I just received this. There are no details at this time except for what was copied and pasted below The only thing that comes to mind is the kashruth mafia.
I right away called up a friend of mine in the Syrian community, who said they are all in shock, and they know nothing about it. I asked her to keep me posted about the developments .We'll see if she sends anything not yet known.
Just ONE DETAIL comes to my mind:
If you recall, Rabbi AVRAHAM HECHT was the rabbi of the Syrian community around the time of the Oslo agreements, and he came out very strongly against giving up any territory in Israel. He was so outspoken, in fact, that ISRAEL DENIED HIM ENTRY YEARS BACK, and he had to resign from his position in the Syrian community.
I found out later that HIS WIFE DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE A FEW YEARS AGO.
Massive Corruption Sweep in Garden State
Dozens of public officials have been arrested in multiple raids in New Jersey today, including politicians and rabbis, in what's being called a massive federal money laundering and corruption sweep. Among those seen being taken into custody: Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell. A news conference is scheduled at noon todday.
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BREAKING NEWS: Massive FBI Raids Across NY NJ; Politicians & 'Rabbis' Among Arrested; Deal Yeshiva & Ohel Yaakov Shul Raided - UPDATED 9:30AM ESThttp://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=37325
July 23, 2009
[UPDATES BELOW] Federal authorities arrested dozens of people today in New York and New Jersey as part of a money laundering and corruption sweep. Those arrested included several New Jersey public officials and "rabbis", according to an Associated Press report.
The FBI was seen at locations in Flatbush, Boro Park, and Williamsburg.
According to the NJ Star ledger, the suspects are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Newark later today. Those arrested include Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Denis Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Baldini, and Jersey City Council President Mario Vega.
Nearly 20 people, including Cammarno, Elwell, and Vega, have already been lead into the FBI building in Newark to face the charges.
UPDATE 9:30AM EST: The arrests are the result of a two year probe that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of the Syrian Jewish Communities in Deal, NJ and Brooklyn. According to the NJ Star Ledger, those arrested this morning include "key religious leaders in the tight-night, wealthy communities".
The federal investigation then expanded into a public corruption probe.
No indictments have been released, though court appearances are expected later today in U.S. District Court in Newark. Nearly 20 people have already been led into the FBI building in Newark as the sweep continues to unfold in two states.
Agents also raided religious institutions to make arrests and collect information.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the IRS took out at least three boxes from the Deal Yeshiva, as students were arriving at the school. The Deal Yeshiva, on the corner of Brighton and Norwood avenues, is a prestigious religious school in town.
Authorities also searched the Ohel Yaacob synagogue on Ocean Avenue in Deal and removed several boxes.
DEVELOPING STORY…..July 24, 2009
2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption
The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, a state assemblyman and dozens of others were rounded up early Thursday as the F.B.I. swept across four counties in New Jersey as part of a two-year corruption and money-laundering investigation that ranged from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn and has even reached into the State House in Trenton.
Agents raided the home of Joseph V. Doria Jr., commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs, who also is the former mayor of Bayonne, an official confirmed Thursday morning.
Among the roughly 30 people arrested by mid-morning were Hoboken Mayor Peter J. Cammarano III and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, both Democrats, and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt, a Republican from Forked River, in Ocean County. Mr. Cammarano, who turned 32 on Wednesday, was elected mayor June 9 and sworn in July 1, after serving as councilman-at-large since 2005.
Also brought to the Newark office of the F.B.I. were the president of the city council in Jersey City, Mariano Vega, and that city's deputy mayor, Leona Beldini.
Federal prosecutors said the arrests included several rabbis from enclaves of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn and from Deal and Elberon, communities along the Jersey Shore in Ocean County.
The Asbury Park Press reported that the investigation involved the Deal Yeshiva, a religious school which teaches children in the Sephardic Jewish tradition. The United States Attorney's office in Newark scheduled a noon news conference.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has fought corruption in New Jersey's largest city, told The Star-Ledger it's "an unbelievable morning so far."
250 Rabbis Sign Letter to Obama: Hands off Jerusalem
Tammuz 29, 5769, 21 July 09 08:07
by Gil Ronen
(Israelnationalnews.com) Heads of the Pikuach Nefesh rabbinical committee have begun collecting the signatures of rabbis in Israel on a letter to United States President Barack Obama. The letter demands that Obama cease talking about ending Jewish construction in Jerusalem and stop pressuring Israel in that direction.
In a reference to the upcoming “nine days” which culminate in Tisha B’Av, the rabbis tell Obama that “during these days, in which the Jewish people mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and marks the disgraceful memory of its destroyers, we are certain that you, Mr. Barack Obama, do not want to enter that disreputable list of those who raise their hand to strike Jerusalem and those who live in it.”
We are certain that you, Mr. Barack Obama, do not want to enter that disreputable list of those who raise their hand to strike Jerusalem and those who live in it.
The rabbis note that during his visit to the Middle East, Obama showed “impressive erudition” in the Koran. “As one who is familiar with the Koran, you surely know that the city of Jerusalem is not even mentioned in it once,” they said.
Jews pray towards one place
“The Arab and Muslim world never recognized Jerusalem as belonging to it,” the letter went on. “On the other hand, all of the world’s nations knew for thousands of years that the Jews pray towards one place only – the holy city of Jerusalem.”
The rabbis added that even putting aside the city’s enormous sanctity and importance for the Jewish people, there is no realpolitik logic behind any concession to the PA. “Since Israel began negotiations, withdrawals and concessions to the Palestinians, the entire world is witness to the justice of the Jewish Law (Halacha) which determines that any such concession will entail another round of bloodshed and deepen mistrust and dangers,” they agreed.
The rabbinical letter ends with a clear request: “If you, Mr. Obama. Wish to leave any chance at all for peace and quiet in the Middle East, take your hands off the Holy City of Jerusalem right now!” %ad%
Two hundred and fifty rabbis have signed the appeal, and efforts are being made to collect the signatures of almost every single rabbi in Israel before the letter is sent to Washington.
by Hillel Fendel, July 23, 2009
(Israelnationalnews.com) Israel's Chief Rabbi and Israeli rabbis call upon American rabbis to lobby the U.S. government to stop pressuring Israel to stop building in Judea and Samaria.
SO THIS IS OBAMA'S RESPONSE, IN DEED IF NOT IN WORDS:
F... YOU, RABBIS,
F... YOU, JEWS,
F... YOU, SETTLERS, and
F... YOU, ISRAEL!
see also my next post:
Re: NEWS ALERT, DID YOU SEE THIS?
That post goes into detail into the REASON FOR THE GOVERNMENT CHOOSING TO SWEEP ONTO THE SYRIAN COMMUNITY.
I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU; iF YOU WANT TO SEE CORRUPTION, LOOK IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND REALIZE THAT THIS IS A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ACTION, TO ADVANCE OBAMA'S - AND HIS HANDLERS, ROME - PLANS TO EVACUATE JEWS FROM JUDEA AND SAMARIA.