Justice for Ehud Halevy: Drop all Charges!
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Justice for Ehud Halevy: Drop all Charges!

    1. Congregation Aliya
    2. Petition by

      Congregation Aliya

      Brooklyn, NY

October 2012


After more than 140,000 people signed the petition started by the Aliya Congregation for the charges against Ehud Halevy to be dropped, Brooklyn District Attorney has agreed to drop all charges against Ehud. "Thank you to everyone who signed our petition on Change.org," says Rabbi Feiglin. "I hope this sends a message that we should continue increasing our acts of goodness, kindness and justice." Aliya's director Rabbi Moishe Feiglin started the campaign on change.org after learning that Ehud, one of the members of his Jewish center, was beaten by NYPD officers while sleeping at the center despite having full permission to be there. The attack was all caught on video and contrasted with reports submitted by the two NYPD officers.

We members of the Aliya Congregation are calling upon the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office to immediately drop all charges against Ehud Halevy, a member of our congregation who was attacked by two New York City police officers.  

The Aliya (Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults) Congregation is a spiritual center for at risk youth. We gave Ehud Halevy, a member of our congregation who is currently homeless, full permission to sleep at the center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. But on October 8, Ehud was aggressively woken up from his sleep in the middle of the night, wrongly accused of trespassing, then repeatedly and violently attacked by two police officers. The brutal attack was all caught on video and shows the officers continuing to beat Ehud despite his lack of resistance. Ehud told the police he had permission to be there but at no point before the beating took place did the police try to contact anyone from the center. 

After being severely beaten and pepper sprayed by the officers, Ehud was arrested, held for four days, and charged with a felony count of assault on police officers and three misdemeanors: resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal trespass. The full attack was caught on security camera and clearly shows that it does not match the police report filed by the police officers which said that Mr. Halevy was swinging his fists and striking police.  We believe the police fabricated the police report that they submitted and have failed to publicly acknowledge what really happened that night.    

Of the two officers involved, Luis Vega and Yelena Bruzzese, only Vega has been slightly reprimanded. He was  placed on desk duty and had his gun taken away. This is not an adequate response from the New York City Police Department and doesnt even begin to justify the abuse that Ehud has undergone.  

A foundation of our moral and belief system is that we are all created in the image of God and must all adhere to the "7 Noahite laws" regardless of race or religion to ensure we live in a safe and law abiding society. These 7 laws are do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery  believe in one God, do not blaspheme Gods name, do not be cruel to animals and to establish a system of justice.

We want members of our youth center to feel like they are coming to a safe haven and a place they can call home and be protected and that trust was lost. We are calling on the Brooklyn District Attorney to drop all charges against Ehud immediately, he has suffered enough.  

Video of the brutal attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZppfNQJa-XI&list=UU56WwNsqpbjme7r-URpl3OA&feature=plcp

Recent signatures


    1. Thank YOU from TEAM Ehud [HaLevi]

      Congregation Aliya
      Petition Organizer

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    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Watch the video of the beating:

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director
      NYPD Officer Brutally Assaults Man in Synagogue

      NYPD officers from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY entered the private premises after receiving a call that an individual was sleeping there. Police woke the sleeping person and attempted to place him under arrest. When he resisted one officer assumed a boxing stance and proceeded to pummel him non-stop.

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tokunbo A. S.F., CA
      • 9 months ago
    • Nitsa Peacelove TOMS RIVER, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The question should be, how do these men pass police psychological tests? They enjoy beating anyone who looks helpless & didn't see the camera? Like the man in USA who was beaten, he had done wrong, but NOT KILLED, didn't deserve a beating. A cellphone camera caught it & a riot followed.....problem is, they should've gone to the right place, not destroy their own town. THAT was the mistake, but sooner or later, enough will be enough + common people will unite again, we don't need a great leader, all due respect to Mrs. Mandela & Dr Martin Luther King, seems ANY leader is a target to be killed. Let's get organized, folks, I know you, you know X, X knows D, D knows N, and we have an organization. Meet, decide, ACT.

      • almost 2 years ago


    • Tomasso Gambino KILAUEA, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      The cops should be fired, tried, and sentenced like any other violent criminal.

    • Earthy Gaskin PENSACOLA, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Police brutality is inhumane and unprofessional!


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