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Crime And The Scapegoat

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A recent front page of The New York Daily News, with the headline HATE AND THE CITY, proclaimed: “Jews targeted in 24 of 43 attacks last month” while the insert – a photo of an MTA worker who’d recently been assaulted – sported the caption “Hate crimes against Jews and Muslims…have spiked since election of Donald Trump.”

It was a frightening headline. Which reminds me of a joke.

A long-bearded rabbi was walking through Belfast late one night when he was suddenly jumped by a tough, young member of the Provisional IRA. “Tell me,” demanded his assailant, “are you a Catholic or a Protestant?” Fearing for his life, the rabbi replied, “Just look at me! I’m a rabbi!” The attacker stood back for a moment and looked the rabbi up and down. “Well,” he exclaimed, “are you a Catholic rabbi or a Protestant rabbi?”

Back to the Daily News: “Hate crimes spiked, spurred by the election of Donald Trump, officials said.” The article said incidents of reported hate crimes in the city had more than doubled, and most cases were anti-Semitic in nature. They equated these anti-Jewish attacks to the things President-elect Trump had said about Mexicans and Muslims.

Which raises the question: Are these Mexican Jews or Muslim Jews?

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio also blamed Mr. Trump. “You can’t have a candidate for president single out groups of Americans negatively and not have some ramifications,” the mayor said at a press conference. Asked if he blamed Trump directly, the mayor replied, “Do I blame Donald Trump for using hate speech in his campaign? Absolutely.”

Here’s the question one of the reporters should have asked that day: Were hate crimes – and other crimes – up in our city before Donald Trump announced his candidacy?

Following the mayor’s press conference, some reporters did their homework. The New York Post soon afterward noted that far more hate crimes were reported in New York City during and after the 2012 presidential campaign. There were reportedly 403 incidents then versus 360 this year through the same time span. Does the mayor blame President Obama for those crimes?

The real question is: Why were hate crimes up in New York City before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president?

I’m as upset as the next person about hate crime. Prejudice of any stripe has no place in our city, our state, and our country. Most people know better and raise their children better. We’re not a nation of haters. And everybody would like to do away with crime – hate crimes and violent crimes in particular. But as I’ve said again and again, there’s a difference between wanting to curtail crime and genuinely addressing the issue.

I can’t recall a single city administration in my lifetime owning up to its role in the increase of crime – not evens the Dinkins administration, which did little to address the pogrom on Jews in Crown Heights. When crime stats are reportedly down, plenty of people are willing to take credit, but accepting some of the blame when they soar? It’s much easier to blame somebody else. And it’s become increasingly easy to point to Donald Trump.

Crime must be addressed with crime prevention. Like stop and frisk, and stiff penalties, and unshackled police surveillance of likely suspects. Scapegoating anyone other than ourselves for not addressing crime is disingenuous.

If I came home and found the plumbing backed up, I could probably find a political tangent to make me feel better. But if I wanted to fix the issue, I’d call a plumber.

State Senator Simcha Felder

Goldstein on Gelt: Do This to Protect Your Money From Cyber Crime

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Cyber crime is on the rise. How can you keep your money safe? James Lyne, global head of security research at the security firm Sophos, explains how to protect yourself and your money against the malicious codes that hackers create every day.

• Why individual investors are targeted more often than banks and large companies
• The most common tactics that cyber criminals use
• What could happen if a scammer steals your email login and password
What should you do at the end of the fiscal year?
There are a few financial steps you should take at the end of 2016. Doug Goldstein, CFP®, explains what tax-loss harvesting is and why it’s often done before the New Year. How should you get your financial plan ready for January? What specific items do you need to review?


The Goldstein On Gelt Show is a financial podcast. Click on the player below to listen. For show notes and contact details of the guest, go to www.GoldsteinOnGelt.com

Doug Goldstein, CFP®

Give the Good Guys Guns

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

On Monday night this week, Daniel Haiken, a young resident of Nesher, was murdered. Haiken delivered pizzas for a local shop. On Monday night, he returned from a delivery straight into an armed robbery in the pizzeria. The robbers shot him, grabbed the money and escaped.

Apparently, nobody – not the pizzeria owner, not Daniel, not the customers and not passers-by – had a gun with which to defend themselves from the robbers.
What would happen if more citizens with basic criteria – for example anybody who had a license to carry a gun in the army – would walk around armed? Would Daniel Haiken be alive today?


A titanic struggle is being waged between the proponents of liberty and the proponents of servitude in Israel and throughout the world. The path to servitude is strewn with calls for us to deposit more and more of our liberties in the hands of the state (and to deposit the state in the hands of one oligarchy or another). In this way, parents of school aged children, for example, were convinced to deposit the education of their children in the hands of the state. For if we, heaven forefend, leave the children’s education to their parents, the children will obviously just loiter in the streets.

Now, on the path to servitude, they explain to us that if we allow citizens to bear weapons for self-defense, they will all be killing each other. For that reason, they say, we must confiscate all weapons and allow the state to save us from ourselves.

In the days when liberty was the guiding light of America’s Founding Fathers, the authors of the US Constitution were careful to include the right to bear arms as a basic right. The forces of servitude are trying to change that. That is nothing new- the first thing that any dictatorship does is to confiscate guns from the citizens.

What would have happened in Nesher if Israel was a truly liberty-oriented state and the right to bear arms was a basic right for every upstanding citizen? First of all, the robbers would clearly have thought twice about embarking on their dangerous venture. Today, unfortunately, the armed people in Israel are mainly criminals and people hostile to Israel. The regular citizens must wait for the police. In other words, the existing situation affords a huge advantage to the bad guys and encourages crime.

Second, even if the robbers would have decided to go ahead with their crime, the chance that Daniel or any passer-by could have dealt with the situation with no harm to innocents would have been much greater.

The State’s ardor to limit the amount of licensed guns in public hands has nothing to do with protecting us. When a wave of terror breaks out, the heads of the police publicly call for all licensed gun owners to carry their weapons. They know that the police cannot be in every place at all times. The State’s will to limit the amount of guns in public hands stems from its natural will to amplify its power at the expense of the public.

Daniel probably paid for that with his life.

Moshe Feiglin

Knesset Committee Discovers Significant Drop in Immigrant Youth Crime

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The past 15 years have seen a significant decline in crime committed by immigrant youth – from 23% of all minors involved in crime in 2001, to only 6% in 2013, this according to a study commissioned by the Yedidim social services organization. These figures were revealed during Monday’s meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, and Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) stressed that “in light of the success of the organization’s ‘A Second Chance (Sikuim)’ program, the Education, Welfare, Immigrant Absorption and Public Security ministries must significantly increase their support for the program, mainly because rehabilitation and prevention save the state hundreds of thousands of shekels.”

Neguise noted that some 30% of imprisoned immigrant teenagers are of Ethiopian descent. Many of them have been to prison before, he said.

Yedidim’s website describes the second chance program as “a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Immigrant Integration, the police, the Ministry of Welfare, local municipalities and Yedidim designed to offer [immigrant juvenile delinquents] an opportunity for a fresh start and a clean slate.”

Yedidim Executive Director Shimon Siani said the program is aimed at “saving children and their families from a general deterioration.”

Professor David Leiser of Ben-Gurion University, who conducted the study, noted that for every shekel the state invests in preventing delinquency or rehabilitating a juvenile delinquent, it will save 5-10 shekels in the future by avoiding the delinquent’s imprisonment, compensating those hurt by the delinquent, etc.

Adva Meltzer, a social worker in charge of the program, spoke about the rehabilitation of 620 youths with the help of 400 tutors who are in charge of re-integrating the youths in the community. The tutors volunteer and assist weaker communities, provide life-skills and accompany parents, with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

Ilan Shemesh, manager of the National Youth Advancement department in the Ministry of Education, also praised the program, its success and the student-tutor guidance. However, he said his office grants only a modest amount of funds for the program. This is not the case in the instances of imprisoned youth, youth villages and rehab villages, in which the office invests hundreds of millions of shekels, and as a result many of the youths enrolled there complete their education and are entitled to a high school matriculation exam certificate.

According to Sarah Cohen, head of the Welfare Services Department at the Absorption Ministry, the program began as an initiative of the government, which manages it. She explained that Yedidim was chosen as an operational organization, and “does so successfully and with dedication.” She noted that the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee assisted in funding the program in other cities.


Gov’t Fine May Reach NIS 0.5M for Hiring Illegal Arab Workers

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Israeli government may impose a fine of nearly half a million shekels on business owners who hire illegal Arab workers from the Palestinian Authority.

The new penalty of NIS 452,000 ($116,000) was advanced by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

“Whoever employs Palestinians illegally living in Israel is endangering the lives of Israeli citizens,” Erdan said on Sunday.

“In this current wave of terror, it has been proven once again just how dangerous their presence is, in the centers of our cities, and at building sites.

“We must impose harsh penalties on those who employ and house the people,” Erdan said.

A significant number of the murderous terror attacks that have been carried out since October have been committed by illegal Arab workers from the Palestinian Authority.

Some of the attacks have also been carried out by Arabs from the PA who are employed legally in Israel, with entry papers and worker permits.

Very few attacks have been carried out in the Negev; however, a Bedouin Arab attacked the central bus station in Be’er Sheva on October 18, killing an IDF soldier and a second person indirectly; 11 others were wounded. The attacker’s father is a resident of the nearby town of Hura. His mother was a Palestinian Authority Arab from Gaza; due to their marriage she was allowed to enter pre-1967 Israel under the family unification law.

Hana Levi Julian

Lower East Side Liberal-Orthodox Synagogue Burglarized

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) Rebecca Honig-Friedman, President of the Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, sent out an email Wednesday, telling congregates that the synagogue, one of the oldest in the area and the only one still operating between Houston and Fourteenth Streets, has been broken into.

Honig-Friedman’s email read: “Earlier today, when Rabbi [Aviad] Bodner entered the Shul, he discovered that we had been vandalized. Thank God, no one was hurt and the damage could have been much worse. Tallitot, papers and some knick-knacks were strewn about and the lectern had been overturned. More seriously, two of the lamps on the bima (Torah reading stand) corners were pulled off and broken. Nothing was stolen, and the Torahs and ark were not touched.

“The police came and did a thorough investigation, concluding that this does not appear to have been a hate crime but rather an attempted burglary. Most likely, these were low-level thieves who broke in through the fire escape door expecting to find a collection plate with cash or other valuables that could be easily sold. Not finding anything to steal, they lashed out and threw things around. The police pulled some fingerprints and will see if they can use them to find the perpetrators.

“The police confirmed there is no reason to think these thieves will return and that no one is in any imminent danger. Nevertheless, we are working with the police to enhance our security and will let you know if and when we have any updates on the situation.

“May we come together to support each other and to strengthen our community in the wake of this unfortunate incident. I look forward to seeing you all in Shul and spending a peaceful Shabbat together.”

Stanton Street Shul is one of the last surviving tenement-style synagogues on the Lower East Side. The long and narrow, three-story building, constructed of stone and brick, is situated on a standard tenement lot, preserving the spirit of the working class Jews who prayed there for more than a century. Located in today’s decidedly non-Jewish East Village, well north of the religious Jewish community of the co-ops south of the Delancey Street Bridge, the Stanton Street Shul has been catering to a unique and colorful congregation, carrying the torch of liberal Orthodoxy and growing strong in a declining Jewish neighborhood.


Police Crack Israel-Palestinian Authority Egg-Smuggling Ring

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Police closed in on a ring of Israeli and Palestinian Authority Arabs who smuggled eggs and sold to supermarkets in urban centers in Israel.

The gang raked in more than $2.5 million a year in the operation that stamped the eggs with forged approval. Police investigator Shai Kovnator noted, “The phenomenon of smuggling eggs from Palestinian Authority to Israel endangers human life.

“These are criminals who will stop at nothing to make money at the expense of the health of the public in Israel.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

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