Satmar Violence

Satmar_rock

30 years ago a Chabad "mitzvah tank" was attacked in Williamsburgh by a mob of Satmar hasidim. The mob broke the RV’s windows and injured several of the Lubavitchers. They also hurled the above rock through a window of the RV, narrowly missing a Lubavitcher. Chabad’s side of the story is told here.

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8 responses to “Satmar Violence

  1. Lawrence M. Reisman

    A little bit of context is in order. Prior to the said event, there were several incidents in which Satmar elements threatened violence against Chabad. In order to keep the peace, the Lubavitcher tanks were makpid to go down Lee Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Williamsburg, every Friday afternoon, rather than take a route that would not go through Williamsburg. When an occasional stone was thrown, they received some police protection going through Williamsburg.

    One Erev Shabbos, one Mitzvah tank felt that it was not doing enough to avoid conflict, so it turned down Rodney Street, parked in front of the Satmar Bais Medrash, and started playing Lubavitcher niggunim on its loudspeaker. At that point, the attack began.

    I don’t know when the tanks started using the Manhattan Bridge and Flatbush Avenue to get home, but if they’d started doing that when the conflict began, the whole shebang wouldn’t have happened. I’m not justifying mob rule or the destruction of property, but the Lubavitchers were courting it.

  2. Anonymous

    “I’m not justifying mob rule or the destruction of property, but the Lubavitchers were courting it.

    Just like if you step outside and get your ass kicked, you are courting it your judeophobic rantings on this blog. Makes sense to me thank you.

  3. z

    Those Lubavitcher missionaries went where they didn’t belong. They provoked it. Not everyone wants to hear their false messianic gospel.

  4. Lawrence M. Reisman

    “Just like if you step outside and get your ass kicked, you are courting it your judeophobic rantings on this blog. Makes sense to me thank you.”

    If the tank had been stoned anywhere but in Williamsburg, in front of the Satmar Bais Medrash, this comment might be relevant. But when you know trouble is brewing, when you’ve been threatened with violence, and you go right into the stronghold of those who are most likely to do it for no logical reason (it’s just as easy to get from Manhattan to Crown Heights without going through Williamsburg) you’re not just “stepping outside.”

  5. chief doofis

    I don’t agree with Satmar philosophy, because the Late Rebbe was anti Zionist (and spritual father of Neturei Karta, a “wonderful” organization) who considered the State of Israel to be the creation of the “Sitra Achara” (the other side), a concept to be confused with the Zoroastrian idea of dualism. I always respected the Zoroastrian belief system; nonetheless, for a Jew, it is heresy.

    The Lubavitch movement has likewise, been taken over by Christian lookalikes, who believe in a dying messiah, and in some circles, are now ascribing Divine attributes to him.

    Nonetheless, driving a truck through someone’s neighborhood, however stupid that may be, does not warrant stone throwing.

    A plague on both their houses!!

  6. Yochanan Lavie

    I agree with Chief Doofis- great post!

    It’s funny, in a way: the Chasidim of Brotherly Love (Lubavitch) vs. the St. Mary (Satu Maru) Chasidim.

  7. Yochanan Lavie

    I am relieved nobody was hurt, but I can’t hope noticing the startling resemblence between the photo above, and the ka’aba in Mecca. Why all the candles? It’s wierd.

  8. frummeyid

    It’s probably stupid of me to walk through a neo-nazi neighborhood (if there is such a neighborhood). Nonetheless, if someone did that and got beat up, we’d all be outraged at the attackers. I have no sympathy for mobs. I also have no sympathy for heretical ideas, but I’ll wait for a Sanhedrin before I start stoning heretics.

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