By COLlive reporter
Mind your manners…
London’s newspaper Jewish News gave a dreadful greeting to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin ahead of his planned speaking tour in England’s capital city in 2 weeks.
“Chasidic fraudster who was pardoned by Trump to visit London this month,” the paper’s online edition reported. “Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, who was jailed for 27 years after being convicted of 86 counts of fraud, will give several speeches in the capital.”
“The 59-year old is the son of Aaron Rubashkin, a wealthy American Orthodox Jew who owned the now-bankrupt Agriprocessors, a slaughterhouse in Iowa that was raided by 900 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in 2008,” it reported.
The newspaper went on to report that “The Postville Raid – the largest in US history – ended with 398 employees arrested, 283 of whom were from Guatemala or Mexico, with 18 underage. Most were charged with being in the country illegally. Sholom Rubashkin was the firm’s chief executive.”
What it failed to mention to its readers was that neither the owner, Aaron Rubashkin, nor his sons Sholom and Heshy Rubashkin, who were in charge of the management of Agriprocessors, were convicted of immigration or labor law violations.
The paper added that “After a court convicted Sholom Rubashkin of 86 counts of financial fraud including bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and money-laundering, and sentenced him to 27 years in prison, prosecutors dismissed the 72 immigration charges against him.”
Once again, it failed to mention that the high account of charges were due to the government’s inflation of the company’s value and that he was imprisoned for some little-enforced technicalities, including a 1920s law requiring certain suppliers of cattle to be paid within a day.
Late in 2007, after lobbying from both Democrats and Republicans, including former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Rubashkin had his sentence commuted by President Donald Trump, it reported.
“Now he is due to visit London for five days starting on 17 January, and organizers of his trip say he will give several speeches in Stamford Hill and Golders Green,” the paper reported.
Levi Shapiro, director of Stamford Hill’s Jewish Community Council (JCC), responded to the paper that Rubashkin is “coming here to give inspiration to the community. His message is to be law-abiding business people, to learn from your mistakes, to be true contributors to society, and to make the most of second chances. It’s a strong message to deliver.”
Rubashkin has been approached for comment.
The title of the article has since been changed from “Chasidic fraudster” to “Chasidic rabbi.”