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.

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