Friday, February 22, 2013
Satmar Hasids in Williamsburg target Jewish store owners to force them to comply with dress codes
The manager of the dress shop declined to comment about being the modesty patrol’s newest magnet for wrath. Community affairs cops checked out the store Thursday, scouting for protestors who never showed up.
Members of the Va’ad Hatznius don’t advertise, and its leadership is unknown. During the recent sex abuse trial of Satmar counselor Nechemya Weberman, prosecutors said the 54-year-old was affiliated with the shadowy group.
But its influence is unquestionable.
Bearded men paid Klein a visit one month after he opened his two-story parlor, demanding that he put up signs telling customers how to dress.
“You have to respect the community,” Klein said, describing the dilemma. “I want people to send their children here. If people don’t send their children here, I am out of business.”