Which PR Firm Covered This Response?
May 11, 2016
Thanks to the courage of Boorey Deutsch, a pair of shockingly unsavory videos were posted on a FB site, evidencing the sexual abuse of children by Rabbi Moshe Hirsch Klein. The first video is of a very young child, the second of an older child. The videos are apparently being investigated. While we received responses sarcastically commenting that the person who put the camera up in the first place was most likely to get prosecuted (a point with which we concur), few anticipated the response that would be circulated within the Satmar community.
We can say it no better than Yerachmiel Lopin of Frum Follies:
The exhibit du jour is a press release issued today (5/10/16), doubtlessly written by a professional PR firm, claiming they of course care about and don’t tolerate sex abuse, and claiming they fully cooperate with the criminal justice system. Naturally they deny anything happened in this case and the principal is a great guy with an unblemished reputation.
But to really know their mentality consider a speech given by the grand rabbi of the village of KJ, Aron Teitelbaum, openly saying that the authorities were willing to look the other way about their failure to fulfill secular schooling requirements, but for some snitches. See Daily News. Sadly that is also true about sex abuse, as long as the offender is a fellow Hasid. This is because the community intimidates witnesses and delivers block votes which help determine who is elected with difficulty prosecuting cases and mindful of the block votes, DA’s in with large Hasidic block votes, such as Kings (Brooklyn), Rockland, and Orange, they just don’t do their darnedest to protect ultra orthodox children.
And now for your entertainment here is the press release.