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January 5, 2014 11:51 am

Outrage Over New York Post Coverage of Tragic Death of Kidnapped Chasidic Jew

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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.

The New York Post came under heavy criticism for its coverage of the tragic death of  Menachem “Max” Stark, a Chasidic Jew kidnapped on Friday morning, then discovered dead, burnt and buried in a dumpster on Saturday.

The newspaper’s front page on Sunday featured Stark, in traditional dress, including a streimel, a fur hat, and kapote, a satin black coat, beside the headline, “Slumlord found burned in dumpster: Who didn’t want him dead?”

Jews took to Facebook and Twitter early on Sunday to call for a protest against the Post.

“Guys! The path that the New York Post took towards us is hateful, outrageous, & unacceptable!” Don Stern, a musician, wrote on Facebook. “They need to hear it from us otherwise it won’t stop, so take a moment & email them & demand them to stop the blind hate.”

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A page entitled, “Condemn the NY Post for Sundays Cover Page,” has attracted over 1,000 “likes” in a few hours. Stern’s comment was made on a post entitled “Is murder a good thing??!!”

Avraham Berkowitz, a senior Chabad rabbi, tweeted, “Is @nypost giving the at large killers of Menachem Stark the green light to kill their next contract victim.”

YossiW, another Twitter user, said “Dear NYPost. Its me Bin Ladin. What could I’ve done more to deserve such a nice cover like menachem stark. Shame on U@nypost #StopNYPostHate.”

Yaacov Behrman, executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, told The Algemeiner on Sunday, “Eight young orphans watched their father buried last night. They will surely hear the details of his death once they return to school. Young innocent children!”

“If you don’t respect the dead at least have some respect for the family. I feel like the media came very close to legitimizing his murder,” he said.

“I am deeply disturbed by the cover of the NY Post this morning with the headline ‘who didn’t want him dead.’ Here’s someone who didn’t want him dead,” Behrman said referring to himself, as well as any of the dead man’s sons.

In a statement, New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind condemned the story. Hikind said, “I understand that the New York Post wants to sell papers and that they are willing to sacrifice the standards of propriety from time to time. But there is a difference between bad taste and just plain indecency.”

“The pain that this headline caused to not only a man’s family but to the entire Jewish community is indescribable and was so unnecessary.  It was a heartless act that should never have been allowed. It was truly beneath contempt,” the Jewish lawmaker said.

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  • 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?

    • Jose Lopez

      Please watch 911 missing links. Is there some truth to this or is it just anti-Semetic?

  • Colin Wright

    “The pain that this headline caused to not only a man’s family but to the entire Jewish community is indescribable and was so unnecessary…”

    And here I was thinking this man’s actions were only representative of himself. Should I stand corrected?

    • Jose Lopez

      Please watch the documentary 911 missing links, tell me what you think? Is there any truth to this or is it just anti-Semetic?

  • Mark

    Look guys I’m Jewish, but this guy was a mobster. Yeah the headline is offensive but you guys protesting his death is glorifying him. He may have been a Chassidic Jew but that doesn’t mean he was a good person. If you get involved with sketch people then there will be consequences. You can slap a pitbull all you like but eventually he will bite back.

  • Mort Moooze

    SLUMLORD IS RIGHT ON !

    The NY Post calls it as it is.

    SATMAR followers would improve their image by divesting in shady slum real estate and help improve the living conditions of the exploited tenants.

    Or, perhaps just stick to selling electronics!

    What kind of corruption hides under the shtrimel and sheitle?

  • Arlie

    I pray for the family with all respect and loving kindness they deserve. My G-d bless you and keep you strong in the face of these horiffic evils. First his horiffic demise then the outright smear in you time of grief . May the father of your home be at peace as your community comes together in your support. My heart goes out to you.

    I condemn the godless, shameless evil in NY and the murderous racket employed. You people/animals are completely contemptible and grossly malignant! Without love, or joy or righteousness. You are a very SICK lot.

  • Jacob Mendlovic

    Where is the outrage when Satmars demonstrate against Israel in midtown Manhattan and vilify Zionists in ads in newspapers and on radio costing millions, and in their weeklies Der Yid and Der Blatt? The Satmars have no shame in demonizing millions of Zionist Jews for decades. I have never seen Hikind condemn the Satmars for their despicable behavior, as he does now in attacking the NY Post.

    • michael

      why dont u snab your self you self hating jew! i hope you die

    • em kay

      Such a feeble mind.
      You don’t sound intelligent trying to denounce this story by tying in another case that has no anguish, grief, and sorrow to involved parties, except for your political agenda, or whatever your trying to point out here. Either way this is a very sad story no need to show everybody your williamsburgness

      go ahead now, and. make. fun. of .my. spelling. or .punctuation .or whatever else .you can find..;’

    • em kay

      Such a feeble mind.
      You don’t sound intelligent trying to denounce this story by tying in another case that has no anguish, grief, and sorrow to involved parties, except for your political agenda, or whatever your trying to point out here. Either way this is a very sad story no need to show everybody your williamsburgness

    • Northern

      Is that to compare the brutal murder ?

    • Chezi

      Why can’t you deal with this travesty without mixing in your hatred for Satmar? Shame on you!

      • fairness and justice please

        Time to call on Jewish businessman Howard Jonas (of IDT fame) and demand he call his old partner Rupert Murdoch (in radio media and now energy business) to clean up this mess.

        Then demand Michael Steinhardt, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and whoever in the Israel government is giving them rights to drill for oil in Golan Heights in Israel to do the same.
        http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-has-granted-oil-exploration-rights-inside-syria-in-the-occupied-golan-heights/5346959

        About his own business practices, Forbes reports: Jonas admits: “We lost $1 billion of investors’ money. People are afraid we’re some kind of drunken spendaholics.”

        About his partners like Murdoch, Jonas claims: “I share extensive e-mail with a lot of these guys,” says Jonas. “What they feel in their hearts, their hopes . . . it’s mind-boggling that underneath all the glory there’s a real value system.”

        So please stand up and show us the value system now… respect, dignity, and understanding that in business sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, that’s the cost of doing business and everyone goes in knowing that. Would it be right to say the investors who lost $1 billion with Jonas would like to see him dead too? $1 BILLION is 20 times more than what Stark owed and was still working out with the banks.

        Murdoch has some baggage of his own, like the nanny claims some serious despicable abuse. Guess he never learned people in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.

  • Antisemitism is rampant. If a Jew is involved, the media jump on him.
    The Jewish people suffers from this in Europe, now it spread to NY

  • Antisemitism is rampant. If a Jew is involved, the media jump on him.
    The Jewish people suffers from this in Europe, now it has spread to New York.

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