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?
OJPAC co-founder Yossi Gestetner urges the Central Ramapo school district (in Rockland County, New York) to work with all communities. The request came as the board considers limiting bus services to students in private schools. The busing vote was on the agenda at a time when a municipality in the same school district is considering to limit the hours that people can park on the streets. Both proposals will disproportionately affect the Orthodox Jewish community. See video below.
While Ed Day, the Executive of Rockland County, is chasing Yeshivas for not filing correctly safety papers with the state of New York, he sends dozens of people to work in a very dangerous government building across his own office. Regardless how the county got here, sending people into this death trap for two and a half years while going nuts against Yeshivas in much better shape, shows that politics is at play. One also has to wonder why Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski - animated about safety papers at Ramapo Yeshivas - has not brought the state into his own district where this building is and where a woman died in a fire in an illegally-converted house last October. See videos below.
On June 6th, 2016, WNBC-4 reported about the no-knock ordinances that have been passed in municipalities where members of the Orthodox Jewish community relocate in large numbers.
The report says that "Laurie Santulli County Legislator wants to expand no-knock into all of Rockland [County, NY] and she is about to introduce a bill." The lawmaker then says on camera that "there is a population growth among the Ultra-Orthodox and I understand they need more room, but in the same sense people want to stay and live in their own homes and not feel pressure on a given Sunday to sell their homes by people constantly knocking on their door."
Passing a law aimed at one ethnic group is unconstitutional and bigoted.
See the video below: