Williamsburg, NY – Unorthodox Street Justice

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    Photo Credit: NY PostWilliamsburg, NY – A group of Hasidic Jews meted out swift street justice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to a man they say threatened to shoot a neighborhood storekeeper.

    At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the man threw two watermelons to the ground at the Division Mini Mart on Clymer Street when he began cursing at the storekeeper, cops said.

    “I hate Jews!” the store manager – who gave only his first name, Moses – quoted the man as yelling. “You should all die!” Moses said he told the man – who other witnesses said might have been drunk – that he would have to pay for the watermelons but the man refused.

    Several witnesses claim the man yelled, “I will shoot you!” Moses said he would call police. That prompted the man to barge out of the store, and push a 13- or 14-year-old boy to the ground as he knocked the black fedora off his head – a grave insult to Orthodox Jews.

    “It’s absolutely an insult to be without the hat’ . . . It’s a tremendous violation of privacy against a person,” said community leader Isaac Abraham.

    The man then began running down Clymer Street while a group of about 25 neighborhood residents gave chase, catching up with him in front of Steinberg’s Kosher Bakery two blocks away. There, a Post photographer saw at least two men wrestle the man to the ground.

    A large crowd – including members of the Shomrim, a volunteer community patrol – gathered around him as he lay on the ground. They held him at bay until police arrived from the 90th Precinct.

    A woman who works at the bakery and gave only her first name, Judy, said the man seemed apologetic. “I heard him tell [cops], ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it,’ ” she said.

    Abraham insisted no one roughed the man up. “Nobody touched him while he was on the ground,” he said. “There is no reason to overreact.”

    Officers patted the man down and found no weapons or other contraband on him. No one came forward to press charges, so he was let go.

    Moses said ‘the outcome of the incident “bothers me. I wanted to press charges.”

    The neighborhood has grown much safer compared to a decade ago, but has seen an uptick in crime in the past year. According to police statistics, major crime is up over 13 percent compared to last year – with robberies up 11 percent, burglaries up 13 percent, grand larceny up 24 percent and the number of murders jumping from one to three.

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    22 COMMENTS

    1. Insult to hasids to be without a hat?

      sounds like arab type of insult like lifting up your shoe at someone!

      the issue is that the halacha is to cover your head plus a beeber hit costs a lot of money and it can get ruined throwing it on the pavement .

    2. If he walked home, then there was no street justice.

      Unlike other areas of the city, where he would be left for dead. He was held for the cops, and there was no accusation even of any rough up.

      The headkine should’ve read Orthodox justice.

    3. This is NUTS!. They don’t need anyone to “press charges” He made a threat to shoot the storekeep, this should be handled appropriately, what are you dopes waiting for, for him to come back another day and make good on his threat??!!

    4. throwing someone to the ground is ok so long that its not an insult or violation of privacy. who is traininng us how to speak/think? if i was isaac abraham i would say “hey, he assaulted a kid so we whupped his ***”

    5. “It’s absolutely an insult to be without the hat’ . . . It’s a tremendous violation of privacy against a person,”

      It’s more insulting to hear about a “frum” person stealing 45 million dollars. I guess stealing is no big deal since it is going on for so long but knocking a guys hat off his head OH MY……

    6. to anon 8:56 hisgarus beimus is not when u stick up 4yourself when some 1 robs u hisgarus beimus is what the zionists do in the whole world & what d aroinis did in willy last week a true CHILUL HASHEM

    7. It’s absolutely an insult to be without the hat’ . . . It’s a tremendous violation of privacy against a person,”

      what bull. the photo shows all the bored guys standing around and no one has hat on???

      no wonder the guy hates jews. and yes i am one

    8. I believe Mr Abraham was reffering in his comment to the Yarmulka aka Kipah aka Skullcap.

      a chassid from williamsburg will most certainly feel very uncomfortable without his yarmulka

    9. rechel mechel you dont have sechel

      don’t compare allples to oranges. running a country is not hisgarus beimus its running a country. kissing yzadd hashainin of ahmedinutjob is hisgarus beimus. the aroinim don’t make a kiddush hashem but its not hisgarus beimus.

    10. This Isaac Abraham fellow is a real class act. He’s perfect for the residents of W’burg. He makes us sound like some Moslems or Sikhs or Rastafarians,

      ““It’s absolutely an insult to be without the hat’ . . . It’s a tremendous violation of privacy against a person,” said community leader Isaac Abraham.

      How about it being an agressive act that has always been how shkutzim attacked Jews.

      Privacy has nothing to do with it.

      But this guy is probably worth the money he’s paid for being a ‘community leader’. You get what you pay for.

      But he does sound like eppes tacky.

    11. Anonymous Says:

      comments – arrow “It’s absolutely an insult to be without the hat’ . . . It’s a tremendous violation of privacy against a person,”

      It’s more insulting to hear about a “frum” person stealing 45 million dollars. I guess stealing is no big deal since it is going on for so long but knocking a guys hat off his head OH MY……

      09-14-2008 – 12:50 AM

      anony, your self hatred amazes me, and I don’t find the connection between a drunk shaigetz on lee ave and people stealing. I guess it bothers you so much that its on your mind constantly, or maybe you just hate chasidim aka frum jews. just a possibility…

    12. fish’l i don’t believe the whole self hatred concept. 12:50AM doesn’t hate himself or me or you. he just feels he’s a few notches higher on the evolutionary scale and thus condescends to hasidim, no need to get all dramatic. the truth is, all those of that ilk who shtoltzeer zich on how better they are are even more imperfect than those who they love talking down to. just wish him a refuah sheleima bimheira and leave the rest to his psychiatrist.

    13. Ya ya,

      Whever we Chassidim claim somebody wronged us, even when it’s 100 the case there will always be some moron who’ll somehow mention something about Yidden stealling etc.

      Incidently, these are the same kooks who seem to thrive when the molestaion topic comes up. Always, inserting their -2 cents to prove how stupid some can get.

      Go get a life idiots. Maybe if you’d actually get a job you’d feel a little better about yourself and won’t feel the need to bash your fellow brothers.

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