Friday, February 16, 2007
Leftist pseudo-rabbi guilty of assaulting Zionist activist - reportedly to pay large damages.
3. Leftist Pseudo-Rabbi guilty of assaulting Zionist activist:
UCLA Hillel rabbi apologizes, settles 2003 case with woman
By Gaby Friedman, Contributing Writer
Copy of faxed apology from Rabbi Seidler-Feller
A UCLA Hillel rabbi accused of accosting a freelance journalist in
2003 has sent the writer a letter of apology as part of a court
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, UCLA Hillel director, was accused by
Neuwirth of verbally and physically assaulting her outside Royce Hall, on
UCLA campus, during a speech by Alan Dershowitz more than four years ago.
The letter was part of a settlement reached by Seidler-Feller and
Jan. 19, 2007.
In the letter, Seidler-Feller wrote "I am deeply sorry that I hit,
and scratched you and called you a liar. By taking these unprovoked
I have contradicted the pluralism, peace and tolerance about which I so
The incident occurred after Seidler-Feller approached some
activists protesting Dershowitz's speech and invited them to an event
featuring Suri Nusseibeh, the Palestinian representative for Jerusalem.
Nusseibeh has been accused of encouraging Saddam Hussein to launch scud
missile attacks against large Jewish population centers in Israel.
the invitation, Neuwirth started arguing with the rabbi, who then
her. Neuwirth responded by calling him a "Kapo", a derogatory term used to
describe Jews who collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.
Neuwirth filed a report with campus police the day after the
occurred on Oct. 21, 2003, and the university turned the investigation
the city attorney's office. She also filed a civil suit against
and Hillel in November 2003.
In December 2003, the city attorney's office ordered Seidler-Feller
a 36-hour anger-management course, and to pen a letter of apology to
Neuwirth described that first letter of apology as "slippery," and
civil suit, which was scheduled to go to trial in April 2007.
On Jan. 19 both parties reached a settlement, the terms of which
have not been
disclosed. However, Neuwirth told The Journal that it included a
amount of money" in restitution, to be paid by Seidler-Feller and Hillel,
well as a new letter of apology.
Neuwirth also said both parties have agreed to not "disparage or
Seidler-Feller's attorney Joshua Pollack, an associate at Proskauer,
LLP, would not comment on the terms of the settlement, nor on the length
the negotiation, except to say that "The matter has been resolved
4. Neve Gordon's editor sentenced:
Ernst Zundel, neo-nazi, has published several articles by Neve Gordon. He
will serve 5 years in German prison for Holocaust Denial.
Gordon did NOT file suit against Zundel for publishing his
anti-Semitic articles. For details, see