On Thursday, media house TruNews graciously donated a sum of $ 15000 to the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, as a means to pay off the fine imposed by New York City for holding a “secret wedding” earlier this month. Although Satmar headquarters thanked the media house, it was an unsettling pill to swallow given that the donor, Rick Wiles, has been openly anti-semitic in the past years.
The Satmar Wedding which was at the center of a major controversy in New York was scrutinized by Governor Andrew Cuomo for hosting a packed congregation, which was seemingly maskless, as far as video footage of the event was concerned. Raining hellfire on the congregation, as is his usual stance against the Jewish community, Cuomo slapped a hefty $15K fine for the violation of COVID-19 restrictions put on the New York cluster.
Although the Yetev Lev Temple authorities beseeched the NY administration to limit the fine amount, considering the economic downturn of the pandemic, the city paid no heed and mandated it for the congregation to pay the dues. Luckily enough, a benevolent donation was made on Thursday, by TruNews, to whom the Satmar Headquarters expressed their gratitude immediately.
The Tweet reads “THANK YOU! Our Congregation appreciates the gracious gesture of @TruNews of donating $15k to pay the harsh fine imposed on our Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar by @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio which discriminated against #ReligiousFreedom & Liberties.”
But, this being said, there was a catch. The individual offering to pay the fine is a rabid anti-Semite named Rick Wiles, who, on several occasions has bashed Jews, openly. Often harboring an antisemitic stance in his comments, Wiles came into the national spotlight during the Trump impeachment hearings, when he said “Jews are deceivers” who will “do whatever they have to do to accomplish their political agenda,” while arguing that the effort to impeach Trump constituted a “Jew coup.”He added another vile statement saying, “That’s the next thing that happens when Jews take over a country, they kill millions.”
Despite his previous stances, which seem unforgivable given their despicable nature, the Satmar HQ accepted the donation and thanked the man, who was also sung praises for by other people in the Jewish community. Joel Fischer, “community leader” also heaped praise on Wiles on Twitter, saying, “On behalf of the Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY. We’re thankful for @TruNews of donating $15k to pay the harsh fine imposed by disgraced @NYCMayor. Freedom will prevail.”
As of now, there’s no hint of why Wiles donated the amount, or whether there’s an ulterior motive behind it.