Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Satmar update; ABC video

To watch the nauseating ABC video

What message is this sending to the children?

2 hours ago: WABC-TV :

Thousands of congregants were involved in the fight in Brooklyn. It was so bad that police in riot gear had to be called in...
There are concerns tonight that the violence isn't over and so police will have barricades up as the community moves around the neighborhood and there are police officers basically surrounding the synagogue.
This was a clear case, some say, of Jews attacking other Jews and it's all over a family dispute.
It happened inside the sanctuary. People were praying. That's when hundreds of Satmar Hasidim stormed the synagogue. Suddenly two opposing Jewish groups were locked in a violent brawl.
Sol Wertheimer, Witness: "This is the end of the holidays and we have to finish it with happiness and it's the opposite, people were crying."
Police rushed in, one detective called it chaotic. Fist-fights, beard-pulling, congregants literally tossed into the street.
Joel Gold, Witness: "When the police came up, I can believe dead bodies being pulled out of the synagogue."
...But this week there was a new court ruling that sides with Aaron.
His followers say they were just going in to reclaim the temple, and deny any wrongdoing.
Joseph Hershkowitz, Williamsburg Resident: "Can we please go into our own synagogue that we got legally, by the court?"
Jeff Rossen: "Did you storm the temple?"
Joseph Hershkowitz: "There were probably people that came into the temple but definitely not stormed it, no. I'm sure that there are violent people on both sides."...
Sol Pearlstein, Williamsburg Resident: "We have the police here and there have been warnings to all sides saying 'just behave and don't do anything stupid.'"
There were minor injuries in this brawl, as many people say it was. Twenty-six people were arrested and tonight both sides say the fight is not over yet.

Pulling beards? Ouch. If you have to fight, fight like a man!
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 8:07 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the accompanying video. I see chassidim talking on camera in broad daylight. I am watching this on motzei Yom Tov. Did all these Chassidim simply be mechalel yom tov to get on camera?

9:27 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

Good point!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Reb Chaim HaQoton said...

Perhaps they were all visiting from Eretz Yisroel and only held of one day of Yuntiff?

10:40 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

Maybe they didn't see the microphone in front of their faces!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Reb Chaim HaQoton said...

Dan L'Caf Zechus

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

English speaking Satmar chassidim from Israel???

Thats a bit far-fetched my friend...

But anything is possible I suppose...

2:12 PM  

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