New York Post Jokes About Chasidic Murder Victim

January 5, 2014 11:32 am 14 comments
The controversial New York Post cover, on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Facebook.

The controversial New York Post cover, on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Facebook.

Menachem Stark, a Brooklyn Chasidic real estate developer, was abducted, murdered, and thrown into a dumpster. Stepping to a new low, the New York Post reports this story with inappropriate levity and derision toward the victim.

Practically gloating over Stark’s death, the front cover of Sunday’s New York Post rhetorically asks, “Who didn’t want him dead?”

We still don’t know all the facts and it’s certainly possible that Stark’s business deals in some way caused a dispute that led to his murder.

But how about the eight children and widow mourning over him? How about the hundreds of mourners who showed up at his funeral in the bitter cold to pay respects? How about any decent human that believes murder is the wrong way to settle disputes?

Facebook page titled “Condemn the NY Post for Sundays Cover Page” has already garnered over 6,000 likes from those outraged by the callous headline.

The Post article goes on to refer to the Chasidic landlord with the derogatory phrase “slumlord,” while implying that his abduction and murder should be of no surprise due to “‘shady’ real-estate transactions.”

If an attention-grabbing headline about a “slumlord” weren’t enough, The Post decided to inject some wildly inappropriate Yiddish humor into the mix describing the landlord as “up to his tuchus in debt.” ‘Tuchus’ is Yiddish for “ass.” Jewish jokes often involve that word.

The Post needs to be called out for sensationalizing this tragic story, using Yiddish levity in the context of a Chasidic man’s murder and feeding into stereotypes about Jewish landlords, which can only spark more hatred and anti-Semitism.

14 Comments

  • The only thing I find more repugnant than the NYPost ‘s provocative invitation to Jew-hatred
    Are Jews who carry on unethical and immoral business practices while
    Hiding behind the Faux-mask of religious piety. Those few Chassidim should
    Sooner shave their beards and peos and remove their shtremel and tsitsis if
    They are going to desecrate the Name of G- d and bring shame and hatred
    Down on the heads of the Jewish People. Our traditional enemies don’t need
    Any more excuses to hate us without greedy Jewish landlords, shady lawyers, and
    Unscrupulous businessmen reinforcing all the worst stereotypes of the Jewish
    ‘Shylock’. Hypocritical Jews who choose to clothe themselves in holy garments
    Of a Chassid had best act Accordingly when engaging others. I am outraged
    By the NYPost article but more so by the Chassid and the community who continue to support
    Him.

    Skewed front page

    • Algemeiner Vito Scopetto

      It’s clear you’re just a self-hating jew, “holier-than-thou”, who is choteh and machti(ie. sinner who also caused others to sin). You sinned by writing nasty lies, and caused other to sin, by their reading your nasty lies.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Frankly, I was more than a bit surprised over the sense of enlightenment which the Post exhibited by making that remark. Of course, I am not endorsing anyone’s murder, but the truth is that there are many so call “Hassidishes” who care nothing about the quality of life of others which are within their control. I recently rented under a Hassidishe landlord by the name of Babad who frankly seemed like he could care less whether it was a Jew or frankly an anti-semite who was living under him as long as he got paid his rent. He moved a raucous Pakistani family next door to a sweet older Russian woman who had lived in the building for thirty years without so much considering whether she was going to be annoyed. Well, she was quite annoyed by this noisy, wild bunch of Pakistanis who broke all the rules of civilized living on the premises with impunity. The landlord’s rationale for doing this is that if the woman moves out, he gets to renovate and raise the rent. Can you imagine, not caring about a sweet Jewish Russian woman just for a few extra dollars? It is this type of callousness which can cause people like Stark to get killed, although I am not familiar with his personal dealings. Hassidic landlords – or even some non-Hassidic think that they have the right to be indifferent to their fellow Jews because it relates to business but this is not so. Everything is being calculated in Shamayim and when Hashem deems it time for the hounds to be set loose, it will not matter if his office is underground or even in a bunker.

  • The correct understanding of the NYPost’s behavior in the matter of Menachem Stark can be attained by determining whether the paper has engaged in the demeaning of other murder victims with the same derisive language and intent deisparage. I would bet that such similar examples would be difficult or impossible to find in the history of the this paper. Shades of Der Sturmer!!! Supporters of violence against Jews!!!

    • correction: disparage

    • Algemeiner Vito Scopetto

      Not one news story seems to mention the following. The Post‘s cover story headlined, “Who didn’t want him dead?”, was written by two Authors. I only checked one, who is a woman, and a known anti-semite writer. She also wrote an anti-semitic book. So it seems the NY Post deliberately assigned her to write this story, and approved it too. Clear anti-semitic intent by the NY Post. The “Post” removed the nasty front page and article, from it’s archives (it has all the others). I wasn’t able to find it on the Post’s website. What does that show?

  • Why did this happen in New York? Because New York of 2014 is like Moscow in 1917 with a lot of self-hated Jews around…

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  • At least the post didn’t mention that his wife and kids are on welfare. At least they didn’t expose how most of the community is on welfare and social services with $million$ under the mattress.

    • I sure hope your accusations are wrong and somebody can figure out who you are, since you will be a lot poorer once you are dragged through the courts. Your behavior is no different and just as reprehensible as the slander engaged in by the NYPost.

  • EDDIE ALTIMARI

    Its plain & simple “BOYCOTT THE NEW YORK POST”

  • What a class act, NY Post, condoning hate crime for publicity. Nice job using a Jewish writer to do this. Regardless, a hate crime is a hate crime, unless of course you or your writer has something to do with this man’s murder?

  • It’s not the first time that thisapology for a newspaper has been guilty of disgusting behaviour, This trashy purveyor of news needs to be shown up for what it is and boycotted by it’s readers and advertisers.

  • Stuart Handelsman

    Boycott the post
    Condemn the post
    It’s worse than trash

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