ORTHODOX RABBIS = CRIME BOSSES?
The most obvious question that a person would ask after hearing the report of the mass arrest of Orthodox rabbis: What kind of religious community is this Orthodox Jewish community in which its leaders are venal crooks who engage in serious criminal activity as easily as one drinks a glass of water?
"These rings, led by clergymen, cloaked their extensive criminal activities behind a facade of rectitude," New Jersey District Attorney Ralph Marra said, describing a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money-laundering crews and acting as crime bosses. They moved "at least tens of millions of dollars through charitable, nonprofit entities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey," Marra said. Exactly where the "tens of millions of dollars" came from has not been explained, but connections to the illegal drug trade and the Madoff scam are both very likely.
"Religious leaders allegedly acted like 'crime bosses'", was the Marra quote that became the title of a July 26 article in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. "For these defendants, corruption was a way of life."
"Crime Boss" Shaul J. Kassin, 87, chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community
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Friday, July 24, 2009
Dear Obama Letter[click here] for text of letter
Scroll down in [this post] for the text of a letter I mailed to US President George W. Bush 9-15-01. I was attacked on my property 10-11-01. I then received a year in prison for pepper spraying a would be mugger. The mugger was given immunity to prosecute me as self-defense is not legal in Connecticut.
There is more to that story [here]