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:
The NYPD Transit Bureau reported to the MTA board that 22 of the 31 hate crimes in the New York City subway system during the first 3 months of 2017 targeted Jews, mainly via graffiti, and the number of reported hate crimes spiked from only 7 in the same three months last year. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor, is quoted in the NYDN that, "It was precisely this kind of statistic, this kind of conduct that gave birth in ‘34 to ‘38 to what led to the Holocaust."
Companies that advertise through Google Ad Sense are not always aware alongside which content their ads run. For example, companies are probably not aware that their ad appears alongside a recent April editorial by The Asbury Park Press that says "thanks to the money and power of the Orthodox community," politicians in New Jersey have done nothing to address budget problems at the Lakewood, New Jersey school district. Most comments on the editorial are openly bigoted against the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood.
147,173 students grades full day kindergarten through 12th were enrolled in New York Jewish schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This is an increase from the revised figures for the 2014-2015 school year which had 142,362 students enrolled in Jewish schools. The students were spread in 407 institutions throughout sixteen counties and the data includes students that were enrolled in Ungraded Elementary schools.
The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
The City of New York will permit women-only hours at two of its 55 public swimming pools. Four hours a week at one place; two hours a week at the other place. The changes at the two NYC pools will give women of all backgrounds, of all communities, the comfort they deserve. Hopefully, the Commission on Human Rights will consider implementing such accommodations for women and men all over the city. A few hours a week accommodating each other won't harm.
It is important to mention that many who purport to be for women's rights or who claim that women in the Hasidic community are systematically oppressed, opposed accommodating women in this instance. The opposition from agitators against the accommodating swim hours - first requested by women in the Hasidic community - reaffirms that the "concern" these agitators claim to have for women in the Hasidic community is just an excuse to trash Hasidim.
Once again, the publicly-funded WNYC released a report against a portion of the Orthodox Jewish community; this time the community of Lakewood.
The headline of the report claims that the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community "causes conflict" in Lakewood. The seven-minute radio report suggests that providing busing to the Orthodox Jewish community is the reason why the public schools are underfunded. From here on, the whole report is centered on backing up the premise that the Orthodox are a drain on public schools populated with children from other minority communities.
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.