After a large outcry from Rockland County residents of all religions, the majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, Aron Wieder, now claims it is not his voice narrating the hateful video, The Jew in Rockland County, which was released late last month on YouTube by hasidic PR flack Yossi Gestetner’s OJPAC.
Above: Aron Wieder
Hasidic Pol Denies Narrating Offensive “The Jew In Rockland County” Video – Despite The Fact That His Voice Seems To Be Clearly Heard Narrating It
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
After a large outcry from Rockland County residents of all religions, the majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, Aron Wieder, now claims it is not his voice narrating the hateful video, The Jew in Rockland County, which was released late last month on YouTube by hasidic PR flack Yossi Gestetner’s OJPAC, the Journal News reported. Wieder (D-Spring Valley) is the legislature's only hasidic member.
The video equated the “plight” of Rockland County’s haredi community to the plight of Jews in Paris, France after the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket terror attack earlier this year, which took place on the same day as the massacre at the satirical cartoon-based Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, and to Jews in the Holocaust.
Equating the situation today in Rockland County to the Holocaust and to a terror attack enraged many non-haredi locals – including many non-Orthodox Jews – who believe Gestetner, Wieder and the haredi community has crossed yet another red line in public behavior.
Wieder – whose voice appears to be clearly heard on the video despite his belated denial – says he is still concerned about the level of “hate” toward Rockland's haredi community displayed on a local Facebook page.
In a Thursday news conference he called, Wieder opened by claiming he didn't narrate the video or have anything to do with its production – despite the fact that his voice appears to be clearly heard throughout most of it and despite the fact that its theme mirrors several videos Wieder made himself and released over the past year.
"To be candid, had I produced the video clip, I would've done it differently," Wieder claimed, nonetheless. He also said that people in Rockland County “need to have a frank and honest conversation about the derogatory, hateful and anti-Semitic speech that has unfortunately metastasized recently by a few here in Rockland County, all directed towards the Orthodox Jewish community."
After reading what he said were anti-Semitic hateful comments taken from the "Block The Block [sic] Vote" Facebook page, Wieder said that the seeds of the Holocaust were planted with unchecked "hateful and derogatory words.…We need to defeat hate in its infancy," he added.
A local resident, Richard Sena, was at the press conference and repeatedly asked Wieder to denounce the video.
"As an elected public official, why aren't you denouncing 'The Jew in Rockland' YouTube video? Can you denounce it right now? I'm deeply offended by the ... video. I can't tell you how angry I am about this,” Sena, whose in-laws were reportedly Holocaust survivors, said.
But Wieder refused to denounce the video.
Wieder was asked if the video should be taken off the Internet.
"I want to think that it would be a very productive move by the people who produced the video to remove it,”
Wieder also said simply labeling the ongoing tension in Rockland "anti-Semitism" is shifting the focus from real issues that need to be addressed.
Hasidic PR flack Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of OJPAC, posted a message on the council's Facebook page Thursday saying he would remove the video – but only when all the comments he considered hateful and anti-haredi are first removed from the "Block The Block [sic] Vote" Facebook page.
Gestetner has a documented history of calling his opponents Nazis, as you can see here.