Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
A Montreal blogger was cleared in a libel claim brought by leaders of the city’s Hasidic community.
In clearing Pierre Lacerte, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled last week that the blogger’s criticism was harsh but he had supported his claims with facts.
Since 2007, Lacerte has used his blog to criticize Hasidim for things such as double-parked cars outside synagogues, illegal construction and private buses using residential streets to pick up members of the community, according to the National Post.
The plaintiffs, a father-and-son team of real estate developers, Michael and Martin Rosenberg, and community spokesman Alex Wezberger, sought $375,000 in damages.
In her ruling, Judge Claude Dallaire said the Rosenbergs and Wezberger were fair targets given their public status in the community.
The plaintiffs claimed that Lacterte’s blog had damaged their reputations and was “stirring up a lot of problems” in Outremont, a Montreal neighborhood where a growing Hasidic population has clashed with their non-Jewish neighbors.
Lacerte had referred to Michael Rosenberg as “a Hasidic nabob,” “ultrareligious extremist” and “fanatic,” and said he “likes to break the law,” the Post reported. Using illustrations, the blogger also highlighted the Hasidim’s unique style of dressing, calling them a “tsunami of men in black.”
Dallaire said Hasidic dress was fair game.
“The Hasidim have an appearance that is different from the other citizens of Outremont, since their religion makes them display certain distinctive symbols, such as the long black coat,” the judge wrote in her Dec. 4 opinion. “We are of the opinion that they cannot display and request this difference, then complain that certain people refer to these distinctive symbols.”
Quebec’s Jewish community has clashed with the provincial government this year over a proposed law that would ban public servants from wearing religious attire such as headscarves and yarmulkes at work, and a government minister’s support for tightening ritual slaughter regulations.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
A large hole was cut in the security fence.
A man got out of the car of the passenger’s side of the car and tried to get into the Jewish woman’s vehicle…
Naughty or nice, Terrorist Santa slides down your chimney to blow up your family.
An IDF helicopter evacuated a six-month-old baby to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem Saturday morning after the child suffered an apparent heart attack while on the way to Jordan for medical care. Israeli border officials saw the baby collapse and called paramedics, who in turn sent an urgent call for a military helicopter. Magen David medics […]
Firemen were surprised to see what caused the fire.
The South Carolina senator is another Republican thinking about running to succeed Obama
Arab terrorists have released a “How to kill a Jew” video, and its going viral.
North Korea and Obama are engaged in escalating threats and both are sniping at Sony.
The condition of Ayala Shapira has slightly improved, but her life still is in danger.
Bullet holes in an identifiably Jewish-owned building Friday morning makes this the third such attack on Jews in Paris this week.
Defense Minister Yaalon told Ruth Shapira that the terrorists were caught last night by IDF forces.
The early warning Code Red siren sounded shortly before noon Friday in the area of Netiv Asara and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, sending residents to bomb shelters. The “rocket” apparently was rifle fire from Gaza. Residents also have reported they have heard sounds of tunnels being built underground.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Hebrew University will give its students the day off on Christmas for the first time ever. There will be no classes on Thursday, Dec. 25, a new vacation day on the university calendar. The students also had off on Sunday for Hanukkah. The university also has declared a vacation day for and placed on its […]
Just imagine the uproar if it was exposed that the Mossad told agents how to get past US security?
Oscar-winner “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” has been selected for permanent preservation in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry. The film, released in 2000, documents the rescue of some 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the months leading up to World War II. […]
Jeb Bush announced his intention to “actively” explore the presidency in a Christmas and Hanukkah greeting message. “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!” the former Florida governor Bush said in a Facebook message posted Tuesday. He described conversations he had with his family over Thanksgiving. “As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the […]
Swastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years. The latest swastikas were found Saturday morning on the back wall of the Lewis Hall dormitory on the Somerville, Mass., campus, Boston.com reported. In June, swastikas were found on the university’s Granoff Family Hillel Center. In April 2013, […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/blogger-wins-libel-suit-brought-by-montreal-hasidim/2013/12/12/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: