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A rather straightforward article in this past Sunday’s New York Times on the August 30, 1999 death of Gidone Busch eloquently points to the continuing shame to our community in that tragic event. At the time, The Jewish Press devoted much space to extensive and meticulous analyses of the tragedy. The burden of our effort was that justice was plainly not done and a major cover-up of the NYPD’s irresponsibility took place. Yet, none of our vaunted Jewish organizations took up the cudgels on the issue. Instead, they fawningly endorsed the palpably untenable spin put out by the Giuliani Administration and confirmed by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.
In matter of fact language, in his regular ‘Following Up’ column, Joseph Fried drives the point home. Headlined, ‘Recalling The Mismatch Of A Hammer Vs. Guns,’ here is part of what he had to say:
In Borough Park, Brooklyn, where 12 bullets tore into Gidone Busch outside his home, hundreds of residents angrily protested the killing.
The New York City police commissioner then, Howard Safir, termed the shooting justified. He said officers sent to the scene after a caller reported that a man with a hammer was acting strangely – had fired only as Mr. Busch, 31, who had a history of mental illness, was beating a fallen sergeant with the hammer.
Witnesses disputed Mr. Safir’s account. And the Brooklyn district attorney’s office found that while Mr. Busch had struck the sergeant earlier, without causing serious injury, the officers fired after he had broken free of them and was at least six feet from the closest officer. But the prosecutors also said a thorough investigation had shown that the officers had been legally justified in firing because they reasonably believed that Mr. Busch, still brandishing the hammer, remained a threat to them.
Perhaps, when term limits take effect in a few months, our precious leaders may be willing to publicly address this travesty.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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