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Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Bigger Bastard.....Part Two-The Yemenite Children Were Sold And Kidnapped For Profit

Were the Children Sold?
by Yechiel A. Mann
Eshhar, Israel


The shocking testimony of Rabbi Avidor Ha`Cohen may show that Children from Israel were likely "exported" to the United States for adoption and sold for about $5,000 each. Herein an outstanding excerpt from The NY Times, alleging about corruption in the Israeli National Religious party, Mafdal.


On April 25th, 1996, Rabbi Avidor Ha`Cohen, testified in front of
the Cohen Committee that investigated the disappearance of the
Jewish children.

His story began with a meeting that he had in 1963 with a
New-York couple, American father and Israeli mother. They raised a
young girl, who was about ten years old then. It did not seem to
Rabbi Avidor that this child was theirs. She had beautiful, large,
dark eyes, also dark skin, quite unlike her "parents". This couple
later told Rabbi Ha`Cohen they had adopted her and that she was
likely Yemenite. Moreover, other families in New York had adopted
children from Israel.

Consequently Rabbi Ha`Cohen found out the identity of the person
who organized these adoptions. It bothered him that these children
had immigrated to Israel, but were later brought to the United
States and likely sold for adoption.

When Rabbi Ha`Cohen reached this point in his testimony, he was
asked by Hon. Judge Yehuda Cohen about the number of children
adopted in this manner. Ha`Cohen answered that he had not known
it back then. Merely he had been told, they were bringing children.
Only when he returned to Israel, he began looking into this matter,
in more detail.

Avidor further reported that he had spoken to Deborah Eliner and
others of the immigration section of the Jewish Agency. He
discovered that the Israeli institutes that dealt with adoption
did not know anything of this matter. This made him even more
curious as to what was being done. He was holding names of some
children.

Avidor then sent a memo to Minister Haim Shapira, because he was
part of the "Mizrachi", a Jewish organization devoted to
Religious Zionism, and Rabbi Dr. Yissachar Dov Bernard Bergman,
the man behind the adoption of the children in the United States.
Rabbi Bergman was one of the main people running the "Mizrachi"
organization.

Avidor found it unconscionable that an
organization devoted to Religious Zionism was working to take
Jewish children away from their homeland for profit.

Avidor never received an answer from Minister Shapira. He then decided
to call him on the phone. Shapira answered that there was much
gossip about Bergman, but he is, all in all, a good Jew. Avidor
still felt something was terribly wrong, since the adoption
institutes here in Israel didn't know a thing about Israeli
children being adopted in the United States.

He then tried getting various journalists interested in this
story and a large amount of source material was given by him to
almost every important journalist working for every newspaper in
the Israeli mainstream press and this material was in their
possession for many months. Avidor only got responses saying
that there was no public interest in these cases.

He did not give up. He continued trying to get information to
the public but nothing was published until he spoke to one
journalist, Shalom Cohen, and told him of the information he held
and how important it was to bring it to the attention of the
public. The final agreement was that the information would be
published with the names of the families indicated by initials
only.

Avidor testified that, at that point, he found out that the
cases were not uniquely connected to the Yemenite community, that
there were other Jewish children from many other countries being
abducted and sold for adoption in this fashion. The entire
matter was then published and received almost no reaction in the
Israeli media. The treatment this issue was getting really
bothered Rabbi Avidor.

It was then that he discovered that many social circles, mainly
Ashkenazi religious zionists, had a tendency to believe that
instead of growing up in a poor family with many children, it is
better for a child to grow up with a family that has more
financial stability. Rabbi Avidor also says that there are still
various religious social groups that believe this and thus
justify the crimes that were committed against the children and
their families. This is one of the "moral explanations" referred
to in a previous article in this series. Rabbi Avidor was
shocked to see religious Jews using these explanations.

The individuals who dealt with adoption here in Israel said
they do not know of such things happening and so had no written
records of these adoptions. In such a case, Rabbi Avidor claims,
there can arise a terrible problem of marriages within the family
including incest.

Rabbi Avidor learned then that it cost five thousand American
dollars to adopt a child from Israel at that time.

It is also crucial to mention that Rabbi Dr. Bergman died a few
years ago while in jail for a different crime - his fraud and
abuse in New York nursing homes that he ran. This was an issue
covered thoroughly in the United States and Israel. The New-York
Times reports:

"Bernard Bergman, the central figure in investigations into
possible fraud and abuse in New York nursing homes, has decided
to abandon his public defense of his business dealings. In
refusing to testify at televised Senate hearings last week, he
invoked his constitutional rights under the Fifth Amendment. His
lawyer has argued that to testify would be prejudicial if
inquiries by Federal and state prosecutors result in criminal
proceedings against Mr. Bergman. A Federal grand jury is known to
be looking into his affairs. And a state grand jury, assisted by
Special State Prosecutor Charles J. Hynes, has also been
impaneled to study alleged improprieties in the state's nursing
homes. This is not the first time Mr. Bergman has been prominent
in such inquiries. At a state hearing on nursing homes last week,
Civil Court Judge Louis I. Kaplan, who in 1960 issued a report on
city nursing-home abuses, testified that Mr. Bergman was then,
too, the major figure in the industry under investigation. He
said he presented evidence of criminal fraud in the industry to
former Mayor Wagner. No prosecutions followed and Mr. Wagner says
he doesn't recall what happened to the so-called Kaplan report.
The first indictments in the investigations of the industry have
been handed up. The owner of a Smithtown, L.I., nursing home and
an accountant were accused of swindling Medicaid out of more than
$500,000 by charging personal and improper business expenses to
the program. In Connecticut, which is also investigating its
nursing homes, a state official said at General Assembly hearings
that top state officials had financial interests in nursing homes
and used their influence to get favorable treatment for them".

It appears that the entire issue of Rabbi Dr. Issachar Dov
Bernard Bergman, and the nursing homes in New-York were a big issue
in the United States back then, and the New-York times spent much
work on getting articles about it written. Bergman was a main
figure in the Orthodox religious community in the States,as well as
President of the United States branch of the "Mizrachi" movement.
He was closely connected to the Israeli religious nationalist party
(known as the "Mafdal"), which was directly linked to the
"Mizrachi" movement.

In the early seventies the New-York Times began their investigation
into the issue of Bergman's nursing homes. They reported that the
Federal Government would grant a specified amount of money for every
elderly person in a nursing home, that Bergman, his relatives and
friends were taking huge amounts of money from these funds while the
elderly people suffered. For those of you who may remember, shortly
afterwards, many other newspapers and other media then joined the
investigation. There were those that called it "The Jewish
Watergate" and others who claimed it was simply anti-semitic
journalism. It is a pity that there were those in the Israeli
government who agreed with the latter statement. As reported by
The New-York Times:

"TEL AVIV, Dec. 29-Interior Minister Yosef Burg
dismissed today as irrelevant a request by
Representative Edward I. Koch, Democrat of New
York, that Israel refuse citizenship to Bernard
Bergman pending the outcome of a United States
Senate hearing next month on nursing homes. Mr.
Bergman is among 35 persons affiliated with
nursing homes in New York State for whom subpoenas
have been issued by Senator Frank E. Moss,
Democrat of Utah and chairman of a subcommittee of
the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

The Senate group, which issued the writes Dec. 20,
announced at that time that it was joining the
investigation of alleged large-scale fraud among
New York nursing homes that is being conducted by
the State Temporary Commission on Living Costs.
The Israeli Minister, who represents the National
Religious party in the Cabinet here, has affiliation
with Mr. Bergman through the party's parent
organization, the Orthodox world Mizrachi movement.
Mr. Bergman is the dominant figure in the Mizrachi
Religious Zionists of America. But this affiliation,
Dr. Burg emphasized, is very loose, "The Israeli
movement is absolutely independent," he said.

Mr. Bergman and his wife arrived in Jerusalem at
the end of last month, apparently after learning
that he was about to be subpoenaed to testify
about fraud involving Medicaid funds. The
Bergmans, who entered Israel as tourists, have no
resident status here, though they own a luxury
apartment in Jerusalem. They left Jerusalem in
the middle of this month and are reported to be
living with relatives in Vienna. A Bergman
relative there has said that the couple would be
back in New York, before January 7.

The press here has reported that the couple left
after having been cautioned that they would not be
protected from extradition, should the United
States request it. Dr. Burg, reached in Jerusalem
by phone, said of the request by Representative
Koch that he would make a statement in Parliament
in response to a similar request, submitted in the
form of a parliamentary question, by Shulamit Aloni.

Mrs. Aloni is a member of the opposition Civil
Rights Movement. But the question of Mr. Bergman's
citizenship, Dr. Burg said, does not arise at this
time. "No request whatsoever about this case has
come to me," he said. Mr. Koch had cabled Dr. Burg
from Washington on Friday to urge that Mr. Bergman
"not be permitted to exercise the right of return"
pending the outcome of the Senate committee inquiry.

Under Israel's Law of Return, a Jew can claim
citizenship and a right to live here. Mr. Bergman,
an ordained but non practicing rabbi, holds the
prestigious title of member of the presidium of
the World Mizrahi Movement. He was elected in
January, 1973, together with Tibor Rosenbaum, who
is involved in a multimillion- dollar banking
scandal in Europe, and Rabbi Avigdor Zipperstein
of Jerusalem. Rabbi Zipperstein resigned a few
months ago. Mr. Bergman and Dr. Rosenbaum had
been sponsored in the election by the Minister of
Religious Affairs, Yitzhak Raphael, a controversial
figure in Israel.

Mrs. Aloni said in an interview today that she had
submitted her parliamentary question about Mr.
Bergman to draw attention to her charges of
corruption in the National Religious party.
Support for Representative Koch's plea came today
from the newspaper Ma`ariv in an editorial.
'If Rabbi Bergman is innocent, if his actions as
director of a chain of old-age homes in New York
were without blemish, if he can disprove the
charges against him, let him do so before the
competent authorities,' the paper said.
'If he wishes, he can then come to settle in Israel
and will be welcomed like any Jew who decides to
come to Israel.'".
(End of quote from The NY Times.)

At one point, there was a public hearing in New York. In this
hearing, workers from Bergman's nursing homes testified about
elderly people dying of hunger, of ill ones dying of thirst, of
tired elderly people lying in their own vomit without receiving
any sort of medical care, and many others who suffered cuts and
injuries that were neglected and uncared for.

"I looked at my father, and saw he was about to die",

one witness told the committee formed to investigate the matter.
She quickly took her father to the hospital, where he died of
dehydration and infection. His entire body was covered with
bruises. A qualified nurse told the investigators how the
authorities twisted and changed her findings, after she reported
to the city health authorities about the horrifying conditions in
the home, as reported in Ha`aretz, on the 5th of September, 1997.

Ha`aretz also reported that the testimonies of the workers and
the relatives often sounded in the committee like "terrible scenes
from a sadistic horror film".

It was then discovered that Bergman's nursing homes received 1.2
million dollars from "Medicaid" for treatment of people who never
existed. It was even said, back then, that elderly people with no
family who passed away in the homes were secretly kept for long
periods of time in refrigeration, unburied, while Bergman
continued to receive money for their care.


Some of the newspapers even alleged that Bergman's homes served as a cover for the
Mafia's financial activities and when they continued to
investigate, they discovered the crimes Bergman's father committed
when he smuggled heroin inside Jewish Holy Books.

One day, in a mail office in France, a few Talmud books were accidentally
dropped from one of the mail bags, and a stream of heroin poured
out. Bergman used this incident to beg that he not be accused for
his father's crimes, cried, and made comparisons between himself
and the holy men of Judaism, but at the end was found guilty by a
jury, Ha`aretz reported.


The best way to sum up most of Bergman's life is to quote part
of a news article from the New York Times, titled "Many Roads
Lead to Bergman", by Lee Dembart:

"...In his public posture, Mr. Bergman combined a
talent for fund-raising, a friendship with
politicians and a zest for self-promotion to make
himself a respected leader in Orthodox Jewish
circles. In his business posture, Mr. Bergman used
many of those same contacts to help him turn a
$25,000 inheritance into a net worth he has
certified at $24-million, though he insists he
owns but two nursing homes...".

To back up the claims, the article also mentions that

"In 1960, the City Investigation Commissioner,
Louis I. Kaplan, linked him to a total of 18
homes, and he was estimated to be worth
$10-million", and later on in the article "When
Medicaid started in the mid-1960s, the bonanza
began. By 1973, Mr. Bergman's accountant, Samuel
Dachowitz, certified to a bank that Mr. Bergman
was worth $24-million".

The irony is that Rabbi Bergman used his "friendship with
politicians" to ensure for himself wonderful living conditions
when he was imprisoned. The one who was not imprisoned was the
person that Rabbi Avidor Ha`Cohen met, with the adopted Yemenite
child, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, Rabbi Tuch, who was also found to
be involved in bringing Jewish children from Israel to the United
States. It was a well-known fact within the Jewish community in
the United States that if a family wanted a child they could go
to either Bergman or Tuch and simply pay the necessary fee.

The nursing home Mafia Consisted of The Bergman, Weiss-Spinka Rebbe, Braunstein and Teitelbaum-Kirhauser Rebbe families.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

heroin in gemaras? no wonder yungeleit flock to lakewood.

Most nursing home owners are corrupt, and one in particular has been dreading a sixty minutes expose for years.

I am a witness that cheating is pretty much taken for granted in that industry. Doesn't make it right, but those who do the work tolerate many abuses.

Do we turn them in?

Is mesirah justifiable? Forget the dead, we're dealing with the living.

worm

Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

Ask your local Orthodox rabbi.
Unless he's a partner...than ask your local zonah, atleast you will have a chance of getting an honest answer.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UOJ IS OUR LOCAL ORTHODOX RABBI!

Thursday, November 17, 2005 5:46:00 PM  
Anonymous UOJROX said...

The unfortunate fact is, the current "leadership" works hard at keeping the flock away from media, etc. and controlling everything from their sink water to sex lives - all OUTSIDE the realm of authentic, original Judaism.

They figure that if the masses are living in the dark ages then they can get away with their corruption, lies and thievery. It's an old trick.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 7:14:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

Good point UOJROX,

I will be doing a blog on a topic that discusses original vs. Rabbinic Judaism..

Thursday, November 17, 2005 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about original sin?

Thursday, November 17, 2005 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Bergman sitting there with his big black yarmuka in court for all to see. He should have freaken taken it off while all the horrors were being told about the concentration camp he called a nursing home. Sitting there with his big black yarmuka
looking remorsefull about the poor elderly people he defrauded. These poor elderly probably worked their whole lives saving every penny so that a fat cat like bergman and others can steal it away.I still remember him sitting there with the yarmuka, its nauseating to this day!

Thursday, November 17, 2005 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

I heard about that.
Pathetic Bastard!

Friday, November 18, 2005 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone want to open a nursing home?

Friday, November 18, 2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would that would generate a profit, but at the same time would care the elderly properly with kavod

Friday, November 18, 2005 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

For years, there has been murmurrings of Yemenite children abducted by the State of Israel who told their parents they had died. IT was used by the ultra-Orhtodox has a rallying point of proof that the Medina was depraved.

Was this what happened? Or was this in addition to what happened?

How can anyone defend taking a child from their parents? How did this happen?

Who are we?

Friday, November 18, 2005 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Blog World said...

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Saturday, November 19, 2005 6:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Saturday, November 19, 2005 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

We are a corrupt people, without Torah values.
Money is the new God.

Saturday, November 19, 2005 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are a corrupt people even with Torah values.

What is lacking is mussar -

Sh'fal ruach, modesty.

Some people (can you imagine?) like to crow about their achievements.

Everybody has a different yetser hara, some bigger, others, smaller, but lust for money unites all.

UOJ we are told came from a prominent home, which in our society means money. The people who inherit rarely have the same drive as those who created or worked for same. It's easy to sit back and judge others when you're comfortable.

No?

Try poverty and then let us know.

Saturday, November 19, 2005 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

What's your point?
Is there a rationale for being a thief? Is your name Al Sharpton?
Poor people get understanding for theft, but wealthy people just don't get it?
Wow-you have a new sociologigal world order.
So what about Bergman, what was his excuse?
You are way off here!

Sunday, November 20, 2005 8:04:00 AM  
Anonymous ou, der foygel said...

Unorthodox faygaleh,
Do you take your readers to be absolute idiots??
Bergman had enough tzores without your new crappola.
Lets start with an obvious fact:I am very well interwined with all facets of the orthodox community, chasidic,yeshiva, modern orthodox and cannot recall one(!)case of a parent walking around with a child who is clearly not biological offspring AND not clearly known as one of the few cases where orthodox jews adopted babies of a different ethnicity.I.e, there are some black children ,a famous asian girl, whose dad wrote a book about her, a very few others.Where are all the dark Yemenite kids adopted by their fair haired ahkenazi 'parents', eh,,,,,,When was the last time you saw anybody even vaguely fitting the profile of a 'stolen, dark kid' eh??
By the way the 'rabbi' you quote, 'avidor hakohen' grew up as a poor lad in meah sheorim, with long peyos, at a certain time in his life he decided to cut the sidelocks off a make a break with his 'primitive' hasidic backround.His show was shown on shabbos, though it was pre taped, he obviously could have an axe to grind with orthodox rabbis

Sunday, November 20, 2005 1:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing can justify what Bergman did, whether he raped yemeni babies or not.

The rumor is that behind every fortune there are quiet acts of cruelty. Some get caught, others get self righteous.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 2:21:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

You are blind.Many are in the Tri-State area and if you should ever
Travel around the country you fool, you will see hundreds of dark kids in shuls, where one of their parents are dark and were adopted.
How do I know?
Yeah, I'm a bigshot,and am privy to this information.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 2:22:00 PM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

What happened with the natural parents? Where were they in this "adoption" process?

Sunday, November 20, 2005 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

David,
They were taken away when they entered the country under the guise of checking their health.
Then they were told that the kids died.
Subsequently, they checked graves to discover that there were no bodies there......

Sunday, November 20, 2005 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

I just want to make sure I am right about what happened, cause I'm about ready to flip, and want to make sure I am correct before I do so:

1) A small group within the Ultra-Orthodox community began to buy Jewish children without properly investigating why they were up for adoption.

2) This was without the consent or even knowledge of the State of Israel.

3) To Boot - When the facts began to surface that there were missing children, the Ultra-Orthodox world FALSELY fingered the State of Israel as the culprit, and for decades has offered this conspiracy as proof of the depravity of the Socialists, even while ignoring the disturbing evidence to the contrary that they, in fact, had been the traders of children, and the sole perpetrators of this horror story.

Do I have this right? Were the top leaders of the State of Israel innocent?

Sunday, November 20, 2005 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

1-The "Ultra-Orthodox" led by Bastard Bergman knew exactly how the kids were being kidnapped, and in his sick F***** up head he could sell the kids because they were not going to be raised religious.
2-This WAS in cahoots with cabinet officials, immigration officers...they were getting a big piece of the pie.
3-When Bergman and the other Bastards got caught, they of course blamed it entirely on the Socialist Zionists.
Who is the STATE OF ISRAEL?
The people in the government.
Remember all the early leaders of the State were Ashkenazim, the Yeminites and their kids were the Shvartzes of 100 years ago in the U.S.A.
Anything went, and BIG money was the incentive.
Reliable people have told me that many of these kids were sold to Gentiles for the right price.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 7:50:00 PM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

Help me out. I'm a simple Jew. I don't get it.

The Torah writes "Don't steal "as "Don't kidnap," suggesting to me that this is absolutely the worst type of theft.

If, in the OFF CHANCE that the Torah in fact DOES prohibit abducting children and telling their loving parents that THEY ARE DEAD, EVEN if they have darker skin than Jewish children of Polish-Jewish ancestry, then how else should the Torah have phrased it more explicitly? Should the Torah have put it as one of the Eser D'varim to boot?

Oh wait, it is!!

What else could the Torah have said to make this clear?

UOJ, the Zionists couldn't wait to get the Yemenits into their hands. They were desperate for Jews, even though they looked down on them.

I don't think this went all the way to the top, and I am no fan of Ben Gurion. But there is no way he would have wanted kids leaving Israel for a few dollars. He was after much, much, larger amounts of money,and whatever he was, it wasn't about personal profit. A cut of $5 thousand wasn't going to cut it.

Do you agree?

Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

I can't give you a time line, but I agree I don't believe Ben-Gurion was involved.
There were no shortage of gangsters in the Israeli government, now and then.

As far as Bergman & his group, there was NOTHING, these guys didn't do for money, NOTHING!

Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David:Take Unorthodoxs's rantings with a large dollop of salt.
There are very few orthodox jews with kids that are clearly not biological.In fact I cannot recall a single such case. I have lived in Brooklyn for a large segment of my life and have travelled to almoSt all the significant orthodox communities in North America

Monday, November 21, 2005 1:41:00 AM  
Blogger Un-Orthodox Jew said...

The above salty Jew is full of it & must be a member of their family.
I will post more on this issue and let the reader decide.

Monday, November 21, 2005 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uoj is a bigshot.

Monday, November 21, 2005 10:34:00 PM  

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