jersey, people are breaking laws. This is not about anti-Semitisim. This is about accountability.

While people like our New York State Attorney General Tish James are jumping on the bandwagon of RLUIPA and claiming that any review of development in the above-referenced areas is actually anti-Semitism, few are out there defending the law abiding citizens of the respective counties.  Ms. James, isn’t defending against lawlessness actually in your job description?

The lawsuits, as noted by the Forward are filed on claims that RLUIPA which one might think exempts developers from following the laws of the land where they are trying to build. Our elected officials seem to be buying into this argument. I wonder if those same elected officials would be taking an equally zealous position if the developers were black, Hispanic or Muslim and trying to build for black tenants, Hispanic tenants or Muslim tenants. We think not.

As quoted by the Forward:

The lawsuit the developers filed last year was among a spate of similar cases in which Orthodox groups claim cities and towns in the New York area are being anti-Semitic in thwarting their plans for housing, schools and synagogues large and small. The suits are based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a law known as RLUIPA that since its enactment in 2000 has helped religious groups including small Buddhist temples and evangelical mega-churches combat opposition to development projects

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On Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion to intervene in a long-running suit in which Hasidic developers have accused a town in Orange County of anti-Semitic intent in blocking their attempts to build hundreds of homes. The developers have filed suits at both a state court and in federal court.

“Blocking the construction of homes to prevent a religious group from living in a community is flat out discriminatory,” James said in a press release.

Housing intended solely for one particular community, while that community builds without obtaining permits and then greases the palms of code enforcers, is accepted as “protected by RLUIPA” but in reality, any building of any structures has certain codes that must be enforced. Law abiding citizens are saying, “The codes are not being enforced, corners are being cut and everyone is in danger and we want no part of it.”

Falling back on religious land use and the anti-Semitism moniker is an excuse to allow lawlessness. Ms. James, your comments above are a tacit approval of the brazen abuse of process that is occurring as those developers are trying to build. This is not about development, it is about planning, enforcement and responsibility. We hope you, Ms. James, will accept responsibility when 15 children are living in an illegal basement, rented by a second family and are killed in a fire because fire codes were not adhered to. Similar tragedies have happened in the past and will undoubtedly happen again, particularly when no planning is in place for fire hydrants, appropriately supplied fire departments and no one is properly inspecting the buildings.

1 Maple Avenue in Monsey, New York is one such example. At that location, a house was converted into a shul (synagogue) with no filing or approval of permits in an area zoned residential. Complaints to the building department went wholly unanswered. Calls to inspectors were not returned. And, when finally a stop order was placed on the location, the stop order was brazenly violated.

Ms. James, do you view this as acceptable?

To Ms. James, to Governor Cuomo, to Governor Phil Murphy we implore upon you to set aside the mantra that every effort at stopping lawless development by any community is anti-Semitism. There should be no one group that is above the law. And, the expectation of law-abiding citizens is that you will protect us all, from whatever the threat to the laws of our land.  

Just One Example Of The Ongoing Lawlessness In Ramapo!

As one commentator to this post observed: “If no one is following rules I’m afraid soon vigilantes will appear in that neighborhood.”

That is the great danger all citizens face in ANY community regardless of race or religion where the government refuses to enforce law and order and one group does not follow accepted norms of legal behavior. Anarchy will follow accompanied by vigilantism.

That is too terrible a danger to be cavalierly ignored!

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Attention Ramapo Township Building Inspectors/Code Enforcement:

Over the weekend, while you were not working, we were. That STOP WORK ORDER that you put on 101 West Maple Avenue in Monsey was violated both Saturday and Sunday. This is the house turned synagogue, without a change of use or building permits, that was building a mikvah in the basement, without permits…in case you needed a refresher. Kindly take a few minutes and visit again today.

Agudath Israel, Rabbis and a Self-Inflicted anti-Semitism

Jewish Rabbis and Highly Damaging Comments 

Dear Readers:

We are reposting below the following Facebook post without the permission of the author, the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, Professor Shaul Magid.

This  will allow non-Facebook members to see his comments and follow the various links.

Your takaway should not be that Professor Magid endorses this site. He is likely  wholly unfamiliar with this site. His comments are profound.

We ask that you watch the accompanying 3 minute video which, for a litany of reasons, we find more than a little unpalatable. 

In our view the Rabbi’s “attacking Trump” are expressing a position that is entirely contrary to the basic architectural  tenets of Judaism and dangerous to all Jews everywhere. We note, as does Professor Magid, that the Rabbis do not speak about Israel but about “Eretz Ha-Kodesh” or “The Holy Land.”

They do not recognize the formal State of Israel. 

We could go on and on but Professor Shaul Magid is far more eloquent.

 

Please watch this three minute clip of Rav Elya Brudny of the Mirrer yeshiva at a recent Agudah convention on the “three Jews attacking Trump” and then read, if you’re interested, my remarks below. Thanks to Yossi Newfield.

This clip of Rav Elya Brudny of the Mirrer yeshiva, speaking about the impeachment hearings at a recent Agudat Yisrael convention is an illuminating and a fascinating document worthy of our consideration, in particular in regards to American Orthodoxy’s relationship to Trump but more significantly how many in the “Yeshiva Orthodox” world view their place, and the place of Jews more generally, in America. R. Brundy is not making a pro-Trump case here but decrying what he views as assimilated Jews (“they don’t even know what it is to be Jew”) leading the impeachment of a sitting president. R. Brundy views this as a breach in the precarious “covenant” between Jews and the “host” societies in which they live. That is, “we should be thankful they do not throw us out” and thus engaging in what he determines is the political morass of impeachment, endangers the Jews. He notes that the real place for the Jews is “eretz ha-kodesh” (curiously not saying “the state of Israel”) and thus we are guests here in America and should act like guests. Is this a kind of “sha-schtill” position? Should Jews just stay out of political controversy?

There are a number of things here worth noting. First, of course, given the present state of things, R. Brundy could live in Israel (which he views is where Jews should live) and chooses not to. Second, the notion of the Jews as “guests” contradicts, or at least, questions, the very nature of what America is for the Jew, the “Tri-Faith” society in which are, or should be, on equal footing with “Protestants and Catholics” (at least). The very notion of civil society in America is that we, and other minorities, are not “guests” but integral parts of the fabric of the society in which we live. His position is a difficult one to maintain in a democracy, more reminiscent of a monarchy and Czarist regime. Third, we do not know if R Brundy would have said similar things, or did say similar things, when Obama was being viciously attacked. What would he say, for example, about Stephen Miller, or other “unpopular” Jews in the Trump administration? In short, is this a political statement or not? Fourth, his denigration of those “Jews who don’t even know what Judaism is” (Schiff, Schumer, et al) seems like an old model of Orthodoxy’s animus toward “the left” that we can see at least as far back as the mid-19th century. How much is this also implicit in Orthodoxy’s Trumpism?

Finally, R. Brundy is a fairly well-known Rav in the Agudah world. He is a rosh yeshiva in the Mirrer yeshiva in Brooklyn. How common is this view? How much does this reflect contemporary Orthodoxy in its politics and its attitude toward those “Jews who don’t know what it means to be Jewish” which would include not only those referenced, but most or all non-Orthodox Jews in America (to say nothing of secular Israelis)?

Watch: Rav Elya Brudny: The 3 Jewish Dems Attacking President Trump Are Causing Anti-Semitism

https://matzav.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/VIDEO-2019-12-04-19-57-45.mp4?_=1

 

 

Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows – and Glencore – Throwback Thursday to February 2017

Rudy Giuliani’s Clients Are All In The Trump Russia Dossier’s Massive Oil Deal

Did Rudy Giuliani mastermind the massive oil privatization deal in the Trump Russia Dossier?

This factual report reveals the full extent of his Russian connections, and proves that his Kremlin relationships have reached directly to Vladimir Putin for a long time.

That’s probably why he’s gone nearly silent since Buzzfeed released Chrisopher Steele’s dossier.

Time Magazine once called Rudy Giuliani an “honorary Texas oil lawyer” but his drive, his New York political image and connections, and his reach inside both the Kremlin and the Persian Gulf is what elevated Bracewell & Giuliani to be considered the leading energy law firm of the last decade, and why continues to rack up awards from its peers.

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In late November 2014, Rudy Giuliani’s former law firm told Bloomberg News (archive.org link) that Russian state-run oil company Rosneft is one of its clients.

That was just a year after Rosneft had signed a massive deal with Exxon-Mobil — led by now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — estimated to be worth half a trillion dollars, and after sanctions landed. Bloomberg noted:

The firm’s work for Russia’s state oil company didn’t stop the former Republican presidential candidate talking tough on sanctions against Russia.

Last year, Rosneft hired international law firm White & Case, LLP to represent them in their massive privatization transaction.

Coincidentally, Rudy Giuliani was a loss leader partner at White & Case for a brief time between his tenure in the US Attorney’s office prosecuting the Mafia, and during his first, failed campaign for Mayor of New York City in 1989.

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Rudy Giuliani went from being a vocal fan of Vladimir Putin since 2014, and the Donald Trump’s top surrogate — under formal consideration for the high office Secretary of State in November — to hiding under a rock ever since the Trump Russia dossier was published in January, making just a single appearance on Fox News to crow about influencing the Muslim Ban, which subsequently failed because of his racist comments.

Ironically, it was Rudy Giuliani who indicted the founder of Rosneft’s other new shareholder Glencore in 1983, because Marc Rich’s business evaded US sanctions.

But the former New York Mayor hasn’t retired, and he’s still taking more on more infamous foreign business arrangements — including his most recent job with Greenberg Traurig.

That job required Giuliani to fly for a meeting with Turkish autocrat Reçep Erdogan — to represent a Turkish gold trader accused of violating US sanctions.

To read the entire article, click here.

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Glencore and Bribery – Gertler, and Speculation Re: an Attorney’s Activities in Ukraine

The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in Baar

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Britain’s fraud office opens investigation into Glencore

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into Glencore concerning “suspicions of bribery,” the company said on Thursday.

Glencore, one of the world’s biggest commodity traders, is already subject to a U.S. Department of Justice enquiry in connection with corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria.

The SFO confirmed https://www.sfo.gov.uk/2019/12/05/sfo-confirms-investigation-into-suspected-bribery-at-glencore-group-of-companies it was investigating the conduct of business by the Glencore group of companies, its officials, employees, agents and associated persons, but said it could not comment further on a live investigation.

Glencore has said it will cooperate with the investigation.

The company’s shares dropped 6% to 223.9 pence following the announcement, pushing it to the bottom of London’s blue-chip index.

Over the course of this year, Glencore’s shares have fallen more than 20%, pressured by broader concerns about safety and sustainability in Democratic Republic of Congo.

CEO Ivan Glasenberg told investors earlier this week he expected to step down next year once a new management team is in place. (Reporting by Yadarisa Shabong in Bengaluru; Alistair Smout, Julia Payne and Barbara Lewis in London; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Jane Merriman)

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Are There no Crimes So Unthinkable That Enforcement of Justice is Simply a Moral Imperative? Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer is brought to court in 2018. The former Melbourne school principal has lost her bid in a court in Israel to prevent further psychiatric examination.
Malka Leifer is brought to court in 2018. The former Melbourne school principal has lost her bid in a court in Israel to prevent further psychiatric examination. Photograph: Mahmoud Illean/AP

Malka Leifer loses bid to avoid new examination over mental fitness for extradition

The former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer, who is accused of sexually assaulting female students, has lost a bid in an Israeli court to stop a further psychiatric examination to assess if she is mentally fit for extradition.

The Jerusalem supreme court on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by Leifer’s lawyers against a district court decision handed down in late September that ordered a new psychiatric panel to assess and report on the 52-year-old’s mental state.

The appeal was heard a week before the new panel was due to present its findings to the Israeli court.

Leifer faces extradition to Australia on 74 charges of sexually assaulting students during her time at Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school.

She fled to Israel in 2008 after the allegations emerged and the process to extradite her has stalled several times since charges were laid in 2013.

Dassi Erlich, one of her alleged victims, has been fighting along with her sisters to bring Leifer back to Australia. She had a nervous six-hour wait for a final decision from the supreme court’s judge David Mintz.

“With two months since the last hearing, Leifer has been front and centre of our minds and we almost forgot how emotionally exhausting and physically gruelling these hearings are,” Erlich said. “Time to breathe, sleep and remember we will get through this.”

In September judge Chana Miriam Lomp deemed there was not enough evidence that Leifer was mentally fit to face an extradition trial, even though court proceedings have been under way since 2014.

Israel’s State Attorney Office, acting as the prosecution in the case against Leifer, has produced countless evidence over the 61 court hearings that the accused is feigning mental illness to avoid an extradition trial.

At the end of October Leifer’s lawyers had stated she would not cooperate in the fresh psychiatric assessment. The district court judge ruled the panel should proceed anyway.

In court on Tuesday Leifer’s defence continued to claim there was no “rationale” or “authority” by the court for the accused to undergo another assessment, and it was unfair on the defendant.

The psychiatric panel will examine Leifer on Wednesday before presenting its report to the court on Tuesday.

The report will be discussed at next week’s hearing and both sides will then be given the opportunity to cross-examine the psychiatrists.

The victim supporter Manny Waks said he was pleased with the supreme court’s decision.

“We expect next week’s decisive hearing to rule that Malka Leifer is indeed fit to face justice, and that her extradition hearing will finally recommence,” he said.

“This ongoing farce must end, and justice must prevail – for Leifer’s victims and for other victims who are being deterred from pursuing justice.”

 

To read the article in its entirety click here.

Is There no Crime for Which a Rabbi is Deemed “Persona Non-Grata”? – Rabbi Berland, Sex Abuse and Graft

Eliezer Berland covers himself with his talit (prayer shawl) at the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, as he is put on trial for sexual assault charges, on November 17, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
 

Eliezer Berland covers himself with his talit (prayer shawl) at the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, as he is put on trial for sexual assault charges, on November 17, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

 

 

Followers of sex convict rabbi Berland held on graft suspicions

Six followers of Hasidic rabbi and convicted sex offender Eliezer Berland were reportedly detained Sunday evening over suspicions of fraud and money laundering.

In a series of raids, police searched the suspects’ homes, seizing documents and bringing the men in for questioning, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

There were no details about the suspicions against the six, but it was reportedly tied to an investigation opened into Berland following a report by Channel 13 alleging he told a cancer patient not to accept medical treatment and instead pay him money so that she will live.

Berland commands a cult-like following among the thousands in his offshoot of the Bratslav Hasidic sect and has used his followers’ faith in his righteousness to bilk them out of large sums of money in exchange for mystical and religious rites, including blessings and promises to heal the sick.

After her daughter died as a result of the faulty non-medical advice from Berland, Nurit Ben Moshe filed a police complaint on November 7, with her lawyer arguing that Berland’s conduct constituted manslaughter.

Berland was not arrested as part of the raids, but his house was searched by police, according to the Behadrei Haredim news site.

The investigation into the death was expected to focus on trying to get inside information from Berland’s supporters, a tough task since they are a closed circle and tend to be extremely devoted to their leader. Many of them have taken violent action and threatened those who speak against Berland.

Berland fled Israel in 2013 amid allegations that he had sexually assaulted several female followers and was for years protected by a fiercely loyal network of cadres around the world.

After evading arrest for three years and slipping through various countries, Berland, 81, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016 on two counts of indecent acts and one case of assault, as part of a plea deal that included seven months of time served. He was freed just five months later, in part due to ill health.

Since then, he has resumed his activities as the leader of the Shuvu Bonim community, an offshoot of the Bratslav sect that has been disavowed by the broader Hasidic dynasty.

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Accountability and a Yellow Badge – Taking the anti-Semite Moniker to a Whole New Level – OPRA

 

DISCLAIMER: By posting this piece, we are posting what we believe to be a true and accurate depiction of the facts. We do not, however, offer a blanket endorsement of the comments posted on either Facebook site, which admittedly can be vicious and rabid and wholly disgusting.

We also cannot discount them outright as anti-Semitic, a label thrown all too easily at those who criticize the Jewish community. As Jews we can learn from public sentiment to understand where history is taking us. We do not have to like it. We should not out-rightly dismiss it either. 

If that public sentiment reflects an anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic or anti-Haredi lean it requires, in our view, a careful analysis of the dynamic. Perhaps we can build bridges rather than throwing tear gas at the public.

In the case outlined below, using the “Jude” yellow star was a move intended to agitate and to spark the basest instincts in people. We find it quite unpalatable and anyone who is disgusted, is rightfully so. The featured agitator does not, nor will he ever, send his children to the public schools in Lakewood, New Jersey. Yet he has a seat on the school district board of education. We firmly believe that a criteria for sitting on a public school board of education should be the attendance by a family member in the schools, past or present. The interest of your seat should be vested in public education and in improving the public schools.

Anything else, can, in our view, only be nefariously intended. We feel the same way for all boards of education everywhere.

To the “Jude” star, we find it an unnecessarily belligerent move, intended to incite hatred. In our view, humans are not born to hate one another. They evolve to that hatred, if that is really what the comments reflect. Prejudices are precipitated by a series of events, whatever those events might be.  By understanding those events, we believe, however naively perhaps, that it is possible to turn things around. 

Throwing labels of anti-Semitism around like Frisbees accomplishes nothing but diminishes the value of true-anti-Semitism and with it carries a danger for Jews everywhere.

Again, we do not endorse the comments.

 

Takewood Board of Education member Chanina Nakdimen thought he is pretty clever, cute even when he donned a YELLOW BADGE in response to an OPRA request filed by a taxpayer of Takewood. You see, public shaming is a part of the playbook written in Rockland County and now in full use here in Ocean County to bring gentiles into compliance and clearly Chanina was going for broke. He failed miserably.

The YELLOW BADGE dates back to the 13th century, a period in time that required Jews to wear a yellow badge that included the Star of David and the word Jude in the center to identify themselves as Jews. The practice was phased out in the late 17th century but then resurrected by Hitler and Nazi Germany.

We respectfully disagree and believe that his response to an Open Public Records Act request seeking the religious breakdown of school district employees, which Nakdimen is not, was a form of professional agitation. Okay not really professional, not even semi-professional…amateurish really but it’s all that he is capable of. Nonetheless, he was agitating. Now where have we heard that before?

Not long ago we ran a few stories about Nakdimen. We did so because at the time he was whining that there were professional agitators attending BOE meetings and that the BOE needed to stop pandering to them. In his mind, residents and taxpayers who are not Jewish are professional agitators. You can read that here: https://www.facebook.com/riseupoceancounty/posts/539877423444228

You may recall that Nakdimen earns his living at the School for Children With hidden Intelligence (SCHI), the founder of which was convicted of money laundering. SCHI is also the school that charges Takewood public schools $100,000/student or roughly $24,000,000/year to educate 200+ orthodox Jewish students with special needs. This says nothing of the millions more spent on transporting these special needs students and providing “year round care” by sending them to Jewish summer camps that are owned by SCHI and/or Jewish faux charities (Kars4Kids).

The gentleman that filed the OPRA request might be a virulent anti-Semite OR he might be aware of a lawsuit filed against the East Ramapo School District by a group seven black and Latino voters, as well as the Spring Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The lawsuit claims that the at-large voting system has led to a lack of representation for minorities and seeks a system made up of nine single-member districts to be put in place. Currently the East Ramapo BOE is comprised of 8 orthodox Jews and one black woman. There is no truth to the rumor that her name is Token, her actual name is Sabrina Charles-Pierre. You can read about the lawsuit here: https://www.lohud.com/…/…/east-ramapo-ward-system/545143002/

During the Takewood BOE meeting Nakdimen offered the following statement:

“I have a quick statement to make. First, Thank you all for coming,

A concerned citizen recently made an OPRA seeking the “breakdown of our district staff by religion. As a “Hebrew” I have decided to fulfill his request by resurrecting the time-honored tradition of displaying this star on my clothing.

For the edification of the News Media, the term “professional agitators” is not fake news!

Lastly, with thanksgiving this week we should look for things to be grateful and thankful to God for- not hateful! Hate has no place in this town, this state, and this country! I yield my time.”

So in short Mr. Nakdimen says that we should all be thankful to God and not hateful, while mocking a legitimate request by a taxpayer in Takewood and thereby the individual who made that request, by wearing a most hateful symbol and once again invoking anti-Semitism and Nazi Germany all in the same breath.

Okay, gotcha Chanina.

As always, thank you to our friends at Clarkstown-What They Don’t Want You To Know for their vast contributions to our combined efforts. Learn more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/CTWTDWYTK/

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#FromStateToStateYOUbringTheHate
#HatersAreTheAgitators
#WeStandWithRockland
#TimeToBurnThePlaybookWhereIsADumpster

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Noodles Beats the Goat – The Daniel Greer Story – Part I

Larry Noodles and the Goat – i.e. Larry Dressler and Rabbi Daniel Greer

Rabbi Daniel Greer allegedly spent years and years hurting people, committing rape. A remarkable attorney, Larry Dressler, lost his legal license in events connected with Greer, events about which we have no direct knowledge but are in part explained below.

Dressler should be hailed a hero and returned to the practice of law. There are so many lawyers out there who know not right from wrong. Larry Dressler is not one of them. And we have remarkable admiration for him and for the judge on the Greer case. Had this been tried in New York, things might have been dreadfully different.

We will be covering the Goat story and the many institutions that knew he was engaging in harmful conduct that placed children in jeopardy and did nothing. We have received dozens of requests to provide information on those institutions and it is our intention to do so. We thank those of you who have been sending us this information.

Rabbi Greer’s money was apparently far too appealing for anyone to call him out and to save his many victims from a lifetime of hardship. Dressler was, yet, another victim.

With great admiration we are posting the most recent story as printed and formatted from the pages of Larry Noodles.

https://larrynoodles.com/noodles-victorious-against-the-greer-goat/

 

Noodles Victorious Against The Goat

Judge Alander denied the Goat’s motion claiming that I tampered with the Goat’s witnesses Thomas DeRosa and Jean Ledbury. On the advice of my Attorney John Williams, pictured above, I refused to answer most questions of Attorney Grudberg based on my Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.

The Goat’s Motion for a new trial based on witness tampering was heard at 9:30 AM this morning before Judge Alander. The Goat wore an ankle bracelet that looked like a black tape recorder strapped onto his ankle. It was sticking out over his pants. The Ewe was there to support her Goat wearing that old ratty wig she needs to replace. The Goat is too cheap to give the Ewe money for a new wig but no expense is spared on his wet dream team of attorneys.

The State’s Attorneys Office had numerous investigators and State’s Attorneys in the courtroom. The Goat had his Yale wet dream team of Attorneys Grudberg, the Dow and the Dow’s college intern. The Goat also had Attorney Richard Emanuel, a top appellate attorney, in Court observing the proceedings. Emanuel will be filing the Goat’s appeal. I was present with my attorney John Williams, the legendary New Haven civil rights attorney who defended Bobby Seale and the Black Panthers back in the 1960s. John graduated from Harvard. The Dow and Grudberg graduated from Yale. The annual Yale-Harvard football game is this Saturday in New Haven. Harvard will beat Yale just as Williams beat the Dow and Grudberg today.

The Goat’s attorney Grudberg submitted affidavits signed by Goat secretary Jean Ledbury and former Goat science teacher Thomas DeRosa attesting that they felt intimidated by their interactions with Larry Noodles. Ledbury stated that she was frightened when Noodles said “Hello Mrs. Ledbury” to her while she was putting coins in the parking meter. She also said that she felt threatened when Noodles took pictures, along with another reporter from the New Haven Independent, of her and the Goat in her car in front of the courthouse. Thomas DeRosa attested that he felt intimidated by Noodles when I allegedly met with DeRosa at his house in Southbury wearing a baseball hat. Grudberg argued that these witnesses would have testified better had they not felt intimidated. Judge Alander was not impressed. Ledbury and DeRosa showed up and testified for the Goat. If they were intimidated they would have stayed home.

It didn’t look good for Grudberg or the The Dow. Alander was ready to throw out the Goat’s motion without hearing any testimony. The Dow was down 500 points. Grudberg then cried to Judge Alander that he subpoenaed the States Attorney and requested the production of all written communications between the States Attorneys office and Larry Noodles. Grudberg argued that Noodles was working for the State of Connecticut when he contacted DeRosa. Grudberg quoted the Noodles blog many times when he argued that I was an agent of the State of Connecticut. Does Grudberg know the difference between truth and fantasy?

The State’s Attorney objected to turning over communications with Noodles to Grudberg. The State’s Attorney stated that there was nothing in the communications that had anything to do with Ledbury or DeRosa. Grudberg said he should be able to see that for himself. Grudberg suggested that Alander review the materials by himself in chambers. Alander asked the State’s Attorney how many pages of communication existed between Noodles and the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney said that there were hundreds of pages of documents, along with court pleadings from the civil rape trial, and other materials, including emails and text messages, along with recipes for noodle kugel. Judge Alander didn’t seem very excited about reading a large stack of documents, and kugel recipes in his chambers. Alander ordered the State to give Grudberg the documents to review and if Grudberg saw anything important to alert the Court. The Court took a recess. After about a half an hour Grudberg told Alander that the attorneys all needed to meet in chambers. After some period of time Judge Alander came on the bench and announced that a full blown evidentiary hearing would be conducted on whether Noodles was an agent of the State of Connecticut and whether Noodles tampered with the Goat’s witnesses. The kugel recipe I sent to the State’s Attorney’s Office must have blown my cover as a rogue secret agent of the Prosecutor’s Office. I am still waiting for the State to wire money into my off shore Swiss bank account.

Former Goat science teacher Thomas DeRosa was called to the witness stand. He said he has a very bad back and is in constant pain. He said he takes Valium every day and has morphine patch on his arm. DeRosa spoke very slowly. DeRosa didn’t hear or understand half the questions when he was on the witness stand. The attorneys had to keep repeating and rephrasing the questions. DeRosa testified that he met someone at his house whom he later identified as “Noodles.” DeRosa said he read the Noodles blog and was fascinated by it. DeRosa said that he didn’t understand why I was named “Noodles.” DeRosa said that I came out of the bushes and surprised him while he was in his driveway. DeRosa said that I went into a tirade about the Goat raping 5 students and tying up 3 others. DRosa said he felt vulnerable because he didn’t have his cane or his back brace. DeRosa said he couldn’t defend himself if anything violent happened. DeRosa said he asked me to leave after 5 or 10 minutes. He said he went inside and got his cane and back brace and came back outside to see me but I had left. He said he could defend himself better with his back brace and cane. After I left DeRosa said he contacted the Goat and told the Goat that I was at his house asking him questions. He said he never contacted the police. He said he “couldn’t remember” if I told him that I was from the State’s Attorney’s Office. Judge Alander said to DeRosa, “Wouldn’t that be something that you would remember?” DeRosa couldn’t remember the exact date when I was at his house. DeRosa said he was agitated when he testified for because of his encounter with Noodles. DeRosa said that I was wearing a baseball hat, which he said he found to be particularly odd. He couldn’t understand why I was wearing a baseball hat. DeRosa clearly was too stoned to remember anything. He probably got his fentanyl patch mixed up with his morphine patch. I wanted to call 911 and have him admitted to Yale Hospital to detox. Judge Alander was not impressed with DeRosa.

I was called to the witness stand after DeRosa. My Attorney John Williams advised me to take the Fifth Amendment when I was asked about any encounters I may have had with DeRosa or Jean Ledbury, on the grounds that the Goat accused me of the crime of witness tampering. Judge Alander allowed me to invoke the Fifth Amendment. I refused to answer most questions. The only questions I answered were stupid questions that Grudberg already knew the answers to. Grudberg asked me if I attended the Goat’s civil and criminal trials. Duh! Grudberg is pretty stupid for a Yale graduate. Grudberg asked me if I pleaded guilty to a Federal crime involving fraud and dishonesty which caused me to lose my law license. Duh again! Grudberg wasn’t getting anywhere so he asked me whether I had any of the records of communications between me and the State’s Attorneys Office, listed on the subpoena that he served upon me. I told him I didn’t have any time to search for these records, if I even had anything. Judge Alander told Grudberg that the State of Connecticut just gave him all the records of communications between Noodles and the Prosecutor’s Office. Grudberg said that he wanted to see if I had anything that the State was missing. Alander shook his head and told Grudberg that he already had his documents and to leave Noodles alone. No further questions. The Dow crashed 1,000 points. The Goat looked very angry.

Goat secretary Jean Ledbury testified after Alander kicked me off the witness stand. Ledbury said that when she picked up the Goat at the courthouse she was accosted by me and Chris Peak from the New Haven Independent: “he came running toward my car. They got in front of me, so I couldn’t move the car toward them. They yelled at me and took my picture through the windshield.” Ledbury said that I approached her in the hallway of the Court and said, “I hope you know, either way this goes, you’re going to be out of a job. It shook me up, it got me rattled.” Judge Alander was not impressed with Ledbury’s testimony.

Grudberg called State’s Attorney Wilensky to the witness stand. It is extremely rare for a State’s Attorney to be called to the witness stand in a case she prosecuted. It takes a lot of chutzpah on the part of Grudberg to put a fellow member of the bar on the hot seat. The courtroom was packed with attorneys and investigators from the State’s attorneys office, public defenders, and court employees. Even judges from other courtrooms showed up to watch the show. The topic of discussion throughout the day was “Mr. Dressler” and whether “Mr. Dressler was an agent of the State” or part of the “Prosecution’s team.” With a poker face, Judge Alander read portions of my blog postings into the court record. Alander stated, “the Noodles blog posting of Oct 25th stated the following: ‘None of the post conviction articles have given any credit to Larry Noodles for helping to bring down the Goat. Against my immoral code as a convicted felon, I spent half the summer in the Office of the State’s Attorney tracking down, and convincing witnesses to testify against the Goat. I was impressed with the female dream team at the Office of the State’s Attorney. They set aside their entire conference room for the Goat case. They had boxes of goat files spread out throughout the office. They even had a flow chart on the conference room wall… I was surprised they asked a criminal like myself to assist them in putting away the Goat.’” I was flattered that my blog postings were making the Connecticut law books and will be cited as precedent for many years to come. Res Ipsa Noodles?

Wilensky testified that she had met with me many times and exchanged text messages because she wanted my help tracking down at least one state’s witness for the trial. Wilensky stated that she never authorized, instructed or inferred that I have contact with Ledbury or DeRosa. Grudberg argued to Judge Alander that there was prosecutorial misconduct and a new trial should be granted because Noodles had been “welcomed into the fold by the State, to assist with the effort to prosecute the case. This is someone working in tandem with the state to try to obtain Daniel Greer’s conviction. ‘You lie down with dogs, you get fleas.’ The State chose to accept help from this individual. When you do that, you’re bound by what he does. You can’t wash your hands of him when he steps over the line.”

The Noodles hearing didn’t end until 4:30 PM in the afternoon. Rabbi Notis was waiting in the hall all afternoon to testify for the Goat during sentencing. Sentencing never occured because the Noodles hearing went on all day. Sentencing of the Goat has been rescheduled for December 2nd. Judge Alander denied the Goat’s motion for a new trial based on Noodles tampering with the lokshen.

“The freshmen up at Yale get no tail so to satisfy their yen, they go out with Harvard men – the sophomores up at Yale get no tail so that half the freshmen class has to take it up the ass – the Juniors up at Yale get no tail so to release their frustrations they resort to masturbation – the Juniors up at Yale get no tail – the Seniors up at Yale they get tail but after three years with the guys they can hardly get a rise – the Bulldog up at Yale has no tail well after running through those halls he is lucky he has balls”

“The hand of G-d lay heavy upon the he-goats, the ewes, the crooks, the politicians, and the infidels, and He wrought havoc among them: He struck them with hemorrhoids.” I Samuel 5-6

“It is better to be cursed by the Prophet Achiya ha’Shiloni, and repeatedly cursed out by Larry Noodles, than to be blessed by Bil’am.” Taanit 20.

Moshiach Now!

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ADDITIONAL READING:

https://larrynoodles.com/goat-daniel-greer-subpoenas-noodles-to-testify-at-sentencing/

https://larrynoodles.com/the-goat-daniel-greer-rabbi-ewe-prayed-for-a-miracle-this-past-shabbos/

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree – Rabbi and “Tinder Swindler” Son

El Al Airlines chief rabbi Yohanan Hayut (YouTube screenshot)

El Al rabbi accused in fraud scheme alongside his son, the ‘Tinder swindler’

The chief rabbi of El Al Airlines, Rabbi Yohanan Hayut, has been questioned by police over suspicions that alongside his son, a notorious suspected conman, he defrauded hundreds of millions of shekels from business people.

Hayut was recently questioned under caution by police, Channel 12 news reported Friday.

Last month, his son Shimon Hayut was extradited from Greece back to Israel where he faces numerous criminal charges he previously avoided by fleeing the country in 2017.

The younger Hayut is believed to have traveled around Europe, presenting himself as Simon Leviev, the son of Russian-Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev. He used the dating app Tinder to contact women as Leviev and tricked them into loaning him money that he never repaid, earning himself the media moniker “The Tinder Swindler.”

In July, the 29-year-old Bnei Brak native was arrested in Greece following a joint operation by Interpol and the Israel Police.

His father is suspected of swindling people in Israel and abroad out of millions of shekels by presenting his son to contacts as Simon Leviev.

Hayut was questioned for hours regarding complaints by those claiming the pair defrauded them.

Police were also looking at text messages the rabbi sent in which he may have indicated he’d helped his son escape the country in 2017.

According to Channel 12, in one such message, Hayut wrote in apparent reference to his son: “Believe me, it was not a simple operation to get him out; and believe me, he is bringing in results that no one brought, so, my dear, [I] ask of you to give him what he needs and together we will see results, God willing, I assure you.”

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Monsey, NY Stabbing – Request for Information, Video Footage, Chats

ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE STABBING IN MONSEY, NEW YORK ON NOVEMBER 20, 2019 CAN PASS IT ALONG TO OUR GMAIL ACCOUNT AND WE WILL PASS IT ALONG TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.

IF WE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSISTING IN APPREHENDING THE CRIMINAL AND ENTITLED TO A REWARD ANY REWARD MONEY WILL BE DONATED TO THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM – 

We have been asked why we are not broadly covering the subject of the brutal stabbing in Monsey, New York on the morning of Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Sometimes what we do not post speaks volumes. We are precluded.

For professional reasons the blogger will not be posting any comments or particular posts regarding this incident except what has been posted so far. If you Google “Monsey Stabbing” there is more than enough to keep you busy reading, both about the events and about the internet chatter. Twitter has information available as do a host of Facebook sites.

We are. however, making one comment quite adamantly: 

this was not a hate crime.

It appears that video footage was sought out and destroyed by members of the same community where the victim lives and worships; and that this may be hindering a speedy resolution to apprehending the criminal or criminals involved. If you have footage from CCTV or other cameras, please feel free to forward it to the gmail account listed below. We will send it to the authorities. It MUST not be doctored and the exact source for the footage must be provided.

Suffice it to say that we have been in touch with law enforcement and are actively trying to assist in the investigation. 

As such, please feel free to contact the blog-site directly with any information and it will be kept confidential.

The gmail is: findinglostmessiah@gmail.com.

We wish the family of the victim well. We wish the victim of the attack a refuah shlema. We will not be posting anything more during this last weekend in November.

Please. If you have information come forward.

Crown Heights Class Photo – Chabad Emissaries

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Nearly 5,000 rabbis from around the world met in Crown Heights for an annual conference — and a group photo.

THOUSANDS OF RABBIS GATHER FOR ‘CLASS PHOTO’ AT CROWN HEIGHTS SYNAGOGUE

Thousands of rabbis from around the world descended on Crown Heights on Sunday for an annual conference of Orthodox Jewish Hasidic leaders — and a “class picture” of nearly 5,000 rabbis, who gathered in Brooklyn around their shared faith.

“It’s important for me to meet my friends, to strengthen my work, and do what God wants us to do,” said Rabbi Shalom Ber Sudak of London, England. “We want to encourage people to be close to the Yiddishchite, to be happy with what we are supposed to do.”

The rabbis flew in from across the globe for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries — a yearly event designed to strengthen Jewish awareness and practice around the world, said one religious leader.

“I was invited, and have been coming for 50 years,” added Rabbi Joseph Hardman of Israel.  “I represent 6,000 [disciples] that I’m here for. I’m very veshtatum — meaning I’m very satisfied here because they always make us feel welcome.”

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Consulting and Ukraine and Dollars and, WSJ Reports

Private Photos of Indicted Donor Depict Ties to Trump, Giuliani

Federal Subpoenas Seek Information on Giuliani’s Consulting Business

Subpoenas issued to people with ties to President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his associates indicate a broad federal investigation into possible money laundering, obstruction of justice and campaign-finance violations, and suggest that prosecutors are looking closely at the work of Mr. Giuliani himself, according to people familiar with the matter.

In recent weeks, prosecutors have sent subpoenas and other requests to potential witnesses seeking records and information related to Mr. Giuliani and two of his associates, according to the people. The investigation, led by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has already led to campaign-finance charges against the associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The subpoenas offer the clearest indication yet that federal prosecutors are examining Mr. Giuliani’s consulting work. Among the entities named in the subpoenas are Giuliani Partners, a security-consulting firm founded by Mr. Giuliani in 2002 that had multiple foreign clients, including a city in Ukraine. The subpoenas also sought information on a company co-founded by Mr. Parnas that paid Mr. Giuliani for business and legal advice.

Mr. Giuliani said in an interview that he hadn’t been contacted by prosecutors and has denied wrongdoing.

Subpoenas described to The Wall Street Journal listed more than a half dozen potential charges under consideration: obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, making false statements to the federal government, serving as an agent of a foreign government without registering with the Justice Department, donating funds from foreign nationals, making contributions in the name of another person or allowing someone else to use one’s name to make a contribution, along with mail fraud and wire fraud.

Dating back to 2015, the private Instagram account of Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American indicted for illegal campaign donations, appears to show VIP access to President Trump and a close relationship with Rudy Giuliani. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday reports. Photo illustration: Adele Morgan

Messrs. Parnas and Fruman, both Florida businessmen and U.S. citizens born in former Soviet republics, have pleaded not guilty. A lawyer for Mr. Parnas didn’t respond to a request for comment; a lawyer for Mr. Fruman didn’t immediately comment.

Investigators have sought information from prospective witnesses about Messrs. Parnas’s and Fruman’s political and business activities, and how they intersected with the Trump administration and Mr. Giuliani’s work, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

The subpoenas also sought materials related to America First Action and America First Policies, two pro-Trump groups. Kelly Sadler, a spokeswoman for the groups, said the organizations contacted the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office last month and offered to cooperate. She said neither group received a subpoena.

Prosecutors alleged in the indictment last month that Messrs. Fruman and Parnas concealed the true source of a $325,000 donation to America First Action by listing it as a gift from an energy company they had recently founded. The super PAC said it has placed the contribution into a segregated bank account.

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Indictments in Israel Coming, Litzman and Deri

Indictments Expected Against Both Deri and Litzman in the Coming Weeks

After the dramatic announcement that he is going to file criminal indictments against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Attorney General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit in the near future is expected to make a similar announcement regarding Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.

Litzman will face charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud and Deri’s charges will include money laundering, fraud and breach of trust.

According to a report released by KAN News11 correspondent Mordechai Gilit, the attorney general delayed the decisions regarding Deri and Litzman until completing his work on the cases involving Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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The Courage of a Victim and His Family – Sexual Abuse of a CHILD by a Doctor –

FBI Arrests Doctor Who Had Sex with 14-Year-Old Boy

SUNSET PARK – The director of gynecology at a local hospital was arrested by the FBI a few weeks ago for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

According to court records, it all began around May 18, 2019, when the FBI learned that Dr. Aaron Weinreb, a gynecologist at NY Community Hospital, had sex with a then-14-year-old boy prior to that date. It is a criminal offense to persuade, coerce, or have sex with anyone younger than 18 years old. It is unclear how the doctor and the boy met.

“What makes NY Community Hospital a great place is the fact that we have all the resources available, yet we’re not such a large hospital,” Weinreb said previously in a video. “So, we’re able to really be there, really able to take care of a patient on a personal level.”

On May 18, Weinreb allegedly sent a text message to the boy saying, “I was trying to demonstrate what our relationship probably is.. an older taking advantage of a vulnerable child.. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

Around May 22, Weinreb texted the boy again. This time, he said, “I was strong last time.. but I was just showing you what an older guy does when he is so excited and sexually aroused.”

Later that same day, both the doctor and the young boy engaged in a conversation over text.

Around June 11, Weinreb sent the boy a text message stating, “When can we meet that you will be really horny and not tired??? I want you badly.. I’m available today.”

On October 9, the FBI took over.

They communicated with Weinreb using the boy’s number. On October 24, Weinreb texted to who he assumed was the young boy, “I do love when you suck my dick and when we cuddle your dick is always… solid hard.”

The same day, the FBI replied to the doctor, asking him to communicate on a private text app, to which Weinreb agreed, again thinking it was the boy asking. According to court documents, this is the exchange that took place on October 24 between Weinreb and the FBI pretending to be the boy.

FBI: “My parents have been so annoying lately.”

Weinreb: “Lol, I would be too if I had a 16 year old.”

FBI: “Yea.”

Weinreb: “Just finished work.. I assume not today?”

FBI: “I’m sorry, just still sick.”

Weinreb: “I don’t mind. But no worries.. But then maybe Tuesday afternoon.”

FBI: “Yes Tuesday but I have school stuff into the afternoon.”

Later that day on October 24, Weinreb texted again. This time, he spoke about how excited he was to meet up in a few days. He wrote, “I want to cuddle with you and feel your hard dick pressed up against me when we snuggle.” He added, “I want to kiss you now.. I can’t wait till Tuesday.”

On October 27, the following exchange between the FBI and Weinreb took place via text message.

FBI: “Where are we going from there?”

Weinreb: “Very nice hotel down the block.. not like the place before.. You’ll like it.. and we are going to make love to each other in a beautiful way.”

FBI: “I love that.”

FBI: “And you promise you’re ok with my age?”

Weinreb: “Are you 15 or 16? Be honest.”

FBI: “I am 15, does that change things? I just want to be honest because I know you really care for me.”

Weinreb: “I suspected so.. but then you said you were a sophomore.. Wow.. Were you 14 the first time we met?”

FBI: “Yes.”

Weinreb: “Omg.. my body is shaking now.”

Later that day, Weinreb texted again saying, “We are on for Tuesday!! And my dick is hard as a rock thinking about it.” He also said, “I want you to fuck me.”

The FBI replied by asking, “Can you bring lube?” to which the doctor said he would.

On October 29, Weinreb texted with the location and time to meet. At that time specified, the FBI arrived at Kings Hotel in Sunset Park and arrested Weinreb. According to court documents, Weinreb initially said he was a doctor and was at the hotel taking a nap. When he was questioned about a 15-year-old boy, he requested a lawyer. Later on, Weinreb confessed to having oral sex with the 15-year-old boy but admitted that he thought he was 16. He also admitted to having sex with another 16-year-old boy. According to court documents, “He indicated that he has a sex addiction to males who are much younger than him.”

NY Community Hospital has emailed Weinreb’s patients that he is out on emergency leave without providing any further details, sources tell us. We have not yet heard back from the Hospital with a comment.

Meyer Seewald, the director of Jewish Community Watch, an organization combating child sexual abuse in the Jewish community, released the following statement:

“We are horrified by the alleged crimes committed by Dr. Aaron Weinreb against a child and we are gratified that the victim and his family had the courage to report the abuse to law enforcement. We are further grateful to the quick and professional investigation launched by the FBI which resulted in the arrest of Weinreb,” Seewald said.”Recent revelations have made it clear that child sexual abuse exists in every religion, society, and community.”

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ADDITIONAL SOURCE:

BROOKLYN OB/GYN ARRESTED BY FBI AFTER SEX WITH 15-YEAR-OLD BOY

Not Victimless Crimes – Money Transmitting Scheme

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2019

U.S. Attorney Announces The Arrest Of 3 Individuals For Operating A $6 Million Unlicensed Money Transmitting Scheme

The Defendants Are Alleged To Have Operated a Money Transmitting Business for the Purpose of Transmitting $6 Million of Illegal Proceeds

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Carl E. Dubois, Sheriff of Orange County, announced the arrest today of CHASKEL LANDAU, ALTER LANDAU, and JOSEPH NEUMAN in connection with a multimillion-dollar scheme to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business for the purpose of transmitting proceeds derived from illegal activity.  The defendants are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Paul E. Davison in federal court later today.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “The defendants allegedly engaged in a brazen scheme to unlawfully transmit and conceal millions of dollars of proceeds that they believed to be derived from illegal activity.  They allegedly did so for personal profit and with the aim of avoiding law enforcement detection.  This Office is committed to rooting out such criminal activity.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Making money illegally is criminal in and of itself, but operating an unlicensed money remitting business, especially from outside of the United States, will almost certainly result in federal criminal charges.  Whenever someone needs to hide and move money, there’s a pretty good chance something’s afoot.  The FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure this type of behavior ceases to exist.”         

Sheriff Carl E. Dubois said:  “We continue to work closely with the FBI and our other federal partners, and the success of this long term investigation is proof of the benefits in these relationships.  Illegal financial systems pose a great risk to our residents and their financial institutions.  Law enforcement must continue work together to deter criminals from operating and engaging with organizations that allow them to evade banking regulations.”

According to allegations contained in the Complaint[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:  

CHASKEL LANDAU, ALTER LANDAU, and JOSEPH NEUMAN were arrested following an FBI sting operation.  As alleged, from approximately in or about September 2014 to in or about August 2016, CHASKEL LANDAU, ALTER LANDAU, and JOSEPH NEUMAN engaged in a series of conversations and meetings with a confidential witness (the “CW”).  In order to induce the CW to invest approximately $6 million in property owned by CHASKEL LANDAU and his family, the defendants agreed to receive and transmit what they believed to be millions of dollars of funds that the CW had illegally obtained from his business.  The defendants agreed to conceal the source of the CW’s money by transmitting the CW’s money to third parties, with the expectation that it would be returned to the CW, in return for a 10% “fee.”

The scheme was two-pronged.  First, the defendants agreed to take cash from the CW, exchange the cash for checks written from real estate companies controlled by JOSEPH NEUMAN, and make the checks payable to a third party bank account purportedly controlled by the CW.   Second, the defendants agreed to use charitable organizations under their control to transmit the CW’s overseas money into the United States.  Over the course of the conspiracy, the defendants transmitted approximately $500,000 of what they believed to be stolen property, and agreed to transmit approximately $6 million total.

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CHASKEL LANDAU, 45, ALTER LANDAU, 64, and JOSEPH NEUMAN, 78, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, each of which carries a maximum term of five years in prison.  

The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as the sentencing of the defendants will be determined by a judge.

Mr. Berman praised the work of the FBI, the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

This case is being handled by the White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Mathew Andrews and James McMahon are in charge of the prosecution.      

 


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the texts of the Complaint and the descriptions of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
19-391

Arrest of 3 in Monsey for Illegal Money Transmitting Business

FBI Makes Three Arrests In Monsey On Thursday Morning

The FBI arrested three people in Monsey early Thursday morning. The U.S. Attorney says the were arrested for carrying out a multimillion-dollar scheme to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business for the purpose of transmitting proceeds derived from illegal activity.

According to allegations contained in the complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court, the three were arrested following a sting operation.

From approximately in or about September 2014 to in or about August 2016, the three engaged in a series of conversations and meetings with a confidential witness (the “CW”). In order to induce the CW to invest approximately $6 million in property owned by one of the men and his family, the defendants agreed to receive and transmit what they believed to be millions of dollars of funds that the CW had illegally obtained from his business. The defendants agreed to conceal the source of the CW’s money by transmitting the CW’s money to third parties, with the expectation that it would be returned to the CW, in return for a 10% “fee.”

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Netanyahu Indicted – Fraud, Breach of Trust, Bribery

POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump’s man in Israel indicted on bribery and fraud charges

BREAKING IN ISRAEL — “Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted on Bribery, Fraud, Breach of Trust Charges,” by WSJ’s Felicia Schwartz in Tel Aviv: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on bribery charges Thursday, imperiling the country’s longest-serving leader as he looks set to fight for his personal and political future in a third election contest.

“Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said Mr. Netanyahu will be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection to three corruption probes known as Cases 1000, 2000 and 4000. Mr. Netanyahu allegedly traded official favors for flattering news coverage as well as gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, including pink champagne, cigars and jewelry. The bribery charge, a key element of Case 4000, is the most serious and, if convicted, Mr. Netanyahu could face up to 10 years in prison. The lesser charges could result in three to five years in jail.” WSJ

— @jaketapper: “I’m sure this will alarm all of those who profess to be concerned about corruption abroad.”

NYT JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF DAVID HALBFINGER: “There were already signs of unrest in Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, as a popular younger lawmaker, Gideon Saar, called Thursday for a primary contest for prime minister, and said he would be a contender.

“Even if Mr. Netanyahu fends off intraparty challengers, and assembles a viable coalition in Parliament, Mr. Plesner said that the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, might balk at assigning him the task of forming a government while he awaits trial. In addition, critics are expected to petition the Supreme Court to rule that Mr. Netanyahu must step down.” NYT

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Help Police Determine Who Stabbed a Man on His Way to Shul [VIDEO]

 

Surveillance video and data from license plate readers are a main focus of investigators, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. If they can locate the car used in the attack, it’s a big step towards finding the attackers themselves.

A local volunteer group, the Chaverim, is assisting investigators in the meticulous effort to spot and track the vehicle. The volunteers have trained in methods that include video enhancement, and take pride knowing their work may help in the quest for justice.

“For law enforcement to go from house to house, person to person, they would be stretched thin. There may be some cultural language barriers, and no disrespect to cops, many of them wouldn’t know how to work the machines,” said Yossie Gestetner of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.

The victim’s family is fearful as police continue their search for suspects.

On Wednesday, just before 6 a.m., as the 30-year-old victim and father of four was walking to a worship center on Howard Drive in Monsey, he was jumped by men who got out of a car. He was beaten and stabbed multiple times, including in his face.

The obvious concern: Was he targeted as part of a hate crime?

“My hope is that once the victim recovers, we’re able to have a conversation with him and maybe that will help guide us in that direction,” Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said.

“Some of that video may need enhancement. That takes time. I can tell you we have deep compassion for the victim and his family. He’s still at Westchester Medical, needs additional surgery, but he’s hanging in there, and that’s great news,” Weidel added.

To calm fears in the Hasidic community, Ramapo police have enhanced patrols. The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps locate the attackers.

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First All-Female Ambulance Corp (Ezras Nashim) Denied Permit in NY – Huh???

Ezras Nashim application hearing

FIRST THEY ARE INDOCTRINATED THEN DEBASED, THE DENIAL OF AN AMBULANCE PERMIT IN BROOKLYN

The following is a commentary – nothing more than the opinion of the blogger or bloggers, followed by the story:

It seems to us that this was a no-brainer, an all women ambulance corp designated to respond to the needs of women in the Hasidic community. Why not? Women are the caregivers. Women are the mothers. Women are the empathetic. Women are often better educated (within the Hasidic community). Why would someone even think to deny such a service? Money.

We believe there can be no other answer than the money and the control. We contend that those in charge of this decision should be ashamed. To those of you who voted against, or simply stayed home to avoid a quorum, the life of every woman who does not seek emergency care because she does not want to be touched by a man, is in your hands. Any death, yours to shoulder. 

The obvious gender bias is tough to palate. 

Hasidic women have been raised to believe that the touch of a man other than their husband and young sons is forbidden. In the Hasidic community, there are areas where men and women are segregated, even on streets.  A woman will not even shake the hand of a man, even as a gesture of courtesy in a business setting. Some find it insulting, but to these women it an engendered part of the sanctity of their belief in G-d. Distance between the sexes is required.

The most religious of women will not even take something directly from a man. “Please pass the salt” means that the salt gets placed down on the table by the man and picked up off the table by the woman so as to avoid any direct contact, even albeit vis a vis a salt shaker. In some cases, this is also true of the relationship between husband and wife during the time of “Nidah” or “ritual impurity.” A woman’s husband will not even take something directly from her hand. Some think this is extremism. In the religious community it is about piousness, virtue, the sanctity of a marriage and unintended sexual consequences of such interactions. 

We pass no judgement. 

We ask the following question to those ill-advised members of the committee who voted against the all-woman ambulance corp, and to those who decided to stay home, knowing the lack of quorum would fail the vote: When you indoctrinate a woman with a belief that the touch of a man is forbidden, how then is she to feel comfortable getting medical care provided by a man? How is any woman who has been raised within this belief system to feel comfortable if she is sick and needs medical assistance, even emergency medical assistance, when the person offering that assistance is a man?

Many women grapple with this decision. Others endure the touch and try not to feel somehow demeaned.

But, is this a fair demand of women within the religious society? What if the man who answers an emergency call is the Paramedic from next door who rides on the EMS truck for Hatzolah?

We have been told that many, many Hasidic women will avoid calling an ambulance, and will risk whatever medical danger they may be in because they fear the contact required to treat them will be the touch of a man.

As such being a Hasidic woman in a medical emergency can be tortuously uncomfortable. And these women deserve better from the society in which they are raised. They deserve better from the Rabbinate that petitioned against the bid for a permit for the all-female ambulance corp. These women bear your children. They are your future and the decision to deny Hasidic women a gender-appropriate ambulance is a travesty. It is an injustice.

The decision to deny the bid, in our view, has everything to do with money, control,  sharing of financial resources and the financial accountability of Hatzolah.

All-women Hasidic EMT group denied bid for ambulance in Brooklyn

The bid of an all-women Hasidic EMT crew to operate an ambulance in Brooklyn was denied Tuesday by a state-sanctioned board, in what the group is blasting as an act of bias.

Members of Ezras Nashim say the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (REMSCO) is packed with sympathizers of Hatzolah, an Orthodox mens-only EMT group, that has forcefully opposed its female counterpart’s right to exist.

“It’s biased,” said Leah Levine, outreach and development director for the all-women group. “Once there’s a situation that there’s so many board members with Hatzolah, there’s really a very slight chance [for us to succeed].”

Ezras Nashim — Hebrew for “helping women” — sought to serve female clientele within a 2-square-mile area in the predominantly Orthodox Borough Park neighborhood. The women were previously turned away when they sought to join the men’s group.

On Tuesday night, REMSCO denied the group’s application with a 12-7 vote. There were five abstentions and two members were absent.

Ezras Nashim needed a 14-vote majority in order to get the OK to operate its own ambulance.

At least three of the men who voted against the women have ties to Hatzolah, The Post found.

“They should have recused themselves and they didn’t,” charged Ezras Nashim member Sarah Weisshaus, calling the vote “an injustice.”

“Because they are part of REMSCO they really had an advantage in terms of manipulating the situation.”

Scott Orlanski, a REMSCO board member who opposed the application, said Ezras Nashim didn’t meet certain requirements.

“This has nothing to do with Hatzolah,” Orlanski said at the meeting, referring to the Orthodox ambulance corps Hatzolah that operates in Brooklyn. “This has to do with Ezras Nashim and their proving need [to qualify for an ambulance].”

He added, “They may want to be met, there may be a desire to meet them, as has been indicated in the application submitted by Ezras Nashim, but we are not here to debate wishes, wants or desires … religion is not one of those [requirements] and I submit to my fellow members that should we tread into those dangerous, murky waters, we will be in a world of hurt.”

REMSCO board member Nancy Benedetto voted yes for the ambulance.

“What we are looking at this evening is that there is a lack of evidence that existing resources will be reallocated to fulfill the maintaining of modesty for observant Jewish women. That is a key piece here,” she said ahead of the vote.

REMSCO didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The women plan on appealing the decision in Albany.

Ezras Nashim, which launched in 2012, wants to serve Orthodox women who feel uncomfortable being cared for by male first responders.

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Epstein Did Not Die by Suicide – Someone Just Looked the Other Way, but Why?

https://www.nbcnews.com/752b4a68-c4c7-4c2d-a67c-0eadcff7d1b9

Image: Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008.

Two jail guards charged in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s death, sources say

The guards face charges tied to falsifying records. The case will have no bearing on the determination that Epstein died by suicide.

 

Two guards at a prison in Manhattan have been indicted in connection with the investigation into accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior law enforcement official said.

Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, who were on duty the night before Epstein was found dead by suicide Aug. 10, have been indicted by a grand jury with six counts tied to falsifying prison records.

The allegations are that Thomas and Noel sat at their desk, browsed the internet, and moved around a common area of the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan but never conducted any rounds that night.

The indictment says that from approximately 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 until approximately 6:30 the next morning, when Epstein was found dead, the two never checked on him or any other inmate in the jail’s special housing unit.

The two are charged with falsely signing internal documents saying they did the checks and counts at 12 a.m., 3 a.m., 5 a.m., and that they did rounds at 30-minute intervals.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the two “had a duty to ensure the safety and security of federal inmates in their care at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Instead, they repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates, and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction.”

The Associated Press reported Friday that federal prosecutors had offered a plea deal to two officers responsible for guarding Epstein the night of his death, but the officers declined the offer.

Epstein was arrested July 6 at an airport in Teterboro, New Jersey, as he returned from Paris on a private jet. He was charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking and faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.

He pleaded not guilty and was denied bail.

The indictment in his case alleged that he sought minors, some as young as 14, from at least 2002 through 2005 and paid them hundreds of dollars in cash for sex at either his Manhattan townhouse or his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

He was not on suicide watch at the time of his death despite a possible attempt weeks earlier, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
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Satmar Rebbe’s Visit Not Necessarily A Welcomed Visit in Jerusalem

Posters Against Satmar Rebbe’s Visit in Israel Plastered All Over Yerushalyim

It seems that R’ Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Williamsburg Rebbe will be getting a taste of his own medicine …he isn’t going to like this one bit ..
There isn’t a block in Meah Shearim that doesn’t have posters plastered against the Satmar Rebbe ….
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NY AG Files Sales Tax Lawsuit Against B&H Photo and Store Disagrees

Jewish Owned Megastore B&H Photo Slapped With State Lawsuit, CEO Responds (UPDATED)

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Attorney general of New York, Letitia James announced on Twitter that she has filed a lawsuit against B&H Photo, the famed New York electronics retailer.

Her tweet reads: We’ve filed a lawsuit against B&H, the photo & electronics store, for allegedly failing to pay sales tax on tens of millions of dollars they received from manufacturers for “instant rebate” discounts to customers. In New York, no company is above the law.”

The state of New York is suing for allegedly failing to pay sales tax on tens of millions of dollars.

Fox5NY reports that the Attorney General’s investigation and subsequent lawsuit came from a whistleblower complaint.

“Today’s lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, concerns B&H’s failure to pay taxes on money from are point-of-sale discounts the company offers its customers, for which it receives reimbursement from manufacturers.

New York State sales tax is required on that money but the state claims that B&H never paid the tax, despite its repeated and explicit acknowledgments — internally, to outside vendors, and externally, to a competitor — that under New York tax law, it owed sales tax.”

NY AG James

@NewYorkStateAG

We’ve filed a lawsuit against B&H, the photo & electronics store, for allegedly failing to pay sales tax on tens of millions of dollars they received from manufacturers for “instant rebate” discounts to customers.

In New York, no company is above the law.

221 people are talking about this

UPDATE: B&H CEO Responds

Dear B&H Employee,

Today the NY Attorney General filed suit against B&H claiming that we should have collected sales tax from customers on instant savings discounts.  We obviously believe these claims are without merit, especially since the entire consumer electronics retail industry takes the identical approach that we do.  B&H will fight these allegations aggressively.  It’s unbelievable to me that the Attorney General has singled out B&H and is misleading the public about our company, while ignoring the identical practices from much larger competitors.

We issued the following statement to the press:

“The Attorney General is flat wrong – and is trying to create a tax on discounts in order to make New Yorkers pay more.  B&H is not a big box store or a faceless chain; we are a New York institution, having operated here for nearly 50 years with a stellar reputation. The tax department has done countless audits and never once – not a single time – mentioned this widespread industry practice.

“B&H has done nothing wrong and it is outrageous that the AG has decided to sue a New York company that employs thousands of New Yorkers while leaving the national online and retail behemoths unchallenged. The Attorney General wants to charge New Yorkers a tax on money they never spent. It’s wrong and we won’t be bullied.”

We regularly offer customers instant savings discounts.  This is an industry wide practice.  On a camera that regularly sells for $1,000 that has an instant savings offer of $200, the net selling price is $800 and we collect and remit sales tax on the $800.  The Attorney General is claiming that we should collect tax based on the $1,000 and thus have underpaid sales tax for 13 years.  Common sense, legal precedent, and years of sales tax audits approving our practice say we have done everything right.

I want each of you to know that B&H acts with the highest standards of integrity in everything we do, and I find this action offensive and very disappointing.  I look forward to having our day in court to defend ourselves and our customers against these absurd allegations.

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ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

https://nypost.com/2019/11/14/bh-failed-to-pay-millions-in-sales-tax-attorney-general/

https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2019.11.14_nyag_v._bh_-_summons_complaint.pdf

Lack of Basic Education A Threat to Society, Israel’s Existential Threat

MK Moshe Gafni speaks in an ultra-Orthodox rally (photo credit: Courtesy)
MK Moshe Gafni speaks in an ultra-Orthodox rally
(photo credit: Courtesy)

Israel ‘under threat’ by lack of basic education for ultra-Orthodox children

Prof. Dan Ben David predicts that by 2065, some 35% of Israel’s population will be ultra-Orthodox, compared to its current level of 9% of the population.

Israel is headed for an existential crisis due to the ultra-Orthodox community’s high birthrate, its ability to retain the members of its sector within the ultra-Orthodox fold, and the failure of schools in the sector to provide their pupils with a basic education, a think-tank has argued in a new policy brief.

The brief, authored by Prof. Dan Ben-David of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, contends that Israel needs to forget its earlier demographic concern about maintaining a Jewish majority, and instead focus on the severe challenges that it will face over the next half a century, during which time the ultra-Orthodox share of the population will more than triple.

That only a tiny percentage of male ultra-Orthodox high school pupils study the core curriculum subjects such as math, English and science means that Israel’s economy in the future will be unable to sustain its needs for a modern, effective army, Ben-David argues.

According to his findings, some 94% of those who grow up in the ultra-Orthodox community remain ultra-Orthodox as adults.
Of the remainder, 3% become religious-Zionists, 2% become religiously traditional and 1% become secular.

At the other end of the spectrum, secular Israelis also have a high rate of retention of their community, with only 10% of those born secular joining another sector of the population as adults.

According to Ben-David’s study – which uses statistical data from the Central Bureau of Statistics – ultra-Orthodox women have an average birthrate of 7.1 children, compared with just 2.2 for secular Jews, 2.7 for religiously traditional Jews and 4.0 for religious-Zionist Jews. The average birthrate for Muslim women is 3.4 children.

Although the religious-Zionist sector also has a high birthrate, it has low rate of retention of its members, with 45% of its community dropping out of the sector, most of whom become religiously traditional.

According to these figures, Ben-David predicts that by 2065, some 49% of all children in Israel aged 0 to 14 will be ultra-Orthodox, compared with their current level of 19%.

The policy brief notes that the overwhelming majority of male ultra-Orthodox high school aged pupils do not study any core curriculum subjects such as math, English and the sciences.

These pupils, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi, mainly attend what are called yeshivot ketanot and yeshivot gedolot, the equivalent of middle and high school, where only religious studies are taught.

It is estimated that some 80% of male Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox elementary-age pupils attend schools where a minimal core curriculum is taught, although even then it is believed that the requisite hours are not fully taught, and when they are it is to a poor standard.

The Shas-run school network Maayan Hinuch Torani does teach core-curriculum studies, with some 80% of male Sephardi ultra-Orthodox pupils studying in such schools. But the level of these studies is also not thought to be of a high standard.

Efforts to reform primary education in the ultra-Orthodox sector and ensure that schools teach core curriculum subjects were taken by former education minister Shai Piron of Yesh Atid, but various problems, including strong opposition by the ultra-Orthodox parties, meant that most of the reforms were either not implemented or subsequently reversed.

The notion of enforcing the teaching of core curriculum subjects in the yeshivot ketanot and gedolot that ultra-Orthodox boys attend in lieu of high school was not even broached, since the reaction by the ultra-Orthodox leadership and the general population would be so severe.

Ultra-Orthodox girls generally do study the core curriculum since many are expected to support their future husbands economically while they study full-time in yeshiva.

As such, ultra-Orthodox women have a far higher rate of obtainment of higher education qualifications than men, and also have a far higher rate of employment than ultra-Orthodox men.

BEN-DAVID POINTS out that despite recent increases in the number of ultra-Orthodox men and women studying for academic degrees in colleges and universities, the share of working age ultra-Orthodox men with such qualifications has remained the same over the last 15 years, at around 15%, and even declined slightly over the last four years.

Since it is ultra-Orthodox men who have extremely low rates of workforce participation, with just 51% in employment, the figures regarding the failure to increase the share of ultra-Orthodox men with higher education qualifications is of particular concern.

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One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back… Australia, The Royal Commission and YCL

Shock at Yeshivah

Waks: ‘Goldhirsch is now effectively back in charge of the safety and wellbeing of children, which is a disgrace and yet another slap in the face to victims/survivors’.

THE appointment of former Yeshivah Committee of Management (COM) member Michael Goldhirsch to the Yeshivah Centre Limited (YCL) board has been met with shock by sections of the community.

Chabad Institutions of Victoria Limited (CIVL) announced this week that Goldhirsch is a new member of its board, and that it has nominated him as one of three representatives on the YCL board, which is the roof board of CIVL and Yeshivah and Beth Rivkah Colleges.

Goldhirsch was a member of the COM until soon after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

During the time he was on the COM, children were sexually abused within the organisation and victims were re-victimised when they came forward.

Child sexual abuse victim Manny Waks said he was shocked by the announcement.

“Goldhirsch himself has never privately apologised [to me],” Waks said.

“We had hoped that a ‘new’ Yeshivah leadership would heed the message from the Royal Commission and internally hold to account those who disgraced their institution so badly and caused untold damage to many individuals and to the broader Jewish community.

“Astonishingly, Goldhirsch is now effectively back in charge of the safety and wellbeing of children, which is a disgrace and yet another slap in the face to victims/survivors and our families.”

Goldhirsch was part of the COM that was heavily criticised by Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission Maria Gerace, who stated that the COM hesitated when asked to support victims.

“Evidence shows that the Committee of Management sought advice from Robert Richter QC about the potential criminal liability of Rabbi Glick or others in respect of the (now convicted child sexual abuser) David Cyprys allegations and whether or not the COM should contact victims before writing to the community at large to publicly support victims and their families,” she said.

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Monsey, NY Banker and Toms River, NJ Man and Brilliant Straw-Borrower Scheme

 

Former banker from Monsey helped steal $1.4 million through loan scam: U.S. Attorney

A 61-year-old former bank director from Monsey faces federal fraud charges involving a scheme to obtain a $1.4 million loan from the financial institution to finance a home health care business, federal prosecutors said.

Tuesday’s indictment charges attorney Mendel Zilberberg and Aron Fried, 46, of Toms River, New Jersey, with filing loan documents based on false statements and misrepresentations through a “straw borrower,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman stated in a news release. 

Zilberberg and Fried received the loan through the fraud and used the proceeds, causing the Park Avenue Bank to default on $1 million, Berman said.

INDICTMENT from the U.S. Attorney’s Office

The scheme involved an unnamed co-conspirator who received a share of the money from the loan and a fourth person, identified by prosecutors as a straw borrower.

“As alleged, Mendel Zilberberg and Aron Fried conspired with another to defraud the bank where Zilberberg served as a director,” Berman said. “In a textbook case of self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty, Zilberberg allegedly exploited his position at the bank to grease the skids for a loan given under blatantly false pretenses, a huge chunk of the proceeds of which he himself dipped into.”

The indictment charges that in 2009, Fried and a co-conspirator sought to obtain a fraudulent loan from the Manhattan-based bank to finance an investment in a home health care business.

Knowing the co-conspirator would not be credit-worthy and had a criminal record, they used a straw borrower for the loan application.

To make the scam work, Fried and the co-conspirator partnered with Zilberberg, who had the authority to personally shepherd the loan through the bank’s approval process and guard it from scrutiny, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The defendants then concocted a false premise for the loan, supported the loan application with false representations, and set up pass-through bank accounts to funnel the proceeds of the fraudulent loan to themselves, the prosecutor’s office said.

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Jackson Township, NJ and the “Second Reading” of a Ritual Slaughter Right

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHw7WmCy49k

 

WHERE DO WE DRAW LINES OF ACCEPTABLE VERSUS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY, PARTICULARLY WHERE RELIGION IS CONCERNED?

Dear Readers:

We find ourselves asking very serious questions, not the least of which is the slippery slope of allowing the ritual waving and slaughter of chickens (not deemed obligatory in the Jewish religion), the female circumcision practiced in some religions (even deemed obligatory by Shafi’i Muslims), allowing cannibalism, also a ritualistic behavior of tribes of other countries and bigamy, a consensual behavior among adults deemed acceptable by some religious groups.

If we are allowing a group of worshipers of a non-obligatory practice to swing chickens over their head and then brutally slaughter those chickens, why are we not allowing another religious group to practice bigamy or polygamy or to marry multiple people at the same time? One religious practice is cruel to animals with little justification for the practice. Another is consensual behavior by and among adults which some deem to have multiple benefits. Why is cruelty to animals acceptable and consensual adult practice illegal?

At what point does religious practice simply become “prohibited” because as a society we can neither justify the level of brutal cruelty nor can we accept the level of waste. We have not even discussed the lack of sanitation, the use of public services to cordon off streets and protect the worshipers, the costs to taxpayers and the list of atrocities surrounding the ritual itself. The list goes on.

Obviously, there are judgement calls here. There are those who don’t see a difference between circumcision of boys and girls. Yet the latter is referred to as “Female Genital Mutilation” or FGM. The reason for the distinction appears to be that the former does not scar the future bodily functions of the boy while a girl is forever scarred by the practice. There is continued debate on the subject and some who see both as equally objectionable.

There are those who see a vast difference between brutally swinging and then unceremoniously slaughtering chickens and the eating of human flesh. Sadly and it pains us to put this out there but the Kaporot ritual is both cruel and wasteful. The chickens are not appropriately treated nor are they then sent to shelters and food banks to be eaten. People are starving and a viable source of food is tossed in the trash. The eating of human flesh, in some societies still accepted, might be deemed an acceptable way to feed the hungry after a person has died. That is a scary and somewhat unsavory thought. But the treatment of chickens for the Kaporot ceremony is no less unsavory, particularly given the resources used and the waste involved. It should be viewed with no less disgust as leaving puppies to  die in plastic bags. And somehow we couch it in religion and see this ritual as acceptable?

Where does that line get drawn? Where does ritual cruelty become something that as a society we simply will not allow? When do we tell practitioners of this cruel practice that we will not as a society accept it. We will not accept the cruelty to animals and we will not accept the wasted resources that could go to the hungry.

When it comes to the yearly Kaporot service, there are many within the religious Jewish community who view swinging a bag of coins over their heads and then giving those coins to charity as a viable alternative and equally as productive where G-d and sins are concerned. We would agree.

As a society do we really want to condone the ritual torture and then slaughter of animals by a religious sect, any religious sect, particularly if those animals are not then used to feed the hungry, the poor or the less fortunate? By Orthodox Jewish standards the chickens are supposed to be fed to the hungry. They are not!

To the Jackson Township Council and the Lakewood Planning Board we formally request that you outlaw the practice and not rewrite ordinances. We formally request that you tell practitioners to use alternative means of practicing religion. There are practices society has simply deemed unacceptable by any human standards. This should be one of them.

 

 

RISE UP OCEAN COUNTY

Tonight at 7:30pm, the Jackson Township Council will do the second reading of a misguided addition to their animal cruelty ordinance which specifically allows for the ritualistic slaughter of birds…a hat tip to our friends in the orthodox Jewish community that will allow your next door neighbor to slaughter chickens in their yard, amongst other things. The meeting place is town hall at 95 W. Veterans Highway.

“Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit, abridge, or in any way hinder the religious freedom of any person or group. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, in order to protect freedom of religion, ritual slaughter and the handling or other preparation of livestock for ritual slaughter are exempted from the terms of this chapter. For the purposes of this section the term “ritual slaughter” means slaughter in accordance with section 98-61(T)(2) of this title.

“Killing a bird if such bird is Poultry owned by that Person and will be used for food”.

There will be public comment after the second reading and some questions to ask may include who will enforce that the bird is actually used for food and not disposed of in, say a black, plastic garbage bag. Or who will oversee the sale of said bird to insure that the person slaughtering it is actually the owner and not a renter (that actually happened at Bingo during Kaporos).

Also Tonight at 6pm in Lakewood the Planning Board is scheduled to once again take up the application for The Parke which will destroy a golf course and replace it with ridiculously high density housing, clog roadways, lead to the pillaging of even more money from the public schools and place added strains on a water supply that has all but run dry. And let’s not forget that The Parke is the development that our friends in the Fairways at Lake Ridge continue to fight in the courts. Previously favorable rulings seemingly led to the near death beating of Fred and Pat Robison for which there STILL is no suspect and no arrest. That meeting is held at Lakewood town hall, 231 3rd Street in lakewood.

You can choose to attend either, your voice is needed in both places.

#JacksonwillNEVERbeLakewood
#usecoinsNOTchickens2020
#playgolfNOThouse
#justicefortheRobisons
#risingupwithoutYOU

Why Merchant Cash Accounts are WRONG For Your Business, We are Urging our Readers to AVOID! – Part II

THE PART OF THE MERCHANT CASH ACCOUNT (MCA) BUSINESS YOU DID NOT KNOW….

1. Did you know that the MCA loan draws down on your account DAILY (rarely WEEKLY) whether you have funds in your account or not?

2. Did you know that, at least on the East Coast of the United States, many MCA lenders are friends, family members, investors all tied to one another in the form of investment; or they use the same attorneys, the same collection agencies, the same brokers? What that means is they monitor your loans like turkey vultures just waiting for you to be unable to render payment so they can pounce.

3. Did you know that most MCA lenders require you to sign a Confession of Judgement, an unscrupulous document that is an admission of default, signed on the full face amount + interest + fees + penalties + collection fees? This means that you owe a sum total before you even get the money in the bank and even as you pay down the loan that Confession of Judgement remains on the face amount of the original loan + interest + fees + penalties + collection fees. In some states there is legislation being drafted to de-legitimize the Confession of Judgement.

4. Did you know that most MCA loans require you to personally guarantee your loan (on the full face amount mentioned above). In the event of a default you risk everything – your home, your car, your life savings, the future of your children, the future of your estate, your business, everything?

5. Did you know that many MCA lenders are completely unregistered with any oversight agency and are not restricted by any form of finance/banking laws intended to protect the Borrowers? They are not bank loans. They skirt all legal loopholes including those regarding confidentiality, usury, fees.

6. Did you know that while the “Interest Rate” (i.e. the rate of interest charged for the loan) may be within legal limits (generally advertised as low-interest), there are associated fees, pre-payment penalties, lending fees, draw-down fees, collection fees, documentation fees, registration fees, that can ultimately add up to nearly 50%-80%, which while not called “interest” are effectively the same thing? They INCREASE THE COST OF BORROWING THE MONEY.

7. Did you know that very few MCA lenders will be willing to re-negotiate the terms on an MCA loan in the event that something goes dramatically wrong and you cannot make payment? More to the point, as soon as you run into problems you usually have ten more offering you better terms, which actually bury you deeper into debt?

WE URGE OUR READERS TO AVOID MCA LOANS, TO CONTACT ATTORNEYS TO REVIEW ALL LOAN DOCUMENTS OF ANY KIND, TO FIND ANOTHER WAY. IF YOU TAKE AN MCA LOAN YOU MIGHT AS WELL BUY A SHOVEL TO DIG YOUR OWN HOLE IN THE GROUND, THEY ARE RARELY A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

The following is an article written for business.com, espousing the benefits of MCA loans. We will not post the entire article but will highlight some of the finer points the writer tried to use to portray the MCA as a benefit to business. He admits that while the loans are advertised at low-interest, they can be “quite high”. He acknowledges in the last paragraph that in some cases, the rate (i.e. effective interest rate) can range in the TRIPLE DIGITS! This means that it can be more than 100%!

We have seen these loans bury far too many people and businesses in debt and wreckage. We want to prevent that from happening. AVOID MCA LOANS!

 

Why Businesses Should Consider a Merchant Cash Advance

Like the name suggests, a merchant cash advance (MCA) is an advance provided as a lump sum to a business in exchange for future credit card sales. Therefore, it cannot be considered a loan, because it does not have the technical details of a bank account such as collateral and a fixed repayment term. It is more akin to factoring, where a lender gives an advance of cash against an invoice. In fact, the companies that offer financing are very careful not to be referred to as lenders but simply as providers. This allows them a lot of leeway in providing financing to small businesses.

In a factoring business, the one providing funding is buying a portion of a company’s future receivables. In an MCA agreement, the business’s receivables are in the form of credit and debit card sales. This is a riskier approach for the lender because an invoice does not exist. Thus, the interest rates are higher because of the higher risk profile of these cash advances. Despite the costs, there are still circumstances that necessitate taking an advance. To help you navigate the industry and make more informed decisions, this guide will teach you everything you need to know about MCAs.

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2. Factor fee

In a cash advance, the factoring fee replaces the interest rate, although it is essentially the same thing. The average rate is between 1.14 and 1.18 and, when multiplied with the advance amount, shows you what you owe in total. When this factor fee is converted to an annual percentage rate (APR), it becomes equivalent to 15% or more. [Want to know more about factoring? Check out our reviews.]

3. Holdback

Every day, a percentage of the daily credit card sales that is deducted from your bank account and sent to the MCA provider. The percentage can be between 10% and 20% and will be charged until the debt is repaid.

To facilitate the daily payments to the lender, an MCA deal is made with the collaboration of a credit card processing company. One way they allocate monies is by deducting the total sales of the day and sending those to the lender, while the rest are processed to your business bank account. The other way is by allowing the MCA provider to access your credit card sales, and they make their deductions before sending the remaining funds to your account. Alternatively, your bank can handle the account, and the provider’s portion is sent to the MCA provider by ACH.

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What is the disadvantage of a merchant cash advance?

The most glaring and obvious problem with MCAs is their high cost. At first, the factor rate makes it seem that the debt would be low, but in actuality, the interest rate is quite high. In some cases, the rate can reach triple digits, which is much higher than a bank loan. Also, considering the daily holdback, your business’s cash flow can be negatively affected.

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The Blueprint for Takeover – Jackson Township, Lakewood (NJ), Rockland County, NY – Dear Editor

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Dear Editor of Lost Messiah:

We are asking you to print the following letter along with the link to the documents substantiating our claim. This is the story as we understand it based upon the documents we found. 

https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/ee9f70a2-44e7-40d3-8609-984bcd8638e0/downloads/jacksonlawsuits.pdf?ver=1572200522121

We don’t even know how to explain this secret that has surfaced…..and it looks right on track.

It’s 11 PAGES OF CHANGES FOR JACKSON land use rules.

Story has it there was a secret meeting between Ken Bressi and Agudath Israel of America back in November; and behind closed doors decisions for Jackson Township/Lakewood were made. As you can see from the document the new developments are being designed, the Kapparot Ordinance which would allow the ritual slaughter of fowl during the High Holy Holidays was presented along with the Eiruv Ordinance.  It is all in the documents.

I ask you thiss?

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH THE REST OF THE COUNCIL???

Are they to busy too working for Jackson because it seems it’s all Ken Bressi.

Please read the rest below presented from Rise Up Ocean County:

Dormitories, schools, mikvahs, synagogues, community centers, parking waivers, eruvim…all discussed in a closed door meeting between representatives of Agudath Israel of America, Jackson Township Attorney Jean Cipriani and Jackson Township Councilman and Planning Board member Ken Bressi. No one else. No other councilmen…just BRESSI! Why is this guy neck deep in all of this?

Anyhow, when civil litigation is filed there is a requirement for mediation and settlement discussions before an actual trial. There is no requirement that you bend over, grab your ankles and prepare for the worst and yet…last November, as part of that process, this meeting took place to establish common ground and areas that might become common ground. As a result, an eleven page notice of surrender, there is no other way to describe it, was drafted. You can read the entire document by clicking the link below.

In short, these terms of surrender, if approved, would make Lakewood look tame compared to Jackson. Special provisions for almost every orthodox Jewish demand and, you are starting to see some of these being put into place on Tuesday night. A township wide eruv and an ordinance that PROTECTS the ritualistic slaughter of chickens during Kaporos are just the first two steps of capitulation. In essence, your government has given up.

Remember when Mayor Reina said “the gloves are off” signaling that he was ready to fight? How about the announcement that Jackson Township had hired religious land use attorney Marci Hamilton to help guide the town through the lawsuits, fight for home rule and to provide counsel on future ordinances? Well the gloves are back on, Marci Hamilton has left the building and only one thing stands between Jackson staying a rural, blue collar and family friendly town and Lakewood 2.0. YOU!

So let’s all put on our big boy/girl pants because quite literally it is time to take the fight to town hall.

Thank you for publishing this letter.

Anonymous

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Dan Gertler and the OFAC Sanctions – Someone Had to Have Been Negotiating with Glencore [OPINION]

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Dan Gertler, Glencore’s partner and connection in Congo.
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DAN GERTLER, MAGNITSKY, JUNE 15, 2018 AND A SET OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Reader:

We reiterate that this is an opinion based upon research, public filings and other information available online as well as a wide array of analyses. Our contentions are not to be taken as doctrine. They are opinions.

Yesterday in our opinion piece entitled: “DAN GERTLER, HIS MONEY, THE PEOPLE WITHIN HIS VORTEX, THE DRC, GLENCORE, MAGNITSKY AND BOMBARDIER – PART I” we contended that the CNBC News report, which appeared to make a major announcement in terms of who represents Dan Gertler, was actually inconsequential in nature. We stated that we believe that the entire announcement was nothing more than smoke and mirrors since the FARA filings had actually been made in 2018.

This was nothing new.

Within that Opinion, we also commented on the date of Glencore’s victorious well-publicized announcement, made on June 15, 2018 and the significance of that date. On that date Glencore proclaimed that it had resolved payment issues with Dan Gertler. Those payment issues were adversely affecting shareholders in Glencore, a publicly traded company; and following that announcement shareholders celebrated. Dan Gertler was allegedly due hundreds of millions of dollars which were being tied up; and the uncertainty was holding the stock price hostage. The announcement set it free.

We remarked that in the context of those June 15 announcements, Glencore along with the help of the US and Swiss governments, had come up with a workaround that would allow them the ability to pay Gertler without violating the Magnitsky Act sanctions. What was remarkable to us was another announcement made on the same exact day as the Glencore announcement.

And here is where we made an error. We mistakenly stated that both the Glencore Announcement and the US Treasury Magnitsky Sanctions were announced on the same day.  We were unequivocally mistaken as to the dates. The announcement of that day, June 15, 2018 by the US Treasury, were the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions.

Indeed, Magnitsky had been announced by the Department of the Treasury on December 17, 2017, seven months earlier. For your perusal we have posted the Magnitsky Sanctions Notice below and highlighted the relevant section.

The Treasury Department announcement we posted yesterday was actually the announcement of the OFAC sanctions against entities related to Dan Gertler. 

To provide a bit of history:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnitsky_Act

The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.

Since 2016 the bill, which applies globally, authorizes the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.[1]

The main intention of the law was to punish Russian officials who were thought to be responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky by prohibiting their entrance to the United States and their use of its banking system.[9] The legislation was taken up by a Senate panel the next week, sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin, and cited in a broader review of the mounting tensions in the international relationship.[10][11] Browder later wrote that the Magnitsky Act found quick bipartisan support because the corruption exposed by Magnitsky was blatant beyond dispute, and “[t]here wasn’t a pro-Russian-torture-and-murder lobby to oppose it.”[6]p. 329

In November 2012, provisions of the Magnitsky bill were attached to a House bill (H.R. 6156) normalizing trade with Russia (i.e., repealing the Jackson–Vanik amendment) and Moldova.[12] On December 6, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed the House version of the law, 92–4.[9] The law was signed by President Barack Obama on December 14, 2012.[13][14][15][16][17]

In 2016, Congress enacted the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to sanction foreign government officials implicated in human rights abuses anywhere in the world.[18]

Generally speaking, the Magnitsky Act is intended as a means to control the flow of money generated from activities that violate human rights. While arguably Dan Gertler is not a “government official” as strictly defined by the Act, his place in the morally challenged list of Magnitsky sanctioned individuals is his connection to Joseph Kabila’s activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC is not the only  mineral wealthy impoverished nation where Gertler’s activities provide a thriving source of profiteering.

In no uncertain terms, businesses and partnerships that profit from digging and mining in the DRC (amongst others) while the Congolese people work in deplorable conditions, starve, have little to no access to healthcare and suffer all manner of indignities fit the definition for Magnitsky Act purposes. Whether or not Gertler got a fair shake is up to his attorneys to litigate. Alan Dershowitz, one of Gertler’s attorneys/lobbyists has commented that he believes that Gertler is being wrongly sanctioned. He may be right. That’s for him to defend.

But if you assume for a second that the Sanctions are a form of justice, we find ourselves asking how Gertler has been able to walk sanctioned waters without drowning. It is inconceivable that he has not had a top official negotiating to part those seas. That is the genesis of this opinion.   

In theory, if the Magnitsky Act were to be applied in spirit (and not just in faulty drafting), it would prevent someone engaging in any activities profiting from human rights abuses to have access to any capital, regardless of currency. Unfortunately, the Magnitsky Act, like many other US laws, their related acts or sanctions, have loopholes. The Magnitsky Act has no shortage of holes for educated treasure-hunters and they are best manipulated, like many US finance and tax laws, by the uber-wealthy. Mere mortals simply don’t have the advantages of lobbying teams. The loophole within Magnitsky that Glencore and Gerler were able to circumvent was the focus on business transacting and rendering payment in US Currency – the Dollar, the ever famous Greenback.

As we understand it, under Magnitsky a payment not made through a US company and/or in US Dollars, does not trigger sanctions. And, well… human rights be damned. Such is the case with the Glencore deal.

The US government, the Swiss government and others structured an artfully created carve-out that allowed Glencore to be unencumbered by its association with Gertler, allowed Gertler to retain access to hundreds of millions of dollars allegedly due and owing to him and provided Glencore’s shareholders some comfort. Our view is that someone with a savvy sense of finances, the law and intergovernmental relationships was responsible for orchestrating the shifting tides, lobbying the US President to sign the OFAC paperwork on a  particular date, and drafting and negotiating the Glencore/Gertler payment deal. In our opinion, the person or people had to have a vested financial interest in the outcome of those negotiations, enough legal savvy to understand the nuances, enough inside information into Glencore’s activities and the ear of the US Government.

The timing of the OFAC announcement on the same day as the Glencore announcement was either a really stupid mistake made by super savvy business-people, a misunderstanding, a Glencore leak or a poorly timed coincidence. We do not believe in coincidences. 

To the OFAC announcement, Consistent with Magnitsky Act, OFAC can also block the transfer of assets between related entities of those individuals sanctioned under Magnitsky. In Gertler’s case, the “not exhaustive” list which OFAC announced on June 15, 2018 includes entities with which Gertler is associated; and as of June 15, 2018 the list of entities had been expanded to 34. Interestingly, Glencore, which has acknowledged time and time again a partnership with Gertler, has not had its assets frozen under OFAC.  

That simple reality makes us wonder, who in the US government, the Treasury Department, the “Powers that Be” in these decisions has money invested in Glencore, a publicly traded company, such that Glencore has so far escaped unscathed and is, indeed, able to both continue to transact even with its associations to Gertler, and to pay Gertler, so long as those payments are not rendered in US Dollars. It is also able to continue its own mining activities unhindered.

Moreover, and perhaps more interesting, we note that regardless of which notice circulated on June 15, 2018, it is utterly inconceivable whomever negotiated that deal did not know the sanctions were coming down the pipeline and was not working on behalf someone with a vested financial interest. The shares of stock, as far as we have seen, went wild during the week immediately following the announcement.

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To our view, there are two other very interesting points that can be made here. First, why was Glencore not itself sanctioned under the US Treasury’s announcement of June 15, 2018? It would seem that if the US Treasury sanctions were worth their weight in salt where Gertler is concerned, Glencore should have had its assets frozen with the 34 other Gertler associations. We are sure there are a valuable set of reasons why Glencore did not meet the criteria; but we can’t think of any.

Second, are there not tax implications of a decision to exclude payments under Magnitsky?

By our analysis (and it could be wrong), Magnitsky Act money, being money generated in US Dollars, is taxable under US tax laws. It is deemed a part of the long-arm jurisdiction of the US tax system, however much we may disagree with that long-arm. In contrast, once money is deemed to be outside of the scope of Magnitsky, that money is likely also outside the scope of the US Department of Finance’s taxing authority.

As such, it is our belief (and we could be wrong), that not only did Gertler and Glencore’s negotiator find a loophole to allow payment to Gertler, but also found a loophole for Gertler to avoid paying US taxes on this money. Moreover, we are guessing that he has also managed to skirt paying taxes on that hundreds of millions of dollars in any other jurisdiction. It is likely all quite legal and all a function of how the money was characterized in order to avoid Magnitsky.

Our only possible conclusion under the totality of all of the informaiton is that senior government officials in multiple countries were involved in the negotiations that both allowed Gertler to continue operating as though nothing had happened, wholly unencumbered by Magnitsky and that allowed Glencore to continue its operations, given its association with Gertler and Kabila. 

We reiterate that this is only an opinion. It is a theory, based upon publicly available information, logical conclusions and some guesswork and should be taken as nothing more. 

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Is Dershowitz, Freeh and Apfel’s Representation of Gertler Really Such Big News? [AN OPINION]

Dan Gertler and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, April 28, 2005
 

Tomer Appelbaum

 

DAN GERTLER, HIS MONEY, THE PEOPLE WITHIN HIS VORTEX, THE DRC, GLENCORE, MAGNITSKY AND BOMBARDIER – PART I

Dear Reader:

This is unequivocally our Opinion. It is based upon an analysis of current events and relevant FARA filings. We have posted some of the filings as images on the bottom of this page.

We believe that recent news about Dan Gertler and those lobbying on his behalf are a red herring, a distraction. They are really old news. We believe that the importance in creating smoke and mirrors is to provide a different narrative to Giuliani’s involvement in the Ukraine and his potential connection with Dan Gertler, whether directly or through intermediaries. We are working on that connection.

This is an opinion and should not be taken as anything more. 

In 2017, a number of registrations were made which disclosed to the government that several companies were representing lobbying efforts for both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Dan Gertler. We feel that the DRC and Gertler are inextricably intertwined. He has a long and storied history with Kabila which in 2017 we wrote about extensively. 

The Panama Papers contain more elicit information about Gertler than about almost any other single subject; and his business dealings are creative, if nothing else. Again, this is an opinion.

We are not particularly fond of an industry which underpays citizens to dig for diamonds, cobalt, copper, emeralds and other riches and then makes zillions of dollars on the labor of those citizens who work to barely survive. Meanwhile their employers (using that term loosely) travel on a fleet of Bombardier Planes, have lavish meals delivered to Kinshasa, consistent with the laws of Kashrut of course, the cost of which is more than many of the citizens of the DRC will see in two generations of lifetimes.

We firmly believe that a mineral wealthy country should have citizens who share in that wealth and are not enslaved by it. It is our opinion that the DRC’s citizens are the victims of the vast amounts of wealth of Gertler, Kabila and their networks of associates. We believe it can only be viewed as a Shanda. There but for the Grace of G-d go I…  

In 2018 Alan Dershowitz, Gertler’s attorney (and therefore privileged confidant), Louis Freeh, also an attorney and a former FBI director between 1993 and 2001, and Gary Apfel, also an attorney, (the same brilliant attorney who notably assisted in the defense of Shalom Rubashkin and took on the issues of Criminal Justice Reform) were being paid to lobby on behalf of Dan Gertler. This is not new news. This is also not meant to create the illusion that somehow they are responsible for what is happening in the DRC. We voice no such opinion. They are lobbyists and attorneys and are getting paid to do a job.

The relevant filings were made under FARA in 2018.

What is notable is that at least one document was signed in 2019 and was only  now reported on at any great lengths in the CNBC News report (posted below). It is our position, an opinion, that this is all a great distraction. It is nothing new and should not be viewed as such.

It should be clearly understood that Dan Gertler was sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act.  This was reported by the US Department of the Treasury in a Press Release on June 15, 2018. The full text of that press release, which we are accepting as true and genuine by virtue of its source, is listed on the next page of this report. 

Through crafty maneuvering, and we believe with the help of a current confidant of President Trump, on the same day he was sanctioned, Glncore which allegedly owed Gertler millions, found a workaround to be able to pay Gertler his money. That workaround was to pay him in Euros through overseas bank accounts and companies.

It is our opinion, that the Magnitsky Act sanctions are worthless if a company can “workaround” them by utilizing foreign currency and sources of currency exchanges. Ultimately he is getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars whether he accepts them in “Greenbacks” or in some other currency. The Sanctions should apply to any currency, not just US Dollars, or there really is little point to them at all.

We also find the timing of the announcement of the sanctions and the settlement with Glencore (the company liable to him for back pay) to be somewhat questionable, if not outright insulting to anyone who believes that this is actually a sanction.

We believe that the arrangement with Glencore was back-channeled by another paid consultant with either direct or indirect connections to Gertler. It is that last piece of this opinion that we are working on.

Alan Dershowitz, Former FBI Director Lobbying for Sanctioned Israeli Billionaire

Diamond and mining tycoon Dan Gertler has been under U.S. sanctions since 2017 for corruption, human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Alan Dershowitz, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, and former FBI director Louis Freeh have officially registered with the U.S. government as lobbyists for Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire known for shady deals and corruption accusations.

The filing, which was first reported by U.S. network CNBC, will allow the two major Washington figures to advocate on behalf of Gertler, who has been under sanctions from the U.S. treasury since 2017.

According to CNBC, Dershowitz, who has never been registered as a lobbyist before, said he was only acting as Gertler’s lawyer.

The lobbying registration, despite only being released now, records the effective start date as October 17, 2018. Dershowitz was advising Gertler as early as last year, according to a New York Times report.

The decision to hire lobbyists is not surprising in itself. “He’s an international businessman and it’s very difficult to do business internationally” when under sanctions, Peter Jones, a campaign leader at international NGO Global Witness, told Al-Monitor.

The place of both Dershowitz and Freeh in Washington and their relationship to the current administration are significant, however.

Louis Freeh, who is also an attorney, was FBI director between 1993 and 2001. He registered to act as a lobbyist for the first time in March this year, but is known to have ties with other controversial figures. This includes former New York mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, whom Freeh hired to pressure the Romanian president, according to a report in The Independent, in connection with Hunter Biden.

Dershowitz has been an ally of both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, coming out publicly, including in Haaretz, to dispute the accusations of corruption against Israel’s embattled premier. He has come under scrutiny for his links to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The original sanctions against Gertler said he “amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” mainly through his personal relationship with former President Joseph Kabila.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Dershowitz, Freeh Register to Lobby for Sanctioned Billionaire

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-05/dershowitz-freeh-register-to-lobby-for-sanctioned-billionaire

High-profile defense attorney Alan Dershowitz and Louis Freeh, a former FBI director, have registered to lobby for an Israeli billionaire investor who’s been sanctioned by the U.S. government.

Dan Gertler, who the Treasury Department said amassed his fortune through “corrupt deals” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hired Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP to lobby Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, according to a registration statement it filed with Congress today. The filing was first reported by CNBC.

The Trump administration included Gertler in a crackdown it announced in December 2017 on human rights abusers and corrupt actors around the world. OFAC has also sanctioned 34 individuals and entities it says are tied to him, freezing their assets and shutting them out of the U.S. financial system.

Dershowitz lobbies for the criminal Israeli looter, Dan Gertler

Trump ally Alan Dershowitz and ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh are lobbying for an Israeli billionaire the US has accused of corruption

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/05/alan-dershowitz-ex-fbi-director-louis-freeh-lobbying-for-israeli-billionaire-dan-gertler.html

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The XX Chromosome Answer to Male Only Hatzalah – If There Should be Only One, then Why Hatzalah at All?

Yarmulkes, Wigs Fly Over Jewish Ambulance Brouhaha

Two Orthodox Jewish volunteer ambulance organizations – one all-female and the other all-male – faced off yesterday during a hearing at NewYork-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital, arranged to determine the need for licensing for one of the two.

The Ezras Nashim and Chevra Hatzalah ambulance services pled against each other on the subject of certifying the former organization, on the basis that the neighborhood of Borough Park needs another ambulance corporation that can supplement the needs of Jewish women in the area.

An all-female emergency medical service serving Borough Park’s Orthodox-Chasidic community, Ezras Nashim argued their case to become a licensed ambulance service, which would allow them to transport patients to the hospital instead of just home service.

Two Orthodox Jewish volunteer ambulance organizations – one all-female and the other all-male – faced off yesterday during a hearing at NewYork-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital, arranged to determine the need for licensing for one of the two.

The Ezras Nashim and Chevra Hatzalah ambulance services pled against each other on the subject of certifying the former organization, on the basis that the neighborhood of Borough Park needs another ambulance corporation that can supplement the needs of Jewish women in the area.

An all-female emergency medical service serving Borough Park’s Orthodox-Chasidic community, Ezras Nashim argued their case to become a licensed ambulance service, which would allow them to transport patients to the hospital instead of just home service.

Chevra Hatzalah is a male-only EMT and ambulance service in the same community, though they serve many other communities around the world and the country. In Israel, Hatzalah includes female, Christian, Muslim, and Druz EMTs, but in Brooklyn, Hatzalah, as it is commonly called, is against the certification of Ezras Nashim and attended the hearing to make a case against its licensing.

What on the surface seemed to be a medical issue or a community one ended up being a women’s rights dispute, over women’s right to choose how to receive medical care and support.

“I’m here to speak for the community of women that should have choices,” said psychotherapist Rachel Schmidt, LCSW, of the Borough Park Chasidic community. “Now, that young lady who spoke that she called Hatzalah, congratulations to you, I’m glad you made that decision. That was your choice. But I want to have a choice that if I prefer a female, educated, professional medical service, that I want to have that choice to have that professional medical service at my side.”

Volunteers and supporters of Ezras Nashim explained that, under the Jewish law of modesty, Chasidic girls are taught from the age of three not to let a boy touch them — even siblings of the opposite gender refrain from touching — as the only man allowed to touch a woman is her husband.

In life-threatening emergencies, however, the rule of modesty is allowed to be broken, forming the basis for Hatzalah’s opposition.

To then expect a woman in labor to want a male EMT to assist in delivery goes against this teaching, by now ingrained in the woman’s mind.

Making matters worse, many Hatzalah volunteers are men in the community. A woman calling the service may end up with her male neighbor or, as one lady who spoke at the hearing said happened to her, her best friend’s husband.

In calling Hatzalah to help in certain circumstances, like childbirth, means that a woman has to do so with the knowledge that she will possibly be touched and seen by a man who she has to see on a daily basis, unlike her obstetrician.

This is Ezras Nashim’s reasoning for the necessity of their organization for the “two square miles” that the ambulance they are requesting would serve.

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Rabbi Daniel Greer, a Guilty Verdict and a Look at Those who, by Looking the Other Way, Were Complicit

Dear Readers:

We are investigating a) the numerous people at the highest echelons of Jewish Community leadership who protected Greer; b) those who bore witness to Greer’s atrocities and chose to remain silent, and c) others who should be held accountable for the tenure of Rabbi Greer’s rabbinical status, such that he remained protected.

For now, we will be publishing commentary. We hope that our coverage of this subject will provide Greer’s victim(s), and there were more than one, find some solace. G-d knows we owe it to them.

A pall cast on community: Letter

The criminal trial of Rabbi Daniel Greer is over. He is guilty of four counts of risk of injury to a minor — a felony — and now awaits sentencing. He was also found liable in the civil case concerning the same complainant. And now, the extreme damage done by him has a chance to mend itself, however long that process may be.

First of all, the rupture of the youth, dignity and integrity of the complainant, who is now 31 years old. Secondly, the damage done to the Jewish people in general and to the religious community of which I am a part specifically as he is well known, very visible and was politically highly influential locally. But thirdly, to people of good faith overall.

Of course, we live in an age of egregious trespass and abuse at the highest and most prestigious levels. Severe cases of abuse, although shocking, are no longer surprising. A leading religious personality of any faith has a special obligation to demonstrate humility and aversion to wrongdoing. This is true in life in general. Perhaps, it is true even more so regarding behavior with children.

Children have only adults to look up to for trust, guidance and instruction. Adults have a sacred responsibility to mentor and love them to the best of their abilities. This is especially so in school, the nest in which young ones grow and mature. By his behavior, the disgraced Rabbi Greer has created a very large ugly hole from which we, all local people of good faith, must hope to emerge to our better selves and to greater goodness and kindness.

Joseph Fleischman

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Jeffrey Epstein Did not Kill Himself… Once We Accept that, Who is Covering up What?

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‘EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF,’ FORMER NAVY SEAL BLURTS OUT ON FOX NEWS WHILE TALKING ABOUT MILITARY DOGS

A former Navy SEAL who was invited on Fox News to discuss military dogs, stunned news presenter Jesse Waters when he suddenly blurted out that notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein “didn’t kill himself.”

Mike Ritland, a K-9 trainer and the founder of Warrior Dog Foundation, appeared on Watters’ World on Saturday to discuss Conan, the heroic dog who helped U.S. troops take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the special ops raid in Syria last week, as first reported by Newsweek.

The non-profit organization, based in Commerce, Texas, is dedicated to helping military dogs who have completed their service.

At the end of the segment on Watters’ show, Ritland asked if he could offer a PSA to anyone considering adopting a military dog—but he also slipped in a theory about the death of convicted millionaire Epstein.

“The remarkable nature of these dogs and them being highlighted in the news creates a huge demand by people that frankly shouldn’t have them,” Ritland said.

“If you see the coverage and you decide I want one of these dogs, either buy a fully trained and finished dog from a professional or just don’t get one at all… and Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

“OK, thank you for that commentary,” Watters responded, laughing when he realized what his guest had said. “Maybe more on that later.”

Newsweek has contacted Ritland for further comment.

The New York City medical examiner’s office ruled Epstein died by suicide after he was found dead in his jail cell on August 10 with a bedsheet around his neck. He was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

But conspiracy theories about the disgraced financier’s death were reignited recently after a forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family said some of the evidence suggests he was murdered.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Alleged Jeffrey Epstein collaborator Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly attended a writers retreat hosted by Jeff Bezos last year

https://www.businessinsider.com/ghislaine-maxwell-was-reportedly-at-jeff-bezoss-2018-book-retreat-2019-11

 

‘Something doesn’t fit’ in Jeffrey Epstein death: New York City Mayor

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/jeffrey-epstein-death-mayor-de-blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has questions surrounding the death of financier Jeffrey Epstein, who medical officials have said hung himself.

“Something doesn’t fit here,” the former Democratic candidate for president said Thursday at an unrelated press conference.

BILL DE BLASIO CALLS JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S DEATH ‘WAY TOO CONVENIENT’

De Blasio was responding to a question about forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden’s Wednesday announcement that Epstein’s injuries were more consistent with murder than suicide.

 

Israel Information Firms and the Alleged Hacking Activities, the WhatsApp Lawsuit, Pegasus and Targeted – Bloggers

WhatsApp said it believes the technology sold by NSO was used to target the mobile phones of more than 1,400 of its users.

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm, accusing it of hacking activists’ phones

WhatsApp has launched an unprecedented lawsuit against a cyber weapons firm which it has accused of being behind secret attacks on more than 100 human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and academics in just two weeks earlier this year.

The social media firm is suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company, saying it is responsible for a series of highly sophisticated cyber-attacks which it claims violated American law in an “unmistakeable pattern of abuse”.

WhatsApp said it believed the technology sold by NSO was used to target the mobile phones of more than 1,400 of its users in 20 different countries during a 14-day period from the end of April to the middle of May.

In this brief period, WhatsApp believes those who were the subject of the cyber-attacks included leading human rights defenders and lawyers, prominent religious figures, well-known journalists and officials in humanitarian organisations.

A number of women previously targeted by cyber-violence, and individuals who have faced assassination attempts and threats of violence, as well as their relatives, were also the victims of the attacks, the company believes.

WhatsApp’s lawsuit, filed in a California court on Tuesday, has demanded a permanent injunction blocking NSO from attempting to access WhatsApp computer systems and those of its parent company, Facebook.

It has also asked the court to rule that NSO violated US federal law and California state law against computer fraud, breached their contracts with WhatsApp and “wrongfully trespassed” on Facebook’s property.

“This is the first time that an encrypted messaging provider is taking legal action against a private entity that has carried out this type of attack against its users,” said a WhatsApp spokesman. “In our complaint, we explain how NSO carried out this attack, including acknowledgement from an NSO employee that our steps to remediate the attack were effective.”

The company is also supporting calls by the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression, David Kaye, for a moratorium on this kind of invasive spyware.

“There must be strong legal oversight of cyber-weapons like the one used in this attack to ensure they are not used to violate individual rights and freedoms people deserve wherever they are in the world,” WhatsApp said.

“Human rights groups have documented a disturbing trend that such tools have been used to attack journalists and human rights defenders.”

WhatsApp said it had worked with Citizen Lab, an academic research group based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School, to identify the victims of the attacks and the technology used against them. The organisation has begun approaching members of civil society who were affected by the alleged hacks.

John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at Citizen Lab, said WhatsApp’s action was “a major positive step forward for human rights protections online and will absolutely set a precedent”.

He accused NSO of acting with disregard to the people who were being targeted. “While telling the public it is concerned about human rights, the commercial spyware industry has attempted to carve out an unaccountable space for itself, whereby virtue of its proximity to governments, it claims it is acting lawfully, yet prefers to disclaim any responsibility for that behaviour when it suits them.”

WhatsApp’s announcement comes six months after it disclosed it had discovered a vulnerability that allowed cyber-attackers to install surveillance software on to both iPhones and Android phones by ringing targets using the application’s phone function. It was unclear at that time how many of WhatsApp’s 1.5bn users were affected.

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