The problems with the Lubavitch

Sex Crime from the Rubaskin Family…The family that brought you your kosher meat
December 17, 2008, 7:10 pm
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October 1 2008

Rubashkin Son-In-Law Arrested For Child Sexual Molestation – Chabad Rabbi Allegedly Molested Boy At School, JCC

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss, 28, is rabbi of Chabad of Colonie near Albany, New York. His wife is…

…Rosa Rubashkin, Sholom M. Rubashkin’s daughter.

Rabbi Yaaakov Weiss Large

Weiss moved from Postville to the Albany area in 2004:

Loudonville rabbi accused of sex abuse
Man charged in alleged incidents involving 13-year-old boy
By BRENDAN LYONS, Senior writer

ALBANY — An Albany area rabbi has been arrested on sex abuse charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 13-year-old boy.

Albany police detectives arrested Yaakov Weiss, 28, of Loudonville Monday and charged him with two counts of third-degree sex abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Details pertaining to the case were not immediately available, but Albany police spokesman Det. James Miller said the charges have to do with Weiss’ alleged involvement with the boy on at least two occasions — one in November 2007 and the other earlier this year.

The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that’s continuing and comes on the first day of the Jewish High Holy Days on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Weiss was arraigned in Albany City Court and released but it was unclear if bail was set.

His attorney Arnold Proskin was not immediately available for comment.

Weiss, who adheres to a missionary branch of Judaism know as Chabad-Lubavitch, moved to Colonie from Iowa in 2004 with his wife Rosa and an infant daughter. Soon after arriving in the Capital Region, Weiss founded the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School. He has been outspoken on the issue of public religious expression.

In 2005, he requested a Hanukkah display at Colonie Center Mall but was denied. The mall displayed a 6-foot menorah the following year after Weiss and his supporters lobbied the mall for representation of the Jewish holiday.

Last year, Weiss was part of a movement to have the state Legislature pass a bill mandating a moment of silence each day at school for students to reflect in their own way on the importance of the spiritual in their lives.

Here is a birth announcement for Weiss’ daughter, published on Shmais, a Chabad website, in 2004. Note his wife is identified as Rosa Rubashkin:


Finally a little accountability for the Lubavitch Meatpackers
November 1, 2008, 5:03 pm
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From The New York Times

“Federal Charges for Ex-C.E.O. at Meatpacker”

Published: October 30, 2008

Federal immigration agents on Thursday arrested the former chief executive of Agriprocessors Inc., the nation’s biggest kosher meatpacking company, accusing him of harboring illegal immigrants at a plant in Postville, Iowa, where about 400 immigrant workers were arrested in a raid in May.

Sholom Rubashkin

With the arrest of the former chief executive, Sholom Rubashkin, federal authorities extended their criminal prosecution to the highest level of management at the plant. Some 300 workers, mainly immigrants from Guatemala, were convicted of felony document fraud charges after the raid, and Iowa prosecutors had faced mounting criticism for punishing those workers but not Agriprocessors’s executives and owners.

Mr. Rubashkin is the highest-ranking executive to face arrest in stepped-up immigration raids at packinghouses nationwide since late 2006.

The son of Aaron Rubashkin, the owner of the family-held company, Sholom Rubashkin had been the top manager of the kosher plant since 1987. He was forced by his father to step down as chief executive shortly after the raid.

Mr. Rubashkin was arrested Thursday by immigration agents at his home in Postville, prosecutors said, and was released on $1 million bail after a hearing.

He is also accused, in a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, of abetting aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year minimum sentence. Many of the immigrant workers were charged with that crime.

Mr. Rubashkin and his father, both Lubavitch Hasidic Jews, built Agriprocessors into a kosher giant. Kosher consumers faced meat shortages since the raid, and the scandal fueled a debate about kosher ethics.

According to the complaint, Mr. Rubashkin participated directly in efforts in the days before the raid to obtain fraudulent documents that could pass immigration agents’ scrutiny for dozens of illegal immigrants working in Postville.

The complaint suggests that plant managers had heard a raid was coming and had initially informed many workers they would have to present valid identity documents or be fired. But two floor supervisors told investigators that they met with Mr. Rubashkin at the plant to request a $4,500 loan to “help the employees who were to be terminated.” On May 9, Mr. Rubashkin agreed to give them the cash loan.

One supervisor said he had lent $200 each to about a dozen workers, who paid a line foreman to buy fake documents, the complaint says.

On May 11, the complaint charges, human resources managers worked all day under Mr. Rubashkin’s supervision to fill out job applications for workers with new fake documents.

One human resources manager told investigators that she had protested to Mr. Rubashkin that employees who had been scheduled for termination were applying under new names. Mr. Rubashkin said “the IDs looked good to him” and told her to accept them, the complaint says.

While the complaint names no employees, two supervisors, Juan Carlos Guerrero Espinoza and Martin de la Rosa, have pleaded guilty to harboring charges. A human resources manager, Laura Althouse, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Mr. Rubashkin and his father also face state charges for child labor violations. And Iowa labor authorities on Wednesday levied $10 million in fines against the company for wage violations.

Mr. Rubashkin faces a maximum of 22 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges.

Editorial: CBS News with Forrest Sawyer does not tell the whole truth
July 20, 2008, 12:07 am
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On Saturday evening July 19, i watched CBS news with Forrest Sawyer. He did a piece on Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa. It had a obvious slant. Yes it is very sad that 700 people lost their jobs. Three hundred ran away and 400 were arrested. It did a short interview with one of the owners who instead of wearing his yamulke he was wearing a baseball cap and a trimmed beard. Now come on CBS these are Lubavitch Orthodox Jews and usually do not wear baseball caps. No where in the piece did it mention that these people are Orthodox Jews producing kosher meat for Jews. They mentioned kosher once. And where did these owners think 700 Guatemalans come from when they came to Postville years ago and  bought an almost closed and out of business meat processing company. The citizens of Postville tried to work for these people but they were paid so bably and treated like dirt that all the Iowans left. 700 hispanic people just materialized out of thin air and they did not know. Another example of the liittle guy taking all the blame and two managers being the scape goat for these egregious owners, smart clever lubavitch butchers from Brooklyn…..they are guilty and should pay but will walk away with their millions. And shame on CBS news for putting on a puff piece. A crisis PR person got to the network. At least the newspaper articles have told more of the facts. No wonder TV news is dying.

Postville Iowa Lubavitch problem started a long time ago.
July 13, 2008, 10:56 pm
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Learning from Postville

The Mississippifarian –

June 29, 2008

Read Jon Tevlin’s excellent in-depth article, There’s something bad in this town.

Rabbi Allen of Beth Jacob Congregation knew about Agriprocessors’ problems a long time before the raid. He knew the most recent CEO, Sholom Rubashkin, who for a time lived in St. Paul’s Highland Park before moving to Postville. After reading an article critical of the company, Allen led a delegation of Twin Cities rabbis to Postville in 2006.

Workers told story after story of long hours, unsafe conditions and wages as low as $5 an hour. They told him many of the same things now in court documents.

“They appeared to me to do everything possible to maximize the bottom line at the expense of human dignity,” Allen said of the plant owners.

The Minnesota rabbis tried to work with the Rubashkins. “I think if they had followed our advice, this may never have happened,” he said.

Allen is now leading a national movement to create a certification program called Hekhsher Tzedek, much like fair trade agreements, which would ensure not only that kosher meat is prepared properly, but also that workers are treated fairly.

Jews in the Midwest weren’t blindsided by this scandal, and tried to get the Lubavitchers to obey the law. It was never a secret what the Rubashkins were up to. From day one word got out all over northern Iowa about the bigoted Jews who’d moved to Postville. Initially, this transplanted community rejected all welcoming efforts and determinedly kept to themselves, refusing to even engage in small talk with locals. And the locals, understandably, took deep offense. So much so that Agriprocessors launched a PR effort to improve community relations (without having to mingle with the locals anymore than was absolutely necessary).

But what I don’t understand is why the locals turned a blind eye to the Guatemalans. Only an idiot would think that our government had granted work visas to that many Central Americans.

This is one of the last chapters in a long and sordid story about Iowa labor. When I was active in that movement in the ’70s, meatpacking unions across the state were under constant fire. It’s a vicious industry, and men who own plants that profit from selling meat, blood and guts aren’t squeamish about breaking unions. But the men who worked in packing plants were hard cases as well, and most of the packers ended up shutting down their plants rather than continue to pay union wages (living wages earned through demanding physical labor).

This was but a part of the great labor realignment Reagan brought with him. In Reagan’s first term, Iowa lost over ten percent of their work force. Tens and tens of thousands of Iowans were forced to leave the state to find employment.

Came the ’80s and Terry Branstead became governor. Branstead opened the doors to Iowa Beef Packers, and they swooped into Iowa with a vengeance, buying up old packing plants for pennies on the dollar and then bringing in Mexican laborers because even out-of-work Iowans wouldn’t do packing house work for the low wages offered by IBP.

It got so bad that state Attorney General Tom Miller sent letters out to every conceivable Hispanic organization warning them that IBP’s wages and working conditions did not offer decent job opportunities. The fact was that the Mexican workers ended up living in crowded apartments because they didn’t make enough money to pay rent. Despite having dangerous jobs, they had no health insurance, and IBP quickly developed a record of lying about workplace injuries. The workers were mostly men living apart from their families, locked into low wage jobs that didn’t permit them to bring their families to Iowa.

Agriprocessors simply moved into an existing bad situation, then proceeded to make it worse.

Read Tevlin’s article. It is only because of the lawless nature of the Bush administration that Agriprocessors’ owners are not facing trial. And God help them if they ever are put on trial. Kosher meat is a monopoly, and Agriprocessors could have raised their prices at any time, allowing them to easily pay living wages to legal employees. They chose not to. They chose to break labor laws, they chose to dehumanize their workers, they chose to reject the embrace of the local community and to instead develop an insular community.

It’s that last bit that’s the most telling. The Lubavitchers moved from Brooklyn to rural Iowa, and then sealed themselves off so their children wouldn’t be contaminated by the locals. To them, there was no difference between the gangs of Brooklyn and the church softball leagues of northeastern Iowa. They could have paid high wages without significantly impacting their sales (it’s good to have a monopoly on a product that’s endorsed by your religion).

I think the Jewish community need to recognize that within their faith, they harbor bigots every bit as vile as the worst Aryan Nation villains. And no, I don’t think I’m telling them anything new. I’m just encouraging Jews to be more open in their rejection of extremist beliefs. Postville was never in danger of becoming the Jewish Waco, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a strong element of Branch Davidian nuttiness permeating the Lubavitcher movement, a religious sect as fucked up as anything Sun Myung Moon or Jim Jones ever concocted. Seriously, on a theological level, the Mormon faith makes more sense than the bastardized Judaism practiced by Lubatvitchers, a personality-centered cult that should have disbanded when Rebbe Schneerson died.

Chabad Hasidim believe that there is no successor to Schneerson and all the suggested successors declined the mantle of leadership in the days after his death. Chabad Hasidim believe that he is still their leader, guiding them from beyond the grave through prayer and signs. Some Chabad Hasidim believe that he will return as the Messiah; this view has led to controversy with other Orthodox groups and within Chabad itself. Some, quoting Talmudic passages and statements that Schneerson himself made, refuse to put the typical honorifics that Jews normally use for the dead after his name. Schneerson’s messianism or divinity is not advocated in any of Chabad’s official literature, but such literature is published and distributed by people who hold that belief. Chabad-Lubavitch leaders have repeatedly condemned the Meshichists (messianists) in the strongest possible terms.


Kudos to the Twin Cities Jewish community for recognizing the problems being created by these transplanted Lubavitchers early on, and for trying to help fix a situation that predictably blew up in everyone’s faces.

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New York Times still covers for the Lubavitch and shame on Attorney General Mukasey

NY Times covers up for Chabad Lubavitch

July 11, 2008

Professor Eric Camayd-Freixas, a certified Spanish interpreter for the federal courts, is blowing the whistle on the Postville raid.

In a 14-page essay he circulated among two dozen other interpreters who worked here, Professor Camayd-Freixas wrote that the immigrant defendants whose words he translated, most of them villagers from Guatemala, did not fully understand the criminal charges they were facing or the rights most of them had waived.

In the essay and an interview, Professor Camayd-Freixas said he was taken aback by the rapid pace of the proceedings and the pressure prosecutors brought to bear on the defendants and their lawyers by pressing criminal charges instead of deporting the workers immediately for immigration violations.

He said defense lawyers had little time or privacy to meet with their court-assigned clients in the first hectic days after the raid. Most of the Guatemalans could not read or write, he said. Most did not understand that they were in criminal court.

“The questions they asked showed they did not understand what was going on,” Professor Camayd-Freixas said in the interview. “The great majority were under the impression they were there because of being illegal in the country, not because of Social Security fraud.”

During fast-paced hearings in May, 262 of the illegal immigrants pleaded guilty in one week and were sentenced to prison — most for five months — for knowingly using false Social Security cards or legal residence documents to gain jobs at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in nearby Postville. It was the largest criminal enforcement operation ever carried out by immigration authorities at a workplace.

Immigration’s largest criminal enforcement operation ever, followed up by the biggest kangaroo court since Stalin’s show trials.

Just listen to the government’s side:

Bob Teig, a spokesman for Matt M. Dummermuth, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, said the immigrants’ constitutional rights were not compromised.

“All defendants were provided with experienced criminal attorneys and interpreters before they made any decisions in their criminal cases,” Mr. Teig said. “Once they made their choices, two independent judicial officers determined the defendants were making their choices freely and voluntarily, were satisfied with their attorney, and were, in fact, guilty.”

Mr. Teig said the judges in the cases were satisfied with the guilty pleas.

“The judges had the right and duty to reject any guilty plea where a defendant was not guilty,” Mr. Teig said. “No plea was rejected.”

Well fuck — none of the judges rejected any of the guilty pleas! That’s saying something, I guess.

I say fuck the Guatemalans. Let them do their time and then go home. And then let’s try the criminals in the Bush administration in the exact same way: assembly line justice with pre-determined sentences and a guarantee that everyone will be found to be guilty! guilty! guilty!

And let’s hold the trials at the ballroom of the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo. Nothing reflects the majesty of the law like the faint whiff of dried manure. The smell of shit clings to everything around it, btw.

Professor Camayd-Freixas said he had considered withdrawing from the assignment, but decided instead that he could play a valuable role by witnessing the proceedings and making them known.

He suggested many of the immigrants could not have knowingly committed the crimes in their pleas. “Most of the clients we interviewed did not even know what a Social Security card was or what purpose it served,” he wrote.

He said many immigrants could not distinguish between a Social Security card and a residence visa, known as a green card. They said they had purchased fake documents from smugglers in Postville, or obtained them directly from supervisors at the Agriprocessors plant. Most did not know that the original cards could belong to Americans and legal immigrants, Mr. Camayd-Freixas said.

Ms. Smith went repeatedly over the charges and the options available to her clients, Professor Camayd-Freixas said. He cited the reaction of one Guatemalan, Isaías Pérez Martínez: “No matter how many times his attorney explained it, he kept saying, ‘I’m illegal, I have no rights. I’m nobody in this country. Just do whatever you want with me.’ ”

Professor Camayd-Freixas said Mr. Pérez Martínez wept during much of his meeting with Ms. Smith.

Once again in George Bush’s America, aren’t you proud to be an American?

Oh, and one other thing about this article. The Times chose not to mention one word about who employed these Guatemalans. Even the generic name Agriprocessors is stripped from the article. No mention of the Agriprocessor supervisors being held without bail because one of them has already fled to Israel (who refuses to return him despite the billions of dollars of aid they take from us each year). Not one word about the fake blog comments at Fake Messiah which have now been traced to Agriprocessors’ PR firm’s spokesperson’s home computer. Absolutely not one word about the Rubashkins and their involvement in the biggest nuthouse cult in New York City, the Chabad Lubavitchers.

Worse, here’s an article that suggests Attorney General Michael Mukasey is a Chabad Lubavitcher, and that this whacked out death cult has gained power in the Bush administration. [Note that this site is NOT anti-Jewish, altho a casual reading of the Churchill quote in the sidebar might suggest that.] Here’s a sample from that article of an actual Chabad teaching:

As for the goyim…Zalman’s attitude (was): “Gentile souls are of a completely different and inferior order. They are totally evil, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.” …If every simple cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, is a part of God, then every strand of DNA is a part of God. Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA. …

If a Jew needs a liver, can you take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an infinite value,” he explained. “There is something infinitely more holy and unique about Jewish life than non-Jewish life. – Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh in Jewish Week, the largest Jewish publication in the United States.

Does that sound even vaguely Jewish to you? Or more like the thinking of once ascendant political reich that isn’t usually thought of as pro-Jewish? And what’s Joe Lieberman’s connection to all of this? Are the Chabad Lubavitch behind the Iranian missile photoshopping? There’s no way to know because even the New York Times refuses to ask questions.

Postville factory is owned by the Lubavitch
May 14, 2008, 3:36 pm
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From The New York Sun

Immigration Agents Raid Kosher Meatpacking Plant


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Federal immigration agents in northeastern Iowa raided the world’s largest kosher meatpacking plant yesterday, arresting more than 300 people and housing many of them at a converted fairgrounds.The raid of the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville was the largest in state history and had been planned for months, U.S. Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth said.

The raid, one of several conducted at meat-processing plants around the country in recent years, was aimed at seeking evidence of identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers, and people who are in the country illegally, an ICE spokesman, Tim Counts, said.

Authorities arrived at the Agriprocessors plant about 10 a.m. and presented company officials with search warrants. Agents asked to speak with all the employees, and plant officials cooperated and shut down their operations.

Agriprocessors did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Of those arrested, 44 were released for humanitarian reasons, primarily because they must care for children. They were ordered to report to court later.

Others arrested were held in local jails or driven by bus about 75 miles to temporary housing at the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo. Federal authorities previously leased the fairgrounds and have turned it into a secure center.

Sister Mary McCauley, a Roman Catholic nun at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, said family members of plant workers came to the nearby church in tears after immigration agents arrived in buses, vans, and two helicopters.

“The people right now are hearing and seeing the helicopters,” Sister McCauley said yesterday morning. “They are just panic-stricken and very frightened and some of them are coming to the church as a safe haven.”

Sister McCauley said she went to the plant to help provide information and assist workers but was not allowed to get close.

“Some of the people that are going to be detained are up against a fence and now they’re tying their hands,” she said.

Many of the plant workers are Hispanic, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, she said.

Mr. Counts, the ICE spokesman, said a toll-free telephone number had been set up to assist family members of those arrested who have questions about their detention status and the removal process.

Asked about the raid during a news conference yesterday, Governor Chet Culver said both illegal immigrants and companies that knowingly hire them should be prosecuted.