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:
GOP front runner Mr. Donald Trump took time to meet with members of the Jewish community on Thursday April 14th. Mr. Trump joins other presidential candidates, including Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich, in meeting with members of the Jewish community in recent weeks. These meetings are a rejection of the efforts by a list of elected officials to delegitimize the Orthodox Jewish community. As a 501(c)(3) OJPAC does not endorse any candidates, but we do facilitate community meetings. The meeting was opened by one of our co-founders, Yossi Gestetner.
Thursday January 28th, OJPAC was alerted to a 14-minute video produced by Study.com. The content is shockingly offensive to the history and persecution of the Jewish community. However, Study.com removed the content from its website the following day once the offensive nature of the video was brought to their attention via OJPAC on Twitter (@OJPAC).
This video report below is from CBS2NY, February 3, 2016.
OJPAC co-founder Yossi Gestetner spoke today morning on the steps of NYC Hall requesting reporters not to give a platform for people who hide their bigotry behind faux activism. The press conference was hosted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and NYC Council member Mark Levine.
Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski from Clarkstown, NY uses a Yeshiva building outside his district as a negative backdrop in a media appearance.
OJPAC Co-Founder Aron Spielman addressed a public hearing regarding the "Kiryas Joel Annexation" process, June 11, 2015, in Orange County, New York:
A majority of the 9 Board members of the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County, NY, are Orthodox Jewish. They recently won re-election in a landslide, but sitting NY Assembly Member Ellen C. Jaffee used her time on the floor of the New York State Assembly to unfoundedly question the legitimacy of the voters who elected the board. The shocking claim was made during a debate of Ms. Jaffee's bill to impose an un-American "monitor" with veto power over East Ramapo.