Thursday night, a "drunk" Purim reveler set dissident Aron Rottenberg's car on fire after Rottenberg allegedly refused to give him more booze. Rottenberg had almost been killed when the Sqvare Rebbe's butler tried to set the Rottenberg house on fire last May, and he had just settled his lawsuit against the butler and the Skvere Rebbe for millions of dollars. So? Who is the "drunk" Purim reveler?
Updated 12:30 pm 3-11-2012
The Skvere Rebbe's kitchen help:
"Mr. Rottenberg stated there is no nexus between the incident last year and the incident last night."
The man being sought for questioning works in the kitchen for Grand Rebbe David Twersky, whose edict against people praying outside New Square’s synagogue was defied by Rottenberg and others in 2010. The situation escalated, leading to protests and vandalism before Rottenberg suffered serious injuries in an arson attack by a devout Twersky follower.
In the top video, police say the arson happened immediately after Rottenberg refused to give the "drunk" hasid more liquor.
In the bottom video, Rottenberg says his car was in flames "a minute" after the 'drunk' man left him.
So what did the hasid use to set the car on fire? Did he stand next to Rottenberg's car on busy street with many people passing by holding a lit cigarette lighter to Rottenberg's bumper for several minutes until it caught on fire? Or did a miracle happen and the car was immediately ignited?
Or did the "drunk" hasid come prepared for the arson? Do Skvere hasidim carry the tools of arsonists with them on every Jewish holiday just in case arson is suddenly required?
Or is Aron Rottenberg lying to protect the under-the-table cash part of his out of court settlement?
It is quite odd that police are not asking and answering those questions – especially when the "drunk" hasid is a member of the Skvere Rebbe's household staff, just like the previous New Square arsonist was, and when the attack is connected to a Jewish holiday that provides a 'plausible' excuse for the arson, just like the first arson.
There is blood on the hands of the Skvere Rebbe, Rabbi David Twersky, and police and the DA – and now even Aron Rottenberg – appear to be helping him clean it off.