Village Voice Trolls for Anti-Jewish Bigotry

Elizabeth Dwoskin, author of such insightful pieces as “Too Hot To be a Banker” and “Hopping Around Wall Street’s Holiday Parties”, has a hit piece out that asks in her best shocked voice HOW CAN RELIGIOUS JEWS BE SLUMLORDS. Plenty of non-Jewish slumlords go to church. The Village Voice doesn’t do pieces asking how can politicians go to church and lie to voters. Or ask how Mafia members can reconcile Communion with whacking their enemies.

No other community would be dragged out this way, scapegoated, demeaned and forced to justify itself to outsiders for something that is not unique to that community. There would be no such roundup of black leaders to denounce themselves for dealing drugs. No roundup of Latinos to denounce themselves for car thefts. Any newspaper that tried to do it would have its ass kicked for even trying it.

Singling out a minority that way is bigotry. And the Village Voice knows it will get away with it. Because some kinds of bigotry are still hip.

The Village Voice won’t do a piece asking how the Ground Zero Mosque’s Imam Rauf can justify being a slumlord. But they will do a roundup of Jew bashing by pathetic weasels like Shmuly Yanklowitz under the pretense of a serious investigation.

Speaking of Shmuly Yanklowitz…

When it came out, we publicized it and tried to create awareness around it. When it came out, we held a beit midrash—a study session—in Washington Heights to raise awareness about the issue.

Shut up weasel, you don’t know what a beit midrash is. When you touch a chumash, it bursts into flames. The only awareness you create is internet trolling to promote your fake organization which exists only to raise money from liberal groups and harass religious Jews.

It’s always been a personal priority of mine to get into this issue. I figured someone would step up, but I haven’t seen that happen at all. There’s clearly a big problem with certain sects of the Jewish community in how they are treating their tenants. It’s a national problem. It’s a New York City problem, and it’s a Jewish problem. I am currently deliberating the best approach to take this on.

Boycott Judaism, Shmuly. That will show us. Convert and become a Methodist. Then you’ll be their problem.

It’s always a concern of mine that ultra-Orthodox Jews are going to get scapegoated. So I think it’s up to us to clean it up, and not for outsiders to point fingers at Jews. . . .

So Shmuly fights scapegoating by appearing in an outside newspaper’s scapegoating piece that targets one group for a specific type of crime. That makes so much sense it hurts.

On to Jill Jacobs

Judaism has a lot of things to say about how to create a just society. There are a lot of people who are outwardly religious but ignore a whole section of the Jewish tradition.

Like keeping the Sabbath, not eating pork, no same sex nookie… she can find all that in her own synagogue.

I’m interested in what my community does. And I want my community, which is a Jewish community, to be exemplary.

It’s not your community. Go away.

And as long as there is one Jewish slumlord, then there’s reason for me to raise a public discussion. Any criticism of the Jewish community that comes from the outside is going to be perceived as anti-Semitic.

But if we have Jewish figureheads doing it, then suddenly bigotry is Kosher. Like when black people tell fried chicken jokes on a white owned network.

Sometimes it’s a fair characterization, and sometimes it isn’t. Some people will say, “But this is a stereotype! There are so many other slumlords that aren’t Jewish.” But my attitude is if this is my community, and I am a leader in my community, then I want it to follow Jewish values and laws.

Then maybe Jill Jacobs should start with her community, instead of talking about other communities she has no connection to anyway, in a newspaper that’s hostile to those communities.

Fuck this shit. I don’t have the stomach to read through more of it. It’s a disgusting minstrel show and I have trouble believing that I’m reading this in 2010 and not 1910. It’s arrogant, condescending bigotry at its worst.

I’m looking forward to that piece the Village Voice isn’t going to do on Imam Rauf and how he can justify being a slumlord and an Imam.

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Uri L’Tzedek Cashes in for $60,000 for Blackmailing Kosher Meat

Good news for the Uri L’Tzedek gang which staged a phony non-boycott of Agriprocessors Kosher Meat based on 5 news stories they read online, and are now cashing in to the tune of 60 big boys for their phony organization. Phony social activism sounds like a good business to be in. Doesn’t it?

As reported on the useless wankers own site, Bikkurim will be turning over office space, access to professional networks and services and funding worth 60 grand. Which amounts to Bikkurim telling Ari Hart, Shmuly Yanklowitz that they did good and now it’s time for them to earn their stripes by going after more Jewish groups.

Now you probably never heard of Bikkurim and if you go to their site, you’ll read a whole bunch of vague do-gooder crap. But when you take a look at what they fund, it gets real interesting. Here’s some highlights.

Footsteps, 2006
Footsteps provides social, emotional, health awareness, educational, and vocational resources to individuals who are growing beyond their ultra-orthodox and Chasidic Jewish communities and who choose to enter mainstream America.

Now that’s a really fancy way of saying that Footsteps is an Ex-Orthodox group encouraging teens and adults to leave Judaism. Bikkurim doesn’t just fund Footsteps but serves as their mailing address. Sultan Knish claimed to have found evidence that Footsteps.org was a scam. But whether that’s true or not, it’s pretty obvious what their goal is.

Next Bikkurim funds

Canfei Nesharim, 2004
Canfei Nesharim (“the wings of eagles”) is an organization of Orthodox Jews who are dedicated to educating the Orthodox community about the importance of protecting the environment from the perspective of Jewish tradition and Halacha (Jewish law).

Basically the environmentalist equivalent of Uri L’Tzedek. Left wing activists trying to repackage a left wing agenda under Orthodox colors. So if you can’t knock the religion out of ’em with Footsteps, bring em on board with Canfei Nesharim and Uri L’Tzedek. But it gets even better with,

Encounter, 2007
ENCOUNTER is an educational organization dedicated to providing emerging Jewish leaders from across the religious and political spectrum with exposure to Palestinian narratives and realities.

Wow sure sounds great Biff. But what is all that really about?

Motivated by the impassioned Jewish commitment to hokhma (wisdom) and binah (understanding), ENCOUNTER cultivates informed Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by bringing participants on journeys to Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

So in other words Encounters funds Jewish tours to enemy territory in order to hear enemy propaganda. Here’s how it works

I recently spent a few days in the West Bank town of Bethlehem with a group of future rabbis, Jewish educators and Dorot Fellows on a trip called Encounter, which takes future Jewish leaders from North America who are studying in Israel into the West Bank to meet with Palestinian activists and stay in Palestinian homes.

We met with representatives of Open Bethlehem, a group attempting to garner worldwide support against Israel’s construction of the separation barrier around Bethlehem, which has effectively ruined its tourist-based economy.

We walked in the shadow of the separation barrier, which separates the West Bank from Israel and the Jewish settlements. We listened to the personal stories of a professor from Al-Quds University, a Christian Bible teacher, and a mother who was forced to divorce her multimillionaire husband because Israel wouldn’t let him live with her in the West Bank and she wasn’t allowed to leave with her son. And we met with representatives of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization who had spent the preceding days prepping their colleagues for their trip to the Annapolis conference.

Throughout the trip a sense of hopelessness hung over our heads. My host for the night, Osama, a news anchor for the Palestine News Network, spoke about his wishes to travel in the future.

Yeah I bet Osama would love to travel. And hopefully Encounters can fulfill his dreams. Oh but it gets way better than that.

“Would you like to see two independent states, living side by side?” I asked them both at dinner on our first day.

“No,” Osama replied with conviction. “Even if we had our own state, Israel would still control us. We have no airport, and all of our borders are with Israel. They give us our food, our water, our electricity. If we do something they don’t like, they would strangle us and cut us off from the rest of the world like they have done in Gaza. Two states could never work.”

I have to admit, she made a convincing argument. One country with everyone living in harmony? It sounds fantastic to me. I’d love to see a place where ethnicity and religion have little impact on society, but of course there’s reality to deal with. We decided to change the subject.

Yes most convincing. Death to Israel. All Hail Osama. Funded by Bikkurim. Listed on the Bikkurim website.

That’s the august company that Uri L’Tzedek joins. A left wing incubator funded by a prominent left wing family which promotes an agenda of undermining Israel and Judaism. I could follow the chain of front groups that fund places like Bikkurim through other front groups and it would stretch a long way. Suffice it their goal is to fund left wing Jewish groups for agendas like this. That’s the graduating class Uri L’Tzedek joined through its blackmail of Kosher meat. Now they have their payday and their devil’s bargain. Hope they enjoy it. I’m sure we’ll see them around shaking down more Jewish organizations and businesses and trying to intimidate them into following their backers’ left wing agenda.