Hella Winston has a Page 1 story in tomorrow's New York Jewish Week on the Lipa Schmeltzer-concerts ban.
Here's the (cowardly) money quote, in context:
The spokesman [for concert producer Shya Mendlowitz] specifically cited Asher Friedman, a Brooklyn resident who heads Nechomas Yisroel, an organization that pays yeshiva tuition for children who would otherwise be forced to go to public school, and Avrohom Schorr, a Flatbush rabbi, as the instigators of the ban.
Mendlowitz’s representative believes that Friedman, with Schorr’s backing, obtained the signatures by using some manner of deception to get the first few rabbis to sign on, and then used those signatures to persuade others to add their names as well.
Numerous calls to Friedman went unreturned, and Schorr, when reached at home, told The Jewish Week that he was “not available to answer questions over the phone.” When asked if he would answer questions in person, Schorr said that he was going out of town for “a couple of weeks.”
Let's see. You instigate a ban that causes damages in excess of $700,000. You lurk around in the shadows, orchestrating this ban. You give none of the people banned or impacted by the ban a fair hearing. You do nothing to try to work out your dispute first; you just ban. Then, a reporter wants you to answer questions about the ban and you hide.
What a pathetic coward. Have a nice 'vacation,' Avomele…