Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
As obscene as Lemrick Nelson’s admission that he killed Yankel Rosenbaum most certainly is, what it says about how our criminal justice system is failing the Jewish community will
perhaps be more enduring. In dramatic fashion, by highlighting the truth of something a jury in 1992 declined to acknowledge despite overwhelming evidence, it underscores something that
should have been apparent for more than a decade. While crimes against victims who happen to be Jewish may not regularly go unpunished, the high profile, notorious ones, those which
highlight the Jewishness of the victim, are a different matter altogether.
Ten years ago, a jury acquitted el Sayyid Nossair of the crime of killing Rabbi Meir Kahane despite overwhelming evidence of his culpability. Indeed, Nossair was convicted by the same jury of possessing the weapon tied to the killing which was found on him when he was arrested fleeing from the murder scene.
In the aftermath of the 1994 murder of Ari Halberstam, although his killer, Rashid Baz, was convicted and given a 141 year sentence, it was treated by prosecutors as a matter of “road
rage,” unconnected to anything broadly anti-Semitic. This, despite the fact that Halberstam was shot while riding in a car full of identifiably Jewish students, who were severely injured,
and strong evidence that Baz had accomplices and was linked to an anti-Jewish cabal.
In 1999, Gideon Busch was shot dead by six NYPD police officers who were arrayed in a semi-circle at least 8 feet away from him while he was brandishing a hammer over his head.
Only the most perfunctory internal police investigation followed, and no indictments were forthcoming.
This was all in sharp contrast to the official reactions to the deaths at the hands of police of several members of other communities, such as the death of Amadou Diallo. Indeed, any
progress in securing justice in the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum is not because of our criminal justice system, but rather because of the tenacity of his brother, Norman Rosenbaum, who happens to be a savvy and talented lawyer from Australia.
Moreover, we should never forget that Yankel Rosenbaum was killed in the course of a anti-Jewish pogrom by black marauders, which was allowed by state and local officials to
continue for three days in order to let them vent!
Lemrick Nelson’s admission that he stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum confirms a travesty of justice. But it is also reaffirms an institutional bias against acting as though Jewishness is the lightning rod it unfortunately is.
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The answer is an emphatic no.
The meaning of “God’s watch” here is not entirely clear.
Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?
At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.
Obama’s incompetence, the way his naive worldview and credulity have made a fool of him, are equally frightening
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
You’ve discovered our little secret!
Klein’s challenger has demonstrated a propensity to unleash poisonous vitriol, even to other Zionists
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
International Agunah Day falls annually on Ta’anis Esther, this year on March 13.
Yeshiva University Museum recently hosted an exhibit titled “Threshold to the Sacred.”
Even a foxhole Yid has to admit that antisemitism is on the upswing.
One can almost imagine a shocked Mr. Kerry thinking to himself, “How could he?” Yet not only did Mr. Putin do what he did, China, one of the three major international players along with the U.S. and Russia, agreed with him, not with Mr. Kerry.
We are not unmindful that generally appropriate governmental initiatives may have some inappropriate aspects in execution.
Al Qaeda, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary, is newly resurgent and no doubt salivating at the prospect of a severely diminished U.S. military capacity.
Last month, after the Israeli government published plans for new construction, the State Department promptly repeated its longstanding refrain that the settlements were “illegitimate” and that “It is never helpful to have steps taken that are not conducive to our efforts to move forward on peace.”
While the thrust of the proposed law is easily understandable, there is a problem as well. The current draft requires claimants to prove malicious intent on the part of the present holder of the property, which some legal authorities say would be extremely difficult.
Recent stories in the Israeli media, citing “unnamed sources,” indicate that Mr. Kerry failed to get backing from President Obama to confront Israel over its rejection of his peace proposals
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