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May 30, 2012

Cheap Political Gamesmanship In The Name Of Helping Haredi Businessman Jacob Ostreicher

Jacob Ostreicher 2009Republican controlled US House of Representatives to hold hearing on "the U.S. State Department’s Inadequate Response to Human Rights Concerns in Bolivia: The Case of American Jacob Ostreicher."

 

On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives will hold a hearing on "the U.S. State Department’s inadequate response to Human Rights concerns in Bolivia: The Case of American Jacob Ostreicher."

Boliva routinely holds people for 18 months before formally charging them just as it is currently doing to Ostreicher, who  has been held for almost one year and who Bolivia believes was laundering drug money.

But what Bolivia says it believes really doesn't mean much at this stage.

The US Department of State's 2011 report on Human Rights in Bolivia, issued almost two months before Ostreicher was arrested there, opens with the following summary:

The principal human rights problems reported were killings and torture by security forces; harsh prison conditions; allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention; an ineffective, overburdened, and corrupt judiciary; a "partly free" media; corruption and a lack of transparency in the government; trafficking in persons; child labor; forced or coerced labor; and harsh working conditions in the mining sector.

America has tried to intercede for Ostreicher, even though we don't have much of a relationship with Bolivia which, besides being corrupt, also hates us.

But, heck, it's an election year and leave it to Republican politicians and their haredi friends to ignore those very real facts and instead try to exploit this situation to to hurt President Obama.

Not a big surprise when you know that the PR agency working for the Ostreichers is the ethically tainted 5WPR, linked to Israel's hard right, its Zionist Orthodox right, and Evangelical and Orthodox right wing groups here in the US.

Ostreicher deserves better than this, even if he was up to no good.

But he's not getting it because the sleaze of politics is trumping common decency.

House Hearing Notice on Boliva Ostreicher Human Rights 5-30-2012 watermarked

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Cheap Political Gamesmanship In The Name Of Helping Haredi Businessman Jacob Ostreicher

Any help is appreciated.

If there's a chance to suck up to Jews for more votes, politicians of both parties will come running to the hearing.

Poor analysis.

Most American charadeim live in NY State and they bloc vote democratic for finacial assistance that flows freely from the Democratic party on the state and federal level.

Let's be thankful for the hearing.

Poor analysis.

Most American charadeim live in NY State and they bloc vote democratic for finacial assistance that flows freely from the Democratic party on the state and federal level.

Let's be thankful for the hearing.

Posted by: Jake | May 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM

Please.

What haredim have been doing lately is bloc voting Republican.

Its been all over the news.

Funny how you missed it.

What a poor excuse of journalism. Shmarye, are you suggesting that the US government has indeed done enough, in that case why not present a cogent argument to support that theory, and if you agree that not enough was done why besmirch "anyone" who tries to help?

Strongly disagree with this comment. If this was you son wasting away in prison, you would not care how, just WHEN.

Who cares who is getting credit,or what games they are playing.

You are putting up a scary face here with this comment.

Would this article have read the same if the hearings were being organised by the Democratic Party instead?

Shmarya you're a real idiot. Gillebrand and Schumer, both democrats, are involved in this. But why let facts get in the way of your political beliefs?

Shmarya you're a real idiot. Gillebrand and Schumer, both democrats, are involved in this. But why let facts get in the way of your political beliefs?

Posted by: Bob | May 31, 2012 at 04:33 PM

No, Bob – you're the real idiot.

If you weren't too stupid to understand simple English sentences, you'd know that the attack on the State Department is what I'm attacking, and you'd also know that Dems didn't sign on to that with good reason – State has done nothing wrong.

But people with huge egos, bad manners and sub-par IQs – you, as a prime example – have difficulty understanding these very simple things.

Now toddle off.

Gamesmanship, for sure at least partially--they're pandering to their voters.

But on the other hand, could it be that the GOP actually gives a hoot for the right reasons?

I say yes.

And by the way, the bottom line is, this is politics--meaning, the Democrats do the equivalent all the time.

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