יאסי, האסט דיך אנגעהויבען מיט דעם אייבישטענ'ס קינדער
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Yossi, you started up with G-D’s children
That caused your downfall
UPDATED 7:15 PM
By: NY1 News
The State Republican Party's director for Jewish outreach abruptly resigned Wednesday after NY1 began asking questions about his background.
After the Jewish Channel, which is on Channel 528 on Time Warner Cable, started an investigation, NY1 reached out to Yossi Gestetner, who until this afternoon was the director of Jewish outreach for New York Republicans, particularly to the Hasidic community.
NY1 asked him about his past work, which he admits is “contentious.” He handled media outreach for a group that does not want Israel to be a Jewish state.
He also was a spokesman at a recent fundraiser for a Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting a teenage girl.
Gestetner told NY1 that he does his work because he believes that most everyone deserves a spokesman, and people are entitled to a presumption of innocence in the court of public opinion.
But he also says he believes that the Hasidic community, of which he is a part, has been unfairly tarnished, especially in recent days amid attention about child abuse in its midst.
“Too many times and too often when there is an alleged crime committed by somebody specifically in the orthodox Jewish community, people take it as a free pass to attack the famous here, the orthodox community in general, and there isn’t much balance,” Gestetner said.
Gestetner’s resignation came in a Twitter post. He says he does not want to be a distraction.
Watch Yossi Gestetner explaining Chasidism
to Lara Thomas of The MILLA Project
Yossi! Who appointed you as Judaism’s spokesman?
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