The NY Republican State Committee yesterday announced that its Jewish outreach director will be Yossi Gestetner, an Orthodox Jew and blogger. “During the last seven years, Mr. Gestetner has been a resilient voice for Conservative values and Republican ideals.”
The Guardian reported on a rally in the Orthodox community for an alleged child rapist in May:
[Nechemya] Weberman stands accused of the repeated sexual abuse of a teenage girl he was counselling. But in the minds of many who joined last night’s rally, he has already been condemned by a mainstream media hostile to their community…
“People came out tonight to support the American ideal of innocent till proven guilty,” said Yossi Gestetner, a Satmar Hasid who was appointed official press contact by the rally’s organisers the day before the event when news of it reached the media. “Many people in the community are fed up that this whole case gets tried in the court of public opinion not the court of law. People feel under siege.”
Failed Messiah characterizes Gestetner’s service to that rally in this manner:
Gestetner also defended posters depicting an alleged victim of rape and pedophilia as a missile about to strike and destroy the haredi community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; defended more than 1000 hasidim who came to a fundraisisng event to support the girl’s alleged rapist, and sneeringly dismissed any obligation he or his community has to be as respectful to that alleged victim as they are to her alleged attacker – a hasidic rabbi and unlicensed therapist.