The owner of an apartment complex separates the tenants by income and race. He maintains the sections differently and has different rules for the tenants based by section. The owner? An Orthodox Jew. The tenants treated preferentially? Haredim. The ones treated poorly? Blacks and Hispanics. The location of the apartment complex? Lakewood, New Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports:
Federal housing officials have charged an embattled realty company here with discrimination, alleging a pattern of racial and religious preferences at Cottage Manor Apartments that benefited the Jewish families who lived there while neglecting minority tenants.
Triple H. Realty LLC of Lakewood and two employees — former apartment manager Vincent Ortiz and current managing property agent Harry Kantor — are accused of violating the Fair Housing Act by attempting to segregate non-Jewish black and Hispanic tenants at the 104-unit, six-building complex on Woehr Avenue, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday.…
HUD’s current allegations include:
Non-Jewish tenants were forced to transfer to buildings at the back of the property so that Jewish families could move to the better-maintained apartments at the complex’s front end.
Non-Jewish tenants received little to no maintenance compared to the service provided to Jewish tenants.…
The building, home to many Jewish families, has a well-manicured lawn in the front courtyard enclosed by a white picket fence. The buildings with a majority of black and Hispanic tenants have little or no lawn. Their courtyards are not enclosed by a picket fence.
Non-Jewish tenants were told they could not leave toys or personal items on the lawns, but Jewish tenants were permitted to do so.…
HUD’s charge of discrimination was issued against the company, Ortiz and Kantor. No phone numbers could be found Wednesday night for Ortiz and Kantor. Shlomo Kanarek, listed on the property’s 2003 mortgage filing as the managing member of Triple H. Realty, also could not be reached.…
The maximum civil penalty for a first offense charge of discrimination is $11,000, in addition to actual damages for each complaint.
“Providing unequal living facilities based on religion, race, color and/or national origin is simply inconceivable,” said Kim Kendrick, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity. “We are committed to ensuring these families have an equal opportunity for housing in their community.”
It seems haredim are keeping the enforcement arms of the US government quite busy. We also have the price-fixing and collusion investigation against the kosher beef industry, humane slaughter violations (please read from the bottom of the linked page upward), and various EPA violations. We also have the Rubashkin family’s current and past mistreatment of workers.
As this and so many other stories indicate, Judaism is broken. Judaism used to be a moral light in a depraved, cruel world. But now, under the management of Orthodoxy, it has become a key part of the problem, not a solution to it, a vapid, empty shell lacking in moral substance. Can Judaism be saved? I doubt it.
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