Montreal, Quebec – Trial Begins In Defamation Suit Between Hasidic Jew & His Non-Jewish Neighbor In Outremont

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    Pierre Lacerte, photographed in front of the synagogue in front of his home in Outremont. (Photo Courtesy to VINnews.com by Jacques Nadeau LeDevoir.com Montreal, Quebec – A long-standing feud between Canadian Orthodox Jew Michael Rosenberg and his non-Jewish neighbor, Pierre Lacerte, has found its way into a Montreal courtroom. According to a report by Montreal CTV (http://bit.ly/Y7j294), the Lacerte-Rosenberg battle is indicative of the ongoing tensions between the Hasidic community in Outremont and its neighbors.

    Lacerte, a writer, has a history of fighting with Outremont’s Hasidic community. For the better part of a decade, Lacerte has obsessed about his Outremont neighbor, Rosenberg, who is a wealthy real estate tycoon. Lacerte has even gone so far as to document Rosenberg and his perceived legal infractions in photographs uploaded to a blog.

    In response, Rosenberg filed a $375,000 defamation suit against Lacerte. Rosenberg’s attorney, Julius Grey, said the case is about “defamation, breach of privacy – while the other side is claiming abuse of procedures.”

    Rosenberg previously tried to obtain a restraining order against Lacerte, but was unsuccessful. He now alleges Lacerte’s blog photos have adversely affected his business, but was unable to provide evidence to support that claim. Rosenberg has also called Lacerte anti-Semitic, a charge Lacerte denies.

    On Monday morning, Lacerte posted a caricature of Rosenberg as Godzilla on his blog. He later taunted Rosenberg’s supporters at the courthouse.
    The trial is scheduled to continue for the remainder of this week.

    The hearing will continue on Tuesday morning with the testimony of Alex Werzberger and Martin Rosenberg. (Photo: Jacques Nadeau - Le Devoir)

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    1. Every Religious group should be careful, not to taunt other people, by putting the religious activities into their faces. It’s just Human Decency.
      We also hope that all the Muslims surrounding our neigborhood in B.P. should also be sensitive to this.
      Maybe by, Middoh Kneged Middoh, Hashem will inspire them not to put their religious activities into our face.

        • 100% CORRECT. I am no Satmar Chassid but I am sick of the smirching of the whole Satmar community. I rather have a Satmar, or a Belz or a Sefardi or a Litvak
          or a religious Moslem than any of the secular society. I am not prejudice but I don’t like loud parties, people who run around have naked, or with tatto faces, and studs hanging from their lips, ears, eyes or noses. I am not interested either in your life style just don’t flaunt it to make a point. The people who so so anti Satmar don’t like not because they are Satmar but they have big familes, dress tznius and most act like a Mentch. There woman feed familes relgious and not religious they don’t even know. The deliver food for people who are waiting for appointments in the hospital. Now all that hate Satmar answer this

          • I think some people would like to, but they don’t understand you.

            I’m not quite sure what Mr. Rosenberg is supposed to have done to offend Lacerte. Must be because he exists & that’s just too much for this Canadian anti-semite.

            Well, I have news for you, Monsieur – WE ARE NOT GOING TO ROLL OVER & DIE FOR YOU CHAZERIM AGAIN. Get used to it. We WILL live on, despite everything you & your ilk want to do to us.

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