Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rev. Hafner's Take

(For immediate publication, please publish, you have my permission to publish - For Verification Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner- 1001 Fischer Blvd Unit 155, Toms River, NJ 08753 eric@erichafner.com (email is best way to reach, if you need phone please email) ) -____________
Dear Editor,

 It is highly suspicious to observe only Orthodox Jews being prosecuted, with mugshots being plastered across to the media, in what Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has termed as a crackdown on welfare fraud in Lakewood. Not a single-member of Lakewood's large Mexican immigrant population, who are often paid in cash and lacking lawful immigration status are being accused of such fraud.

 It is improbable that in a town-wide crackdown, the only offenders would be from the Orthodox community. While convicted sex offenders charged with new crimes have been released with no bail in Ocean County, some of the Lakewood residents charged in this prosecution (which appears to be a persecution), have been forced to pay $100,000 bail in order to secure their pre-trial release.

 In 2015, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato declined to prosecute the neo-nazi daughter of a NJ State Trooper who tweeted threats to bomb and run over members of Lakewood's Orthodox Jewish community with her car, with photos of her prospective targets, including young Jewish children. In 2010, Amit Bornstein, a Jewish man from Marlboro died in the Monmouth County Jail after being beaten by Sheriff's Officers. Anti-semitism has long been a problem among law enforcement in New Jersey, and these recent events show that it has yet to be addressed.

Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner Recent Candidate for U.S. Congress Toms River, NJ

15 comments:

  1. Two wrongs dont make it right. The system is broken thats forsure but its a far cry from anti semitism. Pennsylvania just arrested 68 people this month for the same fraud and it was all over the news.

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    1. Yes. But the pa prosecutor didn't paint the entire state with a brush of guilty. He didn't say the party for citizens of pa is over.

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    2. Harold HerskowitzJuly 3, 2017 at 8:11 AM

      It was not nearly as widespread reported , the media was not invited to the arrests and there was no mention of their religion or race. This is an obvious attempt at embarassing and disparaging a community as a whole for the actions of a few. And those actions were not exactly widespread purposeful fraud as reported .

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  2. Thank you. Extremely well voiced!

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  3. I am grateful for any display of support, but there is a factual error here. The State arrestees did not have to post bail. Those were the federal arrestees.

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  4. Lakewoodscoop refused to publish the following comment posted on news item "Lakewood Police Chief on anti-Semitic incidents: We’re not going to tolerate this in our Town; OCPO responds; $10k reward offered"

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    When a Muslim gets arrested the prosecutor goes out if his way to point out this is a isolated incident, that it’s not reflective of their religion etc… Over here the papers were full of quotes from the prosecutor’s office doing just the opposite. The blame for the incitement lies clearly with the prosecutor.

    by Moe on 2017-07-02 at 9:33 pm

    Where is the vaad? Why isn't this a "teachable moment" of how not to disparage an entire innocent community?

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    1. Thank u Doc!!!

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    2. And I've been banned from scoop shortly after you posted this comment

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  5. Some of the arrested will be proven that they were in full compliance with the law.
    Therefore there may be grounds for false arrest, which should be pursued.

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  6. Dear HV,

    I’m sure all are aware of the recent arrests in Lakewood. There are so many infuriating aspects that have not received any attention. The Asbury Park Press went to town with new articles every day about the Lakewood Orthodox community defrauding the government. They have given all our non Jewish neighbors an outlet to express their hate. This is unacceptable. I take this as a personal affront. I do not steal from the government so please do not give the entire community a guilty verdict without a trial. Even more so, the individuals arrested have not had a trial, and I personally know one couple that truly needs government programs to survive and has no money that would have made receiving programs justified. If the Asbury Park Press would treat any other community as this, there would be a large outcry with protests in the street. We have community leaders, the Lakewood Vaad to represent us. If the Vaad would truly represent us, they would have raised money for funds to sue the Asbury Park Press and pay for lawyers to protect those arrested as being unfairly targeted as Orthodox Jews. Sadly, the Vaad threw them and the rest of the community under the bus. Instead of crying out “Innocent until proven guilty” and this is not a widespread community problem, they are saying the fun is over. Mayor Coles strongly condemned those arrested who again forgot we live in a country where innocent until proven guilty. Duvi Honig, a self-appointed askan, said they cannot be blamed because of the burden of expenses the Lakewood Orthodox Jews face. What?! So he is implying that many in the community are doing this because they have to. How does that sound to our neighboring communities? Maybe these people should think before they talk? If these arrests would have happened to Chassidim, their leaders would’ve protected them. Only in Lakewood, can this happen. For the FBI to make public arrests like they did, just shows there is someone with an agenda. Maybe the current Attorney General wants to run for Governor. The truth will come out soon. Generally, if someone is falsely reporting income, as has happened to individual in the past, s/he will receive a letter in the mail and would need to repay. FBI needs to arrest dangerous individuals. Not make a scene such as they did.

    Sincerely
    Moshe Cohen
    Lakewood NJ

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    1. Moshe . Your head is way way too deep in the sand box. You gotta come up to breath more often.
      Also why arent you complaining about the 68 families in Pennsylvania which were swept up in a raid for welfare and medicaid fraud around the same time lakewood had one.?

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    2. Harold HerskowitzJuly 6, 2017 at 10:42 AM

      What moshe wrote was the truth. Of the 68 families in Pennsylvania many were actual cases of fraud, not simply not reporting some extra parental support. Was it the front story in any local papers? Were there pictures of them in court all over the internet? Our system created an awful catch 22 and a few couples got messed up from it. Why hasn't the prosecutor gone after the blatant corruption in our town? Because there are a few of our own people that are ok with watching innocent people get hurt so those that hate our community can feel like they are getting justice, as long as they themselves are left alone. It's an awful system and we all get hurt along with these innocent families.

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    3. I guess the sand box is bigger than i thought.

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  7. It is also illegal to target only members of one community in an investigation, and if that community is a religious one, by targeting it, they are guilty of religious persecution. That is why there are people in this town desecrating Holocaust memorials; they feel that if it's alright for our elected officials to engage in official religious persecution then certainly it's alright for the average man on the street to engage in such behavior!

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