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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Perhaps the Jewish community should take up a collection

At Little Green Footballs, Charles Johnson reports that he has received an email from Stanislav Shmulevich - by the name I assume he is a member of the Tribe - which makes the charges for allegedly flushing the Koran down the toilet even more outrageous than I reported earlier:

First, Shmulevich was arrested and jailed for 24 hours. Second, he’s not facing misdemeanor charges—he’s being charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment.

Felonies. For putting a book in a toilet.

Third, his income is on a borderline that disqualifies him for a public defender, so he stands to suffer incredible financial hardship as well.

Fourth, his name and photograph were published in several newspapers in New York, and he and his mother were ambushed outside the court by reporters. In a case like this, clearly with the potential to enrage radical Muslims, this is so irresponsible of the media that it borders on criminal.

Do we still live in a country that values free speech? This case is pretty good evidence that we do not. Mr. Shmulevich is caught in a Kafkaesque nightmare right out of the Soviet Union, and it’s all happening at the demand of the Muslim Student Association and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Charles has given Shmulevich an LGF account, so if you follow the link above (and you are registered at LGF - which is open for registration for about twenty minutes every few nights) you can chat with Mr. Shmulevitch.

This story sounds more and more like that Tatiana Soskin story I cited earlier. Maybe the Jewish community should take up a collection.


At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Action : letters to governor, judges and university administration. You just need some stamps and few minutes.


At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this were an incident in which a muslim student had made a spectacle of throwing a siddur or a chumash in a toilet, you'd be screaming for his blood. suspension, expulsion, jail time, whatever.

i generally disagree with the concept of hate crimes legislation, but i nonetheless believe that if they are to be applied, they are to be applied evenly.

were the tables turned, i do not doubt for a moment that the ADL would play CAIRs role.


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