The disinformation regarding vaccination rates among Orthodox Jews overall and specifically Hasidim, led to bigoted incidents and unfair treatment of Orthodox Jews. OJPAC is setting the record straight, while raising awareness about vaccinations, with this billboard in Times Square that will run for a week. (Sources for the 96% data point is available below.)
In October 2018, a Measles Outbreak started in Rockland County, New York primarily in the Orthodox Jewish community. The outbreak is also in Orange County and in Brooklyn which are both in New York State, and in Ocean County, New Jersey. The outbreak started in October 2018 during Suckkos when Measles-infected travelers spent their time in a small Hasidic-populated village in Rockland which is only a third of a mile in size. By being in a small area, they essentially contaminated the same few public places again and again. Compounding the issue is the fact that almost 41% of the Hasidic population is under the age of 10; the age most likely to be infected with Measals, compared to Manhattan where less than 9% of the population is in the Measles-contracting age. In fact, 57% of those infected with the Measlas in Rockland County as of Thursday March 28th, 2019, are under the age of seven years old (Update: 67% cases in NYC as of Monday April 8th are under the age of five.
Heidi Ewing is co-director of the newly released “One of Us” film regarding a few people who are no longer practicing Hasidim. In a paid interview on the Charlie Rose Show with Guest Host Jeff Glor, Ms. Ewing said Hasidim were murdered in the Holocaust “partly because they refused to blend in.” This is outrageous on its face and ignorant too as most Jews murdered had long “blended in”; were not observant and were certainly not Hasidic. See the video:
Bill Laforet the Mayor of the Mahwah Township in New Jersey, wrote to two council members in July that "it is worth noting an ordinance should be considered. 1) No Knock & No Solicitation. This has become a real issue in Lakewood, NJ and I think it is something both mayor and council should strongly consider."
OJPAC obtained this document as part of a late July OPRA request to the Mahwah Township.
Thursday July 27’th, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) expressed concern about an ordinance passed by the Township of Mahwah on June 29, 2017 in a 5-0 vote which bans non-residents from visiting parks. The concern was raised after it was reported in the Mahwah Daily Voice that "[Mahwah] Township officials said they hoped the measure [to ban non-residents from visiting parks] would provide protection against what residents fear is an organized incursion from Rockland County of Orthodox families who've recently swarmed parks in Mahwah, Montvale, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River by the busload." (An updated version of the story says “incursion from Rockland County of Hasidic families” instead of Orthodox families as in the initial report. Apparently, some people think bigotry against Hasidic Jews is not hateful.)
There is a lie circulating in the press and on social media regarding Hasidim and property tax. Specifically, the lie says that due to the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community, "the property tax base dwindles due in part to more properties earning tax-exempt statues." Here are the facts:
On Saturday morning June 17th, someone discovered Swastika graffiti on a realtor "for sale" sign and on the sidewalk in front of 3 Second Avenue in Clarkstown. The person told the media that the incident was reported to the Clarkstown Police Department the same morning. Despite it being at a busy intersection, it took until Sunday night for the town to send someone to clean it up, but that was only after one of OJPAC's co founders kicked up a storm about it on social media Sunday late afternoon. OJPAC co-founder Yossi Gestetner has a message to the haters and losers behind the rise in hate incidents in Rockland County:
Ed Day, the County Executive of Rockland, chases Yeshivas for either not filing correctly safety papers with the state or for having limited code infractions claiming his focus is for the safety of firefighters. However, in the news report below, he downplays the dangers posed by a crumbling government building saying that adults - not children - work there. If Mr. Day is concerned about adult firefighters why is he suddenly not so concerned for adult county employees? And is such a building not a death trap to firefighters?