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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT:
Sex/Prostitution/Pornography Department
1930s-era Jewish gangster


"Between 1880 and 1939, the Jews played a conspicuous role in 'white slavery,' as the commercial prostitution of that era was dramatically called. Not only was this Jewish participation conspicuous, it was historically unprecedented, geographically widespread, and fraught with collective political dangers ... Jewish trafficking was anchored in brothel keeping, women freelanced or kept houses while their husbands procured ... Jewish traffickers also supplied Gentile-run houses ... By 1900, Jewish commercial vice was largely incorporated in underworld elements and many of its participants were predators
of the poor."
Edward Bristow,
Prostitution and Prejudice: The Jewish Fight Against White Slavery, 1870-1939, 1983 p. 1, 56-57, 89]




"Publishers Weekly took me to task for that 'offensive generalization' about Jews but it's true. The big machers [in the pornography] industry are Jewish -- Steve Hirsch, Paul Fishbein (who runs and publishes Adult Video News) and David Sturman [who owns [production company] Sin City."
Luke Ford
,
author of A History of X. 100 Years of Sex in Film, 1999, [Village Voice, March 3-9, 1999

 


"David Hebditch and Nick Anning, researching the pornography business in the mid-1980s, report that 'some industry insiders claim that porn in the United States is essentially a Jewish business.'"
Jay Gertzman,
Bookleggers and Smuthounds. The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999, p. 289 



 
"The rest of the country thinks of us [New Yorkers] as homosexual Jewish communist pornographers. I think of us that way, and I live here."
Jewish comedian Woody Allen,
in Brown, A., Restless Natives, Times of London, November 2, 1997



When Jack Ruby (Rubenstein) murdered Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, he owned the Carousel, a local strip tease joint. As Gerald Posner notes, "Ruby's main competition was from the Theatre and Colony Clubs, owned by two brothers, Abe and Barney Weinstein. In 1961, they had introduced amateur strip-tease dancing."
Gerald Posner,
Case Closed. Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, Random House, NY, 1993

Curiously, the person who filmed the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas was also Jewish, Abraham Zapruder. In 1999, his family sold the original film, after arbitration, to the U.S. government for $16 million. [Reichman, Deb. Government Must Pay $16 Million for Movie of JFK., Associated Press, August 3, 1999



In 1960, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee praised Paul Ziffren [who is Jewish], saying he "has been the greatest single force and most important Democrat in the resurgence of the Democratic party in California." Not long after, a Reader's Digest article outlined "Ziffren's long-standing ties to major organized crime figures."
Moldea, Dan.
Dark Victory. Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob
, Viking , 1986, p. 137 According to a Los Angeles Police Department report, Ziffren was also a supplier of prostitutes to the wealthy and powerful: "It is a matter of general police knowledge that Ziffren's name appears in many of the call girl trick books which are confiscated by police when these individuals are arrested ... All readily admit to being in the Ziffren service department."
Dennis McDougal,
The Last Mogul. Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood
, Crown Publishers, 1998, p. 278]



"[The first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion] could hardly imagine that Jewish women would stoop to crime or prostitution. When an associate, Meyer Weisgal, who resembled David Ben-Gurion, once told him humorously that a girl had walked up to him on a London street and offered her services, overwhelmed by the idea of sleeping with the 'Israeli prime minister.' Ben-Gurion, clearly troubled, was interested in only one thing: 'Was she Jewish?'"
-- Dan Kurzman,
Ben-Gurion. Prophet of Fire, Simon and Schuster, 1983, p. 39

In 1912, Dr. Louis Maretsky, the head of B'nai B'rith in Germany, noted that at least 271 of 402 prostitution traffickers in Hamburg were recognizable Jewish names.
[p. 56]
In 1889, Jewish women ran 203 of 289 (70%) of licensed brothels in Russia's 'Pale of Settlement' area (where Jews constituted 12% of the population).
[p. 63]
In the same era, 16 of 19 licensed brothels in Warsaw, Poland, were headed by Jewish women. [p. 61]
In Minsk, Russia, Jews ran all four of the legal brothels. In the Russian province of Kherson (which includes Odessa), 30 of 36 licensed brothels were Jewish-owned. [p. 56]
Edward Bristow,
Prostitution and Prejudice,
Schocken Books, NY, 1983




Shockingly, shortly after the Holocaust -- when there were only a few thousand Jews left in Germany, they remained prominent in the prostitution business there. In 1961 Rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein interviewed Dean Heinrich Gruber of the Evangelical Church of East and West Berlin. Rubenstein notes that Gruber nearly himself perished in a Nazi concentration camp, and he "had a long and heroic record of opposition to the Nazis on Christian grounds as well as friendship and succor for Nazism's chief victims [Jews]."
[RUBENSTEIN, p. 5] "The problem in Germany is that the Jews haven't learned anything from what happened to them," the Dean told a startled Rubenstein, "I always tell my Jewish friends that they shouldn't put a hindrance in the way our fight against anti-Semitism." [RUBENSTEIN, p. 7] Gruber then complained that "many of the brothels and risqué night clubs, for example, were in Jewish hands, especially those in close proximity to army camps." [RUBENSTEIN, p. 71] And Rubenstein's response to the clergyman? "Look," the rabbi said, ' I don't understand why you are so troubled about a pitifully small number of Jews in shady positions or interested in making money rather than following more edifying pursuits. It seems to me that every person pays a price for the kind of life he or she leads. Why should Germany be upset about a few such Jews unless they are overly involved in other peoples' lives? Must every Jew make himself so pale, so inconspicuous, even invisible, that he will give no offense to Germans? ... After what happened [in the Holocaust], why should any Jew remain and worry about German approval?"
Rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein,
After Auschwitz. History, Theology, and Contemporary Judaism, John Hopkins University Press,
1992, p. 78


In 1994, a US News and World Report reporter noted the observations of a Frankfort, Germany, policeman patrolling
Precinct 4:
"'It's all owned by Jews,' [Bernd] Gayk says of the train station's red light
district. 'Practically everything in this area is owned by German Jews. There is a single cabaret here owned by a German, but the rest belongs to the Jews.'"
John Marks,
US News and World Report, The Growing Pains of New Germany, May 16, 1994, p. 42, 44


THE HOLLYWOOD 'CASTING COUCH':
"In his more delicate personal relations with established and aspiring actresses, [Louis B. Mayer, head mogul at MGM] was naturally careful and decorous, but none the less vigorous in pursuit of those he lusted after, frequently in vain ... He once said to [actress] Luise Rainer, 'Why don't you sit on my lap when we're discussing your contract the way the other girls do?' A little adroit lap-sitting would go a long way, they found."
Bosley Crowther,
Hollywood Rajah. The Life and Times of Louis B. Mayer; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1960

"[An assistant director] stumbled into [MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) mogul Samuel] Goldwyn's office during the making of Whoopee! and discovered the producer in a comprising position with a girl who did not even get into the picture. Most of the girls on the lot had heard about Sam Goldwyn's 'casting couch.'"
Alan Berg,|
Goldwyn. A Biography, Alfred A. Knopf, 1989,
p. 205

"While their wives were meant to be decorous and refined and sexless, many of the Hollywood Jews found sexual release elsewhere -- sometimes flagrantly ... Sex, like family, power, wealth, and culture, was meant to be conspicuous in Hollywood. It was a symbol of power, which may be why so many of the Hollywood Jews behaved with such little discretion. Jack Warner [one of the heads of Warner Brothers] bragged about his conquests as if they were trophies. Bess Lasky knew that when her husband [the head of Universal] sneaked away to make a quick business call he was not talking to Adolph Zucker ... David Selznick [was] a bearish hedonist with the appetites and discipline of a child."
Neal Gabler,
An Empire of Their Own. How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Crown Publishers, 1988,
p. 246, 248

Jewish mogul Joseph Schenck, head of 20th Century Fox, says film historian Neal Gabler, "embodied just about every cliché of Hollywood decadence and debauchery." Neal Gabler,
An Empire of Their Own, 1988, p. 259


Early in Marilyn Monroe's career as a struggling actress, the head of Columbia, Harry Cohn, also Jewish, once invited her, "and no one else," to an overnight cruise on his yacht. According to close friend Ted Jordan, Monroe was required to strip naked for Cohn in his office. As she bent over, at his direction , he approached her, penis in hand. When she declined his advances, said Monroe, "I had never seen a man so angry."
Ted Jordan,
Norman Jean. My Secret Life with Marilyn Monroe, William Morris & Co., 1989, p. 91; also: Donald Wolfe, The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, William Morris & Co., 1988, p. 211-212



"In olden times Jewish traders sold Christian girls into concubinage and into prostitution, and even today they display the same activity in the same field in southern California where I live."
Upton Sinclair,
famed muckraking journalist, in Gould, Allan. What Did They Think of the Jews? Jason Aronson, p. 305



According to a (1994) survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, Jews are the most sexually promiscuous ethnic group in America. According to their responses, 34% of American Jews have had sex with more than 11 partners by age 18.
Joshua Halberstam
Schmoozing. Private Conversations of American Jews, A Perigree Book, NY, 1997, p. 141


"Although [Sigmund] Freud was considered a non-believer [of Judaism] and even stated his disavowals of the rituals and rites, he did feel that he retained the best attributes of the faith. Numerous biographers noted that his home life was warm and loving, that learning occupied and extremely high priority and that he had a strong feeling of identification with other Jews. Even his doctrine concerning the powerful drive of sexual urges grew out of Freud's interpretation of the basic ingredients of Jewishness."
Earl A. Grollman,
Judaism in Sigmund Freud's Works, Appleton-Century/Bloch Publishing, NY, 1965, p. xxiv


"One could discern in some of the anti-Jewish agitation [in early 20th century Christian Europe] more than a passing undertone of sexual jealousy. The Jew, as we have seen, was thought to be in league with the devil and prone to every variety of dark practice, and what could be darker and more devilish than sex? (The Jew, in ancient times at least, also had an extravagant idea of the sexual tastes and aptitudes of the gentile. The Talmud, for example, decreed that one shouldn't stable one's ass with a non-Jew in case it should be buggered). That the Jew had and has a robust sexual appetite is well attested from even the most cursory reading of the Bible, the Talmud, and more recent, if less sacred, texts. 'Be fruitful and multiply' is the first commandment in the Torah and what was traditionally regarded amongst the Christians as a sordid if necessary act was raised by the Rabbis to the level of a holy sacrament. But as the Rabbis themselves were to lament, it was carried to unholy lengths."
Chaim Bermant,
The Jews,
Times Mirror, 1977, p. 28



"Decent, ordinary Americans are forced to begin to question whether Jews are bad for this country. I realize how inflammatory this statement is ... I do know that I am not alone in this concern ... [LAPIN, D., 1999, p. 41] The spokesmen for groups like the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America and Lesbian Task Force are all too often Jewish. Many of the member organizations of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice are Jewish. The membership of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a champion of ultra-liberal causes, is disproportionately high in Jews. The ACLU's leadership is almost reminiscent of a temple board meeting ... [LAPIN, D., p. 279] ... So many of the enthusiasts for the radical homosexual agenda, increased immorality, and expanded abortion rights are Jewish." Rabbi Daniel Lapin, America's Real War, Multnomah Publishers, Oregon, 1999, p. 293]


"Once again anti-Semites portrayed us as a sexual libertines and perverts to
undermine our moral authority. Today we cheerfully admit the
charges and imagine ourselves beloved by the world for it. Are we and
our culture similarly honored when a CNN documentary
claims that we [in Israel] have the highest rate of prostitution in the world?"
Jonathan Rosenblum,
For This We Yearned?, Jerusalem Post, May 15, 1998, p. 9


"Sexual harassment is also rife within Jewish communal organizations.
Since the [1991 Anita Hill] scandal broke, we have been inundated with stories from
women who work within Jewish agencies, anxious to share their
experiences of sexual harassment by lay and professional men ... multiplied almost without end. All the women we spoke
with believed that sexual harassment is endemic and deeply engrained in the Jewish
community."
Diana Aviv and Gary Rubin, (Aviv is the Associate Executive Vice President of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. Rubin is the Director of National Affairs for the American Jewish Committee. Sexual Harassment Pervades Jewish Agencies, Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, October 25, 1991,
p. 15


"I believe very much that the quintessence of Jewish writing and of Jewish culture is eroticism, more than anything else. I think the Jew had always that image of being an erotic creature and this is what frightened others, that he wanted to penetrate their culture, that he wanted to change it. It was true. And it was rightfully so, I think, because this is a lively contact with others."
Yehoshua Sobol,
Israeli playwright,
Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Fall 1999
-- linked here



"But the shikses [non-Jewish women], ah, the shikses are something else ... Amidst these flushed and giggling girls, I lace up my skates with weak, trembling fingers, and then out into the cold and after them I move, down the wooden gangplank on my toes and off onto the ice behind a fluttering covey of them -- a nosegay of shikses, a garland of gentile girls. I am so awed that I am in a state of desire beyond a hard-on. My circumcised little dong is simply shriveled up with veneration. Maybe it's dread. How do they get so gorgeous, so healthy, so blond? My contempt for what they believe is more than neutralized by more adoration of the way they look, the way they move and laugh and speak -- the lives they must lead behind those goyische curtains!"
Philip Roth,
Portnoy's Complaint
,
Random House, New York, 1969, p. 144-145



"'Why do Jewish men like to watch pornos backwards? ... So that they can watch the prostitutes give back the money,' goes the joke [Jewish intern Monica] Lewinsky told Mr. Clinton, according to the transcript of the Tripp tapes."
Forward,
[a Jewish ethnic news journal]
October 23, 1998,
p.1


"I also take a kind of perverse pleasure in the thought that the most important and influential book ever written is the product of Jewish thought ... I call it 'perverse' becaue it is an instance of national pride which I don't want to feel and which I fight against constantly ... I remember once a fellow Jew remarking with satisfaction on the high percentage of Nobel Prize winners who were Jewish. I said, 'Does that make you feel superior?' 'Of course,' he said. 'What if I told you that sixty percent of the pornographers and eighty percent of the crooked Wall Street manipulators wre Jewish?' He was startled. 'Is that true?'
'I don't know. I made up the figures. But what if it were true? Would it make you feel inferior?'
He had to think about that. It's much easier to find reasons to consider oneself superior than inferior. But one is just the mirror image of the other.'"
Isaac Asimov,
I. Asimov, A Memoir,
1994, p. 322




"'But where do Jews enter the picture?' I asked him. 'Ah!' said Simon [Wiesenthal], slapping his knee. 'I haven't told you something else. A few years ago, I have a talk with a man who went to school with Hitler. I ask him what Hitler was like in school and he says, 'Normal. But maybe this hatred began after got this infection from a Jewish whore.''
'Are you saying that Hitler caught syphillis from a Jewish prostitute?' I asked increduously.
Wisenthal laughed and said: 'What's the matter? You think only Jews can catch diseases from prostitutes?'
'No, but were Jewish prostitutes common in Austria?'
'Why not? Is there a Gentile monopoly on prostitution?'
'I just don't see it as a vocation for a nice Jewish girl.'
'A nice Jewish girl,' Simon mimicked. 'You have those 'nice Jewish girls' in Israel, too, these days and they had them in Vienna years ago -- when there were more Jews.'"
Alan Levy,
The Wiesenthal File. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, 1993
p. 18

"Recalling [Jewish CBS music head Walter] Yetnikoff's well-documented lust for blond bimbos, a midlevel record executive would say a year later, 'Er hot in di hoizen a yarid' -- Yiddish for 'He's got a carnival in his pants.'
-- Neal Karlen,
Babes in Toyland, Times Mirror - Random House, New York, , 1994, p. 145]



"That I know all this is thanks largely to my estimable cousin Ben, a fount of information on Jewish gangster matters. I phoned him the other night and he told me, just as I might tell someone that Arensal are top the league by a point, that of 60,000 Jews living in Argentina by the 1920s, 9,000 were involved in prostitution rackets. You have to admit it's a conversation stopper."
(Viner, Brian. A Tough Guy Is Not Automatically a Tough Goy. Jewish Chronicle (UK), November 29, 2002, p. 37
)


Towering Men and Stout-Hearted Sisters. Jerusalem Post, March 9, 2000
[Book review of Jewish scholar Jay Gertzman's Bookleggers an Smuthounds]
"A great many of the publishers and peddlers of what was variously called flagitious, pornographic, or erotic literature were Jews, and most of those were German Jews who had learned the printing trades in the old country. This fact of course fed right into the animosity of anti-smut crusaders who constantly decried the 'foreign, radical, corrupting' character of the smut peddlers. The main protagonists in this battle for the soul, if not the groin, of America were the patrician John Saxton Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and Samuel Roth, a writer, poet and genuine man of letters and an equally authentic purveyor of sleaze. Roth, for example, not only published (and often pirated) works by Lawrence, Joyce, Miller and legitimate classics, but also printed and peddled flip books, pornographic playing cards, albums of 'French postcards' and the vulgarities known as 'Tijuana Bibles.' Just to compound matters, during his various stints in prison Roth wrote works like Jews Must Live, a book of rabid anti-Jewish sentiment that Gertzman says still circulates in antisemitic circles today ... Gertzman himself acknowledges towards the end of his book that his uncle once ran the most notorious 'dirty bookshop' in Philadelphia. For that matter, Sam Roth's grandson is none other than Prof. James Kugel, the eminent Bible scholar at Harvard University. If there's a more complicated and surprising tribe on earth, I've yet to hear about it."

Porners Must Live. San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 25, 2000
"The story of the Web's most influential pornophile is nearly unbelievable: the son of an Australian Christian evangelist, Ford converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1993 – a 'porn-again Jew' in Fordspeak – under the theological influence of right-wing Jewish talk-radio demagogue Dennis Prager (whose Web site Ford also runs). As a result, Ford's site is not really a porn site at all. It's a daily chronicle of how devout Judaism and devout pornology play themselves out in one man's endless public arguments with himself. The basic premise: how can someone devote his professional life to an industry he believes is, in Ford's own words, 'profoundly destructive and hence immoral ... another form of rebellion against God.' Ford is a religious Jew, not a cultural one, yet it is cultural Jews – 'non-Jewish Jews,' he calls them – with whom Ford's site is most invested, specifically all those non-Jewish Jews who get it on and buy and sell the getting-it-on in the porn industry. Like all of his polemics, Ford's essay on these Jews is a rambling collage of theories, interviews, and uncited historical references that never really coalesce into an identifiable argument. Ford is less of an opinion maker and more of an archivist-chronicler, his agenda always buried beneath layers of deferral and ambiguity. In the piece, Ford turns the Jews-run-Hollywood riff into a Jews-run-porn riff, listing off the secret Hebraic roots of all the key players – Randy 'Andy Abrams' West, Barbara 'Stacy Mitnick' Dare. He also feeds the age-old anti-Semitic connection that Hitler turned into grounds for genocide in Mein Kampf – Jews as dirty, parasitic merchants of smut, disease, and moral pollution – by emphasizing the high number of Jewish porn publishers throughout smut's history."

Jews [in pornography]. lukeford.com [See above link], 2001
"Secular Jews play a disproportionate role throughout the sex industry ... Jews accounted for most of the leading male [pornography] performers of the 1970s and '80s ... If the Torah [Pentateutch] command Jews 'to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,' and Judaism strongly opposes porn, why do Jews dominate porn? ... Pornographer Seymore Butts attributes the large number of Jews in porn to the desire for profits. Jews gravitate towards money ... 'I have not yet met a Jewish guy who wasn't horny as a rabbit,' says [Jewish porn star] Nina Hartley, 'Culturally it's OK for Jews to act and for WASPs its different ... Plus, they get to have sex with all these beautiful blonde women ... Where else are you going to get a succession of shiksas [non-Jewish women] to bed you down?'"

Of Fraud and Sex.com. The Industry Standard, November 29, 2000
"Sex.com is one of the more lucrative properties on the Web. InternetNews cited 'some industry experts' as estimating its worth at $250 million. Reuters went with a guesstimate by 'lawyers' of $100 million, and added that court documents indicate that the site's former owner, Stephen Cohen, who had been running the site since 1995, took home $17 million in salary and holds stock options worth $100 million. In the court case, filed in 1998, Gary Kremen accused Stephen Cohen of stealing the domain name that he, Kremen, had first registered in 1994. Cohen, who all the stories noted has done prison time for fraud, allegedly forged a letter that persuaded Network Solutions (dossier) to transfer the name to him in 1995. Cohen then built sex.com into a destination that attracts 25 million visitors a day, according to Reuters. All the reporters noted that the judge had ordered Cohen to pay $25 million into a court-controlled fund until damages (if any) are determined, because the court feared that Cohen was hiding his assets offshore." [Stephen Cohen should not be confused with BENJAMIN Cohen, of England, who, at 18 years of age, became a millionaire with the founding of JewishNet and has since founded cyberbritain (featuring huntforporn.co.uk and dotadults.com). As mere sampling, other premiere Jewish Internet porn moguls include Seattle-based Seth Warshavsky, called "the Bill Gates of Smut" by the Los Angeles Times [Ehrman, M. 6-13-99, p. 26; read The Prince of Porn at wired.com] ; Jonathan Silverstein, the president of Cybererotica [Chairman: Ron Levi]; Peter Asher, the president of Vivid Entertainment Group (the "world's leading producer of adult films and videos" -- founded by Steven Hirsch and David James; read about the VEG porn team in Silicone Valley: When Porn Goes Public at the Industry Standard); and Danni Ashe, one of the major women entrepreneurs in the online porn field -- read the The Brains Behind the Boobs, at wired.com]

Windfall is Anticipated for Winner of Sex.com
.
Mercury News
, December 2, 2000
"When Gary Kremen bought the domain name sex.com in 1994, he didn't plan on being a purveyor of pornography. 'I thought it might be cool,'' he said. 'Maybe I'd get to meet the Dr. Ruths [Dr. Ruth is also Jewish] of the world.' He considered penning an advice column on what women should know about men. But he didn't get around to doing anything with the site. And a year later, it was taken over by a man named Stephen Cohen. For the past several years, the two men have been locked in a legal battle over the site -- a battle that ended Monday when a San Jose federal judge stripped ownership of the choice Web address from Cohen, ruling that he most likely stole the rights to the domain name from Kremen. Cohen, who turned the site into a popular portal to scores of X-rated Web sites, also was ordered to place $25 million into a federal court account until the litigation is completed. Kremen argued in court that the name was stolen from him ... As for the future of sex.com, Kremen hopes to change the site into something classier, focusing more on erotica than pornography."

The Sordid Saga of Sex.com. wired.com, April 15, 1999
"Never mind the porn on Sex.com. If even half the allegations that [Gary] Kremen makes are true, the tale behind Sex.com is the most sordid in the short history of the Internet economy ... [Stephen] Cohen was convicted in 1991 for posing as a lawyer in a bankruptcy court in a scheme to bilk an elderly woman's creditors out of $200,000. According to court records, Cohen assumed the identity of several attorneys, forged phony deeds and cashier's checks, and attempted to hide the woman's assets. Cohen was sentenced to 46 months. It was his second conviction. In 1975, he was found guilty of grand theft and check kiting ... Within eight months of his prison release, Cohen controlled the Sex.com domain name. Cohen allegedly pulled off of the domain heist with a forged letter, dated 15 October 1995, to Network Solutions, the Net's registrar ... In an early interview, before Kremen raised his allegations, Cohen claimed that he had been using the Sex.com name since 1979, as part of The French Connection, an electronic bulletin board he founded for 'swingers, nudist camps, and alternative lifestyles.' BBSs were the primary source of digital porn before the Web. Back then, he said, Sex.com stood for 'Sex Communications ... By the late '80s, Cohen had set up a real-world meeting place for French Connection swingers at a home in Orange County, California. Hundreds of couples met at 'The Club' on Friday and Saturday nights to swap partners. After neighbors complained, police arrested Cohen in 1990 on charges of operating a sex club in a residential zone. Cohen moved The Club elsewhere, and the charges were dropped ... In late 1995, with Kremen temporarily stymied in his attempts to regain the domain, Cohen and four Orange County entrepreneurs dreamed up big plans for Sex.com. The grandest plan had little to do with the Internet. In January 1996, the group unveiled its bid to buy a Nevada brothel called Sheri's Ranch and transform it into a $100 million 'adult fantasy resort.' Named Wanaleiya, the Polynesian-themed resort would feature 500 exotic women who 'would not hesitate to see to your comfort and pleasure.'"

Brazilian Jewry -- A Concise History. JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy.
"We now come of a very sordid period in Jewish history. Late in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jews controlled the trade in white slavery, which is a polite way of saying prostitution. And they did so worldwide. Reputable historians claim Jews ran brothels in Shanghai, India, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and New York City ... One unfortunate result of Jewish-controlled white slavery was that anti-semites in Europe used the information to paint all Jews as unworthy, as criminals, and deserving of expulsion from their country. Fortunately, Jewish communities that had been initially timid in dealing with this issue eventually rallied and worked throughout the world to stamp out this blemish, finally succeeding. So much so that today many Jews have not heard of this shameful episode in Jewish history."

Rape By Any Name. Citizens' Commission on Human Rights
"Dr. Jules Masserman, past president of the American Psychiatry Association, sexually assaulted four of his female patients during drug-induced sleep ... Although only ten percent of psychiatrists admit to sexually abusing patients, interestingly, 65 percent say new patients tell them of being abused sexually by their former psychiatrist." ["That vast apparative of putative concern, psychiatry, is largely a Jewish monopoly." -- Kahn, Roger. The Passionate People, William Morris, Inc., 1968, p. 53 / "All over the world, Jews are drawn to the profession of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. The 1990 roster of the International Psychoanalytical Association reads like the membership list of a synagogue." -- Earl Hopper, Psychotherapy and the 'Jewish Experience.' European Judaism, Spring 1996, p. 17-25 / "An area of medicine which Jews have made almost their own is psychiatry, though it is perhaps still too early to say whether it constitutes a positive advance in human welfare." -- Chaim Bermant, The Jews, Times Mirror, 1977, p. 119]

Porn Figure Sturman Dies. Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 29, 1997
"[Jewish] Pornography czar Reuben Sturman, who was the focus of a high-profile 1992 obscenity case in Las Vegas, died Monday at a federal prison in Kentucky, where he was serving terms for tax fraud in Cleveland and extortion in Chicago ... During his first trial in Las Vegas on obscenity and racketeering charges that ended in a mistrial in October 1991, news accounts described a jovial Sturman who laughed as jurors watched films of men and women having sex with animals ... In the 1980s, Sturman was identified by the Justice Department as the No. 1 distributor of hard-core pornography."

Criminal Enterprises: Pornography.
Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies, Eastern Kentucky University.
"Of the individuals indicted by the federal government in the MIPORN [Miami Pornography] operation, [Jewish porn mogul] Reuben Sturman was clearly the most important. Sturman presided over his business enterprises from his Sovereign News Company, headquartered in Cleveland. Sovereign News was housed in a three-story, red-brick building, surrounded by chain-link fences and barbed wire and protected by the most modern and sophisticated electronic surveillance devices money can buy (Potter, 1986; Satchell, 1979). Sturman controlled pornography distribution warehouses in Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Detroit. In addition, he was the principle owner of between 300 and 800 retail pornography stores around the country (May and Hosenball, 1981). Sturman's Sovereign News Empire dominated the pornography industry and created an environment in which smaller operators and their distributors were dependent upon Sovereign News for their survival. A confidential FBI memorandum on the pornography industry said that [Sturman's business practices] have included the strong-arm shakedowns of other dealers, distributors, and suppliers throughout the United States, particularly on the West Coast."

Business Booms in Jail for Our Top Pornographer
, Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], [posted at lukeford.com], January 30, 1995
"An American criminal, David Sturman, whose father was once the largest distributor of hard-core pornography in the world, has been able to gain a substantial slice of the Australian pornography industry while serving a jail sentence in California. By using Australians to act as owners of his businesses in Sydney and Canberra, Sturman avoided probity checks which are essential in gaining a licence to operate. Two years ago, Sturman and his American partner, Mark Franks, set up a group of companies to control the importation, sale and distribution of pornographic videos from outlets such as the Adam and Eve shop in Canberra."

Hackers Put Pornography on Hamas Web Site.
FreeRepublic.com
(from Reuters), March 26, 2001
"Hackers invaded the Internet site of the Muslim militant group Hamas to make it show pornography on Tuesday, after the fundamentalist organization claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed three Israelis. Web surfers trying to access www.hamasonline.com were re-routed automatically to a pay-for-view pornographic site offering a fare ranging from 'kinky co-eds' to 'Latina fetish.' Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, spiritual leader of the political wing of Hamas, accused Israeli intelligence of being behind what appeared to be the latest attack in an Israeli-Arab cyberwar on the sidelines of a five-month-old Palestinian uprising."

Ruined Reps. Salon.com, June 7, 2000
"Israeli porn producers are hiring actors who look like Egyptian stars ... According to the Nasserist Al-Arabi weekly publication ... film producers are tracking down actors who look like current Egyptian stars, and using them to shoot porn flicks in Israel. The films are then imported to Egypt and screened for paying customers. Appeal is broad for such materials, because Egyptian cinema is the most popular in the Middle East. Al-Arabi said the goal of the porn films was to 'tarnish the reputation of Egyptian film stars.' The original actors are, of course, not pleased with the alternative personas that have been handed to them ... Yusra Alawi told reporters she is asking her attorney to obtain copies of the films and to pursue legal action against those responsible."

Establishing Boundaries. High Profile Cases Refocus Attention on Sexual Misconduct.
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. December 15, 2000
"For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movements most prominent rabbis was suspended from the movement's rabbinical association for past sexual misconduct ... The news about [Rabbi Sheldon] Zimmerman came on the heels of several other widely publicized incidents involving Jewish clergy."

Months After HUC Resignation, Zimmerman Hired By Birthright,
JTA
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency), April 5, 2001
"A rabbi recently suspended from the Reform movement's rabbinic organization because of sexual impropriety has been hired to a top position by a program that sends thousands of young Jews on free trips to Israel. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, who resigned as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in December, will become executive vice president of Birthright Israel USA, Inc., based in New York. He was recruited for the position by Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund manager-turned-philanthropist who co-founded the Birthright program. Zimmerman's hire is raising some eyebrows in the Jewish community, though many leading figures praised the appointment ... Susan Weidman Schneider, editor of the feminist Jewish magazine Lilith, said, 'Although the specific nature of Zimmerman's actions have not been made public,' his hire 'seems to repeat a pattern in Jewish life where male rabbis known to have transgressive behaviors in their past have not often suffered professionally for it.' The appointment comes on the heels of another controversy surrounding the program: the fact that two of Birthright's top lay leaders wrote pardon letters on behalf of [fugitive] financier Marc Rich, who gave $5 million to the organization."

Sexual Abuse by Rabbis. Lilith [Jewish Womens' Magazine] No date.
"The denials and cover-ups by religious authorities in the case of Rabbi Baruch Lanner closely parallel a report Lilith Magazine has published, investigating accusations of sexual misconduct by the rabbi and popular singer Shlomo Carlebach. Lilith, the independent Jewish women's magazine, exposed 'The Paradoxical Legacy' of the late Rabbi Carlebach, known around the world for his neo-Chassidic spirituality, his charm and his music. Like Lanner's, Carlebach's alleged sexual misconduct was denied, ignored and covered up by his partisans. And like the Jewish Week's editor, Lilith's staff was beseeched not to publish, for fear that the allegations brought against Carlebach would undo all the ostensible good he had done." NOTE: Shlomo Carlebach didn't make the online journal Jewsweek's "Most Influential Jews in America" list, but it still publishes the following at their "Most Influential Jews" introduction page: "Why I Think Reb Shlomo Carlebach Should Be On This List, by David Sacks • Reb Shlomo is one the 50 most influential Jews, because he blazed a new path in serving G-d, thereby transforming the way Jews approach their spirituality today. The awareness that Judaism is spiritual is revolutionary enough. But most thought that aspect was the domain of the Hassidim only. Through Reb Shlomo’s melodies, and the Torahs he rescued from the vanished worlds of Kotzk, and Ishbitz, of Belz, Breslov, Karlin and Riminov (to name but a few) Jews from across the entire spectrum of religious observance are realizing that a Jew’s heart has to be on fire in the service of their Creator, that for a Jew to be superficial today is a criminal offense, that it’s not enough to define your Judaism by what you’re against—you have to be for something!"

Rabbi Robert Kirschner Apologizes.
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
, October 18, 1996
"[Rabbi Robert] Kirschner was once a rising star in the Reform [Judaism] movement. While still in his 30s, he became the religious leader of one of the two largest synagogues in Northern California and the youngest rabbi ever to head such a sizable Reform congregation. He was destined for a major leadership role in the Reform movement. Some say he would have been on the short list of candidates to succeed Rabbi Alexander Schindler as president of the movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations. But after serving Emanu-El for 11 years, Kirschner suddenly resigned from his pulpit on New Year's Day 1992 amid accusations from three congregants and a temple employee that he had sexually exploited or harassed them. Eight other women later came forward to the temple board to complain about the rabbi's conduct, including members of his congregation and two students from the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley. According to parties involved, at least three of the accusers later reached financial settlements with the temple's insurance company."

Bibliography of Sources on Sexual and Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse [linked from Women in Judaism, Winter 1999]. A listing of articles -- 25 paper pages long -- that addresses this subject.

No Longer Taboo. Jewsweek [from JTA], August 2001
"Orthodox pedophiles? For years, most people in the Orthodox world assumed their religious way of life and tight-knit communities insulated them from problems rocking the larger world, like sexual abuse. There is still a great deal of resistance to discussing the issue, and a lingering feeling among many victims and advocates that Orthodox institutions are more concerned with protecting the reputations of men accused of sexual abuse than with believing or helping victims ... In the wake of public allegations last year that a high-ranking professional in the Orthodox Union's National Conference of Synagogue Youth had sexually abused more than 20 teen-age girls, sexual abuse has become a household world among centrist Orthodox Jews ... Four years ago, at the request of the Brooklyn District Attorney, Ohel — which already treated Jewish survivors of sexual abuse — created the first- ever treatment program specifically for Orthodox sex offenders. More than 30 people, half referred through the criminal justice system and half through rabbis and Jewish communal leaders, have received evaluation or treatment through the program; more are on a waiting list ... In the aftermath of two publicized cases of pedophilia — one concerning a rabbi teaching at a day school and another concerning a kosher butcher — the Chicago Rabbinical Council recently created a special Beit Din, or rabbinical court, to address sexual abuse ... But there are certain aspects of Orthodox life that make such problems uniquely challenging. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is the wall of silence and denial."

Sex Scandal Shakes Ground Under Barak's Government.
The Independent
[Great Britain], March 8, 2000
"First corruption allegations, then a defeat in parliament and now a sex scandal. The ground under Ehud Barak, Israel's Prime Minister, seems to be slipping by the day. The latest blow came yesterday, when the Transport Minister, Yitzhak Mordechai, who deputises for Mr Barak in his absence, suspended himself pending an investigation into accusations that he sexually assaulted a female civil servant."

Leading Journalist Arrested on Sex Charge.
Haaretz, [Israeli newspaper], August 15, 2001
"The director-general of the Israel Journalists' Union, Tuvya Sa'ar, has been arrested on suspicion of having intercourse with a minor and coercing her for sexual favors. Sa'ar, 65, a resident of Tel Aviv, was detained two days ago and remanded in custody yesterday ... The charges allege Sa'ar got to know the minor two years through an Internet chat room and they began meeting at his home and in hotel rooms in Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva. Although she was 15 years old at the time - a year below the age of consent - Sa'ar is suspected of having had intercourse with the minor and of using his position as a public figure to cajole and coerce her ... Sa'ar was previously director of Israel TV."

Selling Sex in Israel. Jewsweek, July 18, 2001
"This disturbing story unfolds all too often at the hotline for Migrant Workers, a Tel Aviv agency founded in 1998 to protect the human rights of foreign workers, victims of sex trafficking among them ... Director and co-founder Sigal Rozen, along with the group’s counsel, Nomi Levenkron, were in Washington, D.C. ... In an interview, Rozen called sex trafficking an 'unorganized crime,' based largely on personal networks of immigrants from the Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova. ... Those three countries alone accounted for 91 percent of the 474 women arrested in brothels and deported from Israel in 2000, according to figures compiled by hotline volunteers during visits to the Neveh Tirzah women’s prison. These statistics represent only a fraction of the problem. Police spokespersons have set the number of women brought into the country to work in the sex industry at 2,000-3,000 annually, the number of brothels at 250, Rozen said."

Human Rights Abuses Affecting Trafficked Women in Israel's Sex Industry.
Amnesty International,
May 18, 2000 [MDE 15/017/2000]
"Although official statistics are not available, it is widely believed that in the past few years thousands of women, including some girls, from FSU [former Soviet Union] countries have been trafficked to Israel to work in the sex industry. Under Israeli laws, virtually all these women are illegal aliens. They are in Israel without work permits or with false documents, which makes them particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses at the hands of traffickers, pimps and others involved in Israel's sex industry. Amnesty International has received many reports of trafficked women being subjected to various human rights abuses, such as enslavement and other restrictions on their liberty, as well as torture, including rape and other forms of sexual abuse ... Amnesty International has received information indicating that in many instances women trafficked from FSU countries are literally bought and sold for large sums of money, often in auctions where they are purchased by the highest bidder. Some are held in debt bondage where they are forced to work to pay off large sums of money. Some women are kidnapped against their will in FSU countires or are lured to Israel under false pretences, and brought to work in the sex industry. Their 'owners' restrict their movements in order to prevent them from leaving. There are many reports of women being imprisoned by their 'owners' in locked houses and apartments and prevented from going out unaccompanied."

Prostitution in the Land of the Maccabees: Trafficking in Women in Israel.
Social Action
, [socialaction.com], "a Jewish Online Magazine."
"Today, the prostitute in Tel Aviv is more likely to be named Olga than Rachel, and she's not an Israeli, or in Israel legally. She's one of the more than 2,000 to 2,500 women from former Soviet republics brought into Israel by international traffickers to feed a $450 million-a-year prostitution industry centered around Tel Aviv. The money paid for her body goes to the man she's been sold to. Assault and rape are common ways of keeping 'employees' in line in this business, and the only way a woman will leave Israel's sex industry is if she comes to the attention of the Israeli authorities who will deport her, penniless and traumatized, back to Eastern Europe ... Very rarely, a particularly horrific story will make its way from the Israeli press to American Jewish listserves. When the most recent of these motivated me to get out there and see what I could do to help, I discovered that there is apparently no Jewish organization in the United States or Canada working to raise awareness of trafficking issues in Israel, or bring American Jewish money and influence to bear on the situation. Why should this be an issue for the American Jewish community? After all, most of the women affected are not Jewish."

Factbook on Global Sex Exploitation: Israel.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

"Traffickers and pimps earned US$50,000 - 100,000 a year from each prostituted woman, resulting in a US$450 million sex industry. ('A modern form of slavery,' The Jerusalem Post, 13 January 1998)
1,500 Russian and Ukrainian trafficked women have been deported from 1995-1997. (Michael Specter, 'Traffickers’ New Cargo: Naive Slavic Women,' New York Times, 11 January 1998)
Russian women are bought and sold by pimps in Israel for prices ranging from US$5,000 to $20,000. (Police sources, ''Invisible' Women Shown In Russia's Demographics,' Martina Vandenberg, St. Petersburg Times, 13 October 1997)
A small brothel with ten women can make up to 750,000 shekels a month (US $215,000). (Michael Specter, 'Traffickers’ New Cargo: Naive Slavic Women," New York Times, 11 January 1998)
Women trafficked from Eastern Europe, were stripped and sold naked as slaves to Tel Aviv traders for US$500-1,000.
Smuggling, fraudulent documents, collaboration between police and brothel owners are involved. There are routine brutal beatings and sexual abuse. (New York Times 11 January 1998)."

BGU Publishes First Study of local Prostitutes. Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2001
"A first-ever Israeli academic study on the medical and emotional condition of prostitutes has found that most risk HIV and hepatitis C infection through unprotected oral sex, and many suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder ... They reported in private interviews of having an average of 12 clients a day during the week, and during peak days (weekends and holidays) about 30 in a 24-hour period. Two-fifths worked daily except for a single day off a month. They earned a monthly average of only $1,285, and those with family abroad sent most of it to support them, while their personal expenses were paid by the brothel owners."

Ron Jeremy: Porn Buddha. Austin Arts Downtown, May-June 2001
"People call Jeremy addicted (to food), a tightwad, a clown, a spotlight hound and a man who can maintain an erection longer than any man in pornography. He claims not to use Viagra. He was born Ron Hyatt into a Jewish family who don't seem too put off by his ultimate career choice, although after the first porn film, his dad told Ron not to use his last name ... We are talking about a man who can count a film called Blow it Out Your Ass, as a typical title among the 1600 or so films he has appeared in."

Meet A Nice Jewish Porn Star Ron Jeremy looks more like your Uncle Moe than a sex god,
By Naomi Pfefferman, Jewsweek
"'I‘m just a nice Jewish boy with one vice,' says Queens native Ron Jeremy. 'Twenty-three years of porn films.' Scott J. Gill’s documentary 'Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy,' which opens in select cities this month, chronicles the life and times of the unlikeliest Jew in the world — and the unlikeliest porn star. The 48-year-old Jeremy dotes on his family. They dote on him. His dad's a physicist. His brother's a Harvard-educated executive. Most everyone else in the family has at least a master's degree. Jeremy earned his master's in special education from Queens College in part to help his disabled mother. He looks more like your Uncle Moe than a sex god. But while he’s not so easy on the eyes (he’s nicknamed 'The Hedgehog' because he’s short, fat and hairy), he’s been paid huge sums to bed more gorgeous women than James Bond. Gill’s hilarious film — in which Jeremy fans jubilantly declare, 'He’s Jewish!' — stands apart from other movies on the porn biz that have emerged in the past decade ... At its core, the flick poses the question, 'How did a hammy kid from Flushing become the most recognized male figure in adult film?' Answers begin to emerge when the documentary shows home movies of the young Jeremy (born Ron Jeremy Hyatt) mugging for the camera while opening Chanukah presents. 'He’s always been a performer,' says his sister. 'From the time he was in elementary school ... he always wanted to be the center of attention' ... His family wasn’t thrilled with his career choice, but staunchly supported his First Amendment rights when a film-related bust forced him to fight in court (it was illegal then to film porn in Los Angeles). 'Jewish families tend to be more liberal than Christian ones,' says the performer, citing the preponderance of Jewish men in porn. 'They aren’t obsessed by the fear of the devil or going to hell' ... The garrulous Jeremy — who hopes to wed his girlfriend in a synagogue and raise their kids Jewish — is momentarily silent when asked how he’d feel if he had a daughter who wanted to do porn."

Rebel without Clothes. New Haven Advocate.
"To many people, Nina Hartley would appear to be the embodiment of contradiction: a feminist who's also a veteran porn star and damn proud of it. Further confounding stereotypes, she's a public speaker as comfortable in a college lecture hall as on a strip club stage and a politically aware progressive -- a 'third-generation socialist,' she called herself in a wide-ranging 1989 interview in Shmate, a now-defunct progressive Jewish journal. She's a 1985 graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.S. in nursing. Magna cum laude, at that. She entered the sex business in 1982, working as a stripper at a San Francisco club while she was in college. Hartley, who estimates she has appeared in 360 movies or videos, made her first film in 1984 ... Hartley's emergence as one of porn's top stars coincided with a burgeoning public debate over the medium ... The opinionated and articulate Hartley entered the fray and has become the foremost spokesperson for women working in the porn industry.

Dr. Block's Little House of Sexual Horrors. Salon.com, February 18, 1999
"There must be an explanation for the scene taking place just five feet away. A blond, large-breasted woman and a massive black man are fornicating with methodical, casual self-consciousness, like two body-builders pumping iron after an injury. He is on top, banging away unhurriedly, holding himself away from her with two knuckled fists planted on either side of her hips. She doesn't touch him but fidgets with a silver vibrator while preening at the small live audience and the roving, carnivorous camera. The peanut gallery continues with its kibitzing, trying to make sense of how such an explicitly sexual spectacle -- the climax to an evening of broken taboos -- can be so deeply, utterly unsexy. The event seemed too good to pass up. Dr. Susan Block, a [Jewish] sex celebrity who is, among other items on a groaning résumé, an advice columnist, a maker of videos bearing such titles as 'The Fine Art of Fellatio,' the author of 'The 10 Commandments of Pleasure,' the holder of a doctorate in philosophy, a radio and cable access talk-show host and the cleavage-friendly poster child for all things sex-enlightening and self-promoting, was throwing a Valentine's Day party to celebrate the opening of her new sexual institute, located in an old 1920s speakeasy in the heart of downtown L.A.'s art, fashion, financial and convention district ... Max, Susan Block's self-declared publicist, footman, butler, husband and sex slave, offers to show me the art ... 'We've got everything,' he says proudly, then segues into interview mode. 'I'm the most prosecuted publisher in America. I've been prosecuted 20 times and I've spent 18 months in jail.' He ticks off the charges on his fingers. 'Industrial espionage, rack ordinances (I put the first pair of tits on the streets of L.A.), conspiracy to publish.'" Block's online sex shop and altar to hedonistic self-indulgence is The Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts and Sciences.

Cantor Charged in Prostitution Ring
. Jerusalem Post, January 31, 2000
"Members of Chicago's Jewish community are expressing shock and dismay about the arrest of a former synagogue cantor and his wife of a few weeks. The two were charged in connection with a prostitution ring. Joel Gordon, 51, who has served at several Chicago-area synagogues, was charged November 21 with keeping a house of prostitution following a police raid on three massage parlors, operated out of private apartments in the northern suburbs. His wife, Alison Ginsberg, 23, was charged with prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution. Gordon was most recently the cantor and spiritual leader of Congregation Shirat Emet, a now-defunct synagogue in the Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove, Illinois."

Brazilian Police Stake Out Diplomat Accused of Running Kiddie-Porn Ring. Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2000
"Brazilian police continued to surround the Israeli consulate in Rio de Janeiro in the belief that Israeli vice-consul in Rio Aryeh Scher, wanted on suspicion of running a child pornography ring, had taken refuge there. However Foreign Ministry officials said Scher has been en route to Israel for the past two days. Scher, who was at one point consul-general in Rio, was declared a fugitive by Brazilian authorities after a search of his apartment on Tuesday yielded what police officials described as evidence it was used for the manufacture of pornographic material, some of them involving underage girls ... Brazilian authorities notified the Israeli embassy of plans to revoke Scher's diplomatic immunity on Tuesday, prior to the search. By the time police were able to obtain a warrant to search Scher's penthouse, the vice-consul was already on his way back to Israel, where he will face a Foreign Ministry inquiry ... The investigation that culminated in the search of Scher's apartment began when a 17-year-old girl accused Georges Schteinberg, a 40-year-old Hebrew teacher of using her as a model in pornographic pictures and of distributing them on the Internet. Photographs of nude minors posed on a car with diplomatic plates were discovered in a search of Schteinberg's residence earlier in the week, in addition to massive quantities of pornographic material. Police then traced the car in the pictures back to Scher."

Yeshiva Teacher Accused of Molesting Students.
Jerusalem Post
, January 12, 2000
"Police three weeks ago launched an investigation into alleged sexual abuse by a teacher at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav yeshiva 14 years ago ... In mid-December, police were alerted to accusations by three men - now in their late 20s - who studied at the yeshiva in their teenage years and said they were sexually molested by the man. Police then began investigations into other men who reportedly were also sexually abused, but did not come forward ... The head of the yeshiva, former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Avraham Shapira, was alerted to the complaints several months ago in an anonymous letter and soon after in an anonymous phone call ... Senior National Religious Party figures, meanwhile, reacted to reports that Shapira attempted to silence those who made the allegations of sexual misconduct ... This is not the first time that Shapira has been suspected of trying to prevent a police inquiry into the improprieties of yeshiva teachers. Last year, he received a warning letter from Attorney-General Elyakim Rubinstein after he was said to have tried to cover up the illegal sexual behavior of Ze'ev Kopolevitch, formerly head of Jerusalem's Netiv Meir Yeshiva, who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison."

Federal Prosecutors Try to Keep Boca Rabbi Jailed, Calling Him a Menace.
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
, July 20, 2001
"Responding to a jailed rabbi's appeal that he be allowed to await trial in a psychological program, federal prosecutors this week argued that Jerrold Levy remains a threat to the community and a flight risk ... Prosecutors said they have developed additional evidence that Levy distributed child pornography to other people, received child pornography from a minor contacted in an Internet chat room, and pursued other minors ... In their response to Levy's appeal, prosecutors said there is 'overwhelming' evidence against Levy to support their existing nine charges of child pornography and using the Internet to entice a juvenile. Last week, Levy, a former associate rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, filed an emergency motion for release from prison as he waits to hear about an appeal."

Lanner Indicted on Sex Abuse Charges
. Jewish Week, March 16, 2000
"Nine months after The Jewish Week reported on allegations that Rabbi Baruch Lanner had abused teenagers in his charge for three decades, a Monmouth County, N.J., grand jury indicted him Wednesday on six criminal charges. The rabbi faces two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual conduct, criminal sexual conduct and endangering the welfare of a child. The crimes are second-, third- and fourth-degree offenses. A second-degree offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison ... The first woman, now 19, alleged that Rabbi Lanner sexually abused her almost daily in his office at the yeshiva when she was a 14-year-old ninth-grader there in 1995 and 1996."

Arrest of Ex-Employee Sparks Concern. compcocity.com [originally from Edmonton Jewish Life], [Undated, 1990s]
"A former employee of Calgary Jewish Community Council has been charged with possession of child pornography, sexual assault and sexual interference with a child under 14 years of age. David Webber, 35, was arrested on February 22. On that date, police executed a search warrant on his apartment. In the search, they seized a large number of Polaroid photographs of nude boys aged 10 to 14 and written materials. Several children have already been interviewed and are alleged to be victims of sexual assault ... Before moving to Calgary, Webber was youth director of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton. In 1990, he was charged with sexual assault in Edmonton, but the charges were subsequently dismissed."

Synagogue Sexton Guilty of Pedophilia. Haaretz [Israel], June 22, 2001
"A garbage truck driver with a part-time job as a synagogue sexton in a town in the center of the country was convicted yesterday by a Jerusalem District Court for sexually assaulting children who went to synagogue to pray with him ... At least three children were involved, with one, the 13-year-old, being the son of another synagogue official. That boy was so disturbed by the sexual abuse that he took up drugs, and the sexton then exploited that knowledge to blackmail the youth into more sexual intercourse. The other two children were subject to his fondling, often on the back porch of the synagogue during prayers, in exchange for sweets."

'Healer' Convicted of Sexual Assault and Rape.
Haaretz
[Israeli newspaper], June 4, 2001
"A 44-year-old man from Ma'aleh Efraim who passed himself off as a rabbi and healer was yesterday found guilty by the Tel Aviv District Court of sexually assaulting two women and raping one of them ... Cohen claimed to have been blessed by God with healing powers and met with people suffering from a variety of ailments, physical and otherwise, twice a week in a room in a house in Rosh Ha'ayin."

Miss Universe Rapist Receives 16-Year Sentence
.
Jerusalem Post
, December 29, 1999
"Shlomo Nur, who was convicted this fall of raping Miss Universe beauty queen Linor Abergil, was sentenced today to 16 years in prison by a Tel Aviv district court. Shlomo, who was convicted on two counts of rape and another two counts of sodomy, received a suspended sentence of another four years. Shlomo raped Abergil while the beauty queen was in Italy last year working as a model after receiving her crown. The judges, legal observers said, were persuaded that Shlomo had entrapped the young woman unwillingly at a period when she was alone in a foreign country and vulnerable to his approaches."

Atlanta Strip Club Scandal Marks Return of 'Our Gang.'
[Jewish] Forward, June 29, 2001
"Our boys are still out there, I'm very proud to say,' said Alan Block, a professor of Jewish studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a noted authority on Jewish organized crime in America and overseas. They're running penny-stock scams and providing support for Colombian drug cartels, Mr. Block said. And they're still, in many cases, chummy with the leaders of the old time Italian mob. That is certainly what federal prosecutors are alleging against the flamboyant bar owner Steve Kaplan in the United States district court in Atlanta ... Prosecutors are trying to prove that the flashy 40-year old used his popular Atlanta strip club, the Gold Club, as a front for a prostitution ring that provided high-priced hookers to big name athletes, laundered money and paid protection money to the Gambino crime family in New York ... Over the past several years, Jewish names have surfaced in connection with penny stock scams, in which gangs of aggressive young mobsters corner the market on low-valued stocks, then drive prices up before unloading them ... The ability to adapt has made Jewish mobsters a more difficult target for organized crime investigators ... That sense of internationalism, Mr. Block said, has always been an ace-in-the-hole for Jewish crime syndicates ... Although Jewish mobsters are not immune federal prosecution ... investigators ... have tended to overlook Jewish connections in organized crime, Mr. Block said. The result, he said, is that the Jewish American syndicates have been pretty much free to continue their work in a kind of comfortable anonymity."

Heidi Fleiss Gets 3 Years. E Online, January 7, 1997
"A Los Angeles judge gave 'Hollywood madam' Heidi Fleiss 37 months for federal charges of tax evasion and money laundering today, far less than the 7 to 9 years asked by prosecutors. She'll also perform 300 hours of community service and pay a $400 fine ...Since her arrest, Fleiss has opened a legitimate business, a lingerie company. On the other hand, she was also busted for violating probation by using methamphetamine ... Fleiss still faces state charges of pandering (she was convicted in state court in 1994 but ordered to stand trial again after juror misconduct came to light) ... The feds claimed that Fleiss laundered at least $300,000 in illicit income through her family's bank accounts. Her father, pediatrician-to-the-stars Paul Fleiss, pled guilty to income tax evasion for his role in the scheme."

The Fleiss Family Bed
. LA Weekly, April 27-May 3, 2001
"'Children are our ultimate investment,' Los Feliz pediatrician Paul Fleiss says at a signing for his newly released book, Sweet Dreams: A Pediatrician’s Secrets for Your Child’s Good Night’s Sleep. 'We want them to grow up strong and smart. Most importantly, we want them to take care of us.' This wish hasn’t always come true for the gray-, curly-headed Fleiss, the father of notorious Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss. Four months after Heidi was convicted on felony pandering charges, authorities charged him with hiding the profits from his daughter’s call-girl ring and with acting as the go-between in the purchase of her home, a $1.6 million spread once owned by Michael Douglas [son of Jewish actor Kirk Douglas]. Dr. Fleiss pleaded guilty to making false statements to the IRS and conspiracy, and received a sentence of three years’ probation and community service, which included volunteering at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. In addition, the medical board put him on probation for one year."

The Still-Happy Hooker. Moment, February 1, 2001
"[Xaviera Hollander] invited me to Amsterdam to perform, telling me that she, too, was the child of a Holocaust survivor. When I heard that, I was speechless. I remembered Xaviera Hollander as a blonde, long-legged shiksa, the author of a sexually explicit tell-all book—the most famous prostitute in the world. As it turns out, Hollander (her nom de plume, an homage to her birthplace; she was born Xaviera De Vries) is no shiksa. Her father was a Dutch Jewish psychiatrist ... She took a job at a New York call-girl agency to augment her meager salary, eventually becoming a full-time prostitute. But it was not just an economic decision: 'I loved having sex,' she says. 'Since I was sleeping around every night anyway, I figured I might as well get paid for it.' That’s when a business opportunity came along, and she grabbed it, spending her entire savings—$10,000—on the client list of a retiring Park Avenue madam. She began running a high-end brothel out of a brownstone on the Upper East Side, where her clients included a man who asked a lot of questions, soon arousing Hollander’s suspicion. The man turned out to be Eric Kohn, a Jewish journalist researching a book. The two decided to collaborate on an autobiographical account of Hollander’s life, and one year later The Happy Hooker exploded onto the scene—eventually selling 16 million copies ... She even lived for a while with Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione. But shortly thereafter she came under the scrutiny of the Knapp Commission, which had been set up by Mayor John V. Lindsay to investigate malpractice and corruption in the New York City Police Department. (The commission was investigating cops who had gone to Hollander’s brothel.) Hollander decided to move to Canada to avoid prosecution ... Addicted to diet pills and unable to control her kleptomania ('I got orgasms from stealing,' she says), she was arrested for stealing a $40 nightgown. That theft, coupled with the fact that she was a confessed criminal in the States, led to her eventual deportation and divorce."

Dicked Around. Metroactive, February 8-14, 1996
"Today [Melvyn] Rosenstein, one of the first and most famous penile enlargement surgeons, faces the end of his career. As of Jan. 25, Rosenstein's medical license was restricted, to protect 'public health and safety' pending a medical board hearing. The celebrated surgeon of schlongs faces permanent suspension from the California Medical Board based on complaints from patients--including Ron Nance--whose enlargements have gone wrong. Ron Nance's story may mark the beginning of the decline of the man they call Dr. Dick ... Melvyn Rosenstein is one of few doctors in the country with his own public relations office ... There is no doubt that Rosenstein, who once bragged of performing up to 10 surgeries per day (he now claims to do five or six), has done more penile-enlargement surgeries than anyone else in the known universe. And Rosenstein has worn the 'Dr. Dick' mantle as only a man who believes he holds the power to bestow manhood in a man's world can. The cocky doctor has shelves filled with phallus fetishes. Ron Nance claims to have seen a sign in Rosenstein's office that read, $56 million in two years!"

The Lady Is a Pornographer. Salon.com, June 26, 2000
""I'm the kink controller here at Click + Drag, which means I have to keep people in line,' says the 40-year-old [Abby] Ehmann. 'I make sure that nothing gets out of control -- just kinky' ... Ehmann has many titles in addition to kink controller. She is the 'editrix' of Extreme Fetish magazine -- dubbed 'The best alternative sex publication in New York' by TimeOut magazine. She is on the board of directors of Feminists for Free Expression, an organization that fights restrictions on free speech, and she is a writer and a performer. But for all her roles, Ehmann has only one mission: to satisfy the appetites of New Yorkers who are not sated by polite and sterile living ... She started a fanzine called Porn Free with the idea of giving away pornography. 'I thought, hey, there's a niche that no one is filling. Of course, it wasn't very profitable.' Ehmann gave up Porn Free after being approached in 1997 by D&L Enterprises, a publishing company, to be the editor of a fetish magazine. It was Ehmann's goal to create a sex publication that would provide fetishists with content suited to their needs. Each monthly issue of Extreme Fetish has a particular theme, such as latex, shoe fetishes or musclebound divas."

When a "Nice Jewish Girl' Gets Embroiled in a Scandal.
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
, January 30, 1998
"Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old former White House intern whose allegations brought on the worst political crisis of the decade, is one of our own. Will a "nice Jewish girl" from a wealthy upwardly mobile family bring down the Clinton White House? The question is too titillating to ignore, too unnerving to bear. This is a question we in the Jewish community must come to grips with on our own. We know this young woman. She is us, a product of our homes. She is our daughter. She is our younger, more naive selves. Don't be fooled by the $1.6 million price tag on the house where she was raised, or the $20,000 vacations or the fancy cars ... In fact, on the surface, America seems not to know or care about Lewinsky except as a variation on a Clinton theme. The tabloids have been kind to date: I have seen not a single mention of Lewinsky's Jewish roots including her start in Los Angeles' Conservative Sinai Temple Hebrew school, where her mother, now called Marcia Lewis, did her turn assisting at Purim and Passover programs. As with Heidi Fleiss ['Madam to the Stars'] and Ron Goldman [murdered with Nicole Simpson, allegedly by OJ Simpson], code words are today used to imply what once would have been explicitly named. 'Beverly Hills' or 'wealthy doctor father' have been allowed to suffice. And yet, this very lack of cultural specificity is dangerous, for a Jewish community that still doesn't know who it is. We have yet to accept our history for its good and its ill. We have yet to find a way to discuss constructively the personal cost of the 20th century on our psyches and our homes: the diaspora, the pogroms, the constant uprooting only to strive again. Silence is deafening. 'There's no Jewish issue here,' I heard over and over the past week. Instead, the Jewish community is shutting down. A Jewish community leader told me he was wearing his gold saxophone pin, hoping the scandal will blow over. On America Online's Jewish Community (keyword: JEWISH) chat last week I repeatedly heard this script: 'Monica's Jewish?' 'Then how Jewish?' 'Does she belong to a synagogue?' 'Well, then does she keep kosher?' This is the kind of denial that can turn into blindness. I understand the impulse. I, too, want this scandal to end. In fact, I am prepared to argue that Clinton's sex life, even with a nice Jewish girl, is his own business. But I'd also argue that the character and lack of judgment of that nice Jewish girl is our business."

Innocent Until ..., by Andrew Sullivan, New Republic, August 30, 2001
"I hate to interrupt a thoroughly enjoyable lynching, but what exactly has [Congressman] Gary Condit done wrong? I know I must be deranged not to appreciate his obvious guilt, venality, loathsomeness, and every other human failing now pinned to his blow-dried head. But bear with me. The case against him comes down to two essential points. The first is that Condit impeded the police investigation into the disappearance of Chandra Levy. The second is that, since he was her adulterous, secret lover, he is rightly a prime suspect in any foul play that may have occurred. Hence it is legitimate for the media to pursue him as part of the story of the missing intern. Neither of these claims bears scrutiny ... The second question is why Condit is the only suspect we ever hear about. Levy appears to have had many affairs. The dynamic of the media coverage has prevented this vital background from being discussed. The preordained story has a naive young girl betrayed by a predatory adulterer. But Levy was not naive. In high school, she interned at the Modesto Police Department, where, according to a source cited by [Talk magazine's Lisa] DePaulo, 'she did a lot more exploring than the program was designed to handle.' She reportedly dated one married man for several years. According to DePaulo, an intimate 'knew that she'd had lots of relationships--including several with other cops and several with other married men.' If you parse DePaulo's story closely, as the writer Bob Somerby has, it suggests that Levy had at least four separate married lovers before Condit. And she was 23 when she first locked eyes with the congressman. I'm not criticizing her; Levy had every right to have an adventurous sex life with married men. But if such a person suddenly disappeared, would there be only one possible suspect?"

Sex and the Single JAP
, by Elissa Silverman.
Washington City Paper, July 20-26, 2001
"Monica [Lewinsky] and Chandra [Levy] —with their Jewish, upper-middle-class California upbringings, complete with oncologist fathers and gardeners and hours clocked at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's—take a blowtorch to the stereotype of Jewish American Princesses being frigid in bed and uncomfortable with sex. Finally. At last, we've truly assimilated. In fact, America seems downright entranced with our sexual exploits and indiscretions. First Middle America embraced bagels, and then Seinfeld and klezmer and Joe Lieberman. Now we've seamlessly insinuated ourselves into our country's political sex scandal obsession. Bimbo dyed blondes like Donna Rice and Gennifer Flowers have been pushed aside, of late, in favor of Semitic, thick-haired brunettes like Monica and Chandra. God bless America. Is it good for the Jews? Some say so. Though many within the Jewish community have expressed embarrassment at these tabloid gems, others see liberation. In January 1998, Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton made headlines right as then–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat were meeting at the White House. But Clinton was too preoccupied by the stained blue dress to force Netanyahu to give up land for peace in the Middle East."

Youth Pilgrimages to Poland.
World Jewish Congress
[Policy Dispatches, No. 44], December 1999
"It is the often boisterous, raucous behavior of Israeli students and even teachers [who visit Poland on yearly tours to old concentration camps] that has attracted more attention than the trips themselves, and raises questions far deeper than the wisdom of sending thousands of Israeli youth to Poland every year. In recent years Israeli Army officers were criticized for playing cards on a bus carrying them to an official visit to Auschwitz; Israeli tour operators advertised a trip to casinos in Poland with an Auschwitz-visit option; and an Israeli rock group wanted to stage a concert on the site of the death camp. In November, when it was revealed that students from a kibbutz group had invited strippers (both male and female) to perform before them in their hotel rooms, Israeli society, and especially the survivor community, were scandalized at what they saw as behavior that dishonored Israel and the Jewish people; and moreover, indicated that they had neither understood, nor respected, the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust. The same week in which the behavior of the kibbutz youth was revealed, the press was filled with headlines about Israel's crushing 5:0 defeat in a soccer match against Denmark. It was suggested in the media that the sluggish performance of the Israeli squad was in part due to the fact that the Israeli athletes had spent the night before the match dallying with local prostitutes who came to their hotel rooms. Again there was indignation about the dishonor brought to the Jewish state by its representatives. These two unconnected events can be seen as flagrant examples of a malaise that plagues Israeli society ... Symptomatic of this is the widespread use of drugs in Israeli high schools and the increasing level of violence, including rape."

The Law of Return [from Israel: Whose Country Is It Anyway?, by well-known Jewish lesbian feminist Andrea Dworkin, 1990 [posted here at igc.org]
"You have to see it to believe it and even seeing it might not help. I've been sent it over the years by feminists in Israel--I had seen it--I didn't really believe it. Unlike in the United States, pornography is not an industry. You find it in mainstream magazines and advertising. It is mostly about the Holocaust. In it, Jewish women are sexualized as Holocaust victims for Jewish men to masturbate over. Well, would you believe it, even if you saw it? Israeli women call it 'Holocaust pornography.' The themes are fire, gas, trains, emaciation, death ... . Monitin is a left-liberal slick monthly for the intelligentsia and upper class. It has high productions and aesthetic values. Israel's most distinguished writers and intellectuals publish in it. Judith Antonelli in The Jewish Advocate reported that Monitin 'contains the most sexually violent images. Photos abound of women sprawled out upside-down as if they have just been attacked.' Or, in a magazine for women that is not unlike Ladies' Home Journal, there is a photograph of a woman tied to a chair with heavy rope. Her shirt is torn off her shoulders and upper chest but her arms are tied up against her so that only the fleshy part of the upper breasts is exposed. She is wearing pants--they are wet. A man, fully dressed, standing next to her, is throwing beer in her face. In the United States, such photographs of women are found in bondage magazines. For purists, there is an Israeli pornography magazine. The issue I saw had a front-page headline that read: ORGY AT YAD VASHEM. Yad Vashem is the memorial in Jerusalem to the victims of the Holocaust. Under the headline, there was a photograph of a man sexually entangled with several women. What does this mean--other than that if you are a Jewish woman you don't run to Israel, you run from it?"

Dick Morris' Wife Walking Out After 20 Years.
The News Times
[from Associated Press], January 6, 1997
"Former [Bill Clinton] presidential adviser Dick Morris [also Jewish] , who resigned after a $200-an-hour prostitute said she had a longtime affair with him, said he is saddened his wife has decided to leave him ... Shortly after her husband resigned in August, Ms. McGann, 48, appeared at his side during a news conference at their Connecticut home. But she was further scandalized by a subsequent report of another Morris infidelity, this one involving a 15-year relationship with a Texas woman that produced a child ... A top political advisor to President Clinton, Morris resigned when Washington prostitute Sherry Rowlands claimed he had hired her many times. She said he even shared sensitive information with her and let her listen in on phone calls with the president."

Bedrooms and Politics: As America Becomes More Forgiving, Honesty May Be the Best Policy When It Comes to Sex Scandals ... Even Gay Ones.
The Advocate
, March 17, 1998
"When U.S. representative Barney Frank [also Jewish] heard the allegations that Bill Clinton had had an affair with a young White House intern, he must have felt a touch of empathy. The openly gay Democrat from Massachusetts was once embroiled in his own sex scandal, involving a young male prostitute who had launched an escort service out of the basement of Frank's Washington, D.C., town house. When Frank, who had a sexual relationship with the hustler, discovered the enterprise in 1987 -- the same year he made his sexual orientation public -- he threw the man out of his home. Two years later the prostitute, Steve Gobie, went public with the story, plunging Frank into a scandal that many predicted would cost him his political career. But nine years later Frank has been reelected by his suburban Boston district four times and is one of the most powerful and highly regarded members of Congress."

Save Your Life. Sing in Drag. Salon.com, October 10-17, 2000
"In career No. 2, I became executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, a national organization of queer doctors that addressed issues like the plight of HIV-infected health care workers, lesbian health and homophobia in organized medicine. I wrote position papers on AIDS and gay issues for Bill Clinton, boosted my profile in the talking-head food chain and survived the joys of executive director roundtables ... So for several years I passed during the day as Ben Schatz, earnest and well-spoken Important Gay Leader, while blossoming into Rachel, slutty chanteuse with the Kinsey Sicks at night ... Still, it took me years to find the lunacy to give up a secure and well-paid Meaningful Job to try to make a go of a singing drag queen career. For one thing, as a single gay man with a love life already on life support, I did not relish the thought of having to tell prospective dates I was a professional singing drag queen. (But who knew? Now that I have the time to go to the gym 17 days a week, lots of men seem willing to lower their standards and go out with me.)"

Mia Farrow Slams Woody Allen in Tell-All Book. CNN, February 5, 1997
"Mia Farrow's long-awaited memoir on life with Woody Allen hit bookstores Wednesday, painting the director-comedian as more neurotic than anyone he ever played in one of his films. Forget Valentine's Day. In 'What Falls Away,' Farrow wrote a poison pen letter accusing Allen of bizarre behavior culminating in his seducing one of her adopted daughters and possibly sexually molesting another ... Farrow said that in her years with Allen, 'There were three of us in the relationship: Woody, his shrink and me. No decisions were ever made without her. He didn't even buy sheets without talking to her. I know that part of several sessions went into his switch from polyester-satin to cotton.' In the book Farrow described her shock at first discovering Allen had taken pornographic photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and then that he was having an affair with the 17-year-old. Farrow also wrote of her 7-year-old daughter Dylan, accusing Allen of sexually molesting her -- a charge Allen strongly denied. He was never charged. Farrow described Allen as being obsessed with Dylan, saying, 'He whispered her awake, he caressed her and entwined his body around her as she watched television, as she played on the floor, as she ate, as she slept. He brought her into bed when he was wearing only his underpants. Twice I made him take his thumb out of her mouth.'

H.G. Lewis Goreography. dvdtalk.com April 27, 2000
"It was when [Herschell Gordon Lewis] answered the siren's call to filmmaking, that his life began to follow a weird-wild path through America's drive-ins. He partnered with exploiteer David F. Friedman for his feature debut in 1960 with The Prime Time (as producer), which chronicled a young woman's quest for excitement at the cost of her virtue. And for the next three years, the duo made many of these sexploitation pictures, of those, only a half-dozen survive today. It was a decidedly prolific genre, and Lewis happened upon a notion that would take he and Friedman along a divergent path, one not merely less traveled, but one completely uncharted. The idea was simple: graphic, on screen G-O-R-E in screaming color. The film was Blood Feast (1963) and it would FOREVER change the horror genre." FURTHER CONTEXT: Not noted here is that Lewis, "an ex-college professor with a Ph.D in English and the self-styled 'Wizard of Gore,' lost most of his capital in the courts when he was arrested for his part in a fraudulent car rental agency, along with a series of other mail fraud convictions, including a fake abortion referral agency and a phony gas-saving device. The arrest brought his filmmaking career to an abrupt end." [BROTTMAN, M., OFFENSIVE FILMS, TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGY of CINEMA VOMITIF, Greenwood Press, 1997, p. 180]

Once, in the Jungle: Tobias Schneebaum Confronts His Memories of Going Nativ
e, New York Times Magazine, March 25, 2001
"After a while, meat was removed from the fire. Portions were passed around, one by one, to each member of the group. Eventually, a piece was placed in [Tobias] Schneebaum's hands. He put the human flesh in his mouth and ate it ... The vision of liberation is clearly what attracted Schneebaum to the [Peruvian] jungle in the first place [in 1956] ... 'I'm not an anthropologist, and I didn't go to Peru to gather information,' he says with mild distaste. 'I wanted to meet people and have a good time. I never thought about if I was exploiting anybody. I was doing something that thrilled me, and that was the only thing in my mind' ... He lights up when asked about his days with the Arakmbut. 'To have made the first contact with an indigenous group of people -- one that was naked -- was the most exciting thing that ever happened in my life,' he says. 'I ached with pleasure' ... The raid, however, taught Schneebaum the limits of his sylvan fantasy. Although he went into the jungle to escape the oppressive mores of Western culture [Schneebaum is homosexual], he has struggled ever since with the fact that he broke one of its biggest taboos [cannibalism] ... 'I can't remember the taste,' he says. 'All I'll say is that I like my meat well done, and this wasn't ... In 1973, he went on the first of many sojourns in New Guinea. Schneebaum spent several years living (and sometimes sleeping) with men of the Asmat tribe ... Schneebaum's story is the only personal account of ritual cannibalism on record ... Last Fall, Patrick Tierney condemned anthropologists in his book 'Darkness in El Dorado' for turning the Amazon into a playground for their personal fantasies' ... One suspects that if [Schneebaum] was growing up today, he wouldn't feel compelled to escape to the jungle to express his desires. It's too facile, however, to attribute his interest in the exotic with his sexuality."

Sex Sting Nabs Man in Yonkers
. Westchester News 12, 2001
"Another person is nabbed in the Westchester District Attorney's undercover online sex sting. Steven Gary Cohen of Warburton Avenue in Yonkers is the 43rd person accused in the two-year-old sting operation. He's charged with soliciting someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy for sex. But that 'boy' was really an undercover agent."

Steven Berkoff to Face Rape Rap. Totally Jewish, August 16, 2001
"Actor and playwright Steven Berkoff will face a rape trial in a rare civil action after he lost his battle to have the case dismissed on a legal loophole. Mr Berkoff, 64, will have to fight a £500,000 damages claim brought by an actress who alleges that he sexually assaulted her in 1994. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims the Jewish performer raped and racially abused her."

A Cry for Help that Went Unheeded
. philly.com, April 6, 2000
"Prosecutors say the Kensington man repeatedly raped and sodomized two girls whom his wife was baby-sitting at their rowhouse. He allegedly employed a plastic baseball bat on one occasion. But the ugliness of the details is not all that makes the case stand out. Philadelphia police were called in four years ago, when the attacks allegedly began. One of the girls, then 8, described the assaults in graphic detail. But the sex-crimes unit closed the case after a cursory investigation. Investigators did not interview the man, Samuel Cohen, or inform child-welfare authorities of the allegations against him, The Inquirer has learned. Cohen continued assaulting one of the girls, then 7, for five more months, police now say. One of the assaults was so brutal that the child was taken to a hospital with vaginal injuries, records show."

Man Sentenced to at Least 45 Years in Child Sex Cases.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
, July 4, 2000
"A 41-year-old man with a prior felony conviction for child molestation was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 45 years in prison. In March, Russell D. Cohen pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual assault with a minor under 14, sexual assault with a minor under 16, and use of a minor in producing pornography. Incidents involving about 10 victims were combined into the three charges. Cohen was arrested in August and accused of forcing two boys into sex acts. Authorities said Cohen met young boys by employing them to distribute fliers throughout the Las Vegas Valley and then took them to his home, where they were sexually abused. Shortly after news of Cohen's arrest was circulated in the Las Vegas media, police received a videotape in the mail that showed a man engaging in sex acts with several male juveniles. In October, additional charges were filed against Cohen in connection with the videotape."

Man with History of Badgering U Women Arrested.
daily.umn.edu
, June 26, 1991
"Since 1984, Bruce Cohen has been asking University women for dates, but he doesn't seem to take no for an answer. University Police say Cohen allegedly swore at and sometimes pushed at least 10 of the women who turned him down. He has pleaded guilty to at least one of the charges. Cohen, 29, was charged Tuesday with fifth-degree assault in connection with the most recent incident, according to University Police. The maximum penalty for fifth-degree assault -- a misdemeanor -- is 90 days in jail or a $700 fine. In a June 3 incident in Diehl Hall, Cohen asked a woman for a date, then swore at her and shoved her against a brick wall when she declined his offer, said University Police Officer Larry Anderson."

Bloomberg Sexual Blind Spot, Village Voice, October 31-Novembe 6, 2001
"[New York mayoral candidate Michael] Bloomberg's comments are drawn from one of three sexual harassment lawsuits that have dogged him since 1996, all of which contended that 'a hostile environment of persistent sexual harassment and the general degradation of women' existed at the 8000-employee company of the same name that Bloomberg founded and ran. In addition to his uninformed testimony about rape, Bloomberg also displayed a chilly indifference to sexual harassment laws and guidelines during the deposition ... The [Sekiko] Garrison case focused on a claimed pattern of gender discrimination, with several women quoted in court documents as saying that they'd 'lost lucrative portions of their sales territory, were denied business opportunities and received inferior bonuses' once they got married or had children. Garrison alleged that Bloomberg told her twice to 'kill it' when she informed him she was pregnant, adding 'Great! Number 16,' a reference to the number of women then on maternity leave."

The Terminator, Phoenix New Times, June 17-23, 1999
"Step inside the 'Vaginal Vault,' Dr. Brian Finkel's nickname for the clinic where he performs more than 2,000 abortions a year. Finkel's clinic, the Metro Phoenix Women's Center, feels more like a pawn shop. Elvis Presley collectible plates and Native American rugs cover the walls, fertility goddesses and a steer skull crowd the hallway. The place is wired: security cameras, auto-lock doors, alarms. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band croons over the piped-in stereo system after work on a recent Wednesday ... Finkel doesn't merely revel in his work. He rubs your nose in it. He's the Joe Arpaio of abortionists, and his self-promoting antics, chauvinism and gallows humor are enough to make a devout pro-choicer queasy ... His father is Jewish and his mom was Irish Catholic, so they decided to raise their four kids without formal religious training ... Finkel says he's been estranged from his entire family for years. 'My mother's dead, but I'm looking forward to being an orphan. I can't wait for that nasty son of a bitch to die, so I can go piss on his grave,' he says of his father ... Years ago, [pro-life activist John] Jakubczyk got hold of Finkel's confidential file at the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners and began handing out shorthand descriptions of complaints that were never substantiated. It took a large law firm and thousands of dollars to stop him and keep the board's staff from doing it again. 'I have this law firm that works for me, I call them the eight gnawing Jews -- Sacks Tierney -- and they just . . . bit their ass for me,' Finkel says."

About 40 Accusing Doctor of Sexual Abuse
,
Arizona Republic
, October 26, 2001
"The number of women accusing a Phoenix abortion doctor of sexual abuse more than tripled Thursday, a day after the doctor was jailed involving misconduct with patients going back eight years. Nearly 40 women have now told authorities that Dr. Brian Finkel, 51, inappropriately touched them before or during examinations and abortions, authorities said Thursday ... Finkel, owner of the Metro Phoenix Women's Clinic, faces 16 counts of sexual abuse, including fondling patients' breasts and genitals, as well as one count of sexual assault involving oral contact with a patient's genitals."

Traffic Jam, Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2000
"Women who are being forced to work as prostitutes against their will are considered criminals rather than victims. Kidnapping, threats, forgery, assault, pimping, rape, and holding prisoners. These are the charges against 18-year-old Boris Yasser from Ashdod, who was remanded last week by Ramle Magistrate's Court. He is accused of helping his father smuggle four women into the country from the Ukraine and forcing them to work as prostitutes. The women (aged 19 to 22) who were subjected to these acts were also arrested. Their crime was entering the country illegally and holding false IDs. That they were victimized while they were here does not mitigate the fact that they violated Israeli law by entering the country illegally, Central District Police Spokeswoman Ch.-Supt. Sivan Kedmi said ... The women told police that they had been offered jobs as saleswomen. Upon accepting the jobs, they were brought here from the Ukraine via Cyprus. They were smuggled into Haifa Port on April 31. Their employers then confiscated their passports and gave them fake IDs, which listed them as Jewish Israelis. Two of the women were 'sold' to a brothel in Tel Aviv for $3,000 each. The other two were imprisoned in a Rishon Lezion apartment and forced to work as prostitutes. Customers would call the apartment to order prostitutes. Yasser would drive the women to various locations to serve between 15 and 20 customers a day. The women were virtual prisoners and did not receive a share of the money the pimps collected from customers. One of the women was severely beaten when she tried to escape. She later managed to telephone her parents in the Ukraine to ask for help. Her parents contacted the Ukrainian Embassy here, which passed the complaint on to police this week."

A Pair of Congressmen Get Snookered By Argentine School of Scandal,
Insight on the News, December 7, 2001
"Cries of anti-Semitism and human-rights abuse sprang from Congress last February when a yoga school was shut down by the Argentine government. Its defenders claimed it was being closed because 50 percent of those involved were of the Jewish faith. U.S. Reps. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) were quick to express concern, accusing the Argentine government of grossly abrogating due process. In a toothless 'Sense of Congress' resolution Towns drafted last February (H.Res.51) he airily called for an end to discrimination against yoga enthusiasts by the Argentine government. In the resolution he linked the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires six years ago to a long pattern of Argentine anti-Semitism. Towns called on the Argentine government to lay off the Buenos Aires school, whose court case has been pending for more than a year. But, according to new information obtained by Insight, the congressmen may have been snookered by those accusations of anti-Semitism. Their lofty resolution failed to mention some of the other 'practices' of the Escuela de Yoga. According to reports, the learning center, run by a certain Juan Percowicz, teaches lessons that are sui generis,' in that they involve practices that most people would call 'sexual freedom.' There even have been some allegations of child exploitation, which local police were compelled to investigate ... ." Since its founding in the 1980s, the school has been raided by the police more than 300 times ... Capitol Hill sources were shocked that U.S. congressmen could have been so easily manipulated."

Rabbi Jailed. Instructor at Cheder Menachem Grade School Accused of Molesting Boys, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 14, 2001
"A rabbi accused of molesting three boys at a Chabad elementary school was arrested Dec. 3 and remained at the L.A. Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail as The Journal went to press. Rabbi Mordechai Yomtov’s arrest on 10 felony counts of committing lewd acts with children came following an investigation by the LAPD after three boys, ages 8 to 10, reported last month that Yomtov was keeping each of them alone in the classroom and molesting them while the other children were at recess. Yomtov, 36, an Australian-born rabbi with a wife and four children, pleaded not guilty. A preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court is set for Dec. 17. Yomtov has taught 8- to 10-year-olds for six years at Cheder Menachem, a school with 220 boys, kindergarten through eighth grade, on Melrose Avenue in the Beverly Boulevard-La Brea Avenue neighborhood. The school issued a written statement following the arrest: 'Due to the sensitivity of the issues involved and to protect the privacy of our students, parents, teachers and staff, the school will be making no public comment.' The statement went on, 'We request that our privacy be respected. The school is cooperating fully with all applicable authorities.'"

Scout 'Perv' Might Go Free, New York Post, December 19, 2001
"The accused pedophile scoutmaster of the Upper East Side's Boy Scout Troop 666 will seek a no-jail deal today - and the young sodomy victim's anguished family is furious. 'He is a wolf of the worst kind under that sheep's clothing,' the victim's mother said of the since-fired scoutmaster - married Upper East Sider Jerrold Schwartz, 42. 'Anything less than the maximum sentence would be unfair to my son,' the mother - whose name is being kept confidential - said in a Dec. 13 letter to the judge, who will consider a possible plea deal today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Prosecutors say a total of five credible victims have accused Schwartz - who also ran a Colorado-based youth travel company - of turning Troop 666 into Boy Scout hell through a pattern of winning kids' trust, tempting them with overnight ski and camping trips - and then molesting them. 'I say 10 minutes in a room with me - that's a fair sentence,' one of these alleged victims, a now 30-year-old Queens man, angrily responded when informed of the negotiations yesterday. But Schwartz is only charged with sodomizing one boy - a total of 36 times - because the statute of limitations has run out on the other cases. That boy is now 20 years old. He's in in-house rehab for cocaine addiction and alcoholism, his parents wrote the judge. He bathes compulsively 'because he feels so dirty,' they said. He also has nightly nightmares, and self-mutilates."

Boy, 11, Suspected in Rape of 4-Year-Old Boy, by Amit Ben-Aroya,
Haaretz [Israeli newspaper], December 21, 2001
"An 11-year-old boy from central Israel is suspected of raping and sexually assaulting another boy just shy of four years of age. Two of the suspect's friends are believed to have witnessed the rape but did not stop it. According to his own testimony, the suspect says that the idea for the acts stemmed from watching pornographic films. No charges will be brought against the suspects because of their young age ... [Ayalon Police Station chief Irit] Amer described the suspects as 'ordinary children' with good communication skills. 'They did not express any regret,' she noted."

Ruling a Setback for U.S. Couple in Dog Mauling
, Reuters, January 6, 2002
"A San Francisco couple facing charges in a grisly dog mauling has suffered a major legal defeat when a judge opened the door to testimony on allegations they were involved in everything from animal sex to racist prison gangs. Superior Court Judge James Warren also ruled that Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller must face trial together, denying their bid to separate the proceedings. The trial -- which has grabbed international headlines with bizarre accounts of bestiality, illegal dog breeding rings and a vicious attack in one of the city's most luxurious neighborhoods -- is due to start next week in Los Angeles, where it was moved because of extensive publicity. Knoller and Noel, a husband-and-wife team of lawyers, owned the giant Presa Canario attack dogs that savaged and killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple in her own apartment building last January 26 ... Prosecutor Jim Hammer, in arguments on Monday, said Noel and Knoller 'blurred the boundaries between dogs and humans' and cited statements from Knoller that the larger of the two dogs, a 125-pound (53 kg) male named Bane, had responded to Whipple as if she were 'a bitch in heat' ... The judge also emphasized that lawyers for both sides remained bound by a gag order. 'You can't put the words sex and dog in the same sentence without causing a sensational response in the media,' he said." [See also next article]

Killer-Dog Owner's Comments Irk Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Bulletin,
"A case loaded with peculiar twists and turns grew even stranger last weekend, when the owner of the massive dog that killed a San Francisco woman last month compared a surprise police search of his apartment to Gestapo tactics, angering several survivors. San Francisco District Attorney Terrance Hallinan 'chose a time when we were out of town to come over and kick down the doors of a Jewish home,' Robert Noel was quoted as saying in the San Francisco Chronicle. 'My relatives went through this in Germany.' The allegation comes on the heels of a number of questionable public statements by Noel. He and his wife, Marjorie Knoller, owned the 120-pound Presa Canario dog that mauled neighbor Diane Whipple to death in the hallway of their Pacific Heights apartment building Jan. 26. Noel had previously speculated that Whipple may have brought the attack on herself by wearing a pheromone-based perfume or using steroids. Hallinan's spokesman, Fred Gardner, said the D.A.'s office has declined to comment on Noel's accusations of anti-Semitism. But the dog owner's latest comments in this highly publicized case caught the eye of Bay Area Holocaust survivors and survivor advocates, whose reactions ranged from shock to anger to disbelief ... Several survivor advocates questioned Noel's rationale for raising accusations of anti-Semitism considering he and his wife recently adopted a 38-year-old inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison, who prison officials believe is one of the leaders of a white-supremacist prison gang called the Aryan Brotherhood."

Brother Posts Bail in Porn Case,
San Ramon Valley Times, January 5, 2002
"FEDERAL OFFICIALS SUSPECT A WALNUT CREEK MAN OF BEING A MAJOR DISTRIBUTOR OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FROM RUSSIA. A Walnut Creek man accused of being the 'best customer' of Russian child pornography kingpins is now himself suspected of being a 'major distributor' of illegal sexual materials, federal officials disclosed Friday. As the investigation of Seth Bekenstein, 39, continues to evolve, authorities are diving deeper into the world of a man they believe trafficked in vast amounts of kiddie porn, said Elise Becker, an assistant U.S. attorney. 'At this time, we do actually think he is a major distributor both in the United States and abroad,' Becker told Magistrate Wayne Brazil during a bail hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Oakland. 'This has been his life for the past year.'"

Jewish Porn, World Union of Jewish Students
"After things like Jewish calendar, Jewish singles, Jewish dating, and Jewish festivals comes 'Jewish porn' in the list of top search keywords that GoTo.com provide. That is to say that 1000s of people are searching for Jewish porn. Why? ... Sam Stern is a guy. A guy who went on Young Judea year course in the early 90s. He lives in LA, spends his time making porn movies starring himself, and selling them on E-Bay. The guy is quite philosophical about his calling. Talks a lot about the strangeness of making porn on Yom Kippur, bits of guilt in the background, that sort of thing. Although mostly it really does seem that he is just kind of glad that he can make a living and have sex with porn stars. So, for circumcised hard-core porn, with a Jew in, find Sam."

Suspect in '86 Slaying' Nabbed
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New York Daily News
, February 10, 2002
"A wealthy New York bar owner who vanished after standing trial for the 1986 murder of his boyfriend's new lover in 1988 has been captured in Panama, authorities said. Louis Katz, 72, former owner of a chain of Uncle Charlie's gay bars in New York, was arrested Thursday night in Panama City by federal agents who flew him to Miami on Friday, according to law enforcement sources. Katz fled New York after his first trial in 1988 — on charges of fatally slashing his 20-year-old lover's new companion, Michael Moriarty, 37, and wounding Moriarty's roommate — ended in a mistrial. Defense attorney Jack Litman, who argued that the slaying was in self-defense, persuaded the court to set a relatively low bail of $400,000. Katz, then 58 and a millionaire who had sold his bars, his swanky Park Ave. apartment, his Mercedes-Benz and his palatial Fire Island home, then disappeared."

Synagogue Cantor Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges,
Newsday, February 20, 2002
"The longtime cantor at one of the nation’s largest and most prominent Reform synagogues was arrested in New York on Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused a nephew, a prosecutor said. Howard Nevison, 61, of Congregation Emanu-El, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, was arrested at his apartment, said Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. Police in Lower Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, charged Nevison with sexually assaulting the boy on three occasions between 1993 and 1997 while the boy was 3 to 7 years old. 'Like anyone else, we in law enforcement tend to believe that religious figures are beyond reproach. You want to make very sure before you go accusing one,' Castor said. Police have known about the allegations since about 1998 but did not pursue charges until the victim, who was undergoing therapy, was ready to confront the uncle, Castor said. 'He had terrorized the child to the point that, in the judgment of his parents, his therapists and our investigators, he was too traumatized to go forward,' Castor said."

In 2 Communities, Concern Over the Arrest of a Cantor,
New York Times, February 22, 2002
"The proper, prosperous residents of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and of the Main Line Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion Township stood united yesterday in sheer disbelief over the same sordid tale — a synagogue cantor accused of molesting his prepubescent nephew. The lawyers, investment bankers, politicians and other prominent members of Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan struggled to square their image of the cantor, Howard Nevison, the golden-voiced tenor who led them in prayer for 23 years, with the Lower Merion police's description of him as a violent sexual abuser of a child. The imposing temple at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street, said to be the largest synagogue in the world, is home to one of the nation's most prominent reform congregations. It counts among its members the new mayor of New York, the Manhattan district attorney and familiar names from the media and the arts."

Porn Pusher Has 'Screw Loose' with Trial Blow-Up,
New York Post, February 22, 2002
"The harassment trial of Al Goldstein [founder of 'Screw' magazine] turned from profane to contemptible yesterday when the porn baron was handcuffed for a bizarre outburst in court. While he was being cross-examined by Assistant DA David Cetron regarding an editorial that ran in Screw magazine - suggesting someone 'slam a 747' into the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes - the portly pornographer lashed out in a tirade. 'Haven't you heard of the First Amendment? That's protected speech!' he said, slamming his hand on the table. 'My First Amendment rights will not be squelched . . . How dare you!'"

Selling Sex in Israel, Jewsweek, February 22, 2002
"They come to Israel from the Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova looking for freedom. Instead they are sold as sex slaves. And you thought Israel was holy ... Their names are Natalya, Oxana or Svetlana. They come to Israel, as immigrants do, for a better life. But their dreams of working as a waitress, nurse, or au pair turn nightmarish upon their arrival. Their fellow countryman who met them at the airport, speaking the language of home, takes them to a locked apartment with barred windows and a phone that only takes incoming calls, where they are forced to provide sexual services to strangers. Those who rebel risk being raped, beaten, or starved. Even those who knew they were going into prostitution are shocked by the stark conditions, the pay of roughly 20 shekalim ($5) a day or less for their labor ... Police spokespersons have set the number of women brought into the country to work in the sex industry at 2,000-3,000 annually, the number of brothels at 250 ... [F]ew pimps involved in trafficking ever face a judge, with the majority of prostitutes deported without ever facing a trial that might involve their testimony against their pimps. Out of 459 women deported in 1998, only 35 cases went to trial; out of 253 in 1999, a scant five ended up in the courtroom. Judicial indifference is compounded by police complicity, [Nomi] Levenkron argued. The 18-year-old Moldovian, it turned out, had at one point in her misadventures, found herself in a Tel Aviv police station where some of the officers, who were her clients, recognized her and moved to call her pimp."

Waterford Dentist Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes,
Detroit Now News (ABC, Channel 7), February 20, 2002
"A dentist accused of betraying patients in the worst way issued his own verdict before the case had a chance to go to trial. Dr. Kenneth Friedman pleaded guilty to more than a dozen sex crimes. He admits molesting patients while they were in his dentist chair. Most of the victims are patients, but two of them actually worked in the dentist's office. Wednesday they were all in court as the judge ordered the dentist to spell out exactly what he did to them: 'I touched the woman's breast over the drape, over the plastic drape,' Dr. Friedman explained. 'All the women that you mentioned?' the judge asked. 'Yes.' 'And in all those cases did you know that the victim was mentally incapacitated and physically helpless?' 'Yes.' Without benefit of a plea bargain, the doctor pleaded guilty to 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct, sparing a dozen victims the additional trauma of taking the stand."

Formal Charges Filed Against OKC Rabbi,
Channel Oklahoma (Channel 5), February 27, 2002
"Prosecutors filed 11 criminal charges against a rabbi Tuesday, alleging lewd acts with two girls who attended a religious school and sexual battery involving two women who worked there. Richard Marcovitz, 64, was arrested last week and was freed on $80,000 bond. He has been placed on administrative leave from Emanuel Synagogue, where he has worked for the past six years."

Former N.J. Rabbi Admits Having Child Pornography,
Newsday
, February 26, 2002
"The former rabbi of a Morris County synagogue pleaded guilty Tuesday to having child pornography on his temple computer. Juda Mintz Jr., who now lives in Georgia, faces 27 to 33 months in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 ... Mintz admitted that at that time he had at least 10 computer files containing photographs of minors engaging in sexual activity, including some images of children under 12. The synagogue said it cooperated with authorities. 'We deplore his actions and, indeed, relieved him of his duties because of them,' according to a statement released by synagogue vice president Jonathan Ramsfelder. 'During his tenure, (Rabbi Mintz) was viewed by many congregants as a warm, generous and dynamic rabbi and teacher. This was a loss.'"

Former Little League Administrator Faces Child Porn Charges,
KFWB, March 6, 2002
"A former Long Beach Little League administrator is facing federal child pornography charges, according to the FBI. Signal Hill police and FBI agents arrested Laurent Blumenthal Tuesday after he was indicted on charges of possession of child pornography. Court documents allege the 65-year-old placed a hidden camera in his bathroom to secretly record young boys. The allegations were in an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant executed at Blumenthal's Signal Hill home on Jan. 14. Investigators also seized a computer at Blumenthal's home which allegedly had child pornography on the hard drive, according to the FBI."

Czechs Nix Plan to Shoot Porn Film at the Site of Terezin Transit Camp,
JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), March 25, 2002
"Czech officials have quashed plans to shoot scenes from a porno film at the former wartime transit camp of Terezin. Officials banned the use of video cameras at Terezin after reports that a porn movie would be shot there. 'I did the only thing I could do,' Jan Munk, director of a monument to Terezin victims, said. Munk´s move came after the Czech tabloid Super reported Saturday that the film, starring top Czech porn star Robert Rosenberg, who is also the film´s producer, is set at the end of World War II and will tell the story of how women at the camp were raped by Nazis. The ban might be too late, however, since Rosenberg has already filmed some parts of the camp. The paper that printed the original article on the film, which also printed a collage of a semi-naked woman posing in front of a picture of Terezin, said the film´s working title is 'How it Was.'"

Sex Abuse by Clerics -- A Crisis of Many Faiths,
Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2002
"The wave of clergy sex scandals now engulfing the Roman Catholic Church has battered other denominations as well, producing an uneven record of response that ranges from the Episcopal Church's aggressive and detailed policies to the Southern Baptist Convention's widespread lack of written standards ... The Conservative [Judaism] movement is currently working on policies, and the Orthodox movement has been recently rocked by a case involving Baruch Lanner, a nationally known youth official who was indicted last year in New Jersey on charges of sexually abusing teens. The case was first reported by the New York-based Jewish Week newspaper in stories that detailed allegations by scores of teens of sexual, physical and psychological torment. It has forced the resignation of the Orthodox Union's top official and led to the development of new policies. At least one Jewish researcher says that sexual misconduct is still routinely covered up by rabbis. Charlotte Rolnick Schwab, a New York psychotherapist and author of a forthcoming book on rabbis and sex abuse, said she has received hundreds of complaints from women across all movements and still sees rabbis denying them publicly. Congregations themselves sometimes exacerbate the problems, she said. In one recent case involving a Florida rabbi convicted of using the Internet to find boys and sexually abuse them, congregant support prompted the judge to sentence him to six years in prison instead of the maximum 60 years, Schwab said. 'It's outrageous.'"

Porn Upsets Palestinians,
The Advertiser, March 31, 2002
"Porn movies and programs in Hebrew are being broadcast by Israeli troops who have taken over three Palestinian television stations of Ramallah, irate residents of the besieged West Bank town have told AFP. The offices of three local television and radio stations were occupied by soldiers yesterday morning, a few hours after tanks and hundreds of troops stormed the town in Israel's biggest offensive against the Palestinian Authority and its leader Yasser Arafat. The soldiers started broadcasting the porn clips -- considered extremely offensive by most Muslims -- intermittently this afternoon from the Al-Watan, Ammwaj, and Al-Sharaq channels, the residents said. 'The pornographic movies started on Al-Watan television at around 3:30 pm,' one 34-year-old Palestinian mother named Reema told AFP. 'I have six children at home, they have nowhere to go with what is going on here and can't even watch TV,' she said angrily. 'It's not healthy really. I think the Israelis want to mess with our young men's heads,' she said. Anita, a 52-year-old mother of three children, complained about "the deliberate psychological damage caused by these broadcast.'. 'I am furious, these are the people who are shooting at us that also play this disgusting trick on us,' she said. 'We are desperate for news and constantly flipping channels and get these terrible pictures instead,' adding that videos of the intifada were also shown backwards with 'ideal terrorism' written in red across the screen. 'Luckily, there is no electricity in half of Ramallah,' she said from her house in east Jerusalem where the channels are also available. A fourth local station, whose premises were not seized by the army, ran a written message across its screen letting people know it was the Israelis who were behind the graphic scenes. 'Anything currently shown on Al-Watan and other local TV channels has nothing to do with Palestinian programs but is being broadcast by the Israeli occupation forces, we urge parents to take precautions,' the message said. The Israeli military denied that it had anything to do with the pornographic programming and instead blamed the Palestinian leaders."

Queens Yeshiva Boss Is a Molester: Boy's Mom
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New York Post, March 31, 2002
"Sara Leven found her 17-year-old son Daniel blue-faced, hanging from the shower curtain rod - a tie pinched around his neck. The vision gnaws at Leven's heart because the rabbi she claims molested her boy when he was 5 - which she believes drove her son to suicide - is free and teaching kids at a Queens yeshiva. The 57-year-old Canadian has pursued Rabbi Ephraim B. Bryks, 49, since her son's death in 1993. Winnipeg. Montreal. Queens. 'It never goes away,' said Leven in a shaken voice. 'It's unfinished business. He's never been brought to justice and I live with it every day. He's alive. He's thriving. I have to reveal who he really is.' Bryks, a respected scholar, a Queens religious-court judge and a Renaissance man in the city's Orthodox community, was never charged after investigations by police, a social-service agency and Orthodox Jewish leaders here and in Canada. 'She's chasing him," said Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov, administrator at the Yeshiva Berachel David-Torah HS in Flushing, which Bryks created and operates. 'The accusations are baseless, they keep coming up. He is not an animal.' Yet there have been at least three other known child-molestation allegations against Bryks, in Winnipeg, Canada, dating to 1988 when he ran a yeshiva attended by Daniel Leven. A claim by a 14-year-old girl spurred a 1988 investigation by Winnipeg Child and Family Services, which cleared Bryks of any criminal wrongdoing but criticized the rabbi for tickling, hugging and letting students sit on his lap. The report also noted that accusers faced a backlash so intense in the close-knit Jewish community, it 'might prevent any child from coming forth with the disclosure.'"

Selling Innocence,
NBC 6, November 8, 2001
"Skimpy clothes, camera close-ups, and grown-up poses. Barely legal, experts say, but a growing industry on the Internet called child erotica. And a major player is right here in South Florida, where many of the pictures are taken. Our investigation found a Fort Lauderdale company called Webe Web runs eight child modeling Web sites. The same company also sells sex online, having operated at least 14 sites that market adult pornography. Webe Web is run by Marc Greenberg and Jeff Libman. Libman photographs the girls and even appears in one of the videos. We went undercover to meet Libman and learn more about his web sites. His most popular child site features a 12-year-old nicknamed 'Little Amber.' Libman told us her site is purely professional."

A Paradoxical Legacy: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Shadow Side,
rickross.com, (originally from Lilith, Spring 1998)
"Described as a musical genius, Rabbi Carlebach's melodies, including Adir Hu, AmYisroel Chai, and Esa Ena, are sung throughout the world in Hasidic shteibels and Reform temples alike; have sunk so deeply into Jewish consciousness that many don't realize these are not age-old tunes ... It is an alarming paradox, then, that the man who did so much on behalf of women may also have done some of them harm. In the three years since Rabbi Carlebach's death, at age 69, ceremonies honoring his life and work have been interrupted by women who claim the Rabbi sexually harassed or abused them ... Among the many people Lilith spoke with, nearly all had heard stories of Rabbi Carlebach's sexual indiscretions during his more than four-decade rabbinic career. Spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, and others report numerous incidents, from playful propositions to actual sexual contact. Most of the allegations include middle-of-the-night, sexually charged phone calls and unwanted attention or propositions. Others, which have been slower to emerge, relate to sexual molestation."

Good Priests, Bad Rabbis,
Ukrainian Archive
"Jewish control of the media permits Jews to launch a preemptive disinformation strike at others for sins of which they themselves are most guilty. For example, when Jews themselves have been among the leading war criminals throughout the interval of living memory, they stage show trials featuring the exaggerated or imagined war criminality of others. What the evidence presented in the present letter suggests is that Jewish clerics find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position. Rabbinical sex crimes are widespread and egregious. Rabbinical doctrines and practices would, if exposed to Western eyes, be considered more backward and savage than those of the Taliban. And rabbinical economic crimes are staggering. The response of Jews to their high, and perhaps increasing, vulnerability is not to reform themselves, but to attack others. Already losing their war against Islam, Jews launch a second front against Christianity — one might think an ill-advised tactic, but given the flight of their intelligentsia away from Judaism, those Jews who still remain find themselves without the intellectual resources to devise a superior plan."

Petaluma rabbi pleads no contest to charges of sexual misconduct
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Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, February 21, 1997
"The Petaluma rabbi accused of sexually molesting a bat mitzvah student has pleaded no contest to the charge and faces up to eight years in prison. Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg, formerly of Petaluma's Congregation B'nai Israel, entered his plea at Santa Rosa Municipal Court Tuesday to a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under the age of 14. The sexual misconduct allegedly took place over several months late last year while Goldenberg was tutoring the victim, a 12-year-old girl, for her bat mitzvah. Police said Goldenberg, 58, took the girl into his office, made lewd remarks, touched her breasts and asked that she put her hands into his pockets ... Several women from New York have contacted the Santa Rosa district attorney's office claiming to have been molested by Goldenberg while they were teenagers, Medvigy said. Their calls came amid national media attention to the case."

Trafficking Women in Israel, by Sigal Rozen,
National Council of Jewish Women, Fall 2001
"Each year, an estimated two to three thousand women are brought from the former Soviet Union to work in the Israeli sex industry – a business of modern slavery that puts millions of dollars a year in the pockets of pimps and traffickers. For the last decade, this buying and selling of women has been conducted in Israel with almost no interference ... Most trafficked women arrive in Israel from countries formerly in the Soviet Union. According to a Hotline survey of 392 prostitutes arrested and deported from Israel in 2000, 91 percent of the women come from only three countries: 46 percent from Ukraine, 28 percent from Russia, and 17 percent from Moldova – statistics that reflect the good relations between traffickers in Israel and those countries. The remaining 9 percent are from other former Soviet republics. Initially, traffickers transported the women to Israel as tourists through the airport. But a crackdown by authorities forced the women to travel on ships stopping overnight at Haifa. The women would go ashore, deposit their passports with the border police, and disappear. Traffickers provided them with forged identities of Jewish immigrants, or arranged marriages with Israeli citizens – granting pimps the further benefit of economic aid offered by the Israeli government ... Upon arrival in Israel, such women are routinely sold to pimps to whom they must repay their debts (i.e. their cost) before earning money for themselves. Four to five clients a day soon become fifteen or twenty, some with perverse requests. If the women are not cooperative, if they fail to clean the room on time, if they try to leave without permission – they have to pay 'fines'or worse, they are sold to another pimp who wants to recoup his investment. And the cycle begins again. If the women stop cooperating altogether, the pimp “arranges” for the police to pick them up."

Song of Sorrow,
New York, April 15, 2002
"Joel's parents were as baffled as they were horrified. Almost a year would pass before they'd come to understand the source of his demons, a year in which their curly-haired boy was frequently suicidal and obviously terrified. In therapy over the subsequent months, he slowly started revealing the torments he'd endured at the hands of his own family. He'd been sexually abused by his uncle Larry (his father's older brother, who confessed in 1999 and is currently in prison), and also by Larry's adult son Stewart, who pleaded guilty and served a year before being released on parole. Finally, the boy charged, he was sexually abused by his uncle Howie (his father's oldest brother, fourteen years Henry's senior). Uncle Howie is better known to New Yorkers as Cantor Howard Nevison, part of the rabbinical hierarchy at Congregation Emanu-El, the city's most prominent Reform Jewish synagogue, for 23 years. In the early-morning hours of February 20, police arrested him in his Upper West Side home. On April 17, a preliminary hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. He is contesting the charges. 'Howard Nevison is innocent, and we are confident he will be exonerated,' says his attorney, Ralph Jacobs. These accusations are very different from the suddenly ubiquitous stories of priests molesting parishioners. This is strictly a family affair ... .But for Nevison, the blow had been coming for years; the cantor first learned he was a suspect not long after Joel's parents initially approached the police in 1998. Linda Fairstein, former longtime chief of the New York district attorney's sex-crimes-prosecution unit, says she's "stunned" that it took so long to file charges against the cantor. "I've never heard of that," she says. "It's quite extraordinary that people who already gained the trust of a child for the prosecution of relatives couldn't then also elicit his consent in prosecuting another one at the time." Why the delay? Joel, according to the Pennsylvania district attorney bringing the charges, was too afraid to testify against the cantor, allegedly the most terrifying of the three men accused of molesting him. In the affidavit of probable cause that resulted in Howard Nevison's arrest, the boy describes him as 'a big man with a mean, powerful voice and frightening glare,' who threatened to kill him if he spoke up ... Some parents were outraged to learn that the temple leadership had known since 1998 about an investigation of the Nevison family yet continued allowing the cantor to meet with boys and girls preparing for their bar mitzvahs."

Orthodox Rabbi Issues Warning on Sexual Abuse,
[Jewish] Forward, May 3, 2002
"The rabbi of a prominent Manhattan synagogue is using the occasion of the Catholic Church's sex scandal to warn that Orthodox institutions are often "dismissive" of abuse complaints. Rabbi Ari Berman, the religious leader of the Jewish Center, a well-heeled Modern Orthodox congregation on the Upper West Side, issued the warning last weekend during a Saturday morning sermon. Berman said the Orthodox community needs to learn from the sex abuse scandal racking the Catholic Church. While asserting that sexual abuse cases are far more common in the Catholic community than in Orthodox circles, Berman criticized Orthodox institutions for dismissing many of the claims that do arise in their own backyard. "Perhaps in the outside world there might be an exaggerated tendency to launch a witch hunt, to fire people and prosecute immediately," said Berman, whose predecessors at the Jewish Center include Rabbi Norman Lamm, president of Yeshiva University, and Rabbi J.J. Schachter, dean of a Modern Orthodox think tank in Brookline, Mass. 'But in the Orthodox world we have the opposite tendency: to circle the wagons and deny wrongdoing. The concern for the reputation of the teacher or school is given greater weight than the child's words ... 'ust a short time ago, a much publicized case of abuse and negligence in the Modern Orthodox world raised this issue in the public consciousness," Berman said, in an apparent reference to the Lanner scandal. 'I wish I could say that these were the only cases that I have heard in our community, but they are not. There are others, and some with tragic endings.' To hammer home his point, Berman told the story of a pre-teen child who claimed he had been molested by a rabbi at summer camp. According to Berman, even though the rabbi had been the subject of previous complaints, the camp rejected the allegation, and a teacher at the child's school told the student "to stop making up stories, to forget about it and to move on." The family was ostracized, Berman said, and had trouble enrolling the child in another school ...[E]ven when rabbis are dismissed or leave their job under suspicion, they often manage to find educational work in another city. "

Long Run Ends for Ira Einhorn, Wanted in U.S. for '77 Killing,
Washington Post, July 21, 2001
"After 20 years on the run, former Philadelphia counterculture guru Ira Einhorn was returned to the United States in shackles yesterday to face a possible new trial for the 1977 bludgeoning death of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. The man who counted radicals Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman among his friends stepped onto the tarmac of Philadelphia International Airport in a bullet-proof vest at 4 a.m. He was escorted to a waiting car and taken to the maximum security Graterford State Prison ... His story -- replete with drugs, sex and a manhunt across Europe -- was no less incredible than the rambling essays he used to pen under the name 'the Unicorn' for an underground newspaper before his days as a fugitive. Ultimately tracked to the south of France, he was living an idyllic life with another woman as Maddux's grieving family clamored for justice. Einhorn met Maddux in 1972 at the Philadelphia bistro La Terrasse, where he liked to hold court. He was a local celebrity, a former University of Pennsylvania instructor who had allegedly stripped naked and passed marijuana around a classroom, and first made headlines when he helped organize Earth Day in 1970."

How David Asimov, the Biggest Child Porn Processor in California Skated Away from Federal Prison with a Little Help from His Friends,
News Making News, March 29, 2001
"David Asimov, of Living Oak Court, Bennett Ridge, Santa Rosa, the son of the late science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, was sentenced on March 28, 2001 to six months' home detention with electronic monitoring and three years federal probation for possessing child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Maxine M. Chesney sentenced Asimov after reviewing a series of sealed psychiatric reports, one of which was ordered by the court. Asimov who was charged with four federal counts of possession of child pornography with each count carrying a five year sentence, pled guilty to two counts in a plea bargain deal. There was no forfeiture of any of Asimov's assets in this case, despite his owning a home in Santa Rosa purchased in 1996 for $375,000, and despite his receiving $3,000 per month from his father's estate. How did Asimov, who possessed one of the largest stashes of pornography in California, skate away from federal prison? A look at the players yields the answer. Asimov's child porn stash was so big many child victims and perpetrators would have taken a fall, had Asimov been zealously prosecuted at trial."

Undercover Police Bust Country's Largest Prostitution Ring,
Ha'aretz (Israel), May 20, 2002
"An undercover police agent who paid NIS 50,000 to purchase rights to use three women from Moldavia as sex workers, led to the exposure of what police called Sunday the 'largest prostitution network' to be found in Israel. Counting this latest sting operation, Tel Aviv police have busted five prostitution networks in 2002. The major police crackdown in recent months has tracked down suspects along the entire 'food chain' that thrives on the exploitation of sex workers. The prostitution racket starts in the CIS; middlemen fly the women to Egypt; the women are smuggled without any snags across the border to Israel, where traders wait for them in Eilat; these salesmen, the last links in the global chain, bring the women to massage parlor owners in the center of the country. The women, who are usually in their 20s, get passed from one handler to the next, and undergo physical abuse and torments which often involves rape perpetrated by traders who want to check their 'merchandise.'"

Woman Says Einhorn Attacked Her,
Find Law (Associated Press), October 9, 2002
"A woman testifying in the trial of a hippie guru accused of murdering his girlfriend 25 years ago said the defendant smashed a bottle over her head and nearly strangled her in 1966 after she told him their relationship was over. Prosecutors rested their case on the same day that Judith Sabot described the March 1966 attack at a friend's apartment, where she had agreed to meet Ira Einhorn. 'Ira came out from behind the door and smashed me over the head with a bottle; I was bleeding and I reeled across the room,' she testified Tuesday. Sabot, who was 20 at the time, needed stitches to close her head wound. She said Einhorn 'came at me with his hands and started to choke me with his thumbs over my windpipe.' 'I felt and believed I was dying,' she said, choking back tears ... Einhorn is charged with bludgeoning Holly Maddux in 1977 because she wanted to break up with him. Her mummified corpse was found in a steamer trunk in his closet 18 months after he said she went to the store and never returned. The 1970s counterculture figure fled on the eve of his 1981 trial and was tracked down in 1997 living in a French village."

Indictments break up prostitution circuit,
St.Petersburg Times (FL), August 8, 2002
"'The Circuit' had something for everyone in the market for a high-priced prostitute, federal prosecutors say. Tall women. Short women. Blondes or brunettes, curvy or skinny. Customers placed their orders and the women hopped on planes, prosecutors say, bouncing between glitzy brothels in Washington, Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago and half a dozen other cities. But now 'the Circuit' is gone, prosecutors say. A series of indictments has broken it apart, the broadest coming this week in Miami, where prosecutors announced the indictment of 13 people in Florida, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The indictment paints a tableau of jet-setting debauchery. The prostitutes made $350 an hour when they met customers at brothels and $400 an hour to meet them elsewhere. A prostitute shipped in from Milan, Italy, allegedly made $10,000 a week. When the prostitutes were in Miami, they lived and worked in $1,600-a-month suites at the swanky Four Ambassador Suites Hotel. In New York, they hung out at a penthouse brothel. But the prostitutes are not the ones facing indictment, though the Washington Post quoted unnamed sources as saying many of them testified before a grand jury under immunity grants. Instead, prosecutors have focused primarily on the alleged madams accused of running the brothels and manipulating the nationwide network ... Judy Krueger, 58, is accused of running the Miami outpost of the Circuit along with her lover Eli Tish, 70, who also was indicted Monday."

Desmond embroiled in £8m tax wrangle,
Media Guardian (Great Britain), September 24, 2002
"Richard Desmond [also Jewish], the owner of Express Newspapers, is in dispute with the inland revenue over a £8m tax bill. His argument with the taxman began after a 1993 business deal when United Newspapers agreed to buy 10 of his magazines, resulting in a £12m windfall for the pornography publisher ... The Money Programme revelations could not come at a worse time for Mr Desmond, who is desperately trying to shake off his 'porn baron' tag. Only 10 days ago he went on the BBC's Ten O'Clock News to protest against the use of the word 'pornographer'. Demonstrating for the first time he is embarrassed by the P-word, Mr Desmond said of his critics: 'They use the word pornography... they use all sorts of nasty words.' Mr Desmond, who, according to his arch-rival David Sullivan, owns 50 top shelf titles and three porn TV channels, carried on: 'We don't publish pornography, we publish adult magazines.' He has been trying to sell his porn empire for the last two years but there have been no takers. The Money Programme confirms MediaGuardian.co.uk reports that Mr Desmond was also spurred into action by a Guardian investigation into one of his pornography websites that offered live lesbian sex as well as other images portraying pregnant women and women as old as 78. Deric Botham, who ran Mr Desmond's Fantasy Channel for five years, explained how within 24 hours of the article appearing he 'decimated' the site to prevent further media opporobrium."

Porn Star!,
BBC, September (year not posted)
"Friend to the stars and owner of Express Newspapers and OK! magazine, Richard Desmond has made a name for himself as a successful businessman. But where does his money come from? The Money Programme investigates. Porn Star! ... Richard Desmond is no stranger to controversy but even this colourful press baron is likely to be embarrassed by revelations of his brushes with the New York mafia and details of a battle with the Inland Revenue over millions of pounds of disputed tax. The revelations are contained in a BBC2 Money Programme special that sheds new light on Desmond's business activities ... Desmond's brushes with organised crime came in the early 1990s, almost a decade after he secured the franchise to publish the UK version of Penthouse ... It is said the cash was later delivered in bags to an Italian restaurant in London's Soho, although Desmond categorically denies giving any money to the Gambino crime family at all."

Widower of TA Arts School principal held over sex charges,
Ha'aretz (Israel), November 4, 2002
"The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court rejected Sunday night an appeal by Ya'akov Ha'elyon to be released from custody, after police detained him for questioning on suspicion of raping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. The girl filed an official police complaint against Ha'elyon - the widower of Yael Ha'elyon, founder and principal of the prestigious Tel Aviv Arts School - for sexual assault. Yael Ha'elyon was found dead at the foot of her apartment building on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard in Tel Aviv last month, and police believe she jumped to her death from the eighth story after hearing that her husband was to be accused of assault."

11% of women have been beaten at home in a widening cycle of violence,
by Ruth Sinai, Ha'aretz (Israel), November 4, 2002
"R.K. is one of 214,000 battered Israeli women - 11.2 percent of the women in the country - who have been assaulted by their husbands. About 142,000 of them were beaten this year, 40,000 required medical treatment and 15,000 were hospitalized. Some 146,000 women were raped at least once and 2 percent of these were threatened with murder in the past year, according to the most comprehensive report to date on domestic violence in Israel. The report was compiled by the Minerva Center for youth research in Haifa University with the participation of 2,841 women and 510 men. It was released by Labor and Welfare Minister Shlomo Benizri. The findings on child abuse are even worse than those on violence against women. Some 417,000 children up to the age of five (57 percent of the children this age) have suffered moderate corporal punishment such as being shaken, pushed or slapped, while 46,000 - 6.3 percent - suffered more harsh punishment including blows from fists or being beaten with a stick or belt. Of the six to 18 year olds, more than 550,000 - 39 percent of all the children - suffered moderate violence in past year, while 115,000 (8 percent) suffered severe violence. Professor Zvi Isikovitz and Professor Gidon Fishman, who conducted the research, say the use of harsh violence toward children increases with age. Isikovitz says he was less shocked by the findings about the scope of violence than the willingness of the victims to justify it." ... Benizri asked Education Minister Limor Livnat to increase education about violence from a very young age, and especially to make children understand that women are not a punch bag for men, and to undermine the tendency of women to justify violence against them."

Two actors face child porn charges,
Salon.com, Nov. 16, 2002
"A year-old pornography investigation has led to the filing of criminal charges against two Hollywood actors: Paul Reubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman, and veteran character actor Jeffrey Jones of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' Reubens was charged with one misdemeanor count of possessing materials depicting children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct, said Ana Garcia, a spokeswoman with the City Attorney's office. He surrendered to authorities Friday and was released on $20,000 bail ... Reubens, 50, and Jones, 56, are acquaintances and both cases stem from the same police investigation, said Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. ... Reubens pleaded no contest to an indecent exposure charge in 1991 after he was arrested in Sarasota, Fla., for allegedly exposing himself in a movie theater. After that plea, Reubens' long-running 'Pee-wee Herman Show' was canceled and his star faded, although he has had supporting roles in a number of films since, including 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Blow.'"

Israel: Brisk trade in 'sex slaves',
News 24, December 8, 2002 [same story here at The Globe and Mail]
"About 3,000 women, mainly from the former Soviet Union, are sold each year into a brisk Israeli sex industry that takes in about $1bn annually, a parliamentary report said on Sunday, slamming the justice system for being lax on punishments. The women, seeking to escape poverty at home, are usually smuggled in by traffickers who promise them legitimate jobs. Once in Israel, they are sold for between $3 000 and $6 000 each. They receive $25 - $30 per customer, of which the pimp takes between 80 and 90%, the preliminary report said. The women work about 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week and receive an average of 10 to 15 clients daily, it added. Often, the women live in dismal conditions and sometimes they are physically abused or live in fear of their pimps, the report said. Israeli courts generally reach a plea bargain with the pimps and sentence them to either a few months of community service or up to an average of two years in prison, punishments which the committee said are too weak to serve as deterrents. It suggested that these crimes should have minimum prison sentences to deter the sex traders, who sexually exploit the women and often jail, blackmail and enslave them. In July 2001, a US State Department report placed Israel in the third section of its 'black list' on countries whose laws don't meet US criteria for dealing with this crime and threatened economic sanctions."

Jewish Films To Watch at Sundance,
[Jewish] Forward, January 17, 2003
"Andrew Jarecki brings to this year's Sundance [Film Festival] a new kind of legend — an indie who has already made a million ($388 million, to be exact, which is what AOL paid for his company, Moviefone, in 1999, keeping him on as CEO). The multitalented mogul, who has also penned and performed songs for the WB's late, lamented 'Felicity,' is showing his documentary 'Capturing the Friedmans,' one of several offerings topping the list of must-see films with Jewish themes ... Buzz for 'Friedmans' is strong. In 1987, New York Newsday broke the story of Arnold Friedman, an upper-middle-class high school teacher from Great Neck, Long Island, who was arrested as part of a federal sting operation against mail-order pornography. Friedman's wife ran a childcare center from their home; Friedman was also a buyer of child pornography. As detailed in 'Capturing the Friedmans,' during the arrest agents began to suspect that children who came to the Friedmans' home for day care and after-school computer classes were being abused. Jarecki was given surprising access to the family's home videos, which he uses to sort through the various versions of the truth regarding the charges. The filmmaker also examines the Great Neck community that turned against the Friedmans and the legal system that baffled them. A Friedman figures in another Sundance documentary — Andrei Friedman, who dropped his Hungarian-Jewish name for the more dashing moniker Robert Capa when he immigrated to Paris from Budapest. In 'Robert Capa: In Love and War,' acclaimed filmmaker Anne Makepeace re-creates the life and work of this legendary war photographer. When Friedman first arrived in Paris, 'Robert Capa' was wholly imaginary — a rich American photographer that he and his collaborator girlfriend invented to gain credibility. The ruse was quickly uncovered, but his work was so good that the young photographer took on the persona of Capa and went on to document the Spanish Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War, World War II and Israel's War for Independence."

Porn King's Ex in Mansion-Standoff Drama,
New York Post, December 31, 2002
"An ex-girlfriend of porn publisher Al Goldstein, armed with several of his licensed handguns, barricaded herself in a room at his Pompano Beach, Fla., home and threatened to kill herself, police said. Kathleen Pustay, 36, surrendered to cops Sunday after a five-hour standoff and was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Goldstein, who publishes Screw magazine and hosts 'Midnight Blue' on cable TV, said he flew his old flame - whom he calls Katherine - from her home in Pittsburgh to Florida because 'New Year's is a bad time for her.' Unbeknownst to the smut magnate, she holed up in the guest room of his 15-room house and called a counselor, threatening to kill herself, Goldstein said ... The Miami Herald reported yesterday Pustay was named in a federal indictment in April regarding a ring of high-priced hookers called 'the circuit.' Goldstein, who was convicted earlier this year in Brooklyn for harassing an ex-employee, returns to New York in January to face trial on aggravated harassment charges brought by his ex-wife."

Cosmetics heir charged with rape was aspiring porn producer, attorneys say, Court TV (from Associated Press), January 3, 2002
"Attorneys for cosmetics heir Andrew Luster say he was an aspiring producer of pornography when he videotaped himself having sex with three women he is accused of raping. Defense lawyers said Thursday that excerpts of Luster's homemade movies, including one entitled 'Babes and Waves,' should be shown to jurors when his rape trial begins next week. Luster, the 38-year-old great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor, was arrested in July 2000 after a woman told authorities she was drugged at a Santa Barbara bar, then raped at his Ventura County beach house. Detectives said they found videotapes of Luster engaging in sex acts with two other women who appeared to be unconscious."

Max Factor heir 'flees' sex trial. Mr Luster was allowed out of jail on $1m bail,
BBC News, January 7, 2002
"Police in California are hunting an heir to the multi-million dollar Max Factor cosmetics fortune. Andrew Luster, who faces 87 charges relating to date rape, has disappeared in the middle of his trial. The 39-year-old has been declared a fugitive after he jumped his million-dollar bail over the weekend. Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten said in a written statement that police suspected Mr Luster had fled after he failed to check in with a probation officer on Friday night, as required under the terms of his house arrest. A search revealed he had disappeared from his beachfront home along with his dog, his car and many of his personal possessions, Mr Totten added. Mr Luster faces multiple rape charges and stands accused of drugging his victims and then videotaping his assaults ... The great grandson of Max Factor, Mr Luster was arrested after a woman he met went to the police alleging he had spiked her drink with the so-called 'date rape' drug, Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB). When detectives raided his home, they say they found 17 videotapes or Mr Luster having sex with apparently unconscious women, many of whom have yet to be identified."

Stuck in traffic. Hundreds of women are smuggled into Israel each year and turned into human property, and hundreds of criminals take part in this chain of commerce that begins in Eastern Europe and usually ends in a Tel Aviv brothel. Pitted against them are a handful of police officers, state prosecutors and judges, all of whom are staggering under an impossible burden,
by Aviv Lavie, Ha'aretz (Israel), January 5, 2002
"The traffic in women, a thriving sector of the Israeli economy over the past decade, would apparently have continued to flourish unchecked if not for three things that took place in quick succession in 2000: Amnesty International published a report that was very critical about the situation in Israel in this sphere; the women's lobby did the same; and, finally, Gal Gabai aired a bloodcurdling report on Channel Two's 'Ulpan Shishi,' in which traffickers were caught on hidden camera checking out candidates for purchase, as if the women were chattel at a slave market. Many Knesset members felt that something had to be done ... Shortly after it got to work in July 2000, the commission received a further incentive for its activity, from Capitol Hill in Washington. Every year, the U.S. State Department presents a report to Congress that describes the efforts being made by different countries to combat the traffic in human beings, so this can be taken into account when foreign aid is being discussed. The 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report dealt Israel a big blow: The country plummeted to the lowest possible rating, Tier 3, a group described as 'not making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with the standards of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.' Albania, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Pakistan were some of the countries with which Israel shared this dubious distinction ... The police speak with frustration about the feeble efforts that are all they are capable of making against the crime lords. And when they do manage to haul them in, they end up watching the State Prosecutor's office strike plea bargains with them. For their part, representatives of the State Prosecutor's office claimed that the plea bargains were the maximum that could be achieved, given the severe backlog in the courts. A court system representative confirmed that the system is jammed and on the verge of collapse. The picture presented by the protocols is nothing short of appalling: Hundreds of women are smuggled into Israel each year and turned into human property; hundreds, if not thousands, of criminals of various ranks take part in this chain of trade, which begins in Eastern Europe and usually ends in a Tel Aviv brothel. On the other side are a handful of police officers, a few diligent state prosecutors and judges who are staggering under an impossible burden. What chance do they have of prevailing? ... At the same meeting, the police representatives brought up another painful matter: the fate of the women enlisted by the police to testify against the drug dealers and pimps. It turns out that these women are housed in a hostel where the conditions are barely satisfactory and no protection is provided."

The Awarness Center,
[List of over 30 rabbi and other Jewish clergy child molesters, etc.]
"Mass Molestation Cases Not Including Clergy Case of Ohel Counselor - Simcha Adler, NY Case of School Counselor - Eugene Loub Aronin, TX Case of School Teacher - Lawrence Cohen, NJ Case of School Principal - David B. Harrington, Rockville, MD Case of Jewish Big Brother Volunteer - Eric Hindin, Newton, MA Case of Judge Ronald Kline, CA Case of the Kosher Butcher in Chicago Case of the New York Society for the Deaf's Home Case of the Rogers Park JCC, Chicago Illinois Case of Teacher/Track Coach - Adam Theodore Rubin, MD Case of Cantor Michael Segelstein, Las Vegas, NV Case of Teacher - Georges Schteinberg, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Israeli vice-consul Aryeh Scher - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Case of Camp Counselor - David Schwartz, Culver City, CA Case of Scoutmaster - Jerrold Schwartz, NY Case of Tel Aviv Arts School, Tel Aviv, Israel Case of Mashgiach (Kashrut Supervisor) David Douglas Webber, Canada Clergy Abuse Case of Rabbi Lewis Brenner Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks Case of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Case of Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg Case of Cantor Joel Gordon Case of Rabbi Israel Grunwald Case of The State of Israel Vs.Sex Offender Case of Rabbi Tzvi Flaum Case of Yehudah Friedlander Case of the Rabbi at Hillel Torah, Chicago, IL Case of Rabbi Steven Jacobs Case of Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement Case of Rabbi Steven Kaplan Case of Rabbi Robert Kirschner Case of Rabbi/Rosh Yeshiva Ze'ev Kopolevitch Case of Rabbi Baruch Lanner Case of Rabbi Jerrold M. Levy Case of Rabbi Pinchas Lew Case of Rabbi Richard Marcovitz Case of Rabbi Juda Mintz Case of Rabbi/Psychologist - Avrohom Mondrowitz Case of Cantor Howard Nevison Case of Rabbi Fred Neulander Case of Rabbi Michael Ozair Case of Rabbi Charles Shalman Case of Rabbi/Yeshiva Teacher Ze'ev Sultanovitch Case of Rabbi David Weinberger Case of Rabbi Yaakov Weiner Case of Rabbi Mordechai Willig (Accused of cover-up in the case of Baruch Lanner) Case of Cantor Phillip Wittlin Case of Rabbi Mordechai Yomtov Case of Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman Case of Rabbi Max Zucker"

Father charged with abusing, raping his children and wife,
by David Ratner, Haaretz (Israel), February 19, 2003
"A 62-year-old Haifa man was charged yesterday with physically and mentally abusing his children and wife for many years. He is also suspected of raping two of his daughters ... In 1984, the indictment says, he married a woman who had two daughters, aged 12 and 8. He is accused of raping his elder stepdaughter for the first time when she was 17 and then throwing her out of the house naked. He continued raping her until she turned 21, threatening to tell that she was sleeping with him if she resisted. He stopped raping and abusing her only when she married, at the age of 23. He started raping his younger stepdaughter when she was 15, in addition to beating her and screaming at her. He is alleged to have raped her several times more between 1991 and 1993. When she joined the army, he humiliated her and threw her out. She never returned to the family home. The man is also charged with beating his wife in 2000 so badly that she required medical treatment. In addition, he abused his wife for years with humiliating acts and insults at every opportunity. The couple had three more daughters, born in 1986, 1987 and 1990. The man is also charged with abusing the young girls. He used to scream at the older one and insult her until she started getting anxiety attacks. He insisted on watching her dress against her will and stroke her behind against her explicit wishes. He used to masturbate in front of the second daughter and abuse her in similar ways, and is also suspected of brutally beating the youngest child."

Welcome to Pornoville, Hollywood,
By Robert Lusetich, The Australian [Australia] January 20, 2003
"Born in nondescript warehouses scattered throughout the far-flung suburban outreaches of Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley, modern, mass-marketed pornography has, in little more than a decade, exploded into a rich and powerful industry. The advent of new technologies, first the VCR and now DVD and the internet, has turned porn from the near-exclusive domain of the cliched trench-coated pervert to an industry with a net worth in the US alone estimated at $US10 billion ($16.8 billion). In 2001, it was reckoned that Americans spent $US4 billion on renting and buying adult videos and DVDs and about $US2 billion downloading porn from one of the web's 100,000 sex-themed sites. 'Twenty years ago, you had people sneaking into those little theatres,' says Bill Asher, president of Vivid Entertainment, the biggest of the porno companies in the Valley. 'That's all changed with technology. We've gone from a market of hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions.' With 11,000 new US titles being produced each year, almost all of them in the Valley, it is not difficult to understand why the 916 sq km of tract homes, freeways, shopping malls and fast food outlets on the wrong side of the Hollywood Hills is fast becoming known as 'pornoville'. "That's what everybody calls it already," a female performer named Dee told a reporter while waiting for the resumption of her scene in a video shoot ... Pornography's new-found legitimacy was never more evident than when the prestigious University of Southern California business school invited Steven Hirsch, Vivid Entertainment's founder, to address students from the same podium previously occupied by such captains of industry as Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former Chrysler chairman Lee Iaccoca. Hirsch spoke of 'market share' and 'production values' but never once mentioned the 'p'-word, pornography. Instead, he spoke of "content", as if he were the head of a major Hollywood movie studio, or, for that matter, any mainstream business. 'Ten years ago, I don't think I would have been asked to speak in front of that class,' says Hirsch, whose father became a distributor of pornography after losing his job as a stockbroker in Ohio in the early '70s. 'We're already past the acceptance stage. At this point we're just talking about a business as a business. We're nothing more than widget makers' ... Anne Marie Ballowe, who starred in adult movies for seven years until leaving the business four years ago, contracted chlamydia, cytomegalovirus, which could make her blind, hepatitis C, which has devastated her liver and HIV from fellow performers. Unable to pay her medical bills, she is suing two major porn companies as well as fellow performer Marc Goldberg, whom she claims falsified an HIV negative report. Ballowe and others have claimed that performers regularly falsify medical clearances to get work, while producers turned a blind eye to the problem and, worse, routinely offer women bonuses if they agree to have unprotected sex."

Bnei Brak resident gets nine years for sexual abuse,
Ha'aretz (Israel), January 22, 2003
"Tel Aviv District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 29-year-old Bnei Brak resident to nine years in prison and two years' probation for sexually harassing and assaulting six ultra-Orthodox youths between the ages of 14 and 16 over a period of years. Avraham Asher was also accused of 'offering' one of the youths to two of his friends, who also abused him. The two, Yossi Mozas and Yosef Garus, both 29, from Bnei Brak, were given much lighter sentences ... The court heard that Asher and his friends harassed the youths in bus shelters and at ritual baths in Bnei Brak. Asher also assaulted the youths in showers and once visited a yeshiva in Jerusalem, where one of the teenagers studied."

Prosecutor faces child sex charges,
Palm Beach Post, January 22, 2003
"With his Mickey Mouse lapel pin replete with an American flag, prosecutor Ira Karmelin cut a squeaky-clean image in the Palm Beach County Courthouse. But on Tuesday the image was of the top assistant state attorney handcuffed outside the courthouse and carted off to jail to face child sex charges. Karmelin, 38, is accused of soliciting a woman, whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, on the Internet and performing lewd acts in front of her via a camera attached to his computer. The prosecutor -- who also is a former sheriff's deputy -- is charged with two third-degree felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison. He is the first prosecutor under Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer arrested on a felony charge. He was suspended without pay indefinitely and could lose his law license ... Karmelin talked openly about his wish to become a judge. Many of his colleagues, as well as defense attorneys, described Karmelin as Krischer's favorite bulldog prosecutor. Just last week, Krischer recommended Karmelin to be an assistant attorney general ... Orange County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Harrison, who came to West Palm Beach to make the arrest, discovered Karmelin was a prosecutor when making background checks on the screen name. 'When I learned that he was in fact an assistant state attorney, after picking my chin off the floor and restarting my heart... I knew he was not above anybody else,' Harrison said."

[This article is French. About 40 complaints have been registered against famous French "sexologist" Gilbert Tordjemann, including those for rape and other forms of sexual aggression: "contact," "masturbation," "forced caresses," and "penetrations."]
Mis en examen pour viols, le sexologue Gilbert Tordjemann a été écroué pour avoir continué à exercer la médecine,
Le Monde, January 31, 2003
"Comme si, devenue publique, la mise en examen du médecin avait libéré la parole d'autres patientes. A l'heure actuelle, pas moins de quarante plaintes ont été déposées sur le bureau de la juge d'instruction contre le sexologue. Quinze d'entre elles ont donné lieu à une mise en examen dont douze pour viol et trois pour agressions sexuelles, les autres relevant de faits prescrits. Toutes mettent en cause la "perversité"de sa pratique médicale. "Attouchements", "masturbation", "caresses forcées", "pénétrations", selon les plaignantes, le médecin s'est servi "de son ascendant et de sa notoriété" pour abuser d'elles."

Critics Charge Rabbinic Court Covered Up Lanner Abuse,
[Jewish] Forward, January 31, 2003
"Nineteen critics of convicted sex offender and former Orthodox Union youth leader Rabbi Baruch Lanner have signed a letter excoriating a respected rabbi, saying that he withheld for more than a decade a 1989 rabbinical court ruling that found Lanner guilty of abuse. The January 24 letter accuses Rabbi Mordechai Willig, a highly regarded spiritual leader at Yeshiva University's rabbinical seminary, of sharing the rabbinical court's findings against Lanner only with select individuals who apparently 'did nothing to remove him from children.' It also accuses Willig of pressuring one of Lanner's accusers, Elie Hiller, to write a letter of apology. According to the letter, Willig, who in 1989 led the New Jersey-based rabbinical court, or beit din, fed the public perception that Lanner was innocent while Lanner continued to have contact with children. Signed mostly by alleged Lanner victims and their families, the letter comes after a meeting earlier this month in which attendees say Willig stated, for perhaps the first time in so public a forum, that Lanner was found guilty of some of the charges brought against him in 1989. 'Rabbi Willig prioritized the reputation of a rabbinic colleague a colleague who he knew was abusing kids ahead of the safety of children,' says the letter ... And in a separate development, famed Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz has been serving as a consultant to Lanner's defense team, according to Dershowitz's brother Nathan. Nathan Dershowitz is one of Lanner's full-time attorneys. Lanner is appealing his July conviction that he sexually abused two teenage girls while he was their principal during the 1990s at Hillel Yeshiva high school in Ocean Township, N.J. ... A report prepared in 2000 by a special commission appointed to investigate the O.U.'s role in the Lanner affair stated that Lanner sexually abused women and teenage girls and physically abused boys and girls while he was a leader for decades at the O.U.'s National Conference of Synagogue Youth. The report also cited the failure of members of the O.U. and NCSY leadership to take effective action, allowing Lanner's conduct to 'continue unchecked for many years.'"

Rabbi's Odyssey Reflects Struggle on Sexual Abuse. Jews Begin to Confront Silence That Hid Clergy's Misdeeds,
by Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, February 2, 2003; Page A17
"During his 30-year career, Sidney I. Goldenberg taught math in the New York schools, served as cantor at two synagogues on Long Island and became the rabbi of a Jewish congregation in California. He was a respected teacher, a man of learning -- and a child molester. Before he was convicted and sent to prison in 1997 for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl during bat mitzvah lessons, there had been numerous complaints against him. But each time allegations arose, he moved to a new community, leaving a trail of whispers and shattered lives. Prosecutors, alleged victims and their families say Goldenberg was able to move from job to job because of a wall of silence and shame around sexual abuse in the Jewish community -- a wall that some believe is finally coming down, thanks to the scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. 'In the past it was covered up, just like in the Catholic Church,' said Vicki Polin, an art therapist in Baltimore who is forming an association of Jewish survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 'Survivors' stories were discounted. They were told they were lying. Their parents would go to the proper authorities within the Jewish community and nothing was done' ...'I don't think pedophilia has a religion,' said Na'ama Yehuda, a speech pathologist in New York who is co-founder, with Polin, of the Awareness Center, an organization for Jewish survivors of childhood trauma. The center's Web site (www.theawarenesscenter.org) lists more than 30 Jewish officials who have been accused of child sexual abuse. They include the late Shlomo Carlebach, a renowned Hasidic rabbi; Baruch Lanner, an Orthodox rabbi who was convicted last year of molesting two teenage girls; and Jerrold Levy, a Reform rabbi imprisoned for sex crimes involving teenage boys ... 'In the Catholic Church, the issue was the cover-up by the church hierarchy. Here, it's the community, not the hierarchy. It's the whole community not wanting to admit trouble in our midst,' said Yosef Blau, an Orthodox rabbi at New York's Yeshiva University who counsels victims of sexual abuse."

Child Molester Sent to Treatment Center,
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 7, 2003
"David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years’ probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended. The Jan. 21 sentencing at the Airport Courthouse came after Schwartz, the 36-year-old father of young children, accepted a plea bargain in which he pleaded no contest to one felony count of committing lewd acts with a child. (A plea of no contest in a criminal court is the equivalent of guilty, but if victims decide to sue Schwartz, they cannot use the criminal plea against him, according to the district attorney’s office.) Schwartz will have to register as a sex offender for life, undergo at least two years of sex offender therapy and is prohibited from being alone with minor children, including his own, for the period of probation ... While all the boys in the group told stories that indicated they had been molested and tormented, only two were able to tell their stories coherently and consistently enough to be considered admissible in court. Three parents spoke with The Jewish Journal, telling of the long-lasting pain Schwartz has inflicted on their families. Parents said their children spoke of being touched and hurt, and watching Schwartz make 'white pee-pee.' Testimony and physical evidence on at least one boy indicated that he was sodomized. Schwartz is alleged to have brought a bird into class and cut off its head in front of the children, telling them that if they told anyone about what happened, he would do the same to them and their parents... When Schwartz was first arrested, many in the Orthodox community — those who knew him and those who didn’t — asserted the innocence of Schwartz, who was a counselor at Camp Ruach for two years and taught middle school social studies at Yeshivat Yavneh in Hancock Park. Several rabbis who knew him privately expressed disbelief that he could have perpetrated such acts. At a hearing soon after his arrest, at which his bail was reduced from $1 million to $300,000, Schwartz’s supporters heckled the parents of the victims, accusing them of harming another Jew. But as details of the boys’ stories came out, support waned."

Carnal knowledge. Ex-porn star Annie Sprinkle, who has been shining a spotlight on sex for 30 years, is ready to settle down,
San Francisco Chronicle, February 14, 2003
"Today is Valentines Day, and Annie Sprinkle [Ellen Steinberg] and her fiance are having 'a nice, quiet, engagement party,' she says. Pardon? Obviously, she must not be finished with that sentence. Any second she'll add '. . . and then, to conclude the party, we'll have a mass orgy and broadcast it live on the Internet.' But no. It's just a standard party with things like tea and little sandwiches. No orgies. No public masturbation. No erotic photo sessions with dwarfs or amputees. And no gynecological instruments of any kind. None of the stuff that's made Sprinkle one of the most infamous porn stars and erotic explorers for the past 30 years. 'I guess I'm finally settling down,' says the 48-year-old Marin resident. After having sex with more than 3,000 people, Sprinkle says she's found the woman 'I want to spend the rest of my life with and grow old with.' She's considering becoming a mother for the first time (her partner would be the biological parent). She wants to continue teaching, and she'd like to open a cozy, little B&B as soon as they find the right place in San Francisco. Of course, Sprinkle's version of settling down might be a bit different from most. That B&B . . . it stands for 'bed and boudoir.' "It's just like a bed and breakfast,' Sprinkle explains, 'except it would be a very sensual place and guests could make loud sex noises without feeling inhibited.' And then there are those teaching gigs. Once, she taught a course through the Learning Annex in San Francisco called: 'How to be a Goddess in 101 Easy Steps.' According to Sprinkle, the first step is that you have to able to look at, examine and know your body instead of being ashamed or intimidated by it. 'Has everyone looked at their cervix before?' Sprinkle asked the class. Well, no, not everyone had. So, to demonstrate that there's nothing wrong or taboo about the female anatomy, Sprinkle propped herself up on a table, stuck a metal speculum in her vagina just as a gynecologist would, and welcomed the class members to come over and take a look. In fact, thousands of people saw her 'Public Cervix Announcement' as part of her performance piece 'Post-Porn Modernist,' which she staged throughout the country, in 14 European countries and in Australia' ... For a while, Sprinkle became so curious and adventurous that 'a lot of porn directors wouldn't work with me because they thought I was too kinky,' she says. Urination (also known as a 'golden shower') became Sprinkle's signature act because, she believes, it resonated so well with her name ... Sprinkle is also on the college lecture circuit, appearing at universities such as Vassar, Brown and Columbia. By the early '90s, Sprinkle had lost interest in commercial pornography and moved on to performance art. New Age spirituality soon joined the mix. In her shows, she 'used sex to inspire thought as well as a sense of connection with the Divine,' she says. For example, in the final segment of her 'Post-Porn Modernist' show, Sprinkle would masturbate on stage as a way of 're-creating the experience of the ancient temples when ecstasy was a way of bringing prayers and hopes and wishes to the goddess.'"

Frontline: American porn,
PBS [Interview with Adam Glasser]
"An actor and producer of adult films who goes by the pseudonym 'Seymore Butts,' Glasser goes to trial in Los Angeles in February 2002 charged with two counts of obscenity for his video 'Tampa Tushy Fest, Part 1.' It's the first obscenity trial in Los Angeles since 1993. Here, Glasser talks about the 'mainstreaming' of sex in American culture, and explains why he pushes the line in his movies. This interview was conducted in July 2001"]
"It's a very good question. Why me? And why now? Those are two questions that come to my mind. Why me? I'm high profile. I released a movie with a scene that depicts women inserting their hands inside of one another. This particular scene is different, in a sense, from other scenes that have been released here in the United States for quite some time, in the sense that a thumb is involved in the process, as opposed to fingers. In other words, for the last 10 years, movies have been shot where multiple digits have been inserted into women and/or men in gay movies. But for some reason, when you put a thumb in, it is called fisting. And that seems to be a problem with the L.A. city attorney. Why? I don't know. The line is drawn. How do you know where the line is? It really is a guessing game. When I first came into this business, I was told there were certain things that I couldn't shoot. I couldn't shoot child pornography, bestiality, rape scenarios, snuff films or simulated snuff films, urination, defecation, and fisting. This is back in early 1991. This was just a kind of myth perpetuated through the industry ... My movies are a chronology of my life, and therefore I can't really control how many scenes are in what movie. In addition, I've expanded the format to two hours and 20 minutes. So I've always been somewhat of a rule-breaker ... As a matter of fact, I got a message on my machine before I came here at my office from a woman in Nevada. She basically said that she's a member of NOW. And she said, 'God bless you for fighting this.' She said the thing that really bothered her and her friends is that it seemed to her that this was an anti-woman point of view that the city is having, because if the city understood how essential and important the act of fisting is in the lesbian community or the gay community ... they wouldn't be discussing this. ... Why should making a film on fisting be so important that you might put yourself in jail, or get yourself fined? Women, especially lesbian women, find this a very important subject. They write to me; they let me know... How did Howard Stern show get popular? Yes, everybody's tuning in, wondering what the hell he's going to say next. Sure. But you don't think that they're really waiting to see the porn star that's coming on, and who's getting naked? That's what they're waiting for. That's the popularity of Howard Stern -- dirty words and dirty girls ... And the movie is really again like all the other movies, a chronology of my life. I hold the camera. It's all seen through my eye, which is called 'shooting point of view.' It's all basically narrated by me. It's my experiences, or our experiences, mine and Alicia's down in Tampa. There is hardcore anal sex, hardcore oral sex, hardcore vaginal sex. And there is fisting as well in this. That's the sum of the movie really."

Gary Syd Goldberg. Background.
Consmer Freedom,
"Most officers of the American Corn Growers Association (ACGA), being rural farmers, maintain low profiles. Gary Goldberg, ACGA’s ex-president and CEO, probably should have learned from their example. Type in 'Gary Syd Goldberg' in the Google web search engine and you will find a photo of an embarrassed Goldberg beneath the words 'Sex Offender Registration.' In February 2001, Goldberg was sentenced to five years probation for obtaining child pornography by mail. 'When the FBI and police knocked on his door, it was the end of Gary Goldberg, chief executive of the American Corn Growers Association,' The Tulsa World reported. 'Now and forever, it’s Gary Goldberg, convicted sex offender.' Goldberg, who once rubbed elbows with senators and even visited President Clinton in the White House, now says: 'I’m a felon. They don’t let felons in the Oval Office.' Goldberg’s crime led to a very public resignation from his high-profile ACGA role. But the organization did not divorce itself of Goldberg entirely: he now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the ACGA-linked American Corn Growers Foundation, where he remains in charge of fundraising and glad-handing the big-money foundations that keep ACGA afloat. Goldberg, a Tulsa corn grower, served as CEO of ACGA for three years and National President for five. A New York City native, he obtained both a B.A. and a M.S. degree in psychology, and became a corn, popcorn and soybean farmer in Nebraska. An ex-children’s soccer coach, Goldberg has also served as chairman of a Nebraska children’s museum."

Rabbi Busted in NYPD Perv Sting,
New York Post, February 21, 2003
"A prominent rabbi was arrested yesterday on charges of trying to pick up a 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room. Israel Kestenbaum, 54 - who works for the New York Board of Rabbis - is accused of multiple counts of attempted child endangerment and attempted dissemination of indecent materials to a minor. Kestenbaum, of Highland Park, N.J., was arrested at work after a monthlong probe, during which police say he solicited the girl for sex. But the 'girl' was really an NYPD undercover detective, cops said. Kestenbaum allegedly arranged to meet the teenager on Sunday at a Starbucks at the corner of Dey Street and Broadway downtown. She didn't show up, of course, but police sources say cops have video of the rabbi looking for her. After his arrest, police sources said, Kestenbaum indignantly challenged cops, saying, 'Don't you know who I am and who I know?' Police said they confiscated Kestenbaum's computer. His career involves helping Jewish people who are infirm and homebound, and he has contributed to books on the topic ... The Board of Rabbis named Kestenbaum one of its 'Rabbis of the Year' for helping people in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks."

Roman Polanski Victim Speaks Out. Woman Is Now In Late 30s,
krachannel.com, February 24, 2003
"Twenty-five years ago, Oscar-nominated director Roman Polanski fled to France to avoid a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a sexual assault charge. Now his victim says she wants his work to be judged on its merits, not on his crime. She's in her late 30s now. Samantha Geimer said Polanski fled the country after a Los Angeles County judge refused to accept a plea bargain arranged by attorneys for both sides. Geimer writes that she doesn't have any hard feelings or sympathy toward Polanski, who drugged and coerced her into sex when she was 13 years old. Geimer says that she hopes 'he and his film' are 'honored according to the quality of the work.' Geimer said Polanski's legal troubles should have nothing to do with it ... Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to a charge of unlawful sex, but fled the country the next year while on bail ... In 1999, responding to persistent rumors that he was railroaded by zealous prosecutors, Polanski told Esquire: 'There was no plot against me. There was no set-up. It was all my fault. I think my wrongdoing was far greater than Bill Clinton's.' Polanski is nominated for best director for his film 'The Pianist.'"

Polanski: The Predator. Recently unsealed grand jury minutes detail 1977 sex assault, thesmokinggun.com, March 11, 2003
"It's been 26 years since Roman Polanski's arrest for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, but the director's Oscar nomination and the success of his film 'The Pianist' has again focused attention on the March 1977 crime that prompted his French exile. Polanski, 69, will not discuss the case and his victim, Samantha Geimer, now 39, has recently said that the sex assault should not color his chances with Academy Award voters. But that, of course, does not lessen the severity of the crime, which is graphically detailed in the following grand jury testimony, which was quietly unsealed four months ago by L.A. Superior Court Judge David Wesley. Two weeks after Polanski plied her with Champagne and a Quaalude, Samantha Gailey appeared before an L.A. grand jury and recalled Polanski's predatory behavior in a Mulholland Canyon home owned by Jack Nicholson. The teenager's troubling--and contemporaneous--account of her abuse at Polanski's hands begins with her posing twice for topless photos that the director said were for French Vogue. The girl then told prosecutors how Polanski directed her to, 'Take off your underwear' and enter the Jacuzzi, where he photographed her naked. Soon, the director, who was then 43, joined her in the hot tub. He also wasn't wearing any clothes and, according to Gailey's testimony, wrapped his hands around the child's waist. The girl testified that she left the Jacuzzi and entered a bedroom in Nicholson's home, where Polanski sat down beside her and kissed the teen, despite her demands that he 'keep away.' According to Gailey, Polanski then performed a sex act on her and later 'started to have intercourse with me.' At one point, according to Gailey's testimony, Polanski asked the 13-year-old if she was 'on the pill,' and 'When did you last have your period?' Polanski then asked her, Gailey recalled, 'Would you want me to go in through your back?' before he 'put his penis in my butt.' Asked why she did not more forcefully resist Polanski, the teenager told Deputy D.A. Roger Gunson, 'Because I was afraid of him.' Following his indictment on various sex charges, Polanski agreed to a plea deal that spared him prison time (he had spent about 45 days in jail during a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation). But when it seemed that a Superior Court judge might not honor the deal--and sentence Polanski to prison--the director fled the country. Below you'll find links to Gailey's grand jury testimony, the heart of which runs 36 pages (we've broken the transcript into two 18-page sections for easier navigation)."

Sex Trade Flourishing In Holy Land,
CBS, February 24, 2003
"After a five-hour drive over the Egyptian desert, Inna crawled through a tunnel under a border fence, brushed sand off her pants and waited with seven other women to be taken to their new jobs. Running from poverty in her homeland of Moldova, Inna had come to the Holy Land to enter a profession as old as the Bible — prostitution. A $1 billion-a-year sex trade, reputedly one of the biggest of its kind in the world, has sprung up in Israel over the past decade. Every year, hundreds of women from eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are smuggled into Israel. The trafficking is linked to the Russian mafia taking root in Israel as a byproduct of mass immigration from the former Soviet Union. Many of the women are spirited in across Israel's border with Egypt, which runs along 200 miles of desert that is difficult to guard against smuggling. The sex trade is so brisk that Israeli police set up a task force a year ago to deal with human trafficking. 'This is seriously like slavery,' said Chief Supt. Avi Davidovitch, head of the task force. Offenders get off too lightly, a parliamentary committee says. Courts routinely sentence pimps to community service or short prison terms, the panel said in a report late last year. It called for minimum jail terms of 16 years. Often, the women are mistreated, held as virtual prisoners and beaten by pimps, said Ephraim Ehrlich, an intelligence chief in the police Immigration Bureau. 'The people who work in this field have no conscience. All they care about is money,' Ehrlich said. 'These girls are really the victims' ... During her six months in Israel, Inna said, she was able to send $3,500 to her mother and sister back in their Moldovan village. That's a small fortune in her poverty-stricken homeland, where she hopes to build a house and learn to be a hairdresser. 'After everything I saw here, I don't ever want to come back,' she said. Asked why she came, Inna said she was unemployed in Moldova and had come to Israel voluntarily after hearing of women making money as prostitutes. 'I wanted to do the same thing,' she said, hooking purple-clad, thin legs behind her chair. 'But it's too difficult to work with 10 to 15 men a day,' she added, averting her large brown eyes ... Inna said she did not know how much her pimp paid for her — although the price can range from $3,000 to $10,000. She said for the first month, she was paid only $4 per customer because she had to pay off her debt to the pimp. At a police station in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, two other Moldovan women talked tearfully with reporters about their lives as prostitutes. One, identified only as Marina, a slightly built 21-year-old, buried her face in her hands when she revealed that two days earlier she had learned she was pregnant."

Temple suspends accused cantor,
Boston Patriot Ledger, February 25, 2003
"Robert Shapiro was suspended from his duties as hazzan, or cantor, at Temple Beth Am shortly after allegations of sexual assault were raised, an official of the congregation said yesterday. Shapiro, 69, was instructed not to enter the North Main Street synagogue or officiate at religious services, said Mark Itzkowitz, the temple’s general counsel and a member of its board of directors. Shapiro, the temple’s hazzan for a quarter-century, pleaded innocent Friday to three counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a mentally retarded woman. He was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and her family, and the Tower Hill Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Canton. The incidents allegedly took place during the past year at the nursing home and temple, said lawyer Bruce Namenson of Quincy, who represents the alleged victim. Itzkowitz said temple officials first learned of the allegations Feb. 7, when the victim’s family met with Rabbi Loel Weiss, the congregation’s spiritual leader. Within an hour of that meeting, police were contacted, a criminal investigation was started and Shapiro was suspended with pay, Itzkowitz said'... Itzkowitz said Shapiro was ‘beloved by the community.’"

L.A. program offers help after arrest of rabbi for pedophilia,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (from Jewish Week), February 26, 2003
"In the wake of the arrest last week of Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum in a police Internet sex sting operation, the director of a Los Angeles-based residential treatment program for Jews with addictive and behavioral disorders believes a similar program is needed here and has offered to assist. 'If we can share what we have learned in our 16 years of existence, we would be glad to help,' said Harriet Rossetto, director of Beit T’Shuvah, believed to be the country’s only residential program for Jewish adults. Rossetto said three of the 110 Jews in her program are rabbis there for sexual addiction. She is convinced that their cases, as well as the arrests in recent years of rabbis accused of sex crimes, are 'just the tip of the iceberg' ... The call for a treatment program for rabbis comes after a string of much-publicized cases involving Jewish clergy charged with sexual abuse of minors. They include Rabbi Baruch Lanner, who last June was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two girls when he was principal of a New Jersey yeshiva in the 1990s. Rabbi Lanner is free pending an appeal. Also, Cantor Howard Nevison of Temple Emanu-el in Manhattan was charged last spring with sexually abusing his young nephew. That trial has not begun. Rabbi Kestenbaum’s arrest is not the first involving a rabbi accused of using the Internet to lure minors. In December 2001, Rabbi Jerald Levy, 58, of Boca Raton, Fla., was sentenced to six years in federal prison for downloading child pornography and luring teenage boys to meet him for sex ... In the aftermath of two highly publicized child abuse cases involving a rabbi teaching at a day school and a kosher butcher, the Chicago Rabbinical Council a number of years ago established a special bet din, or rabbinical court, to address allegations of sexual abuse of children."

The Agonizing Toll of Sexual Addiction,
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 7, 2003
“One Friday night 33 years ago, when Yisroel Richtberg was 12 years old, an older boy sneaked into his dorm room at his Chasidic yeshiva in Israel, pulled off Richtberg’s pajama pants and raped him. The same thing happened the next Shabbat. The boy told Richtberg (not his real name) that if he ever told anyone, the two would be blacklisted at all the yeshivas, and the attacker said he would kill himself. Richtberg didn’t tell. Instead, he sank into a cycle of depression, shame and isolation, one that would lead to a 20-year addiction to prostitutes, pornography and drugs, fronted by a double-life as an upstanding Chasidic rabbi, businessman and father of 12. Today, Richtberg is alive to tell his story because he got help from therapists and 12-step programs. He has made it his life’s mission to help others conquer an addiction so coated with shame that it resides at the very bottom of the hierarchies of addiction ... Whether acting out by compulsively masturbating to pornography, having serial affairs, frequenting prostitutes or habitually seeking homosexual or heterosexual one-night stands, sex addicts sink into a pit of shame and self-loathing, often threatening their families and livelihood. It is difficult to determine whether the incidence of addiction is higher or lower in the Jewish community than in the general population, where Carnes estimates that about 5 percent to 8 percent of adults have a sexual compulsivity disorder. Conversations with several mental health professionals who work with the Jewish community, from ultra-Orthodox to unaffiliated, revealed that all had a significant number of patients dealing with sex addiction, including several rabbis. Several pulpit rabbis revealed that congregants had sought counseling from them about sex addiction. Weiss believes the vast majority of sex addicts are men, and pointed out that female sex addicts might be too embarrassed to seek help, or might be getting paid to act out as prostitutes or exotic dancers. Weiss estimates that about 20 percent of addicts are sexual offenders, usually engaging in exhibitionism or voyeurism ... With the help of Rabbi Juda Mintz, himself a recovering addict to Internet pornography, Beit T’Shuvah and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California recently co-sponsored a series on addictions ... A rabbi at the new yeshiva, an ad hoc counselor for boys who have sexual problems, was the first person Richtberg told about the rape and his subsequent behaviors: compulsive masturbating, viewing pornographic materials and a sexual relationship with another boy ... Mark Altman (not his real name), a 40-something married professional, who was a sex addict for more than 20 years and has been in recovery for five, was raised by two alcoholics and suffered a childhood trauma that set off his addiction. He began sexually acting out as a teenager, 'numbing out' by compulsively masturbating, he said. Starting in college, he sought sexual liaisons with men at sex clubs, bathhouses and park restrooms, while in his public life he dated women. He continued his double life through 15 years of marriage, raising three children and belonging to a Reform temple ... At the height of his addiction, he was acting out almost daily — adult bookstores, cybersex, phone sex and cruising for sexual encounters. ... Within a year and half [of marriage, Rabbi Richtberg] lost his business and started bouncing checks within his own community. In 1990, he pleaded guilty to business fraud for which he later served a 20-month sentence ... Richtberg went on his last cocaine binge in October 1991. Richtberg said he stayed away from prostitutes for a full year. But then one day, he found himself in Manhattan, in tears and with a prostitute. The next day, he and his therapist came up with one last hope: Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA). Richtberg went to a meeting that day and has been clean since."

Web Can Ensnare Victims Quickly,
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 7, 2003
"In his 35-year career, Rabbi Juda Mintz established a Jewish youth group in Montreal, founded a traditional congregation and a campus Hillel in Atlanta and led more than 50 missions to Israel — all without the aid of a computer. But when he was hired at a Mount Freedom, N.J., synagogue at the age of 56, his board felt the rabbi should have a computer. It didn’t take long before Mintz stumbled upon Internet pornography. For 18 months, he spent several hours a day numbing out in front of the computer ... In the last two months before he was caught, Mintz’s addiction spiraled down to child pornography, for which he could face up to three years in federal prison. For now, he is living at Beit T’Shuvah, running a weekly 12-step minyan at Kehillat Israel in Beverlywood and working to alert community leaders — and especially educators — to the allure of Internet pornography."

Boogie Sites,
by Joshua Quittner, The Spamhaus Project,
(originally from Time, May 18, 1998)
"I'm sitting in my office one morning, going through my e-mail, and I find a bit of spam from an online porn site called DoMeLive.com. Live sex, it promises--you on one end, a heavy-breathing nude human being on the other. 'Free samples,' it says, supplying a password and log-in. No harm in looking, I figure, and I click. The site that I visited, it turns out, is garden variety. The technology for doing live, nearly full-motion video has got a lot better lately, and plenty of places are doing a brisk business providing live peep shows online. I talked to Scott Hirsch, a budding Bob Guccione and the 33-year-old proprietor of DoMeLive.com and the Internet Video Group, its parent company. One of the bigger cybersex sellers, IVG employs three dozen women to, er, interact with men online. They work out of a 22,000-sq.-ft. 'cyberbroadcast' facility in Pompano Beach, Fla., with all the facilities, including a gymnasium for its workers. The place cost $1.6 million. No problem, says Hirsch; his business was profitable three months after it opened its electronic doors. You do the math: IVG serves up roughly 8,000 peep-show minutes a day at $5.95 a minute, a weekly take of roughly $300,000. Hirsch just bought a big red Mercedes-Benz. Also a five-bedroom house. He fell into online porn after discovering the glories of electronic direct marketing in the contact-lens business. 'We were selling $1 million a year online,' says Hirsch, 'and I thought, if we're doing this well with contact lenses, imagine what we could do with adult entertainment.' It was easy to find customers--Hirsch just trolled Usenet for e-mail addresses. And it was easier still to find women to work in his facility. Most are former exotic dancers who were sick of the daily bump and grind and find the frictionless economy of the Internet a welcome relief. 'We offer a much healthier lifestyle,' says Hirsch. "We treat them like princesses.'"

[We're presuming Jonathan Beyer is Jewish. Beyer comes up as a Jewish surname, Jonathan is a popular Jewish first name, the guy has a home in New Jersey and Miami, he's an Internet porno bigwig, etc.]
Jonathan Beyer,
The Spamhaus Project
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[Beyer] runs one of the bigger porn spamhausen around, networks with other spammers and has sites on spam friendly hosts or greedy Russian, Asian and Central American ISPs more than willing to take his money and dust-bin complaints. This spammer can afford to get co-location access with big networks like UUNet, Level 3, Spint, etc. Reports from some reliable spammer informers indicate that Beyer and the Gordon Lantz/Bernard Balen spam gang had a falling out due to money issues. Both were ranting on spammer chat boards and privately to other spammers about how evil the other parties were."

Runaway teen was sex slave for three years,
Haaretz (Israel), March 31, 2003
"A 34-year-old Eilat resident was charged today in a Be'er Sheva court of sexually abusing an underage teenager from Belarus over the past three years. According to the indictment, Sergei Mayatski 'imported' the youth from Minsk, in Belarus, after he met him in a public park during a visit to the city in September 1999. Following a number of meetings with the youngster, who was 13 at the time, Mayatski met his parents and convinced them to allow him to bring their son to Israel. It is unclear whether the parents were aware of Mayatski's intentions. Two weeks later, the teenager was sent to Israel, where a friend of Mayatski received him at the airport as his own departure was delayed for two weeks because of a problem with his entry visa into Israel. The friend took the teen to his home in Ashdod, and according to the youth's testimony, also sexually abused him. Upon his arrival to Israel, in November 1999, Mayatski collected the youth from Ashdod, took him to Eilat, and presented him as his son. However, during these years, Mayatski systematically sodomized him. The sexual abuse was revealed nine days ago following a complaint filed by Mayatski at the police that the youth had disappeared. When the teenager was located, he was questioned and said that he left home because he was tired of serving as Mayatski's sex slave."

[Sexual assault statistics from the Jewish homeland: "The Light unto the World."]
Aid centers: Most sexual assault victims in 2002 were minors; one-third were under 12,
by Ruth Sinai, Haaretz (Israel), April 8, 2003
"More than 2,300 girls and boys under the age of 12 were victims of sexual assault in the past year, constituting 30 percent of the new cases reported to the sexual assault aid centers. Almost 26 percent of the victims were 13 to 18 years old ... Forty percent of the sexual assaults were carried out in the victim's home. 'The home, of all places, which should be a safe, protective and supporting place, is where many of the horrors take place,' states the report. About half of the victims refrained from going to the police. The most prevalent attack - 26 percent of the new calls - was rape, including gang rape. About 16 percent of the callers complained about incest by fathers (6.5 percent), brothers (2.6 percent) or other relatives. Some 14 percent complained of indecent acts. About 30 percent of the 110 gang rape victims who called the Tel Aviv aid center were men. Out of 519 calls reporting non-gang rape to this center, 25 percent were men. Some 20 percent of the victims of indecent acts reported in Tel Aviv were men. 'The sexual assault of boys, male youths and men is a hushed-up crime, which is almost completely absent from discourse in Israeli society,' the report states. 'It does not occur to the victims that anyone would listen to their ordeal.' The centers operate a hotline and support groups, and accompany the victims during the criminal procedures ... According to the report, the largest group of victims - constituting 19 percent - were attacked by family relatives, 4.2 percent were attacked by a spouse, and 14 percent by a friend or acquaintance. Only 12 percent of the assaults were perpetrated by a complete stranger."

[NOTE: What's Harrison's ethnicity? Vanity Fair notes the following about Robert Harrison, "the King of Leer ... He had been born in Manhattan in 1904 to Russian immigrants whose surname was so unpronounceable that an immigration officer changed it to Harrison." -- Vanity Fair, April 2003, p. 194. Waler Winchell was also Jewish.]
The father of scandal,
by Victor Davis, British Journalism Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2002, pages 74-80
"It is 50 years since a long-forgotten entrepreneur launched an enterprise that would have a profound impact on the social history of the Western world. His name was Robert Harrison. His trade was scandal. Thanks to him we are commemorating half a century of crashing careers, wrecked reputations and marriages split asunder. Top-shelf publishing empires and red-top tabloids have gorged on the 'freedom' that Harrison created ever since. Post-Harrison, we live in a world of wired-up freelance hacks, club girls with miniature recording and photographic devices hidden in their teddy bears, paps with 500mm lenses, and gumshoes with bugs for every occasion – all of them hunting the dirty secrets that will make them rich. Until the early 1950s, printed gossip-mongering was a tame, timid, business ... In 1952 Robert Harrison dramatically destroyed this restraint. This money-grubbing son of Russian immigrants, raised in the Bronx, was destined to light the way for today’s schlockmeisters and sleaze merchants who occupy a world in which private lives, from the residents of Buckingham Palace to the lowliest cast members of the TV soaps, are fair game. In his hunger to get rich, Harrison crawled upward from copyboy on a New York tabloid to advertising space salesman to publisher of a 'girlie' book specialising in sexual perversion. He would pose with the girls, playing 74 everything from pith-helmeted white slaver to wife spanker. But by late 1950, when he was 45, the financial returns were seriously declining ... [H]e turned to the one place where there existed hundreds of larger-than-life characters leading private lives they wouldn’t want the mothers (or fathers) of America to know about – Hollywood. Secretly, he began setting up a spy network of hack journalists, private investigators, waiters, call girls, and 75-dollars-a-week starlets who were on the rosters of the major studios and were going nowhere except to bed with anyone who might boost their careers. Control centre for this army of the night was an organisation called Hollywood Research Incorporated which Harrison sent a niece and her husband to operate. When the assault on the privacy of the movie world’s stars began, Harrison was greatly aided by the new developments in miniaturised surveillance equipment and by the secret collaboration of famous columnists, such as the poisonous Walter Winchell, who passed to Harrison information that his own syndicated newspaper network refused to touch. When everything was in place, with the first crop of exposé stories and sneak photographs secured, Confidential Magazine was launched. Within months the circulation reached a phenomenal four million copies, each of which was passed from hand to eager hand so that the ultimate readership of each issue was probably tenfold ... Time magazine called this new phenomenon “up-from-the-gutter journalism” ... At one time the magazine faced libel suits totalling $12million. Harrison just shrugged. Confidential, hiding behind the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of expression, became even bolder. Harrison regarded each writ as a publicity plug. Said one of his editors: 'Bob is rude, crude, unlettered, and totally unprincipled in the ordinary sense. He would print scandal about his mother if he thought it would sell, and then would be indignant if you criticised him for it. Yet he is a likeable fellow.' By now the likeable fellow was making half a million dollars from each issue and spin-off publications. He could claim to be America’s most successful magazine publisher. With Hollywood cowed, he looked around for new stalking grounds and quietly set up a European operation, controlled from London. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s élite was in despair. For more than four years Confidential devastated the private lives of hundreds of celebrities ... Confidential’s historic significance is that it opened the floodgates of tellall sleaze. Imitators who hadn’t given legal undertakings to desist targeting Hollywood stars burgeoned on the newsstands, shouldering aside the now sanitised Confidential. And today celebrities are in as much dread as ever from the rapacious prowling of the supermarket scandal sheets, the National Enquirer, Globe and their like, and, in this country, the national tabloids. Fifty years on, that is Robert Harrison’s legacy."

United States Trafficking | Prostitution | Pornography Organized and Institutionalized Exploitation,
Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation
"25 distinct Russian organized crime groups are operating in the United States in the areas of prostitution, fraud, money laundering, murder, extortion and drug trafficking and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has approximately 250 pending investigations targeting Russian gangs in 27 states. (Barbara Starr, "Former Soviet Union a playground for organized crime: A gangster’s paradise," ABC News, 14 September 1998) ...
Marvin Hersh, a Florida Atlantic University professor, was charged with alien smuggling and passport fraud for going to Honduras and bringing a teen-age boy back to Boca Raton, Florida for sex. Affidavits described Hersh as a longtime pedophile who traveled to Central America and Asia to find victims. He passed the boy off as his son. Hersh’s friend, Nelson Jay Buler, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was charged with travelling for the purpose of illegal sexual contact with a minor, and aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Honduras. According to Title 18, Section 2423, a federal statute in the US, it is a crime for any American citizen to travel abroad with the intent to sexually abuse children. Sentences can be up to 10 years of imprisonment plus fines of US$ 250,000 ("Bond set for man accused of Honduras juvenile-sex trips," Associated Press) ...
Roman Israilov of Brooklyn, New York enslaved and raped a 20-year-old immigrant Russian woman and sexually abused her. He had intended later to sell her. Police who were notified by a neighbor arrested him. The police were having problems questioning the woman because she had just recently arrived and spoke very little English. (Frank Edozien and Larry Celona, "Man Kept Immigrant as His Sex Slave: Cops," New York Post, 15 September 1997) ...
Richard Blau, a Manhattan businessman, has been charged with abusing an immigrant Burmese woman whom he kept chained in his bedroom for nearly two weeks after offering her work as a cleaning woman. (UPI, 20 August 1997)

Chief Rabbi accused of sexually harassing 4 males,
by Baruch Kra, Haaretz (Israel), April 25, 2003
"According to a report published in the Ma'ariv daily on Friday, recently elected chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger allegedly sexually harassed four men of various ages and from various sectors of society. The men said that Metzger touched their bodies and fondled them. The report goes on to say that two of the men successfully passed a polygraph test, at the request of the paper. Metzger denied the allegations against him and said that that they were an attempt to sully his name. The paper received the first account of sexual harassment some three weeks before the elections for chief rabbi which took place on April 14. According to the account, given to the paper by a secular man named David, the rabbi allegedly touched him at wedding celebration in the late 80's. According to David, Metzger touched him on the chest and arm and slipped his hand under David's shirt while the two were talking. At the beginning of April, a religious man told the paper that he recently had met Metzger, during which the rabbi asked him to remove his shirt and then allegedly proceeded to grope his arm and chest. An investigation led to another man with a similar complaint against the rabbi. According to the report, the third case, which took place in 1998 when Metzger was the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, came to the attention of Chief Israeli Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron. Bakshi-Doron confirmed the incident' ... [In another case] Metzger was suspected of forging the signature of his driver as a witness on various ketubot - Jewish wedding contracts. Allegedly, the object was to enable Metzger to conduct as many wedding ceremonies as possible in a single evening. Allegations have also been made that Metzger had demanded payment from couples he had wed, in violation of the law."

[The list of corrupt Jewish moguls donating heavily to Jewish charities and/or Israel is long. Here's another example:]
Feds say Hamptons honcho tied to porn & the mob,
By GREG B. SMITH, New York Daily News [posted here at Focal Point Publications], April 28, 2003
"Norman Chanes has a $4 million Central Park West duplex and an $11 million beachfront house in the Hamptons. Chanes has produced a movie starring Rita Moreno, Ben Gazzara and a member of the 'Sopranos' cast. He has donated heavily to the prestigious Jewish Center of the Hamptons. And he has been proudly listed as a client of a Hamptons celebrity caterer - right next to Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline. It is hard to picture Norman Chanes as a Mafia associate. But that was the charge that emerged last month, when U.S. Postal Service inspectors slapped the cuffs on the Bridgehampton multimillionaire in the lobby of his Manhattan duplex. Chanes was charged with running porno Web sites for the mob, sites that stole thousands of credit card numbers from dumb and dumber Web surfers. Chanes -- philanthropist and budding movie producer -- was named as partner of Richard Martino, reputed Gambino family soldier, according to an indictment handed up by Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf ... Chanes' lawyer, Rusty Wing, said his client is not guilty and had gotten legal advice 'all the way along' insisting that the porno Web sites were legitimate ... But a look at Norman Chanes' past makes clear that something like this was not entirely unpredictable. In certain law enforcement circles, Chanes is a legend, a King of Scams cited repeatedly for blatantly false advertising. They say Chanes' shtick was to sell you nothing for something, to make the worthless seem priceless -- just as he shaped his image in life, cloaking himself in the trappings of legitimacy ... It started with the Free Gifts packages of the 1970s ... Chanes' companies were referred to as frauds by the Better Business Bureau in 1980 ... [In 1982] he was arrested by postal inspectors on charges of selling what he called Marine surplus binoculars that were really plastic junk from China. He pleaded guilty and immediately offered to cooperate against his close friend and partner in crime, Monroe Caine. 'He was one of the few people I've dealt with who'd do anything to stay out of jail,' one law enforcement agent recalled. 'He'd give up his mother, his father. Caine was a good friend [but Chanes] had no problem with that' ... Prosecutors say Chanes then moved on to the next big thing -- phone sex. During the early 1990s, he met a man who would not fit in around the Hamptons - alleged gangster Martino. Together through Chanes' company, Harvest Advertising, they marketed 900 numbers and raked in the cash ... 'I knew that Norman was running phone sex,' said another business partner. 'He went under the radar. The whole industry changed. There were not that many people in the mail-order business. Maybe 80% were legit, 20% were notorious. But the whole country was different. The whole industry was different. All of a sudden, it became scammier and scammier.' At the same time, Chanes was becoming wealthier and wealthier ... In 1996, Chanes, Martino and David Chew [Jewish?], publisher of the skin magazine High Society, jumped into the porno Web site business, according to the indictment. Dupes who visited highsociety.com, ygal.com and climax.com were told they could take a free tour of the site. They had to enter credit card numbers to prove their age and were assured they would not be charged. Hidden within the sexually explicit images on the site was text admitting that viewers indeed would be charged. This text was supposed to make the scam legitimate, investigators say. The money poured in. Billing at $90 per month, they pocketed more than $230 million -- at least $8 million of which went to the [mafia] Gambinos, prosecutors charged. Meanwhile, in the Hamptons, Norman Chanes was listed as a celebrity client by caterer Francesca Events, next to Cates & Kline, Joe Lieberman, Al Gore and Bill Clinton. By 2000, he had become executive pro-ducer of 'Blue Moon,' starring Ben Gazzara, Rita Moreno and 'Sopranos' cast member Vincent Pastore. The flick's reviews were mixed. By 2002, he was a member of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, listed as a major contributor to the High Holy Day Appeal."



NON-CRIMINAL, SIMILAR THEME:

Meet Miss November, Playboy Playmate of the Month
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[Jewish] Forward, Novembe 1, 2001
"'I consider myself a nice Jewish girl,' said Lindsey Vuolo, Playboy magazine's 'Miss November.' 'For the most part, I suppose.' In between posing nude for pictures that feature such all-American props as apple pie, Ms. Vuolo, 20, chatted with the magazine's editors about her 1999 teen-tour to Israel. 'I traveled to Israel as part of an exchange program, and it was an amazing trip,' she said in the Playboy interview. 'Being in Jerusalem was so emotional for me — I broke down and cried.' 'I've always been comfortable with myself and my body,' Ms. Vuolo told the Forward, recalling that she 'was always the naked one in the locker room.' Still she added, 'I never anticipated in my entire life that my body or my beauty would get me anywhere ... Ms. Vuolo said she has no qualms about being both a practicing Jew and a sex object. 'Some people will look up to this as a positive thing," said Ms. Vuolo, who has become more religious since moving away from home. "With all the Chandra Levy and Monica Lewinsky talk, it's a bit weird. But I think what I'm doing is positive. I'm not doing anything religiously wrong. I'm not being exploited — it's my choice.'"

The Playmate and the Assemblyman,
[Jewish] Forward, December 28, 2001
"If so, you're also probably unaware of the controversy her appearance in the magazine kicked up. Apart from her Wednesday debate at the Makor cultural center in New York with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of 'Kosher Sex,' over the propriety of her posing for Playboy, there's been an active discussion on the topic at beliefnet.com, a Web site dedicated to the discussion of religious issues. Beliefnet's coverage of Ms. [Lindsey] Vuolo's uncovering features an interview with the vice president of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield. In the interview, Rabbi Hirschfield argued that Ms. Vuolo's posing for the magazine is about more than just her being Jewish. 'If Jews have a problem with [Ms. Vuolo posing nude], it ought to be a problem with Playboy, not with her as a Jewish girl,' Rabbi Hirschfield said. 'That is, their discomfort should be coming from the fact that a magazine is paying women to get naked for a camera. If it only bothers them when Jewish girls do it, then they would have to admit that they really believe there's some kind of moral superiority that Jews possess.'"

Porn Class at ASU Canceled After Protests,
azcentral.com (Arizona's Home Page; from Associated Press)
, November 9, 2001
"Arizona State University has pulled a class examining pornography from its spring calendar after the school was inundated with calls and letters from pornography opponents. The course, 'Sexuality in Media,' also explores media representations of male and female bodies, gay and lesbian sexuality and race and sexuality. The university began receiving complaints after the East Valley Tribune ran a story detailing the class. 'People started calling them like crazy from all over the state, and they just got whacked,' said Rep. Laura Knaperek, R-Tempe. ASU Provost Milt Glick said the complaints did not cause the cancelation and said the class will be offered again. Professor Peter Lehman, who was scheduled to teach the class, had volunteered to fill a spot teaching a large freshman-level humanities class and postponed 'Sexuality in the Media' as a trade-off, Glick said. He said the cancelation in the wake of controversy was a coincidence."

Over the Line at Wesleyan, New Criterion, June 1999
"[College students at Wesleyan] also get classes like COL 289, an 'interdisciplinary' course in the College of Letters called 'Pornography: Writing of Prostitutes.' Taught by Hope Weissman, a medievalist who helped establish Wesleyan’s women’s studies program and who has taught at the university for some two decades, the course is one of the new-breed sex classes that have recently infested American universities, especially in the politicized intellectual slums populated by women’s studies, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and kindred forms of academic grievance-mongering. The official description of Professor Weissman’s offering tells us the following:
  'This course investigates pornographic literature as a body of discursive
  practices whose 'materials,' according to the cultural critic Susan Sontag,   comprise 'one of the extreme forms of human consciousness.'  The pornography   we study is an art of transgression which impels human sexuality toward,   against, and beyond the limits which have traditionally defined civil discourses   and practices—defined, that is, by regimes of dominance and submission,   inclusion or exclusion, in the domains of organ and emotional pleasure. Our   examination  accordingly includes the implication of pornography in so-called   perverse practices such as voyeurism, bestiality, sadism, and masochism, and   considers the inflections of the dominant white-heterosexual tradition by   alternative sexualities and genders, as well as by race, class, age, mental
  and physical competence. We also attempt to identify the factors, intrinsic
  and extrinsic, which align the pornographic impulse with revolutionary or   conservative political practices. But our primary focus is on pornography   as   radical representations of sexuality whose themes are violation, degradation, and   exposure.'
Where should we begin? This passage is at once so repellent and so utterly  representative of the sort of thing being purveyed under the rubric of the  humanities in American colleges today that it might well make it into a  future Guide to What Went Wrong in American Higher Education, c.  1960–2000. The rhetoric alone is worthy of attention: the know-it-all  tone, the neo-Marxist clichés, the general air of menace. This is course  description as an exercise in ideological intimidation. We especially  savored the use of the phrase 'so-called': 'so-called perverse practices  such as voyeurism, bestiality, sadism, and masochism.' What, we  wondered, would Professor Weissman choose to call such practices?"

The Back Page, Clarion, February 1998
"What apparently must be called the highlight of the conference [at State University of New York at New Paltz] was the performance of Shelly Mars, a stripper from a bisexual bathhouse. During her performance, 'Whiplash: Tales of a Tomboy,' which featured her simulating sex and screaming obscenities, Mars collided with the crotch of audience member Peter Shipley, chairman of a private educational group called the National Catholic Forum. Shipley's pen went into her nostril, and Mars fell back shouting that she was bleeding. Then she removed her pants and blouse and exposed herself. Following the conference, Governor George E. Pataki ordered an inquiry into the conference, which he called an outrageous expenditure of taxpayers' dollars. Several trustees of the university have called for the resignation of university president Roger W. Bowen, who spoke at the event. Shipley is threatening to sue for sexual assault."

Nadine Strossen. The Pornography Industry's Wet Dream,
On the Issues. The Progressive Woman's Quarterly
, Summer 1995
"Nadine Strossen's objective in [her book] Defending Pornography is to destroy the reputation and achievements of the feminist movement against pornography. To this end, she dishes up the same tired old caricature of us as anti-sex prudes, pro-censorship, and in collusion with the right wing. Not until the very last chapter does Strossen address the scientific evidence on the harmful effects of pornography, and her discussion of that evidence is a sham. Most of the key researchers on the relationship between pornography and violence against women (Neil Malamuth, James Check, Dolf Zillman, Bryant Jennings, myself) do not rate a single mention in her book ... Strossen's book was enthusiastically feted by the media not because it's so brilliant but because she's president of the American Civil Liberties Union (an organization that has increasingly become a watchdog for the interests of pornographers). The fact that Strossen professes to be a feminist gives her a lot more clout than a man would have doing the same dirty work for a dirty industry. Men can sit back and applaud the cat fight. Pornographers can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with their lucrative business of exploiting women to facilitate men's ejaculations. Strossen makes no distinction between erotica and pornography ... Here is another Strossen gem to delight pornographers: 'The more unconventional the sexual expression is, the more revolutionary its social and political implications become.' I suppose rape doesn't qualify as unconventional sexual expression anymore -- but would child porn qualify as revolutionary? Or images of sexual mutilation and woman-killing?"

Behind the Scenes: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969
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Book Review, amazon.com (from Publisher's Weekly)
"[Author William Mann] makes a cohesive and persuasive argument for how their varied sexualities transformed Hollywood and the movies. Mann also covers a wide range of ancillary topics e.g., the history and aesthetics of set design; the rise of Los Angeles's 'pansy clubs'; and the special role of Jews (who were more likely than gentiles to be open about their sexuality)."

Heal Thyself? Therapy and Cruelty in the Days Before Drive-Through Pharmacists, OC Weekly, March 29-25, 1999
"For whatever reason, the urban Jew remains America's most potent symbol of impotent urban anxiety. Whether it's Woody Allen's films, Phillip Roth's novels or Lenny Bruce's acidic tirades, the American Jew has long seemed to corner the cultural market on psychological ills. [Playwright Steven] Berkhoff's Kvetch, while lacking the intellectual edge and literary merit of Allen, Roth, Bruce and company, certainly does its part in regurgitating the cliché. It's not a good play, but it's hard to sit through Kvetch unaffected. Berkhoff, an eccentric English dramatist, once wrote that theater 'should deal with the profane and the unmentionable. . . . The confession of angst can heal, but it needs full, frontal attack, not subtlety.' In Kvetch, he has crafted one of the most vulgar, cruelly direct plays I can remember seeing on a local stage. His characters are wholly unlikable. They're bundles of contempt and guilt that can barely mask the loathing they feel for one another ... Kvetch begins with Frank (Morgan Christopher) inviting his friend Hal (Jack Thomas) to dinner. To his chagrin, Hal accepts. This simple change in the family dynamic dissolves Frank, his wife, Donna (Lorianne Hill), and his mother-in-law (Jo Black-Jacob) into neurotic engines of guilt and anxiety. The play's gimmick is one borrowed from Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude: the characters' innermost thoughts and secrets are delivered aloud; other characters can't hear them but the audience can. And a foul lot those thoughts are: whining and complaining about the sorry state of their lives, musings about killing one another, relentless insults. Donna fantasizes about being gang-raped by filthy garbage men as Frank gives it to her under the covers, while Frank secretly imagines Hal sliding his cock up his ass just so he can get it up to shtup his wife in the first place."

Puritan Sex Stigmas Not Jewish, Says Rabbi-Teacher,
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, November 23, 2001
"'Judaism is about giving pleasure to one another and having no qualms or inhibitions about it,' said [Rabbi Leslie] Alexander, the chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose. 'When a Jew goes before God, they are going to have to answer for every pleasure they didn't take' ...In the Iggeret HaKodesh, or Holy Letter, for example, Nachmanides (1194-1270) wrote an entire section on the ways to improve sexuality. 'It is all about God making our bodies for sexual pleasure,' she said, likening it to the Jewish Kama Sutra. 'The Jewish texts are very blunt and very direct,' she added. 'Teaching it is lots of fun. My students usually say, 'Whoa! They really said that?' We spend so much time as a society trying to free ourselves from sexual mores. If we had just learned from our own tradition, we wouldn't have to try.' These kinds of lessons are everywhere among the Jewish texts, including the Talmud, the Mishnah and the Torah, according to Alexander, whose course focused on this spectrum of classical texts to expose the reality of Jewish teachings on sexuality. As for later Jewish texts that contain messages about sexual inhibition, she said, 'They are really just seepages of later Western cultures.' In fact, Alexander remembered once reading a text in which a rabbi was telling a group of other rabbis about the various things he would consider sexual perversions. 'And then, at the end of his speech the rest of the rabbis told him he was wrong' ... In addition to loving the 'racy' nature of the subject, Alexander enjoyed teaching about Jewish sexuality because it's a way to pique people's interest in Judaism."

Ex-yeshiva Boy Isaac Mizrahi Now Sells Women $3,000 T-Shirts
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Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, January 2, 1998
"The young designer [Isaac Mizrahi] has a highly respected firm of his own, and his clothes are sold all over the United States and Europe ... Mizrahi grew up in Brooklyn's Midwood, in a family with Syrian roots. His father was a cutter in the garment industry. 'My family was upper middle-class Jewish, and we always went away every summer. I always had piano lessons and every kind of lesson I could want. I always had beautiful clothes. We had beautiful everything' ... Viewers saw little-known sides of Mizrahi in 'Unzipped,' the 1995 documentary about him. Filmmaker Douglas Keeve was, at the time, in a relationship with the designer. In one scene, Mizrahi put a sheer scrim behind the catwalk and had models change their outfits in full view of the audience. That kind of chutzpah gave viewers insight into his bold personality. And that, in turn, helps him charge large sums for his designs, something he even pokes fun at in his comic book ... To this day the designer remains active in Jewish charities. 'I do what I can," he says. "I'm a zealot, a real lover of the Jewish faith.'"

Helmut Newton's Internal Battlefield
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[Jewish] Forward, December 28, 2001
"Helmut Newton has never seemed particularly interested in self-portraiture. Yet one of the first photographs to greet the viewer in 'Helmut Newton: Work' — at the International Center for Photography ... could easily be interpreted as a proxy for the artist himself. It's a portrait of the famous late art collector Daniel Wildenstein, along with his two sons, Alec and Guy, each of them looking simultaneously paranoid and accusatory. Like Mr. Newton, they're German Jews associated with glamour, wealth and, yes, forbidden sex and violence: Alec Wildenstein's wife famously accused him of pulling a gun on her when she stumbled on him with his young Slavic mistress (a story recounted breathlessly in some of the same glossies that publish Mr. Newton's work). But there's a more complicated parallel at play, as well, in that the Wildensteins also represent an unproved collusion between Jew and Nazi, with art at the heart of the relationship. The Wildenstein family has long tried to shake accusations that it traded in and profited from art that the Nazis confiscated from Jews. Mr. Newton himself fled Berlin in 1938, but his work, taken as a whole, reflects his own uneasy relationship with Nazi-inspired idealizations of Aryan beauty, a guilty reluctance — or perhaps rebellious refusal — to turn his back on its allure. As late as 1996, he was photographing the repentant neo-Nazi Ingo Hasselbach for a portrait in The New Yorker. And his own images of tall, mathematically proportioned young women, some with Heidi-perfect blond braids, reflect the influence of propaganda shots of Hitler youth he witnessed during his early teenage years when, needless to say, he was sexually coming of age. That Mr. Newton seems to find himself guilty of an unnamed crime is attested to by the punishment he seems to crave at the hands of the black-leather-clad women who so often dominate his work."

Israeli-Russian Journalist Calls for Castration as Anti-Terror Step,
Haaretz, January 19, 2002
"An article calling for the castration of Israeli Arabs as a means of fighting terrorism was published last week in the leading Israeli-Russian daily Novosti. The article, called 'How To Force Them To Leave] and written by Marian Belenki, one of the paper's prominent journalists, said that the threat of castration may be strong enough to encourage the Arabs to leave the country. The author also proposed that the Chinese method for lowering birth rates be implemented in Israel for the Arab population in order to lower their birth rates. According to this method, people who have more than one child are deprived of various benefits, lose their jobs, and are under threat of exile. Cash prizes for young men who voluntarily agree to the castration will also be provided, according to the proposed method ... [W]hat is even more surprising than the fact that the piece got published, is that the paper did not receive any responses from readers or public representatives of the Russian community. It should be noted that the paper is one of two leading dailies of the Russian community in Israel."

Marks and Katz, LLC. Attorneys at Law (Law firm web site),
"ADULT ENTERTAINMENT. MARKS & KATZ, LLC provides comprehensive legal services to the adult entertainment industry. We also work closely with the nation's adult entertainment industry's trade association, the Free Speech Coalition, serving as its Washington, DC, representative. At the regional level, [Jay] Marks & [Jon] Katz, LLC, is a charter member and founding Board member of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, with partner Jon Katz as President."

Erotica Runs Rampant, Christian Science Monitor, February 1, 2002
"Ever-stronger sexual content is showing up across the landscape of mainstream media: in network TV, in movies, even in catalogs ... Pornographic images, erotic paraphernalia, and raunchy sexual talk are reaching a near-saturation point in the daily lives of Americans, through television, movies, magazines, and the Internet, say a growing chorus of expert voices. And the target market is an increasingly younger audience ... .One network, NBC, has been frank and unapologetic about its need to compete with the more explicit world of cable TV. It recently decided to be the only big broadcast network to air ads for hard liquor. As for the choice to put Playmates in prime time, Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Entertainment, responds, 'It's been a difficult year; we're just having fun' ... One voice saying it's possible to resist this slide toward a sexualized environment comes from Robert Halmi, one of television's most prolific producers of family-oriented entertainment ('The Odyssey,' 'Merlin,' 'Gulliver's Travels'). This trend towards explicit sexuality exists because there's a creative void,' says the entertainment magnate, whose shows - nearly 200 and counting - air on all the major networks as well as on the new Hallmark Channel on cable. 'It reflects the taste of the executives,' Mr. Halmi says, 'but it's also pressure from the corporate heads who want networks to perform like stock portfolios, with a 26 percent growth rate.'"

Looking Back with the Director of 'Stunt Man,'
Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2002 [This item appears half way down the page]
"[Jewish] porn star Nina Hartley will be the guest of honor at a Santa Clarita synagogue this month as part of Temple Beth Ami's adult education series. On Feb. 19, Hartley, who appeared in the film 'Boogie Nights' and has starred in more than 570 adult films, offers 'Love & Sex in the 21st Century,' a free lecture on the porn industry that also features sex tips for monogamous couples. Rabbi Mark Blazer said he invited Hartley to participate in the lecture series after meeting her through a mutual friend. Her appearance will broaden his congregation intellectually, he said. 'My goal as a rabbi is to push the envelope,' Blazer said. While Temple Beth Ami is located in a conservative community, the members of the reform Jewish congregation are very open-minded, Blazer said, and no one has expressed any concern that Hartley's presence will be offensive. 'Part of Judaism is to engage and learn about as much of the world as we can--not to be closed to the world,' he said. 'This is really an opportunity that most people would never have.'"

Sexuality Class Suspended at UC Berkeley After Lurid Allegations,
San Diego Union-Tribune, February 18, 2002
"A male sexuality class at University of California, Berkeley has been suspended after reports of lurid extracurricular activities surfaced late last week in the student newspaper. The suspension of the class, run by students and sponsored by the university, was announced Friday. Students who had taken part in the two-unit course told the Daily Californian that several of their classmates were involved in an orgy at a class party and that another group of students chose to go to a strip club for their final project. At the club, the students looked on as one of their student instructors had sex on stage, Jessica McMahon told the campus newspaper ... Caren Kaplan, chair of the Woman's Studies Department and sponsor of the sexuality classes, reviewed the male sexuality course description but had not seen a detailed course syllabus, said David Dowall, chairman of UC Berkeley's Academic Senate."

University of Minnesota Book Challenges Anxiety about Pedophilia,
Minnesota Star Tribune, March 26, 2002
"Sex between adults and children has been a societal taboo so strong that it's considered one of our few unquestioned moral principles. But arguments have emerged in academic journals, books and online that at least some such sex should be acceptable, especially when children consent to it ... A soon-to-be-released book, "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex," is being advertised by its publisher, University of Minnesota Press, as challenging widespread anxieties about pedophilia. In an interview, the book's author, journalist Judith Levine, praised the Rind study as evidence that 'doesn't line up with the ideology that it's always harmful for kids to have sexual relationships with adults.' She said the pedophilia among Roman Catholic priests is complicated to analyze, because it's almost always secret, considered forbidden and involves an authority figure. She added, however, that, 'yes, conceivably, absolutely' a boy's sexual experience with a priest could be positive. 'When I was a minor, I had sex with an adult,' she said. 'He was one of my first lovers. My heart was broken, but my heart was broken by a lot of boys, too. I'd say on balance that it was a perfectly good experience.'"

Endorsement of Adult-child Sex on Rise,
overthrow.com (from Washington Times), April 19, 2002
"A new book that says child molesters are not a major peril to children is part of a larger movement within academia to promote "free sexual expression of children." The movement to legitimize sex between adults and children is "gathering steam," warns Stephanie Dallam, researcher for the Leadership Council for Mental Health, Justice and the Media in Philadelphia, an organization that deals with prevention and treatment of child abuse. "Some people view children as the next sexual frontier," Ms. Dallam says. Feminist writer Judith Levine's book 'Not Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Kids from Sex' has been condemned by those who say she excuses sexual abuse of children — a charge she strongly denies ... Harris Mirkin, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, published a 1999 article in the Journal of Homosexuality complaining that boys who have sex with men 'are never considered willing participants, even if they are hustlers.' He has also written that 'children are the last bastion of the old sexual morality ... One co-author of the 1998 study was Robert Bauserman, now employed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. As early as 1989, Mr. Bauserman had written about 'man-boy sexual relationships' in Paidika."

Pornographer says he hacked al Qaeda 'I wanted to do something ... I know the Internet',
CNN, August 9, 2002
"A self-proclaimed Web warrior says he enlisted in the United States' war on terror by mounting an incursion into an Internet site said to be run by al Qaeda. From his beachfront home, Jon Messner uses his keyboard as a weapon against the enemy's site -- first reported by CNN four months ago -- that posts statements from high-ranking al Qaeda members. When Al Neda site visitors, who he says he believes are al Qaeda members, discovered the covert operation, they cried 'Infidel!' Messner 's real job? He runs an Internet porn site. 'I created the amateur housewife-next-door genre,' he explained. 'I bought a digital camera and convinced my wife to get naked for the Internet.' He decided to turn his expertise against al Qaeda ... His Porsche and its 'WIVES' vanity plates memorializing his success in adult entertainment are, he believes, a testament that he and his family are living the American dream. And, in his own way, Messner said, he is fighting an American war."

[Jewish influence in circumcision; doctor's speculation],
yarchive.net, (Newsgroup: sci.med), 1995/1999
"However, all that being said (and perhaps it needed to be) I do not believe that the fact of nearly universal male circumcision in the United States did not come about in this century, and nowhere else on Earth but Israel, as a matter of chance. Or because some strange glowing meteorite fell in this country and caused people to get out the scalpels and turn on their children. I've given you my best explanation for the reason why it did happen: a strong Jewish influence on prevailing American medical attitudes about proper pediatric care, from Benjamin Spock [Note: Spock isn't Jewish] on down, which in turn basically influenced the entire society. If you have a better explanation for the oddly American universality of male circumcision, unique in the world save for the one place I mentioned, I'm listening. Spin me a better story, and I'll buy it. We have more hip and knee replacement here because they cure pain in adults, restore function, and adults want them, and can afford them. Ditto for hysterectomies, like it or not. But this doesn't wash for circumcision of babies. -- Steve Harris, M.D. ... Okay, if you want names, you would probably start with Abraham Wolbarst, a prominent urologist of the 1930's who decidedly confirmed in the pages of JAMA that not only did circumcision cure masturbation but also many other childhood illness. And prevented cancer, too. And there were other guys like Ravich and Wynder doing much the same. There's a review of Jewish medical doctors' role in the acceptance of routine circumcision in the US on the web at: http://www.fathermag.com/health/circ/jews-circ
It's not scientifically up to par, but it has the names and the cites. Nor is it particularly an antisemitic article, and points out quite rightly that the circumcision hysteria in the US was a rather Victorian thing launched circa 1870 mostly by hung-up Christians as a way to cure masturbation, to which Jews were said to be immune, and therefore morally superior. Jews naturally got caught up in this argument. The role of Jewish physicians in defending routine circumcision has not been sole, or even (in the beginning) important. It has been mainly in the last 70 years, corresponding with Jewish influence on American Medical politics. However, the opinion has become professionally untenable at least since the American Academy of Pediatrics came out against routine circumcision in the 1971 (following which Benjamin Spock changed his mind and his book, regarding the subject). A view reaffirmed by the American Academy just as strongly in their house mag _Pediatrics_, as late as last month. But don't take my word for it. Go to medline and see who's still arguing what among the professionals who lead the opinions to which doctors adhere, and recommend to their patients. You'll find stuff like Aaron J. Fink's "In defense of circumcision" (Pediatrics 1986 Feb;77(2):265-7) and little editorials like E.J. Schoen's 'Ode to the circumcised male' (Am J Dis Child 1987 Feb;141(2): 128). Indeed, my own initial search on the history of circumcision in the US turned up just four reviews-- I didn't weed them out of other stuff, but reproduce all four of them in full below. Note the opinions expressed: "The medical benefits of circumcision appear to exceed the risks of the procedure," and in another: "It is our conclusion that, as the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedure in this country, the benefits of posthetomy, which include a reduction in some kinds of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, well outweigh the risks cited by those who oppose it." And: "The authors of this article wrote a review article on circumcision in 1981 and Dr. Grossman has recently published a book designed to teach proper circumcision technique, and to familiarize the operator with the common congenital anomalies as well as the prevention and treatment of the complications of circumcision." These are articles written for scientific publications by doctors who supposedly are scientists. Alas, if you look at the names, one can guess that they aren't exactly Japanese or Eskimo or native American scientists. But these ARE the physicians now leading the minority argument. If you want the other side-- the view now accepted by most of the world's medical profession, you can see articles by guys whose names are Gordon A (Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1995 Dec;102(12):939-40) "Why do we still circumcise male babies?" or McHugh M (Ir Med J 1981 Feb;74(2): 55-6) "Circumcision -- is it ever necessary?" or even Fitzgerald WD (Northwest Med 1971 Oct;70(10):681-2) "Circumcision is barbarous." There's a difference between doctors arguing a point that their religion teaches, and those arguing against a procedure on which their religion is at least neutral or even favorable. Anyway, you're welcome to read this stuff. Study it and then tell me I'm out to lunch. Steve Harris, M.D."

Sex and Science,
Christianity Today, Nov/Dec 2001
"[Andrea] Tone [in her book Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America] provides several memorable vignettes of contraceptive entrepreneurs, but none more memorable than Julius Schmid. A poor Jewish immigrant in New York City in the late 1800s, Schmid found work at a sausage factory, cleaning animal intestines to be used as casings. To make some money on the side, he brought the extra intestines home and fashioned them into condoms—'skins,' as they were called in the days before 'rubbers.' When his basement operation was raided, Schmid paid his fines and returned to his lucrative business. Schmid eventually expanded into rubber and latex; today, his 'Ramses' and 'Sheiks' brands are sold on drugstore and supermarket shelves worldwide."

The Sovereign of Smut A Tribute to the Life and Work of Gershon Legman, Scholar of the Dirty Joke,
Spectator,
"The fat old man was Gershon Legman, the world’s greatest scholar/collector of the dirty joke. Legman's death last year attracted little attention beyond a brief obituary in the New York Times. His books never became especially popular, and his writing was rarely taken seriously by academic folklorists, mainly because he attacked scholarship with skill, wit, and a perverse glee. Academics, for their own part, were scornful of Legman's tendency to lapse into vulgar asides, his virulent homophobia, and his constant groundless swipes against anyone or anything he happened to dislike. He had very few real friends, numerous enemies, and died, just as he lived, on the poverty line. But for those, like me, who found themselves fascinated and compelled by his unorthodox ideas and violent polemic, Gershon Legman will remain the Sovereign of Smut. I first came across Legman's work in the summer of 1995 in a second-hand bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. There I stumbled upon a huge book bound in a dark brown cover with the intriguing title No Laughing Matter. This book, I soon discovered, was a mammoth collection of outrageously filthy and obscene jokes, divided into various categories including 'Urinating on Others,' 'Bend Over,' 'Self Castration,' and 'Fecal Meals.' In fact, even Legman himself admits in the introduction -- and not without a touch of pride -- that 'this book is full of material so disgusting that it will make any decent, clean, healthy person want to throw up.' It was also the most unfunny book of jokes I'd encountered since reading Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, which Legman claims to be his primary model. Legman, however, takes Freud's already depressing hypothesis even further, suggesting that the tendency to tell jokes is not only a manifestation of sexual neurosis but actually a symptom of psychopathology."

Mo' Better Exhibitions at MoSex,
Wired, October 3, 2002
"The director of the newest museum in this culture-packed city is surveying the prizes of his permanent collection: leather straps, condom boxes, video porn playing on large screens. He stops and points at a 1940s Wonder Woman comic book cover. 'Just look at her,' Daniel Gluck says. 'The cinched waist, the high heels, the rope ... She's always tying people up.' Wonder Woman is among the tamer attractions at the Museum of Sex, which opens this weekend in Manhattan and aims to catalog American sexuality, from 19th-century brothels to turn-of-the-millennium sex parties. In a city that has affectionately shortened the names of its culture hubs --MoMA, the Met -- the new museum has already been dubbed MoSex. And it has stirred opposition from those who say it is merely a celebration of smut. The state rejected an early attempt by Gluck to create a tax-sheltered foundation to support the museum."

Who's your daddy!,
News 24, October 11, 2002
"Tel Aviv - An Israeli man suffered a heart attack when he summoned a call-girl to his hotel and opened the door to his daughter, a newspaper reported Thursday. The 48-year-old businessman was treated in hospital in the Red Sea port of Eilat before returning home to northern Israel, where he confessed the traumatic experience to his wife, the Maariv daily said. His wife burst into tears and vowed to put their daughter back on the righteous path. Then she demanded a divorce from her errant husband. There was no word on the fate of the young woman."

Playboy gets bang-up response to last wish,
Independent OnLine, November 01 2002
"Ageing [sic] Berlin playboy Rolf Eden wants to go out with a bang. Eden, a wealthy 72-year-old disco magnate, received a huge worldwide response to a morally questionable offer to leave part of his fortune to the last woman he has sex with, provided he dies in her arms after a 'final, glorious orgasm'. An ever-smiling man with blond hair and a dark tan, Eden said that he stays fit thanks to a rotating array of seven or eight young women between 18 and 35 who take turns in his bed each night ... 'This is my office, so to speak,' he said, proudly showing off his spacious bedroom complete with wall and ceiling mirrors. 'I've had a lot of luck in life.' But now that his life is winding toward its inexorable conclusion, Eden wants to make sure a slice of the wealth he accumulated operating four popular west Berlin discos over the last 45 years goes to the last woman to have sex with him. 'I asked myself, 'How would a playboy want to die?'' he said. "It seemed clear that there could be no better way than to go out with a heart attack after a grand finale. It will be the most beautiful way to die. Simply divine.' Eden announced in August that he had signed a will with a notary guaranteeing his final sex partner a jackpot of 250 000 euros (about R2,4-million) - with the only condition that he passes away during or just after the act. 'Sure, it was a gimmick to make myself interesting,' said Eden, who worked as a jazz pianist and waiter in Paris for several years in the 1950s." [Apparently, Eden is Jewish too]

25 Years of Sexual Art Celebrating Michael Rosen’s Uncompromising Photography, Spectator, April 19, 2002
"In 1982, Michael Rosen entered a collection of nudes in the First Berkeley Erotic Art Festival — and ended up invited to photograph a sex session among the festival’s organizers, a first for him. Since then, he’s published four exhibit format books and won wide recognition for his work. They are: Lust & Romance: Rated X Fine Art Photographs (1998); Sexual Art: Photographs that Test the Limits (1994 and 1998, published both in the U.S. and in a French edition); Sexual Portraits: Photographs of Radical Sexuality (1990); and Sexual Magic: The S/M Photographs (1986). See Michael’s work at www.shaynew.com. Michael is shaven-headed and muscular, gentle, and thoughtful. Each room of his home is a gallery of photographs, many explicitly sexual, representing a variety of artists. His basement studio is complete with a track system that lets him glide along the ceiling with his camera."

Evolution of a Post-Porn Modernist Annie Sprinkle's New Book Reveals Her as Mature Artist, Sex Educator, Spectator, January 14, 2002
"That Annie Sprinkle [born Ellen Steinberg] is one of the most well-known and best-loved figures in pornography is no accident — for over 25 years she’s broken new ground and pushed the edges of erotic representation. Her latest book, Hardcore from the Heart, provides a fresh perspective on the Annie we know and love. Hardcore differs from Annie’s earlier work, including her autobiographical Post-Porn Modernist (originally released in 1991 and reissued by Cleis Press in 1998), which remains the definitive document of Sprinkle’s life as porn star and sexual pioneer. For while porn-hounds and sex activists alike are surely familiar with Annie’s extensive hardcore ouvre, many are not aware of her work as a cutting-edge artist. But this is changing. Today, Annie’s fans are as likely to be 20-year-old feminists studying her performance art in their women’s studies/drama classes as they are members of the trench-coat brigade. ... ... [S]he moved to New York and began learning the craft of porn production. But soon she decided she’d rather be in front of the camera. Within a couple years Annie had starred in some 150 hardcore films ... As a performance artist, Annie is unique in the way she speaks directly to her audiences and involves them personally in her shows. In her infamous 'Public Cervix Announcement' piece, she inserted a speculum and invited viewers to take a close-up look at her most private parts. 'Everyone wanted to see pussy, pussy, pussy,' Sprinkle remembers, 'so I thought I would go further and show them more than they wanted.'"

Embalmed Tramp Found in Artist's Studio,
Reuters, October 14, 2002
"A British artist kept the preserved body of a tramp at his studio for nearly 20 years, The Times newspaper said Saturday. The embalmed body of Edwin McKenzie was discovered in the workshop of his former close friend Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz who [was Jewish and] himself died this summer. McKenzie had been preserved and hidden in 1984 ... Lenkiewicz often used vagrants as models for his paintings, which often carried an anti-establishment message." [ALSO, at robertlenkiewcz.com: "In 1983 Lenkiewicz exhibited Project 16. This project attempted to survey as wide a range as possible of human activities relating to sexual behaviour. He attempted to do this seriously without attention to the law ... Heterosexual behaviour, homosexual behaviour, auto-erotic behaviour, bestiality, even necrophilia are commonplace in our society and most societies, and characterise more than 50% of all human entertainments. It is interesting that when the authorities visited the Exhibition to consider closure, the paedophilia section went entirely unnoticed ... The project attempted to demonstrate that there was no end to human creativity, that loneliness combined with human passion could animate a hoover to far more gratifying potentials than one's wife. The project seemed to indicate that all sexual behaviour was auto-erotic; from marriage partners to strangers' underwear."]

Street-Level Smut. The book shops of Times Square,
by Jay Gertzman, The Position, October 21, 2002
"By the end of World War II, Times Square was a general entertainment area in which tourists, young people on dates, gamblers, con men, street preachers, taxi dancers, frequenters of bars, prostitutes, panhandlers, readers of smut and fans of movie sex and violence all mingled ... In the late 40s, Allan Wilson and his partner, Aaron Moses ("Mo") Shapiro, founded the Jack Woodford Press, as an imprint of the Citadel Press, which featured socialist analysis of American politics. A prolific writer of soft-core erotica with a deft sense of plot construction and scene setting, Woodford wrote of free-spirited and well travelled young men, with jobs and ambitions similar to the heros of popular films, who bedded adventurous and spirited women. Both parties were raring to go on page one. Shapiro and Wilson's books, many by Woodford himself and others by Clement Wood, his wife Gloria Goddard, the glamorous Fan Nichols or 'Gorilla' Joe Weiss, sold especially well in drug stores and near army bases, as well as in general shops in Times Square and other cities .... The largest orders in New York for Jack Woodford Press titles came from [Louis] Finkelstein [at Time Square Book Bazaar], whom other booksellers regarded as a pioneer exploiter of the smut-hungry reader when he opened in 1940 as the first Times Square location which focused on erotica, mostly the varied girlie and nudist magazines of the era ... During the 1950s and early 60s, the most notorious pornographer on the Deuce was Eddie Mishkin. He owned several stores: Harmony, Midget, the Little Book Exchange, Kingsley Book Shop, Esther, and Main Stem ... . Sadomasochistic and fetish books, photos and magazines were a facet of erotica which Times Square democratized. Before World War II, the material was available in booksellers' back rooms, and of course to the wealthy, trusted customers of Manhattan's high hat dealers. The Mishkins, the Browns, the Shapiros and the Finkelsteins made it available to the hoi polloi ... The Kefauver subcommittee investigating the effects of obscenity on juvenile delinquency subpoenaed Mishkin in 1955, as they did Irving Klaw, whose fetish photos included many of those of the era's supermodel, Bettie Page. Both men's photo sets and booklet- sized illustrated stories, with their themes of flagellation, bondage, transvestism, and passive men forced into women's clothing, were thought to 'get into the hands of small limited minds, and they . . . [get] worked up to a fever pitch, and some poor soul is the victim ...Al Goldstein readily admitted that the mob distributed Screw Magazine; he could get no one else to dare do so nationally, or even in New York City itself .... A final example of organized crime involvement in Times Square by the late 60s is the smuggling conviction of Lenny Burtman, an important publisher of sadomasochistic books and magazines with offices on W. 46th Street. Times Square bookstores carried his fetish booklets and magazines extensively, and his distribution system was more far- reaching than those of Mishkin, Klaw, or Brown."

Love It or Hate It, Heeb Debutes -- And Rocks Downtown Manhattan,
Kosherfinder, February 7, [2002?]
"It's too early to tell how sucessful Heeb, the newest and most irreverent Jewish publication on the newsstand, will be -- but the magazine sure knows how to party ... Contents include an article on 'Jewfros,' a Jewish afro, an interview with Peaches, a Jewish porn punk singer grabbing her crotch in a shocking close-up photo; the memoir of a man's reported tryst with Jewish beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg; and, last but not least, a centerfold of Neil Diamond in red leather. It doesn't spare on language as tawdry as its subjects, either. They reprint the explicit lyrics of Peaches, whom it describes as 1970s rock star 'Gary Glitter as a horny chick on cocaine.'"

LAPD Police Chief Contender 'Comes Out' In Interview Kalish Wants To Judged On Work Experience,
NBC4, August 27, 2002
"Deputy Chief David Kalish, a top contender for the Los Angeles Police Department, said he was gay in an interview Monday, but that he should be judged on his experience, not his sexual preference. 'Being gay is part of who I am,' Kalish said in a televised interview. 'Being Jewish is part of who I am. There's lots of parts to me. The important thing is that I have dedicated 27 years of my life to the Los Angeles Police Department. 'Chief Kalish heads the West Bureau of the department and is among six high-ranking Los Angeles police officers and 15 outsiders vying for the job. The Police Commission will select three finalists and forward their recommendations to the mayor, who will pick the chief ... Kalish has a 3-year-old son, Jackson, who is being raised by a lesbian couple to whom he donated sperm. Pictures of the boy line his office."

Stanley Fleishman, Famed L.A. Civil Rights Attorney, Dies,
Adult Video News, December 1999
"The First Amendment attorney who fought and won perhaps the most groundbreaking obscenity case of the 1950s, Stanley Fleishman, died Oct. 23 of complications from surgery to remove a benign tumor ... 'He was a wonderful, gracious man,' says Ron Braverman, owner of the Doc Johnson adult novelty business, who was shocked to learn of Fleishman's death ... But he made his reputation irrevocably and most profoundly in the Roth obscenity case. That 1957 case led to a Supreme Court ruling in which three criteria for defining obscenity were outlined and began to close the door by which authorities could simply say they knew obscenity when they saw it - as many communities, in effect, did. Fleishman defended publisher Harold Roth, whose literature had been ruled obscene and was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court in 1957 ... Fleishman ultimately received numerous honors from the adult entertainment and publishing industry, including the Playboy Foundation's Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for lifetime achievement."

American Jews and the Efforts to Reform Motion Pictures, 1933-35,
by Felicia Herman, American Jewish Archives Journal,
http://huc.edu/aja/Article-FeliciaHerman.pdf
"This concern for the public image of American Jews has always been an essential component of the American Jewish releationship to the film industry. Throughout the twentieth century, various elements of the American Jewish community sought to influence the content and message of American motion pictures ... The Jewish relationship to the film industry is a particularly valuable area in which to understand the Jewish quest for status and concern for appearances, for here Jews were forced to articulate quite concretely -- indeed, even visually -- the way they wanted to be perceived by the outside world ... Between 1930 and 1934, American debates over film content reached a fevered pitch, and would-be film reformers -- primarily Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders -- accused the motion picture industry of intentionally corrupting the morals of the film audiences by foisting a seemingly endless stream of salacious motion pictures on the American people. Because 'Hollywood' had long been synonymous in many film reformers minds with 'Jews,' attacks on the industry in this period often revealed disturbing, antsemitic undertones. Drawing on a rhetoric that stretched back for at least two decades -- and on a much older antisemitic theme associating Jews with sexual immorality -- many reformers argued that immoral films were the result of the inherent immorality of the Jews who made them."

Archiv für Sexualwissenschaft,
"The Berlin physician Albert Moll was, next to Iwan Bloch and Magnus Hirschfeld, the third great promoter of sexology. Like Hirschfeld, he was of Jewish descent (baptized as a Protestant), had been examined by Rudolf Virchow for his medical doctorate, and also remained unmarried, but there the similarity ends. Moll was politically conservative and, in spite of his organizational energy, seems to have been a quarrelsome loner. He despised both Freud and Magnus Hirschfeld as scientific charlatans and tried to counter them at every turn. Thus, in 1913, he organized the International Society for Sex Research as a rival organization to Bloch’s and Hirschfeld’s Medical Society for Sexology. In rivalry to Bloch, he also edited his own 'Handbook of the Sexologies', deliberately introducing the plural and thereby demonstrating his rejection of Bloch’s unified concept of the new science. He did, however, get along rather well with Havelock Ellis, who contributed to the Handbook, and with Max Marcuse, whom he supported as a journal editor. In 1926, Moll succeeded in organizing an International Congress for Sex Research in Berlin, with the opening ceremony being held at the Reichstag. A second conference 1930 took place in London. Moll wrote a number of important sexological books, such as 'Contrary Sexual Feeling' (1891), 'Investigations concerning the Libido Sexualis' (1897), to which Freud owed an unacknowledged debt, and 'The Sexual life of the Child' (1909)."

Naked Brunch. Berlin's Sexology Archive
,
Libido. The Journal of Sex and Sensibility,
"In large part due to Professor Doctor Doctor Erwin Haeberle and a receptive German federal government, Berlin -- the 20th-century birthplace of sexology -- is once again home to an extraordinary sexual archive. Under Haeberle, Archiv für Sexualwissenshaft, located in the tree-shaded campus of the Robert Koch Institute in the former East Berlin, has launched an impressive and important effort to both collect the Nazi-scattered remains of the work of the field’s pioneers and to make accurate university-level sexual information available to the world via the internet ... As a field, sexology was conceived by Berlin dermatologist Iwan Bloch in 1907. The idea soon was expanded by a number of biologists and social scientists, especially Magnus Hirschfeld who opened the first Institute for Sexology in Berlin in 1919. Two years later he organized the first international sexological conference there. Many of sexology’s pioneers, including Albert Moll, Ludwig Levy-Lenz, Max Marcuse, were Jewish and when Hitler came to power, nearly all of them went into exile in different parts of the world. In 1933, Hirshfeld’s Institute for Sexology was destroyed by the Nazis, and the contents of its library publicly burned -- along with other “un-German” authors like Sigmund Freud and Bertolt Brecht."

'Textual Activists' Unravel Seamy Side of Esther Scroll. Forget Hamantashen. Purim May Never Be the Same As New Interpreters Unveil a Tale of Sex and Violence
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by Aliza Phillips, [Jewish] Forward, February 22, 2002
"For Purim this year, you can go ahead and don a costume, knock back some schnapps and gorge yourself on hamantashen. Or, suggests Bonna Devora Haberman, you can take time to remember the millions of women in the world caught up in white slavery. After all, said this resident scholar in women's studies at Brandeis University, the Purim story as recounted in the Scroll of Esther is in many ways a story of sex and violence, a tale of how men of power use the currency of the female body to achieve their goals. Sex, violence, money, power and gender oppression? ... Say hello to the seamy underbelly of Purim, the holiday that this year falls on Monday night and Tuesday, and on which Jews celebrate how an orphan named Esther — under the tutelage of her uncle Mordechai — wins a place in the heart of the Persian monarch Ahasuerus and outwits Haman, the king's evil right-hand man, to save the Jewish people from certain annihilation. Or so goes the sanitized version of the holiday that has traditionally been taught in schools and synagogues. Now, however, more and more scholars and activists are dipping into the holiday's darker side — filled with deception, murder and subjugation — as a way of connecting the festival to campaigns of social justice and of attracting unaffiliated Jews who may not be interested in synagogue, but are certainly interested in sex. Adult — if not adults-only — celebrations this year include a cross-dressing staging of the story in a New York night club, a one-woman feminist performance in San Francisco and Ms. Haberman's multi-part, politically conscious project ... Details of the holiday that historically have been often glossed over include the denouement of the Scroll of Esther, when the Jews, whose very lives had been at stake, turn the tables, murdering 75,000 Persians ... After six years of staging edgy Purim pageants mostly in synagogues in the New York area, Mr. Lau-Lavi this year brings the holiday to a New York City nightclub. The event, 'TransgrESTHER 2002,' includes a Purim play that casts Mordechai and Haman as dueling mobsters and Ahasuerus as the king of downtown Manhattan. Nearly all the actors will be in drag. Mr. Lau-Lavie, a nephew of Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi, will appear as his drag alter ego, Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross, sex counselor to the stars."

* Much, much more information about Jewish influence in pornography and American sexual mores (from When Victims Rule. A Critique of Jewish Pre-eminence in America -- with bibliographic citations)

Of Human Interest: the Lighter Side of The News,
A Million Stories in the Naked City
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inyouremail.com (from United Press International), Apr 23, 2001
"This year's Naked Mile Run at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus was a bust .. This year marked the first time the run was covered live by the Atlanta-based Cyber Management Inc., which hired a professional camera crew and satellite truck to beam footage to Webcam subscribers watching the event (at www.naked-mile.com). The company is offering the footage free-of-charge to those UM students arrested for running on Tuesday. 'It's the least we can do,' CMI spokesman Brian Cohn said. 'Maybe their attorneys will be able to use the footage we captured.'"

Dow Jones: We Paid for Strippers,
New York Post, November 23, 2002
"Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has acknowledged it footed the bill for strippers to entertain its employees and clients. The surprise admission arrived in response to a suit filed by a former top ad official at Barron's who claims Dow Jones sanctioned liquid lunches and paid for strip clubs and lap dances for clients and co-workers when he worked there in the late 1990s ... In its response, Dow Jones, which is headed by [Jewish] chairman and CEO Peter Kann, conceded that it did pay for some of the strip clubs and lunches on the company expense card over a period of years. But the company still insists it will prevail in its lawsuit. 'We believe that Mr. Allocco's case is frivolous and without merit,' said a company spokeswoman. 'We'll contest the case vigorously, and we're confident that the matter will be resolved in our favor'"

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights,
Chicago Sun-Times, November 27, 2002
"Heaven help the unsuspecting families who wander into 'Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights' expecting a jolly animated holiday funfest. The holidays aren't very cheerful in Sandlerville, which is why the PG-13 rating mentions 'frequent and crude sexual humor.' The MPAA doesn't mention it, but there's also a lot of scatological humor in the film, in keeping with Sandler's inexplicable fascination with defecation, flatulence and bodily fluids. If this is not a family film, what is it? Well, the audiences for 'Jackass' may enjoy a scene where Davey, the hero, slams a sweet little old man into a Port-a-Potty and shoves it down a hill. When the geezer emerges at the bottom, he is still alive, but covered from head to toe with excrement. Then Davey sprays him with a garden hose, and he freezes solid. Ho, ho. Davey (who looks like and is voiced by Sandler) is 'a 33-year-old crazy Jewish guy,' the film informs us, who is up before the judge on the latest in a long series of brushes with the law, this time for drunkenness ... I can understand why Sandler might want to venture into 'South Park' territory with a raunchy animated cartoon, but not why he links it to Christmas and Hanukkah. The advertising will inevitably use holiday images, and in the minds of most people those images will not suggest a film this angry and vulgar. There is also an odd disconnect between Sandler's pride in his Jewishness, which is admirable, and his willingness to display the obnoxious behavior of this particular Jewish character to an audience that may not get the point."

Everything Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender and Jewish,
Twice Blessed. The Jewish GLBT Archives Online
[Long lists of prominent Jews who fit these categories, with links to online information about them]

Snyder and Seek.
Outline: the Voice of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Community
, December 8, 1999
This web page, towards the bottom, lists the Gay Financial Network's [gfn.com] "Power 25: The Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Corporate Executives." Among the first five, Jews were represented as the first, third, fourth and (tied) for fifth most important individuals in this ranking. 1) Kathy Levinson, president & COO of E*Trade; 3) David Geffen, president David Geffen Foundation/CEO DreamWorks SKG; 4) Barry Diller, CEO of USA Networks; and 5) Hilary Rosen, president and CEO of Recording Industry Assoc. of America.

Israeli Arab Porn Video Inflames Community Passions,
Channels (from Reuters), December 31, 2002
"[T]he bilingual film billed as 'the first Israeli-Arab porno' has inflamed the Jewish state's Muslim minority, drawing charges of sacrilege and a vigilante death sentence on 'Fatima' issued by her own hometown and family. Amal Kashua, a 38-year-old mother of eight, was set upon by a mob last week in Tira, a prosperous Arab community in central Israel. 'Yussuf,' a Palestinian known only as Amir, was beaten too. They went to hospital under police guard, then into hiding. Shamed by association, Kashua's relatives disowned her. Tira residents were divided over whether Kashua and Amir were married or merely lovers, and rumors put the money they had made in November for their hour-long on-camera coupling at anything from 700 shekels ($148) to 30 times as much. But none disputed that the stars of 'Yussuf and Fatima' had brought the near-lynching in Tira square upon themselves ... The litany of complaints began with the video's cover, which showed Kashua [a drug addict] and Amir in a pre-coital pose against a minaret. 'This is a blow to the sensitivity of Muslims everywhere,' said Tira attorney Ihab Galgoly, who was representing two men arrested on suspicion of leading the assault on the couple. 'We are considering suing the producers for breach of the law guaranteeing human dignity and freedom.' The studio which made 'Yussuf and Fatima' remained unfazed. 'We are not liable since we did everything by the book,' [Jewish] SexStyle director-general Amos Lahat told Reuters by telephone ... Lahat allowed that market considerations were behind its cover design. 'There is considerable demand from the Arab sector for porn which 'speaks to them', as it were. So we wanted to emphasize that this was a precedent-setting ethnic film,' he said. But as of mid-December -- several days before Kashua and Amir were attacked -- the cover of 'Yussuf and Fatima' had been stripped down: no minaret, no title, just the photograph. 'An Arab client who bought the film called in to lodge a polite request that we change its look to avoid causing offence, so we did,' Lahat explained. Some Muslims took further umbrage at the name Fatima, which was also that of the Prophet Mohammed's daughter. On this account, Lahat was unapologetic. 'In these parts you can find a scriptural connection to just about any name,' he said. 'Take a look at Hebrew, for example. Some of my Jewish actors have biblical namesakes too. So what?' ... What's tragic is that, as Amal tells it, she got into pornography because of her financial straits. It is the same with many Israeli Arab single mothers who become prostitutes to support their children. And it may well get worse,' [Jewish feminist Yael] Dayan said. Israel's labor market and welfare system have been gutted by an economic slump linked to the world recession and a more than two-year-old Palestinian uprising for independence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. But the blues are good for blue movies, according to Lahat. 'Since this whole story over 'Yussuf and Fatima' broke out, we have sold hundreds of copies, most of them in the Arab sector,' he said. "We may make another Arabic film. It pays.'"

Education and debate. The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction,
by Ray Moynihan, BMJ (British Medical Journal - from Australian Financial Review), January 4, 2002
"Is a new disorder being identified to meet unmet needs or to build markets for new medications? The corporate sponsored creation of a disease is not a new phenomenon, but the making of female sexual dysfunction is the freshest, clearest example we have. A cohort of researchers with close ties to drug companies are working with colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry to develop and define a new category of human illness at meetings heavily sponsored by companies racing to develop new drugs. The most recent gathering, featured Pfizer as chief sponsor and Pfizer-friendly researchers as chief speakers. The venue? The Pfizer Foundation Hall for Humanism in Medicine at New York University Medical School. Since the launch of sildenafil (Viagra) in 1998, more than 17 million men have had prescriptions written for it as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, with Pfizer reporting sales in 2001 of $1.5bn ... To build similar markets for drugs among women, companies first require a clearly defined medical diagnosis with measurable characteristics to facilitate credible clinical trails. Over the past six years the pharmaceutical industry has funded, and its representatives have in some cases attended, a series of meetings to come up with just such a definition (table) ....In response to an email inquiry about the Cape Cod meeting, co-chair Raymond Rosen wrote: 'The meeting is completely supported by pharmaceutical companies, and approximately half of the audience will be pharmaceutical representatives. The goal is to foster active and positive collaboration between the two groups. Only investigators who have experience with, or special interest in working collaboratively with the drug industry have been invited.' The subsequent publication of the meeting's presentations and discussions acknowledged sponsorship from nine drug companies ... All three Boston meetings (1999-2001) were chaired by Dr Irwin Goldstein, professor of urology and gynaecology at Boston University School of Medicine, who is also a key figure at the international gatherings. Originally trained as an engineer, Goldstein has widened his focus in recent years from male to female sexual dysfunction. A regular speaker at meetings funded by industry and a consultant and lecturer for virtually every pharmaceutical company, he is a passionate advocate for building a new discipline of sexual medicine, because, as he told the recent New York gathering, in this emerging field 'there is such joy in treating these people successfully' ... Studies by Berman, Goldstein, and others have used those physiological measurements to test the effects of sildenafil on women with 'female sexual arousal disorder' ... On the basis of studies of the genitalia of female New Zealand White rabbits, Goldstein and colleagues have developed animal models of 'vaginal engorgement insufficiency and clitoral erectile insufficiency.' Using data from studies comparing the testosterone levels of 'normal' women with the levels of his patients, he told the December meeting in New York that women with 'female sexual dysfunction' might have a 'specific defect in steroid synthesis' ... Asked during a break in the New York gathering about criticisms that medicine may not be best equipped to deal with sexual problems, Goldstein's replied: 'Who's best equipped to deal with it? The horticulturists? It's a form of medicine. I think physicians are most appropriate' ... The pharmaceutical industry's role in helping build the science of this new disorder has been 'paramount,' according to Goldstein, and he rejects suggestions that closeness between drug companies and academic researchers may be inappropriate. Asked whether marketing campaigns worth hundreds of millions of dollars may ultimately tend to amplify particular views of sexual difficulties and promote certain therapeutic options over others, he said: 'I'm an academic clinical doctor. That's a question for some philosopher.'"

Jewish Princess Lyrics,
davemcnally.com
[Lyrics to a song by Frank Zappa of the "Mothers of Invention."]
I want a nasty little
With long phony nails
and a hairdo that rinses
A horny little
With a garlic aroma
that could level Tacoma
Lonely inside
Well, she can swallow my pride
I want a hairy little
With a brand new nose,
who knows where it goes
I want a steamy little
With over-worked gums,
who squeaks when she cums
I don't want no troll
I just want a Yemenite hole ...
[Etc.]

Hurley Blows Off Bing Payoff,
E Online, December 17, 2002
"Liz Hurley's baby may have just gotten a little bling-bling from daddy Stephen Bing, but if his model mom gets her way, he'll never see a dime of it. The playboy movie producer and real-estate mogul has agreed to pay $158,000 per year to support little Damian Charles Hurley until his 18th birthday, according to a written release from Bing's camp. 'Mr. Bing is delighted that the matter has been concluded and that he is able to honor his pledge to make generous provisions for his son,' said the statement. The deal, which adds up to a $2.8 million pay out, was hammered out on Tuesday in London's High Court. In spite of the court ruling, however, Hurley wants no part of the payoff, calling the money 'not wanted or welcome' ... Hurley's refusal is not all that surprising, considering the very public paternity battle she has waged with Bing over the last year. Though he may be 'delighted' about fatherly duties now, this era of good feeling is rather new. Bing has been decidedly more hostile about the tyke, who was born April 4, since his supermodel mommy announced her pregnancy last year. First, the 37-year-old purported ladies man (and supposed heir to a $400 million real-estate fortune) suggested the baby wasn't his. 'Miss Hurley and I were not in an exclusive relationship when she became pregnant,' he sniped in a statement released shortly after Hurley confirmed she had a baby on board. (Hurley, incidentally, was shocked by this news, claiming 'I was completely loyal and faithful to Stephen throughout this time as, indeed, he assured me he was to me' in her own statement.) Then, he went to court to challenge his daddyhood, forcing the tyke to be subjected to a DNA test. But in the end, it turned out that Bing was indeed Damian's real-life sperm donor, er, father. When it comes to this baby business, Bing has some experience working the legal circuit. In July, he settled an invasion-of-privacy and trespassing suit stemming from yet another paternity drama. He had slapped Kirk Kerkorian with $1 billion lawsuit after the billionaire MGM owner's lackeys dug through his trash looking for DNA evidence of another Bing baby. Kerkorian's ex, onetime tennis pro Lisa Bonder, had asked Kerkorian to pay $320,000 a month in child support for her four-year-old daughter. But Kerkorian refused, claiming Bing fathered the child."

[The head of CBS, Leslie Moonves, is also Jewish.]
Should CBS have aired 'shocking' tapes of rapist? The jury's out,
Sacramento Bee, February 22, 2003
"California's latest celebrity criminal trial was barely over, the defendant still on the run, when up popped a media controversy with its own high-stakes drama. Was this a case of powerful journalism -- or was it sleaze? Did it help the victims? Or did it hurt them more? The principal player is CBS News, which aired a lengthy report this week on convicted rapist Andrew Luster, the rich great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor. Luster, who jumped bail last month and disappeared, was ordered Tuesday to serve 124 years in state prison for drugging three women and sexually assaulting them at his Ventura County home. Even by California standards, it was a sensational case that attracted widespread media interest. But it was producers for CBS's '48 Hours Investigates' that had a secret weapon in their travel vests, something 'exclusive' for viewers during the networks' sweeps period. In its Wednesday night telecast, the show aired a piece titled 'Lust, Lies and Videotape' -- a recap of the case with excerpts from the nauseating videotapes Luster took of his sex acts with the drugged victims. In one snippet, Luster brags to the camera while an unidentifiable woman lies passed out on the bed. 'I dream about this,' says the dark-haired man, convicted of 86 criminal counts. 'A strawberry blond, beautiful girl, passed out on my bed. "And basically there for me to do with whatever I please.' What he is about to do is not shown on TV -- the tapes contain what prosecutor Maeve Fox calls 'the most shocking things I've ever seen.'"

[Another Jewish sex-porno pig-out, this time after overthrowing whatever Yale once was.]
Sex Week at Yale. In which academics ponder "webcam girls," hermaphrodites, demonic-male chimps, the history of the vibrator, and "sex with four professors",
by Ron Rosenbaum, The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2003
"There's nothing like the prospect of a week of academic theorizing about sex and love to make you want to give it all up. And that's exactly what I was hoping for when I heard about Sex Week at Yale—lots of theory, lots of abstraction, lots of intellectual distance ... The week involves a faculty lecture series with topics such as transgender issues: where does one gender end and the other begin, the history of romance, and the history of the vibrator. Student talks on the secrets of great sex, hooking up, and how to be a better lover and a student panel on abstainance. A Valentine's Dinner at the Jewish Center with an afro/cuban band and a debate after the dinner between Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (author of Kosher Sex) and Dr. Judy Kuriansky (radio show host of [Love Phones] and author of [The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tantric Sex]). A faculty panel on sex in college with four professors. a movie film festival (sex fest 2002) and a concert with local bands and yale bands. and lastly, a celebrity panel with Al Goldstein (screw magazine), Dr. Gilda Carle (sex therapist), Nancy Slotnick (Harvard graduate and owner/operator of the Drip Cafe in NYC), and lastly Dr. Susan Block [also a sex-therapist radio host, and a Yale graduate]. The event is going to be huge and all of campus is going to be involved ... Thus the disciples of the Parisian postmodern post-Freudian theorist Jacques Lacan are always going on about 'desire' and 'the body,' but one never feels the remotest presence of desire or the body in their thinking. Listening to academics going on about desire is a profound anti-aphrodisiac treasure for those of us seeking surcease from worldly temptations ... The Valentine's Night debate—tantric versus kosher sex—took place at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Dr. Judy entered wearing an electric-blue blazer and turquoise jewelry, and she radiated media-celeb empowerment. (She had to interrupt her talk to do a live feed to CNN, she told us.) Instead of giving a conventional debate presentation, she put on a tape of Bette Midler singing 'The Rose,' and a selection of Lilith Fair favorites, and led the fifty or so attendees through a series of touchy-feely 'intimacy exercises,' lining up strangers to hold their hands on one another's hearts and stare into one another's eyes and perform other California hot-tub maneuvers. This seemed to drive Rabbi Boteach out of the room, although he later explained that he'd had a pressing need to phone his family. What was curious about Dr. Judy's talk, interspersed with the intimacy exercises, was her insistence that tantric sex isn't really about sex, or anything, you know, dirty like that—as if it would be somehow shameful if it were about sex, or certainly something lesser than the religious experience that tantric practices turn sex into, thus sanctifying it ... He even invoked 'webcam girls,' from reality-porn sites, in the context of what he said would be his next book: Kosher Adultery. The concept here seemed to be to make marriage and monogamy 'dirty' (in a good way) as a means of addressing a problem he had evidently heard about from those seeking his counsel: that some husbands can be more lustfully aroused by 'webcam girls' than by their wives. 'Kosher adultery,' I suspected, involves what has often been called 'role playing' (or as Rabbi Boteach put it, 'bringing the erotic energy of unfaithfulness into marriage'), getting the wives to act like 'other women.' But when Kosher Adultery came out, later in the year, I was surprised to see it emphasize the notion that husbands should fantasize that their wives were with other men. So the wives are playing other women, the husbands are playing other men ... Nancy Slotnick, a Harvard graduate who invented a café and dating service on Manhattan's Upper West Side, called Drip, spoke up for love, albeit in a curious way: 'Love is women's favorite fetish,' she said. 'A fetish is something you don't need to get sex but you feel you need to enjoy it.' But it was Al Goldstein who provided a fitting climax to Sex Week. Goldstein at first seemed to take pleasure in bringing his obscenity-riddled view of sex to Yale's august precincts, making indecent proposals to the women panelists while boasting that his son was 'a Harvard man, who's graduating from Harvard Law School this weekend at the top of his class' ... An embittered romantic, but a romantic. Goldstein disclosed an astonishing autobiographical fact: the publisher of Screw, the self-proclaimed shameless pornographer, has been married four times!"

The Chosen Peephole. Jewish pornography questions the limits of assimilation,
by Joshua Cohen, New York Press, March 5, 2003,Volume 16, Issue 10
"A man gets drunk and lays down with his two virgin daughters. A man secures permission from his two wives to lay down with his two slave girls. A woman disguises herself as a whore and lays down with her father-in-law. This is the original Jewish pornography, as found in the book of Genesis. But is it really Jewish Pornography? In typical Jewish fashion, the answer is yet another question: Would you masturbate to it? Probably not. Why? The Tanakh—the Old Testament and the Jewish Scriptures—is full of incest and the taking of virgins. In a literature where the idea of 'barely legal' has absolutely no meaning, scripture and pornography overlap more than you’d think. But the Bible isn’t Jewish Porn. Philip Roth isn’t Jewish Porn, either. Al Goldstein isn’t Jewish Porn. Even Ron Jeremy—known to his proud mother as Ron Hyatt—isn’t Jewish Porn. Traci Lords—who would have been Nora Louise Kuzma at her bat mitzvah—is just another shaven screen starlet. She has nothing to do with Jewish Porn. What of Playboy playmate Lindsey Vuolo? In the November 2001 issue, the 20-year-old Philadelphia-area co-ed identified herself as a Jew and included a photograph from her bat mitzvah. The media maydel became a joke for synagogue lobbies across America by inadvertently questioning the limits of assimilation in Jewish life. Playboy is not selling her religion, and neither is her religion selling magazines. Her tits are. Her ass is. Nobody’s jerking off to little Lindsey from the suburbs because she’s a Jewess, but because she’s hot. Jewish Porn (JP) fetishizes Jewish women. In the Jew-run Vivid Video’s The Burning Bush ... Hot, Jewish Babe Vivid, Sex Action, one can enjoy '4 Hrs. of Fiddling on the Roof!' Jeanna Fine, Sindee Cox, Melissa Monet, Nina Hartley (nee Hartman) and Alexandra Silk suck and fuck as in any film—the only difference is these girls are said to be Jewish. But even this is a thin broth. For the real JP, head to the Web, where the pop-up windows accumulate thick like locusts. There you’ll find pornography about Jews made for Jews and their admirers to masturbate to, to enact the age-old sin of Onan, of the thirty-eighth chapter of Genesis. In JP, as in other porn, large-breasted and well-tanned women pose and perform sexual acts. Except here, the women are Hebrews, recipients of the Law at Sinai, the women who sang with Miriam at the parting of the Red Sea, the women—brides and queens in religious imagery—who are metaphors for the Shechinah, or Godhead, for the soul. At least that’s what they’re supposed to be. The photos and movies emphasize the stereotype of heavy-breasted women with large noses, dark curly hair and unshaven genitals. They’re heavily made up and wear ostentatious jewelry—dangling amber necklaces and loud diamond rings. Their faces often twist into superior, snobbish sneers. In some cases, these daughters of Sarah are screwed by uncircumcised men, and in bright-pink dialogue bubbles, they make much of how this religio-surgical fact would enrage their mothers. Their faux biographies profess a predilection for money ... Fresh from a summer on the Kabutz these pretty little Jewish Coeds are ready for a little action and it shows! If their Rabbi’s find out about this there would be more than a little Jewish guilt to dish out! At the Jewish Twin Sister Incest website, twin Jewish sisters can be seen 'Washing, Posing, Spanking, Undressing, Bondage, Master Bating.' All, it seems, without a trace of satire. The identical twins in question may be known to some New Yorkers—they’re Victoria and Marissa of the Sisters Grimm, the trash-rock band that appeared regularly at Coney Island High. Others may know them as Rocket and Leather from More Dirty Debutantes '88' and other adult videos. In private, these nice Jewish girls—originally from Brooklyn—may smirk and giggle about their foray into porn, but there’s nary a wink on the site. They’re working the Jew angle hard, and make it clear that in order to see the goods, you must first sign up for Adult Check, the online porn industry’s standard pay system. Does this contribute to anti-Semitism? Or is it just a convenient site for multi-fetishism? ... I interviewed 11 rabbis, none of whom had any idea that Jewish Pornography even exists. When I explained JP to them, they requested that their names not be included in this article. My own rabbi was one of them. His only comment: 'You worry about Jewish pornography when your people die in Israel?' My own mother was shocked: 'Don’t people hate us enough?' Among my friends, the reactions were predictable. The ones who had heard of Jewish Porn shared their favorite sites with me, while those who hadn’t were surprised. ... On some websites, the women wear the single-female uniform of modern orthodoxy: ankle-length, dark-colored skirts and long-sleeved shirts, and sometimes wigs, or shaidels. This modesty is intended to render them more erotic than if they were naked. The Jewish idea of modesty, peeking through the mechitza of taboo, is related to another interesting subculture—Jewish submissives in the world of bondage and sadomasochism (BDSM ... Another recurring motif in JP is the idea of the Mikvah, the ritual bath, as it relates to a woman’s menstruation and the sacred purification process. One site suggests that a Mikvah is an excellent place to pick up Jew-girls. These aspects of Judaism are more than mere set pieces for masturbating. There is a deeper significance. If all male Jews died out, there would still be Jews, in a Talmudic sense. Jewish women are the hosts of the bloodline, the givers of the ethnicity. There are only more Jews because of Jewish women, so it’s not unnatural that they may be venerated and sexualized, admired as Jews first, women second. In consuming JP, are Jewish men driven by a fear of extinction? From Upper West Side penthouses with views of the park to suburban living rooms, from hairy and bespectacled Jewish men to tanned, pre-rhinoplasty JAPs, Jewish Porn is a virtual homeland of neuroses, an Israel of the fetishized ... Jewish Porn is not religious pornography. Despite the occasional use of ritual objects in the acts of sodomy, this is an ethnic pornography ... In the larger scheme, full split shots of 'hairy Hebraic vaginas' are hardly small steps to the railcars. Or are they? At the extreme end of Jewish Porn, the terror of the concentration camps is re-enacted for sexual gratification. In Holocaust Porn, Jewish women are shown squatting and defecating in packed trains. They are shown having their heads shaved. They are emaciated, with their ribs poking out. They are incinerated in open ovens. They are gassed. They are sodomized with severed limbs, sometimes their own limbs. One can find staged photographs of a naked and shivering woman under a showerhead in a tiled hygienic facility. I have seen photos of a man dressed as a stormtrooper emptying a tank labeled 'Gasoline' into a woman’s mouth. The woman holds the funnel and masturbates the Nazi with her right hand. These photos are grainy black-and-whites, yet are clearly contemporary. And here things get dirty: The Holocaust Porn industry is based in Israel. The films are mostly made by Israelis, and they are also mostly purchased by Israelis. The actresses are overwhelmingly Israeli-Russian immigrants. Is Israeli involvement in Holocaust Porn a sick manifestation of an addiction to persecution? Is it a reaction to assimilation—or a product of it? Is it the blackest form of satire? How different are these re-enactments from those rare bits of genuine Holocaust footage passed around for erotic consumption? In an essay on Holocaust Porn, Andrea Dworkin writes that the victims have become the victimizers. That’s not quite the point: the victims have become the victimizers while remaining the victims."

[Robert Reich is of course Jewish. Why would he not pose nude, and maybe hop into a porno movie? There is plenty of Jewish precedent.]
A Little Skin From Clinton Crony. No intern, cigar, or pizza involved in Reichian frolic,
thesmokinggun.com
"Look, if you told us that a former Bill Clinton cabinet member was posing nude for a pin-up calendar, we'd be hard-pressed to pick which pol we'd most like to see in the buff. Reno? Albright? Shalala? Herman? All fine choices--va-va-va-voom--in more ways than one. So imagine The Smoking Gun's disappointment when we learned that Robert Reich, who headed the Department of Labor, was the stripping Secretary. Reich, the 4' 10" Democratic dynamo who was routed in last year's Massachusetts gubernatorial primary, posed last week for a 2004 calendar that will raise funds for a Cambridge community television group (the organization will begin selling the $15 item this summer). But thanks to a carefully placed basket stuffed with lettuce and an erect baguette, the 57-year-old Reich, a Brandeis University professor, avoided, um, total disclosure."

Reform movement accepts transgendered rabbinical student,
by Joe Berkofsky, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 11, 2003
"The Reform movement’s rabbinical seminary has accepted a transgendered person, paving the way for what is believed would be the first ordination of a rabbi to have switched genders. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati confirmed this week that it accepted a male rabbinical school applicant who used to be a woman. The prospective rabbi, Reuben Zellman, 24, of Oakland, Calif., who considers himself 'transgender and queer,' said he is not attempting to spark religious debates nor become a political lightning rod. 'As far as I know, I am the first person to do this, but that’s not why I’m doing it,' Zellman said ... Zellman — who was open about being transgender throughout the admissions process — was accepted 'on his own merits,' said the school’s National Director of Admissions, Rabbi Roxanne Schneider Shapiro ... Although Zellman would not say whether he’s undergone a sex-change operation, he should be considered a man if he is living as one, said Scott Gansl, president of the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Jewish Organizations. Soon after he transitioned, Zellman joined Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco, a largely gay synagogue affiliated with the Reform movement that bills itself as including 'people of all sexual identities.'"

A glance at the May issue of Reason: The trouble with the "porn studies" movement,
Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2003
"The proliferation and attempted legitimization of 'porn studies' have generated hot debate over the treatment of sex in academe, writes Cathy Young, a contributing editor to the magazine. Examining recent controversies -- among them a conference at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1997 titled 'Revolting Behavior: The Challenges of Women's Sexual Freedom,' which included a workshop on sex toys and a sadomasochistic performance by a stripper -- Ms. Young worries that events with 'the intellectual weight of a bachelor party' have become 'officially sanctioned academic activities.' Academe may have 'edged out the art world as the center of the debate about graphic sexual content and cultural value,' Ms. Young writes, and most participants in that debate are extremists: pornography professors who promote 'transgressive' sexual acts and consider their research 'cutting edge' and conservative critics who argue that 'the depiction of sexuality in art is never an appropriate subject for academic study.' Ms. Young considers the porn-studies movement self-contradictory because events and conferences quickly 'degenerate into by-the-numbers male bashing,' and while female academics' participation in such activities is celebrated, 'male academics crusading to incorporate pornography into the curriculum [would be] crucified as lechers and sexists.' She concludes that the popularity of porn studies is 'a reductio ad absurdum of the postmodernist creed that no 'text' is truly superior to any other' and contends that 'a far more meaningful exploration of human sexuality' would include an analysis of emotions and the desire for power and conquest without featuring 'advocacy of lesbian S&M.' The article is not online, but information about the magazine is available at http://reason.com/ --Sara Lipka"

[The Boston Globe is part of the New York Times chain, which is owned by the Jewish Sulzberger family. The editor of the Boston Globe, Martin Baron, is Jewish. Joseph Pulitzer was also Jewish. The Boston Globe won its Pulitizer prize for muckraking Catholic Church sex scandals. No such attention is provided (nor prizes awarded) to parallel sex scandals (see this web page) endemic to the Jewish community.]
Boston Globe Wins Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for Church Abuse Stories; LA Times, Washington Post Each Win Three,
tbo.com (from Associated Press), April 7, 2003
"The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for 'courageous, comprehensive coverage' in its disclosures of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic church ... The Globe's public service award was its 16th Pulitzer overall and third for that category. In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer board cited the paper's 'courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.' 'You made history this past year. And you made the world a better and safer, and more humane place,' Globe Editor Martin Baron told a packed newsroom."

[From Mark Leno's web site: A native of Wisconsin, Leno attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to become valedictorian of his graduating class at the American College of Jerusalem, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. Leno also spent two years in Rabbinical Studies at Hebrew Union in New York.]
YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK. Bill would force hiring of cross-dressers. Even Boy Scouts, Bible bookstores subject of California law,
World Net Daily, April 21, 2003
"The Democrat-controlled California Assembly passed a bill today mandating fines of up to $150,000 against business owners - including Bible bookstores and nonprofit organizations such as the Boy Scouts - for refusing to hire cross-dressing and transsexual job applicants. After more than 45 minutes of debate, with a majority of speakers opposing the bill, AB 196 passed the Assembly by the narrowest of margins. The vote was 41 to 34, the bare minimum needed to advance the bill to the state Senate. All the 'yes' votes on AB 196 were from Democrats. Voting 'no' were 31 Republicans and three Democrats ... Authored by homosexual Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, AB 196 would insert a new definition of 'gender' into the powerful state Fair Employment and Housing Act. The bill's subjective definition of 'gender' is 'identity, appearance, or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the victim's sex at birth.' Leno has cited reports from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and several other studies that have documented widespread discrimination against what he calls 'transgender people' ... AB 196 would force employers to allow male employees to wear women's clothes and deny religious business owners to follow their own moral convictions opposing cross-dressing or sex changes ... 'This bill would give drag queens unprecedented power to persecute the Boy Scouts and religious businesses, even the power to shut down a Bible bookstore,' said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan family issues leadership organization. 'People aren't going to sacrifice their dearly-held values. What small business or nonprofit organization could financially survive a government investigation and a $150,000 penalty? AB 196 is grossly intolerant of religious freedom and the Boy Scouts. This radical bill engages in reverse discrimination and would do real harm to persons of conscience.'"

ADL Investigation Reveals Strain of Anti-Semitism in Extreme Factions of the Anti-Abortion Movement,
ADL (Anti-Defamation League), October 30, 1998
"A strain of anti-Semitism runs through the extreme factions of the anti-abortion movement, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In the days following the fatal shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, NY gynecologist-obstetrician who performed abortions, speculation has surfaced as to whether Dr. Slepian may have been targeted because he was a Jew. Four of the five abortion providers shot by a sniper or snipers in Canada and the United States since 1994 have been Jewish. 'While there is no evidence to suggest that anti-Semitism was a motive for the attacks, we are deeply concerned about the strain of anti-Semitism running through some extreme factions of the movement,' said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. 'They make insidious claims that Jewish doctors control the practice and industry of abortion, often comparing them to Nazi war criminals.' He named Human Life International, a major anti-abortion group with a history of anti-Semitism, as ‘inordinately preoccupied with Jews' ... While most of the organized anti-abortion movement decries bigotry and violence, ADL’s investigation revealed that some anti-abortion groups and a few individuals, along with some extremist anti-Semitic groups, single out Jewish doctors who perform the procedure or describe Jews as controlling the abortion 'industry.' Followings are some examples of the use anti-Semitism and the Holocaust by anti-abortion extremists: Human Life International (HLI), a Virginia-based anti-abortion group, has singled out Jews as disproportionately responsible for, even controlling, the abortion-rights movement. The organization’s founder, Father Paul Marx, wrote as long ago as 1977: 'I do not blame the Jews for the abortion movement. I do say, and will say because it is the truth, that it is a strange thing how many leaders in the abortion movement are Jewish.' Marx supported his observation by noting, 'A famous genetics professor in Paris told me that the leaders of the abortion movement in France were Jewish. I saw one, a Jewish female liar, do her thing on behalf of abortion at the World Population Conference in Bucharest.' Marx also stated: 'The fact is, I am surprised and shocked by the number of Jews who lead the abortion movement in so many countries after their horrendous experience with Hitler…. My medical friends, and I have many, have told me again and again how many Jewish doctors do abortions freely. From a highly reliable source in a city I shall not name for the moment, I learned of a Jewish doctor who does sixteen abortions every Saturday morning for $300.00 each.' A decade later, in a 1987 newsletter, Marx charged: 'There’s a most ironic side to the widespread, furious objections of some Jews (and others) to Pope John Paul II’s routine diplomatic reception of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim: the same segment of the Jewish community that accuses the Pope of insensitivity to the Jewish Holocaust not only condones but has more or less led the greatest holocaust of all time, the war on babies.'"

 




SEE ALSO: JEWISH INFLUENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE for related subjects, for example, sex therapist "Dr. Ruth," Wilhelm Reik, Larry Levenson's famous sex club "Plato's Retreat," etc. and Professor Peter Singer's homage to bestiality: Heavy Petting.


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