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A War of Words (Some More Accurate Than Others) at Brandeis

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

There’s an ugly tempest brewing at Brandeis University and it’s based, at least in part, on free speech, tolerance and student safety. The storm grew out of a more generalized anger with the state of public discourse and of the safety of individuals in our society at large.

But at this point, one black self-described revolutionary and one Jewish conservative journalist, both Brandeis students, are the figureheads in a battle for the soul of an institution.

That institution, Brandeis University, was founded so that Jews, barred from most colleges by anti-Semitism, could find an open door to attain the education they desired. The school was named after the Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis, whose distillation of the essence of freedom of speech has stood for decades as the lynchpin for America, and, in turn, much of the western world.

It was also Louis Brandeis, in an earlier incarnation as a lawyer, who brought humanity into the justice system. His famous “Brandeis Brief” for the first time opened the way for courts to consider human facts, not just legal doctrine, when making decisions about the lives of those people.


The deaths of black unarmed men at the hands of police officers, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City this summer led to days of protests which increased in fury and exploded in violence after grand juries in both cases declined to indict the police officers involved.

Those deaths were followed by the execution-style murder of two random New York City police officers by a man pledging vengeance for the murders of Brown and Garner.

In response to the death of  the two officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20, a Brandeis junior, Khadijah Lynch, tweeted the following: “i have no sympathy for the police officers who were murdered today.” She followed that bleet with another, the next day: “lmao, all[,] i just really don’t have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist f[expletive deleted]ing country.”

Justice Brandeis might have been first in line to offer to defend Lynch if she were threatened with expulsion for expressing her views publicly. But no one made any such threats. Instead, another Brandeis student took what Lynch placed in the public arena, and wrote and published an article about it for his site that same day. Daniel Mael, a Brandies senior and journalist for the site TruthRevolt.com, merely sent out further what Lynch had already launched.

What Mael wrote was little more than a description of Lynch and what she tweeted. All facts. All taken from public information. All fair game. And then some commenters to Mael’s article posted some seriously ugly talkbacks. Also free speech. Also fairly common in the world of Internet websites with any political orientation.


It was at this point that certain members of the Brandeis community decided to rally ’round Lynch, raising the issue of “community” and “safety.” But it was too late for such hamishe invocations. Once Lynch chose to make her views public by using social media (one that could have been set on private, but was not), she left the cocoon of the university; her righteous defenders were unlanced. But that did not stop them.

No Brandeis Lynch defenders publicly praised her lack of sympathy for the murdered police officers, but one student, Michael Piccione, sent an email on Dec. 22 to more than 200 members of the Brandeis community. Piccione’s statement condemned Mael for “compromising” Lynch’s security and for continuing to endanger her. What Piccione demanded, in his own and in the name of others, was that “action [be] taken to hold this student accountable for his actions.”

Brooklyn Jews Tackle Man Who Shot Colleague in Robbery Attempt

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Brooklyn authorities have charged a 24-year-old man with attempted murder and armed robbery after three store employees chased after him and pinned him down until police arrived.

Jeandro Perez, 24, allegedly tried to rob the AS Appliance store and then shot one of the employees when he and other workers refused to hand over the cash.

Perez fled the scene but was chased down by three other store workers, one of whom also was shot before Perez was tackled. The accomplice who fled has been identified and his arrest s expected.

The victims were treated at a hospital for their injuries and released.

Perez has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault and one count of illegal possessing a loaded gun.

Store employee Ali Mazer said that after a fellow employee was shot, he joined the chase after the gunman.

“When I went outside, the guy turned and shot me right here,” pointing at his stomach, he told WABC.

Mazer said he was suspicious of the two attempted robbers as soon as they entered the store.

“I was by myself, they was [sic] looking around. I said do you need help? They said ‘no;’ they went across the street to the bar. I had a feeling something was going to happen but I wasn’t sure. 30 minutes later, another two guys came in with guns.”

“They told us to get on the floor, my uncle pushed them, I ran out and chased them and they shot me.”

NY Police Search for Missing Links on Deranged Muslim Murderer of Cops

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Although investigators have learned more information about the man who shot and killed two police officers on Saturday, they still have no idea what set off Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley in the first place.

The 28-year-old Brooklyn-born murderer had a long history of problem behavior; born to a Muslim family, he was estranged from his mother for some time.

He was described by police and family as being “very troubled” in his youth: so much so that his own family feared him.

So did his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore County; he shot and nearly killed her at 5:45 am Saturday before stealing her iPhone. He used it to post an anti-government, anti-cop rant on Instagram, and then headed north to New York to kill cops. On earlier posts, he had shown an effigy of a burning American flag.

Police are not sure where he was between 12 noon and 2:47 pm that day, but from then, events moved very fast. He asked bystanders in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn what gangs they were with, told them to “follow him on Instagram” and then said, “Watch what I’m going to do.”

He walked up to the passenger side of a squad car where two police officers were peacefully eating their lunch, pulled a gun and shot both at point-blank range, each in the head. Then he made a run for the nearby subway station, chased by SWAT team members down the stairs. When he got to the bottom, he pointed the gun at himself, and pulled the trigger.

Brinsley was listed in the Georgia arrest database on nine separate charges. They included crimes such as: “use of fighting words,” carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless behavior, as listed in Arrest.org.

Brinsley’s Facebook page – which has been taken down since the murders — carried a photo of a page from the Qur’an, and a quote from it as well: “Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies, And others besides, whom Ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.” His comment on the quote was long and rambling, but significantly, he ended it with, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You.”

Before he made it to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, he bragged on Instagram, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #MikeBrown This May Be My Final Post “ (sic)

The word “pigs” is a ghetto epithet for police officers; the references to Brown and Gardner follow deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York of people, both of black men killed by white police officers while resisting arrest. In both cases, grand juries declined to indict and charge the police officers with murder. The decisions ignited massive violence in Ferguson, and endless protests that began in New York but have since continued nationwide.

Seconds before shooting the two officers, he asked those standing nearby for their gang affiliations, advised them to follow him on social media and then said, “Watch and see what I’m going to do.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday that Brinsley had also been in the city earlier in the week; police are still trying to figure out why.

His estranged mother said in a statement she was “deeply sorry for the loss of the two innocent men who were killed.” She offered “sincerest condolences to their families” and added, “I am also grieving for my son.” Brinsley allegedly also tried to hang himself a year ago, according to ABC Channel 7 News.

Hanukkah Miracle Brings ‘770’ Stabbing Victim Home

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The 22-year-old rabbinic student stabbed last week inside “770” Eastern Parkway, the synagogue at Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters, is home from the hospital in a Hanukkah miracle.

Israeli yeshiva student Levi Rosenblatt underwent emergency neurosurgery at New York’s Bellevue Medical Center after he was stabbed by Calvin Peters. The attacker was subsequently shot and killed by police who raced to the scene upon seeing the stabbing unfold on their monitors at a special mobile base across the street from the synagogue.

Rosenblatt was rushed in very serious condition to nearby Kings County Hospital but quickly moved to Bellevue when it became obvious he required specialized surgery. His condition stabilized soon after the operation was completed.

“Mr. Rosenblatt suffered a knife injury to the blood vessels in an extremely sensitive area of his brain,” neurosurgery chief Dr. Paul Huang explained in a news release. “Because of the resources available to us, as well as the experience and expertise of the nurses and physicians at Bellevue Hospital, we were able to deliver a very sophisticated level of care to this patient. He underwent a procedure to repair two blood vessels, which was successful. He has had an amazing recovery.”

Groups of Chassidim maintained a vigil at the hospital, praying for Rosenblatt’s speedy recovery, as his name was circulated by others to prayer chains around the world.

“I have a lot of people from way back in the beginning to thank, above all, God and the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe who provided his blessings,” Rosenblatt said in the release.

“Thanks to the Hatzalah (emergency rescue service) of Crown Heights volunteer ambulance service, the NYPD, the doctors and nurses here at Bellevue and at Kings County Hospital (where he was first taken), my friends who stayed with me in my room around the clock, my family who came from Israel to be with me, and all the people all over the world who have prayed for me,” he said.

NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

New York City is paying a big, big price for not giving in to “politically correct” pressure over an unpopular grand jury decision not to indict a cop in the death of a perpetrator who was “taken down” while resisting arrest.

The city’s police department so far as paid more than $23 million in overtime to its regular patrol officers to keep them on the street and securing the protesters. It’s the “equivalent of 38,700 tours of duty since Dec. 3,” according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

But this week the NYPD has been forced to pull even its detectives off homicide cases in order to provide adequate security for the swelling protests spreading around the city. In fact, detectives are being pulled off other investigations as well, all to help deal with the ‘endless barrage of anti-cop protests in the city,” law enforcement sources told The New York Post on Monday.

Thousands of marchers closed down intersections, highways and bridges in New York in a rage against police and “the system.” A gang of “protesters” attacked two police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend when they attempted to prevent a co-protesters from hurling a trash can on to police below from an elevated walkway. On video, some of the protesters were chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

The disturbances began when a grand jury declined to indict a police officer after petty criminal Eric Garner died while resisting arrest in Staten Island. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became the mantra for the mobs in New York City, along with the resurrected chant of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, “No justice, no peace.” Since then, there have been endless “Die-In” demonstrations in all kinds of places, marches and yes, “inclusion” in Rev. Al Sharpton’s March for Justice on Washington DC last weekend.

All this in spite of NYPD’s “retraining” program for its force of 35,000, and an apologetic Mayor Bill DeBlasio who waved away the issue of expense for police overtime due to protests.

“Do we tell people they’re not allowed to raise their voices? Do we tell people they’re not allowed to march? This is the result of something organic,” he said.

No one is talking about enforcing the laws broken by the increasing number of protesters who complicate the lives of commuters and shoppers every day.

Nevertheless, the strategy seems to have worked thus far; no major violence has been reported in the city that is home to more residents than there are citizens in the entire State of Israel. The city has been fortunate to have skipped a few other problems as well.

In Ferguson, Missouri, similar protests — for a similar reason — went from a march to flames in the space of one night. TWo incinerated police cars and 24 burned-out commercial properties later, Ferguson showed no signs of slowing down.

“Protesters” were also tweeting boasts of having received guidance on how to deal with tear gas from Palestinian Authority Arabs. In some photos, protesters were demonstrating wearing keffiyahs in the black-and-white colors of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, wrapped as scarves.

The connection between the Palestinian Authority and American civil rights issues was never made clear; what became painfully obvious was the fact that pro-PA demonstrators are still looking for any excuse to hitch a ride on any issue they can find, legitimate or not, to make their point. Even the death of a teen, even a town burning down.

Clearly, New York City’s mayor and police commissioner are both doing their best to make sure it doesn’t happen on their turf. They succeeded, so far.

NYPD ‘Retraining’ Force After Grand Jury Clears Cop in Suspect Death

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Thousands blocked traffic around the city and more than a few clashed with New York City police in Times Square Thursday night following a grand jury decision not to indict an officer in the death of a man resisting arrest.  Hundreds also marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn at around midnight.

At least 22,000 police officers are also heading for a three-day in-service retraining program after the grand jury spent six months hearing testimony and then cleared Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the case.

Staten Island resident Eric Gardner died after being “taken down” in a half-Nelson hold by a New York City police officer while resisting arrest. Gardner was illegally selling “loosies” – single cigarettes – on the street at the time. The incident was videotaped by a passerby.

Pantaleo and a number of others restrained Gardner and attempted to handcuff him even as he loudly told officers “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” Gardner was morbidly obese and had a history of asthma and a host of other medical conditions. He died while being “taken down” by the officer. The coroner’s report listed a number of reasons for his death, including those medical conditions — and the “take down,” which Pantaleo said he performed exactly as he was taught at Police Academy.

Within hours of the grand jury’s decision, thousands of protesters were in the streets. Hundreds were packed behind rows of barricades on the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue as revelers awaited the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Just a block away, on Sixth Avenue, police stood in riot gear, controlling an even bigger mob. More marched down the West Side Highway and blocked major arteries into the city.

On Thursday, thousands again came out to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan, chanting “I can’t breathe” and the mantra of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, “No justice, no peace.”

They marched across the Brooklyn Bridge carrying fake coffins while a second group demonstrated in Harlem and others blocked traffic near the Holland Tunnel, the Manhattan Bridge and on the West Side Highway.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the program was aimed at “changing how our officers talk, and how they listen to residents of our city.” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton joined DeBlasio at the podium, saying the training would be managed in a professional manner and would accomplish a long-awaited upgrade to the force.

Given the current wave of disturbances sweeping across the United States, it is odd the US is telling Israel how to manage its internal, defense and foreign relations with the Palestinian Authority or Gaza.

New York’s police “retraining” program is specifically intended to “build trust through respect” in the community, Deputy Police Commissioner Bill Tucker told reporters. The new slogan for the city’s force, he said, will be “Talk down, not take down.”

Among the skills the officers will be taught are “ways to communicate more effectively,” Tucker said, adding the officers will also learn to recognize the “notion of implicit bias.”

Nothing that city officials did, however, seemed to suffice: Some 25 “civil rights and social justice” organizers met at the National Action Alliance headquarters headed by Rev. Al Sharpton and announced a “March on Washington” set for Saturday, December 13, among other events in coming days.


After Har Nof: NYPD Increasing Security at NY Shuls

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The New York City Police Department has announced that it will increase its coverage of synagogues throughout the City.

This move by the NYPD is in response to the barbaric maiming and murders at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem yesterday, Nov. 18.

In that attack, two Israeli Arabs from a nearby Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, stormed the synagogue during morning prayer services, hacking, slashing and shooting worshippers.

Four rabbis were murdered, three of whom were American and Israeli citizens, and the fourth was a British-Israeli. The fifth person murdered was a Druze police officer who arrived on the scene with his colleagues almost immediately after the carnage began.

NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton noted that in addition to increasing attention to synagogues and “other symbolic locations” around the City, the NYPD is closely following developments in Jerusalem and is working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further developments.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/after-har-nof-nypd-increasing-security-at-ny-shuls/2014/11/19/

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