Khashoggi’s Final Words – The Right To Speak Freely – Uninformed or Misinformed – Free Expression

Dear LostMessiah Readers:

We are going to begin the weekend with this final blog for Friday, a reprint of the latest New Yorker article” Jamal Khashoggi’s Final Words – For Other Journalists Like Him.” 

This article is particularly relevant because he spoke for the voice of oppressed Middle Easterners. We can only aspire to the eloquence that he possessed. While we are trying to speak for the accountability of the Jewish world for our own, those who write to us daily ARE THE OPPRESSED. The abused children, the defrauded, the insular and uneducated are, in Khashoggi’s words: the “uninformed or the misinformed.” As the headline of his last published words asserted, “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.”  The ultra-Orthodox Jewish world is really no different.

FUNDAMENTALISM whether Jewish, Arab, or anything else is in no uncertain terms still FUNDAMENTALISM. Denial of someone’s free speech, in whatever form instituted, is still suppression.

Khashoggi’s death, from what we have been told, was accomplished by dismemberment while he was still alive. He was then carried out of the embassy in pieces. This was more than simply murdering someone. This was making a very public statement to others: “Look what will happen to you.”

LostMessiah’s online blogger believed that anonymity was necessary because she feared that she would meet an untimely death for speaking out. In the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world of setting examples, however,  instead of using a bone-saw to dismember a voice of scrutiny, the Plaintiff’s weapon of choice in this case is the King’s County Courthouse. Instead of 20 different people carrying the pieces of a body out of an embassy to set an example, the Plaintiffs are using a law firm with nearly unrivaled and intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the King’s County Judiciary -family in high places to delay, to suppress, to confuse and to accuse. 

Similar to censorship commonplace in the countries within the Middle East, the Soviet Union, China and other countries, the Court in the Kestenbaum and Fortis v. Globus case has sealed the documents of the case pending a hearing, thereby effectively judicially censoring the documents. Any analysis of their details, the activity of the Court, the allegations is all censured pending a now extended deadline.

To the family of Jamal Khashoggi, we cannot begin to express how deeply saddened we are by the loss of your family member and how deeply disturbed we are by the forces of evil that must have been involved to so precisely carry out an unthinkable act of violence. We can’t begin to offer you words that would provide any peace. We can say that we believe wholeheartedly in what he was doing. His death means something. It will hopefully be the voice of change in areas that he so desperately wanted to influence.

 

Jamal Khashoggi’s Final Words—for Other Journalists Like Him

On October 3rd, the day after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, the Washington Post received a final column left behind with his assistant when he went off to Turkey to get married. It was, in seven hundred words, poignant and personal and epically appropriate, considering his fate. “The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries,” he opined. “They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information.” Instead, rulers grew ever more repressive after the short-lived Arab Spring.

Today, hundreds of millions of people across the Middle East “are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives,” Khashoggi wrote. They are either “uninformed or misinformed” by draconian censorship and fake state narratives. As the headline of his last published words asserted, “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.”

In his death, Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and former government supporter who became a vocal and fearless critic of the current Saudi crown prince, has galvanized global attention far more than he was able to do during his life. The horrific details of his murder and dismemberment have had an effect he would never have imagined—putting into serious question the fate of a Saudi leader, the state of U.S.-Saudi relations, American foreign-policy goals in the world’s most volatile region, and even policies that have kept dictators in power. The repercussions are only beginning.

But Khashoggi was hardly a lone voice decrying political repression in the Middle East, as he acknowledged in his final Post column. Saudi Arabia may be the most cruel and ruthless government in the region, but it uses tactics embraced by dictators, sheikhs, and Presidents across twenty-two countries.

In 2014, Egypt’s military-dominated government seized all print copies of the newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, whose name means “The Egyptian Today.” Al-Masry Al-Youm is that rare private newspaper in the Arab world where young reporters once dared to question government policies in hard-hitting editorials and groundbreaking journalism. “The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community,” Khashoggi wrote. “Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.”

The world, particularly the West, is partly culpable for looking the other way, he wrote. It is a tragic irony that the world is paying attention to Khashoggi’s death, yet still not making an issue of a sweeping problem that could determine the future of a region of twenty-two countries and four hundred million people. On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, announced that he would not attend the Saudi investment conference known as “Davos in the Desert,” which is pivotal to the crown prince’s plans to modernize the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy. The British trade minister, the French and Dutch finance ministers, and the president of the International Monetary Fund also backed out after Khashoggi’s disappearance. But no foreign government is addressing the broader political practices in any other country, or any other case, in the region.

In his column, Khashoggi drew attention to imprisoned colleagues who receive no coverage. “My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press,” Khashoggi noted. “He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment.” Shehi, who had more than a million followers on Twitter, was charged with “insulting the royal court” for his statements about widespread government corruption in his columns for the newspaper Al Watan and on a local television program.

Michael Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House and a former national editor at the Washington Post, told me that Khashoggi rightly identified the broader stakes. “Khashoggi’s final column accurately pinpointed the appalling lack of political rights and civil liberties in much of the Arab world, especially the right to freely express oneself,” he said. Khashoggi began his last piece by citing Freedom House’s 2018 report—and the fact that only one Arab country, Tunisia, is ranked as “free.” Abramowitz told me, “What is especially sad is that, while we are properly focussed on the outrageous actions by the Saudi government to silence one critic, we must also remember that countless other bloggers, journalists, and writers have been jailed, censored, physically threatened, and even murdered—with little notice from the rest of the world. And, in some cases, notably Egypt, conditions have deteriorated.”

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Haredi Serial Sexual Abuser, After 11 Years of Abuse is Finally Charged – Israel

CHARGES FILED AGAINST HAREDI MAN WHO SYSTEMATICALLY ABUSED CHILDREN OVER 11 YEARS

After years of abusing young boys and girls in Bnai Brak, Modi’in Elit and Jerusalem, a 32-year-old Kollel student has been charged for his crimes, according to the ‘Bchedri Charedim’ news site. The case was built on various types of evidence, including security footage, DNA tests, and the testimony of witnesses and victims, as well as confessions by the suspect to several of the accusations. He also confessed to additional crimes other than those mentioned in the indictment, but no further evidence has been found to corroborate those events.

The investigation began after an attack on an eight-year-old girl in Bnei Brak around last Purim. After the attack, the girl told her parents, and her father tracked down security footage of the suspect, who was taken in for questioning. However, as it was impossible to identify the suspect conclusively from the tape, he was released after giving a DNA sample and fingerprints. It can take months for DNA kits to be tested at the police lab, but when the sample was finally checked, it matched two other open abuse cases: the sexual abuse of a five-year-old boy in April 2007 and abuse of a six-year-old girl in May 2014. In July 2017, the suspect was brought in for further questioning, where he confessed to three more crimes. However, evidence was found for only two of the incidents; one in Modi’in Elit in September 2007 and one in Bnei Brak in May 2014.

Two weeks later, Tel Aviv District Attorney Sarit Aronov filed an indictment against the accused for three of the allegations. She also requested that the man be kept in custody until the end of the proceedings, on the grounds that he continued to pose a danger to the public because he operated systematically and, according to his own testimony, continued to abuse children even after seeking treatment.

The incident in April 2007 took place in Jerusalem. A five-year-old boy went outside to play on a Shabbat afternoon. The suspect caught the boy in the stairwell of his apartment building where he abused the boy and left behind DNA evidence. He warned the boy not to tell anyone about what had happened and disappeared from the scene. The boy’s parents filed charges and the boy gave police a detailed description of the suspect.

Five months later, the suspect abused a six-year-old girl in Modi’in Elit. The girl was playing outside of her apartment building when the suspect found her and led her to the building’s storage units, where he savagely abused her. Again, the girl’s parents filed a complaint with the police. The mother told officers that the suspect had returned to the building several days after the attack with a flimsy cover story at which point the girl identified the man to her parents. Her father then followed the suspect and was able to identify him as M from Bnei Brak. The police then followed up with a member of the local “Tznius police”, who was able to confirm the suspect’s identity and told police he had sent the man to seek treatment. The suspect confirmed that he had been ordered by one of the city’s Rabbis to seek treatment at the “Shalom Banechah” organization and to write an apology letter to the victim.

In May 2014, the suspect attacked a seven-year-old girl in Bnei Brak. The girl was walking home when the suspect saw her and began to follow her. The girl went up to her third-floor apartment to find the house empty. She walked down the stairs, where the suspect waiting for her. He asked her name, told her that she smelled nice and inquired about the shampoo that she used. He then took her behind the building and abused her, and told her not to tell anyone before fleeing. The girl’s mother told investigators that she had seen the man leaving the building. The father successfully identified the man, confronted him, and told him to seek treatment. The suspect said that he then approached a Rabbi in the city who ordered him to start drug therapy, which was confirmed by medical documents. When the case reached police years later, the Rabbi gave testimony which was crucial to the indictment.

Four days later, the man abused another six-year-old girl outside her apartment building, after which he dressed her and gave her a one shekel coin as a reparation. DNA taken from the girl’s clothes confirmed the man’s identity, and her parents told investigators that the girl had told them immediately about the attack, and had shown them the coin.

The last attack took place in 2018. A girl and her younger sister were waiting for their mother at the entrance to their building when the man approached the older sister and told her she was sweet. He then began abusing her, but she cried loudly and resisted being undressed. When the man heard the girl’s mother coming down the stairs, he told the girl he was sorry and ran away. The mother found security footage of the man, from which her daughters were able to identify him. A family member of the suspect also confirmed his identity from the footage and told investigators that he had indeed been in Bnei Brak at the time of the attack. The suspect also confessed to the last allegations.

Off with Their Heads – The Chickens, a Lawsuit and Animal Rights Activists

The Legal Chicken Arguments, Mouse, Mosquito, Sport fishing… not so fast…

The Arguments:

Without giving a position one way or the other or this rite (did we say we think it’s a bit horrifying?), it is being argued by comparison by religious rights activists to arresting people who set mousetraps, swat mosquitos or sport fish. However, we see a difference.

The chickens are actually transported to neighborhoods, left in cages on the streets for days at a time, shaken over heads and then their heads are summary lobbed off. To make matters worse, the streets become makeshift slaughterhouses, there is no regulation that might cover such houses and feathers, blood and various chicken parts litter the streets after the 3-day long ritual event.

To make this a criminal enterprise, doesn’t really seem like such a stretch.

Religious rights activists are arguing a number of comparisons and think it is a slippery slope to start arresting people engaged in this ritual. As we see it, comparing this to setting mousetraps is not necessarily the same, particularly since the mice are not transported to the City left waiting to die, simply to have them get trapped; mosquitos are not set free in vast number to have them swatted (or zapped by electric zappers) and while fish are set free to have them fished, they are not fished, swung over people’s heads and then summarily killed. Usually they are set free or taken home to be eaten.

As we see it, this practice is closer to “cock fighting” which is not legal, has already been deemed cruel and is (in most of the world) outlawed.

Moreover, and perhaps this is a judgment call, comparing chickens to fish is also a disingenuous comparison considering the Jewish religious rabbinical writings, which put chicken in the same category as meat in terms both of how they must be slaughtered and in terms of how they must be eaten, places the chickens themselves on a higher legal footing (in terms of kashrut) than fish. Yes… .we know… that sounds absurd but it is worth noting, though someone better versed in this religious ritual might be better apt to comment.

We find the case more interesting because it pits religious rites against animal rights, for which there is precedent in other religious rights and rituals cases, like Santeria and other religions.

LM

Effort to save chickens from rite heads to state’s top court

ALBANY – Save the chickens!

That’s the message a nonprofit organization will share with the state’s highest court Wednesday when it tries to compel the city of New York to ban a religious ritual in Brooklyn that involves the mass sacrificing of chickens – an act the group calls savage.

Attorneys for the chicken advocates and New York City will spar at the Court of Appeals over the ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious ritual of Kaporos, which is practiced just before Yom Kippur.

Participants in the ritual take a live chicken, swing it overhead by its wings while reciting a prayer intended to transfer their sins to the chicken. A rabbi then slashes the fowl’s throat.

A group called The Alliance to End Chickens as Koporos sued the city as well as its police and health departments, calling the tradition cruel, unsanitary and in violation of 15 known laws. They want the Court of Appeals to overturn two lower court rulings and issue a writ of mandamus, in which a court orders a municipality to take action required by law.

In court papers, the alliance said 60,000 chickens are trucked into residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn for the three-day event. The advocates say the birds are “stacked in crates and left on the street for days, without food or water, in the elements, waiting for their death, as they will be sacrificed in the ritual.”

The advocates say makeshift slaughterhouses are erected in the streets. They say Kaporos leaves dead chickens, blood, feathers, toxins, bird waste and an unbearable stench.

“All citizens must obey the law, regardless of religious belief,” Nora Constance Marino, the Long Island-based attorney for the group, said in a brief. “Should that not be the case, then men practicing Sharia Law could stone women to death, and Mormons could have multiple wives, in the name of ‘religious freedom.’ Existing laws cannot be violated in the name of religion; rather, laws can be deemed unconstitutional if they infringe upon one’s religious beliefs or if they ‘target’ a religious sect.”

In turn, Elina Druker, an assistant corporation counsel for New York City, said in a brief that longstanding precedent shows the group should not dictate how the city carries out its policies.

“Individual citizens cannot dictate how a city of 8.5 million diverse people sets its enforcement priorities, assesses whether laws have been violated, and allocates its limited resources,” Druker stated. “So, to give a few examples, citizens cannot sue to force officials to cite every jaywalker, arrest suspected adulterers, or arrest people with small quantities of marijuana. Nor may appellants obtain an order compelling the city to arrest or fine people of faith for participating in a once-a-year religious ritual that’s alleged to be unlawful.”

 

Finally Yeshivas Are Cooperating, Measles and the Vishnitz Girls School

FIGHTING THE OUTBREAK: Vishnitz Girls School in Monsey Not Allowing Unnvaccinated Children After Students Diagnosed With Measles

An Orthodox Jewish School has taken a hard stance against the anti-vaxxers who refuse to vaccinate their children.

YWN has confirmed that the Visnitz Monsey Girls School made the bold announcement on Thursday afternoon. The decision was made after 2 childen were confirmed to have Measles. One child is in preschool and one in elementary school.

Any child who is not immunized, can’t return to school for 21 days. No “religious exemption” is accepted. A religious exemption does not work when there is a measles outbreak.

If the school identifies another measles case, the 21 days will start over.

On Wednesday, YWN published a story about a measles outbreak in New York, with 6 residents of Williamsburg and seven residents of Rockland County confirmed to have the disease. An additional eight suspected cases in Rockland County were being investigated involving a mix of adults and children. Many are linked to recent travel to Israel which has been dealing with the disease for months.

Two weeks ago, YWN reported about the Menahel of Breslov Mosdos in Tzefas having been infected with the measles. He was listed in critical condition at the time of the news story.

There have been dozens of stories published by YWN in the past few months of measles alerts issued by authorities involving Frum people who have not been vaccinated.

Health officials have said anyone at the following locations in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
  • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
  • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
  • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
  • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
  • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

Lack of immunizations have been blamed for outbreaks within other Orthodox Jewish communities. In 2013, the largest measles outbreak in the United States in 17 years spread through Orthodox families in two Brooklyn neighborhoods.

For those who believe they may have been exposed and have further questions, a toll-free hotline has been established: 1-888-364-4837. The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease.

People who are unvaccinated risk getting infected with measles and spreading it to others, and they may spread measles to people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if:

• they were born before 1957

• have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine

• have had measles confirmed by a health care provider

• or have a lab test confirming immunity

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose, and they could appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

The virus can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to two hours.

To prevent the spread of illness, health officials are advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care.

(Charles Gross – YWN)

 

 

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LostMessiah will not be bought, will not be frightened and has been re-energized. But yesterday’s Court appearance (October 17, 2018) proved that Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Expression and the Right to Due Process are luxuries we should not ignore or take for granted.

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By allowing the record to remain sealed without appropriate arguments, in fact by refusing to hear arguments at all, the presiding Judge, censored free speech at least until December 5, 2018.

The presiding Judge, in 2014, campaigned with and now sits on the Court with the sister of the attorney handling the case on behalf of the Plaintiff. 

Please be clear on the ramifications.

Maybe the Rabbis Should be Telling the Community to Vaccinate their Children, Despite not Knowing the Science Behind it…

NOTE TO THE RELIGIOUS OFFICIALS IN NEW SQUARE!!! 

MEASLES EXPOSURE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. 

THE ILLNESS AND POTENTIAL DEATH OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THOSE WITH LOW IMMUNE RESISTANCE RESTS SQUARELY ON YOUR SHOULDERS:

Since you have been indoctrinating your community to pay attention to you, you may want to hang up signs about vaccinating children before more children get sick and die unnecessarily.

Despite your conviction that education in math and science is unnecessary, perhaps you can see that without the help of EDUCATED medical practitioners, and sites like LostMessiah that informs the public (whether about things you like or don’t like), your children will die from diseases that ARE PREVENTABLE.

Officials Issue Measles Alert For NYC, Northern Suburbs

 

NEW SQUARE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Health Department was on high alert Wednesday after at least 17 people tested positive for measles in the Tri-State area.

On Wednesday, Rockland County health officials said there were 11 confirmed and three suspected cases being investigated involving a mix of adults and children.

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Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said children who have had their first MMR vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella before 15 months don’t need to wait until age 4 for their second MMR as is typical. Children can get it as soon as 28 days after first shot, and parents should to talk to pediatricians.

A synagogue, a yeshiva and a health center in the Hasidic village of New Square are all listed as places visited by someone sick with measles, putting others at risk. The virus lives for about two hours after an infected person contaminates the air or a surface by coughing or sneezing.

MORETraveler May Have Exposed N.Y. And N.J. Residents To Measles

Health officials have said anyone at the following locations in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
  • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
  • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
  • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
  • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
  • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

“People are very scared about it. They are trying to the best what they can,” one man said. “If there’s any problem they’re taking now precautions. They are taking in the community strong precautions and I think it’s at a good level.”

Similarly, the New York City Department of Health warned the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn after six children contracted the disease this month.

City officials say those diagnosed are between 11-months and four-years-old. Two of them were hospitalized with complications from pneumonia and an ear infection.

Officials say one of the children visited Israel. Gary Schlesinger of Parcare Community Health Network says he’s now getting calls from worried parents.

“They’re basically calling to check on records to make sure they’re compliant with all the vaccinations recommended by government,” he said.

The so-called “MMR” vaccine is very effective — and the vast majority of Americans are immunized as children. Rockland County is urging those who’ve not received the vaccine to do so.

“Even adults can be vaccinated. They have to take two doses of MMR vaccine, which is about 28 days apart,” said Dr. Rebecca Varghese, medical director at Lifeline Urgent Care.

The city says six of the children infected had not been vaccinated. The sixth had one dose, but was not yet immune.

City health officials will be handing out informational fliers in the neighborhood, and will be meeting with rabbis and elected officials to help spread awareness. In Rockland County, officials will offer a measles vaccine clinic on Thursday in Monsey and on Friday in Nanuet.

The classic symptoms of the measles include an unpleasant red rash, fever, runny nose, red eyes, sensitivity to light and coughing. The virus can live up to two hours on a surface.

New York Exposed to Measles – Why? Failure to Vaccinate

There are seven confirmed cases of the measles in Rockland from three different groups of international travelers, according to the Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

Of those cases, two originated from exposure occurring in Rockland, Schnabel Ruppert said.

“As we see more cases there is the potential for further exposure,” Schnabel Ruppert said in a statement. “The Rockland County Department of Health continues to investigate these cases and will keep residents informed of any updates. I recommend that residents make sure they and their families are up-to-date on their measles vaccinations.”

VACCINATIONS: What can schools say about unvaccinated kids?

MEASLES: Measles warning: What you need to know, including vaccinations

PREVIOUS STORY: Weekend visitor to Rockland County may have exposed others to measles

The first case was confirmed in September and originated from a international traveler from Israel.

“Since measles is still common in many countries and there are ongoing measles outbreaks overseas, travelers will continue to bring this disease into the United States,” the Rockland Health Department said. “Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease.”

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people, according to the New York State Department of Health. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if:

  • they were born before 1957,
  • have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine,
  • have had measles confirmed by a health care provider
  • or have a lab test confirming immunity.

 

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