Satmar Pervert Nechemya Weberman Has a Defender at the Jewish Daily Forward

Only one publication in the entire English language press outside the control of the ultra orthodox Jewish world has come out in defense of Nechemaya Weberman who was recently sentenced to 103 years for sexually molesting a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old. Incredibly, it was the Jewish Daily Forward, the old vehicle of anti-religious Yiddish-speaking socialists. They published two articles by Batya Ungar-Sargon, an English literature graduate student, posing as an expert in criminal justice. In the first she attacked the trial as a bigoted attack on Satmar. In her second she attacked the 103 year sentence.

In response to her first article I submitted the following  comment on the Forward’s website.

The media onslaught did not arise from any generalized dislike of the community. The community raised a half a million and then tried to use it to bribe a witness. Unfortunately this is typical Satmar behavior.Similarly, the trial revealed a pattern of extorting parents into using Weberman and paying handsomely for the dubious privilege. The trial established that this was routine practice, imposed by the school and enforced by vigilantes of the Modesty Committee. When such thuggery is normative it makes a community look bad. When a jerk on the street calls a 12-year-old rape victim, a whore, there is no story. However, their grand rabbi said it in a public event to an enthusiastic crowd. This was Rush Limbaugh on steroids in Yiddish.

Satmar has some attractive qualities. But when it comes to sex abuse they are worse than the Catholic Church or Penn State. While the Catholic Church continues to cover up abuse, at least it publicly embraces a no-tolerance policy and has reached out to victims and apologized. Penn State covered up and enabled Jerry Sandusky. But when the scandal was revealed their trustees purged all the culpable officials. PennState never offered to pay for Sandusky’s defense and never mounted a PR campaign on Sandusky’s behalf. Present day Satmar is a combination of of the worst traits of the Catholic Church and Penn State.

Since when does pluralism mean defending any aspect of a culture, even when it hideously fosters and tolerates vile abuse of children and the protection of their molesters What next? Will the Forward rise to the defense of the mafia, Mexican drug cartels, and American street gangs if the prosecution includes aspects of their culture to explain details during a trial.

Some aspects of Satmar culture were appropriately allowed as testimony. The extortion that brought the girl into Weberman’s clutches involved a unique aspect of Satmar culture. She was sent there because of modesty code violations. Weberman’s violation of rules barring seclusion suggested that, his protestations of religiosity notwithstanding, he did not abide by his sect’s religious code. This was relevant because his defense included the assertion that he would not do such things as an observant Jew. So the prosecution rightfully impugned his credibility as a witness.

Most shamefully, this article globally lumped all Hasidim together. Inside the community there is growing dissent to the tolerance for abuse. This was evident in demonstrations by victim supporters reported by your Yiddish writer, Rukhl Shaechter, last month. Another demonstration by dissident Hasidim was covered by national media but ignored by your writer. I am glad the Forward wants to make up for unvarnished hostility to ultra orthodoxy in its early years. But don’t do it at the expense of accurate reporting and abused children. Don’t swing from globally negative portraits to romanticism. Do the hard work of understanding the culture.

The old Forward did not have much use for Jewish religion but it loved the Yiddish language and aggressively promoted social justice for the poor. The new sensationalist Forward on display in these article doesn’t have much use for social justice, but just loves Satmar defenders of  perverts like Nechemya Weberman.

Dear secularists, G-d forbid, if you’ll pardon the expression, these articles will make Abraham Cahan roll over in his grave. They also turn my stomach.

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13 thoughts on “Satmar Pervert Nechemya Weberman Has a Defender at the Jewish Daily Forward

  1. Here are Tweets about Ungar-Sargon’s article written by Oren Yaniv (@OrenNyDN), a reporter for the New York Daily News who was in court for the entire trial.

    “She also suggests the “mafia” comment had to do with abuse when in fact it was about harassment–a reality she doesn’t even acknowledge.”

    “The #Weberman correspondent for the Forward has struck again with this disingenuous and misleading piece”

    “I agree 103 years was extra harsh but to suggest Hynes is responsible for it–without noting he said it’ll be cut by half–isn’t serious”

  2. Only discovered this blog a couple of months ago. You are spot on, while remaining measured. Keep it up.

  3. Batya u don’t know no thing abaut Satmar. My zeide was a chosid of Yoelish. Now is not lik then. Did u talk to yingerleit is Satmar abut pletzling that men do to boys in mikvah. Do u know about meidlech forcd k’darkah and shelo k’darkah till chevrah kadishah makes like not suicid.

    No Yid shuod be in jail. But Weberman, I know of his masei Sodom. Becuz him, meidlech did sheker in kesibah about besilah and the tears on wedding day for wrong reason. I even hear from aborshins. Vaad knows. I know 3 hu complain to vaad. Always, they say, we stop it.

    Now Hynes, a ganif shelo kimohi, he whoprotect most hasidim did right thing once. Maybe for dis, Hynes escapes gehenim maybe not cuz he just did to look good to New york times paper.

    I hope Webermans time in jail worse than gehenim frum aushwitz for my zeide. I hope he lives 2 120 and evry day goyim du to him like he did to boys en girls. Biz 120.

    Ashrei Judge Ingrim, at last a dayan emes. Burich dayan emes.

  4. Is Batya related to Rabbi Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon, a Hasid of the BDSM Rebbe, Hershy Worch? Is she also one of his hasidim. It might explain her admiration of a Hasid who burnt his girl with cigrette lighters because as he told her, “I know what you like.”

    Ungar-Sargon is supportive of Rihanna’s decision to stay in an abusive relationship with Chris Brown and interpets it in BDSM terms.

    Could she be gearing up to be first to market with a Hasidic version of Fifty Shades of Gray, perhaps with the title, Fifty Shades of Black and White?

    Will Weberman be on the cover together with Hershy Worch, maybe tying up folks up with shiny black leather tefilin straps?

    • Kinky,

      Yes, Batya Ungar-Sargon is the daughter of Julian Ungar-Sargon. I have confirmed this fact. So, yes, she comes from a family devoted to the BDSM Rebbe, Hershy Worch. Kinky, I have no connections to the BDSM world. Perhaps you or others into that world could enlighten us on whether Batya is also a follower of Hershy Worch or whether she attends events like the BDSM Passover Seder, advertised a few years ago with the title, “From Bondage to Bondage.”

      Seriously, there is stuff going on I do not understand. I confess I haven’t even read “Fifty Shades of Gray.”

  5. Batya Ungar-Sargon wrote a review of Hush by Judy Brown. It says that Eishes Chayil (aka Judy Brown) is too hung up about child abuse. BS.

    How the hell can the forward publish this garbage by Ungar-Sargon while also publishing Judy Brown’s ‘Ub-u-sive’
    Spelling Out Abuse After Nechemya Weberman’s Conviction
    ?

    My beloved Jewish Daily Forward turned into a bazaar offering its columns to any writer who can bring in clicks whether great like Judy Brown or trashy, like Ungar-Sargon?

  6. Nothing to say that has not been mentioned, but why not add my praise. You are knowledgeable and balanced. A lot of reform Jews do not like the Hassids (until they need a Friday night dinner while on vacation and can count on Lubavitch to be there). Pointing out problems helps us (and Satmar) to improve.

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