One year after the double terrorist attack that left two dead and five wounded in Copenhagen, American Jewish groups expressed solidarity with the Danish people and called on leaders to take action against extremism… Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the New York-based Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, also expressed solidarity with Danish Jews, and told The Jerusalem Post that “leaders need to reject those in their own communities who incite against others… Elected officials must condemn hateful rhetoric, and governments globally should step up police protection for communities more susceptible to attack – especially at schools.”
Rockland County Legislator Aron Wider, Benny Pollatschek , and Yossi Gestetner in Queens on July 17, 2014 for the wake of 20 month old Dominic Mero who died last week when he was hit by a pickup truck that was backing up in the parking lot of the Rose Avenue apartment complex [in Spring Valley]
The murder itself was a thing of nightmares. A video released by the police shows Stark being hustled into a waiting van at 11:45 p.m. January 2 by two assailants. Police later found handcuffs and plastic ties discarded on the ground at the site of the kidnapping.
Stark’s wife contacted a family friend when she realized her husband had not come home. At 1:05 a.m. January 3, according to Yossi Gestetner, an Orthodox activist who was in direct contact with people involved, that friend contacted an acquaintance who is a member of the Shomrim, the local Orthodox security patrol… (more…)
In a statement released to VIN News a short time ago, News Commentator and PR service provider in the Orthodox Jewish Community, Yossi Gestetner, said, “This is not your typical let’s-get-outraged-for-a-day drive. The Post needs to retract its front page headline and perhaps fire the Editors behind it.”
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council argues that the signage, which has since been removed from the storefronts on Lee Avenue, is merely a request. “From our understanding of the signs, they express a wish, not a condition of service, similar to the dress code of the Court Room where this case will be heard,” Yossi Gestetner, Co-Founder of OJPAC said in a statement.
The Rockland Journal News, AKA LoHud.Com wrote an Editorial about the rift between the many communities in Rockland County, specifically in the Town of Ramapo. Here Is a section of the Editorial:
While the competition over education and land resources feeds tension, cultural differences further divide. There is little intermingling in day-to-day activities. Shopping can even be a segregated activity. Recently, a group went to a local kosher supermarket to “shop” and send a message. “We’re basically saying to the Hasidic community that we are here and we’re not going anywhere, so it behooves both of us to coexist,” the Rev. Weldon McWilliams IV told The Journal News during the July “stop and shop” demonstration organized under the auspices of a group called “Wake Up Rockland.” The effort seemed to cause more confusion than build any bonds. (more…)