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Rabbi Israel ShemtovRabbiWatch.com :: View topic - Rabbi Israel ShemtovRabbi Israel ShemtovPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:14 am Post subject: Rabbi Israel Shemtov Reply with quoteHasidic Rabbi Arrested for Hate Crime in Alleged Vehicular Assault of Black Teens The leader of a Jewish vigilante group organized by ultra-orthodox rabbis in the predominantly black Crown Heights section of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, police in New York said April 25, after he drove his car onto a sidewalk to chase a group of black teen-agers, most of whom are immigrants from the Caribbean islands. The N.Y. Police Department classified the incident as a possible hate crime, because Rabbi Israel Shemtov was alleged to have used the "N" word and other racial epithets as he allegedly attempted to assault the negro youths with his car. There were no injuries, but the rabbi was issued an appearance ticket by officers from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights.However, due to the tremendous political clout of Hasidic Jews in N.Y. it is likely Shemtov will not be prosecuted or that he will receive only a token fine.No other faction in N.Y. is allowed to operate a vigilante group, except Jews, who do so legally. According to the N.Y. Times of April 26, the black teen-agers, "told the police that at about 2:45 Thursday afternoon they saw the rabbi near the intersection of Kingston and Montgomery Streets and exchanged stares.Moments later, Shemtov drove his car onto the sidewalk and attempted to run down the youths, said Deputy Inspector Michael Collins, a police spokesman.The teen-agers wrote down the car's license-plate number and identified the rabbi in a line-up, Collins said. "Shemtov, who has been arrested several times for clashes with the police, said that the teen-agers had thrown a bottle at him and that he had called 911 for help.


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RABBI ISRAEL SHEMTOV seems to pop up in the right place at the right time.Three years ago in his Crown Heights neighborhood, he rescued a woman who, bleeding profusely from nearly a dozen bullet wounds, was crawling out of a basement.He hauled her into his car and sped to a nearby hospital.On Monday, three years to the day, he was driving over the Brooklyn Bridge when he stopped and talked a distraught man out of jumping.Others might say he has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.The founder of a Lubavitch Hasidim neighborhood patrol, Rabbi Shemtov admits with a sly smile that he has been arrested "many times" for obstructing government administration.In the sometimes zealous pursuit of assorted bad guys, as well as in reaction to insults to his brethren, he has been charged over the years with assault, rioting and just plain getting in the way.Sometimes he bends the rules.But he insists that he always follows the Book."In different parts of the Torah, it is quoted that he who saves one soul, it is as if he saved the entire world," said Rabbi Shemtov, a pixie-ish man with gray hair and a red-flecked beard."It's totally immaterial whether they're black or white or any race or religion or color.A human being you have to help."Other people would just as soon walk away from a fracas or a crime rather than risk injury or arrest.Rabbi Shemtov says he can't ignore what goes on around him.His record, as well as the numerous cars he has driven into the ground after one chase too many, is the price he cheerfully pays."Any lady cooking in her house would have bandages in the medicine cabinet," he said.With traffic backed up, Rabbi Shemtov began to shout up to the man."He was yelling and screaming that he was taking his life," Rabbi Shemtov said.A good amount of that is attributable to Israel Shemtov and his involvement in the neighborhood."It's in his nature: Do what you can.Take a chance."Why should I put my neck out?"Rabbi Shemtov asked.A founder of Shmira, Rabbi Israel Shemtov, said he was not familiar with the details in this incident or the people involved.Of the two patrols, he said he often joked that he would like to "lock you both in one room until you straighten it out and come out as one unit."Of the 500 teens who participated in the survey, 52% said they believe Israel faces "a certain threat of destruction" and 30% said they believe "Israel is under a serious threat of destruction," up from 24% who saw a serious threat in last year's survey. The vast majority of the respondents - 91% - were found to have an awareness of global anti-Semitism, but 80% had never personally encountered anti-Semitism themselves.The average Israeli teen, according to the researchers, says he or she has only a small or reasonable amount of knowledge and tools to react in the face of anti-Semitism.Schools are the major source of awareness of anti-Semitism - but half of those polled said they felt they should be learning more.Thirty percent said they had no awareness of acts against Jewish institutions in Israel."Yet there is a growing awareness of contemporary anti-Semitism and threats to Israel's existence.


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A founder of Shmira, Rabbi Israel Shemtov, said he was not familiar with the details in this incident or the people involved.Of the two patrols, he said he often joked that he would like to "lock you both in one room until you straighten it out and come out as one unit."


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Rabbi Israel ShemtovPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:14 am Post subject: Rabbi Israel Shemtov Reply with quoteHasidic Rabbi Arrested for Hate Crime in Alleged Vehicular Assault of Black Teens The leader of a Jewish vigilante group organized by ultra-orthodox rabbis in the predominantly black Crown Heights section of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, police in New York said April 25, after he drove his car onto a sidewalk to chase a group of black teen-agers, most of whom are immigrants from the Caribbean islands. The N.Y. Police Department classified the incident as a possible hate crime, because Rabbi Israel Shemtov was alleged to have used the "N" word and other racial epithets as he allegedly attempted to assault the negro youths with his car. There were no injuries, but the rabbi was issued an appearance ticket by officers from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights.However, due to the tremendous political clout of Hasidic Jews in N.Y. it is likely Shemtov will not be prosecuted or that he will receive only a token fine.No other faction in N.Y. is allowed to operate a vigilante group, except Jews, who do so legally. According to the N.Y. Times of April 26, the black teen-agers, "told the police that at about 2:45 Thursday afternoon they saw the rabbi near the intersection of Kingston and Montgomery Streets and exchanged stares.Moments later, Shemtov drove his car onto the sidewalk and attempted to run down the youths, said Deputy Inspector Michael Collins, a police spokesman.The teen-agers wrote down the car's license-plate number and identified the rabbi in a line-up, Collins said. "Shemtov, who has been arrested several times for clashes with the police, said that the teen-agers had thrown a bottle at him and that he had called 911 for help.


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