Someone close to Ronnie Greenwald sent me an email insisting I remove my post, “Is Ronnie Greenwald Playing Both Sides of the Fence on the Weberman Case?” He titled his message, “Reb Ronnie is a Tzadik. Why are you guys on his case???”
Below is an edited version of my reply with identifying information removed.
I did not accuse Ronnie of saying Weberman is innocent. I know he said Nechemya Weberman is guilty.
My question is, do you believe the media is being unfair to Satmar in its reporting of the Weberman trial? If so, you and Ronnie owe it to all of us to say what you believe, publicly. Right now this is not an academic question. The AMI magazine article and the Satmar propaganda machine are pushing that line real hard. I feel strongly that we are at a decision point. Satmar has to come to its senses and realize it cannot be an ir hanidachas (a city of refuge for criminals) where molesters are turned into tzadikim (righteous people) and witnesses are discarded and vilified as whores. If the rest of the orthodox world joins in on the moaning about media bias and Jews not getting a fair trial, much of what was accomplished with this trial will be diluted. The rest of the orthodox world including Ronnie has to decide where they stand. I have not accused Ronnie; I have raised a question.
I hope you will urge him to use his formidable influence to publicly reject the line that the negative media coverage of Satmar is unfair or that Satmar was unfairly characterized during the trial.
If Satmar wants to rehabilitate its image it has do some serious tshuvah (repentance). If they remain intransigent we would be hurting all the remaining victims of Weberman by koshering their image. Satmar consciously chose an evil strategy of defense for Weberman. The rest of the orthodox Jewish world has an achrayis (responsibility)to all the shearith haplaitah (survivors) to let Satmar suffer the consequences. The alternative is enabling. If you believe there is a third path, enlighten me.
Please, use your influence with Ronnie and your public voice to make it clear that the media, the DA and the jurors are not the problem. The problem is Satmar leadership.