The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
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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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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