Purim in Outremont: Lies, Manipulations and Obstacles
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The Anti-Hassidic blogger Pierre Lacerte has been having field day the past few years on the backs of the Hassidic community, taking advantage of our weakest point – our inability to adequately stand up for our rights and needs in an articulate manner
Using vicious online bullying tactics, anyone who supports the Hassidim or dares to stand up for their rights, is instantly pounced upon and attacked on his blog. He has successfully created an atmosphere in Outremont where the borough mayor, the borough councilors and just ordinary citizens feel menaced and extremely intimidated to engage with the Hassidic community for the simple fear of being labeled by Lacerte and co. as “rubbing shoulders with the Jews” and “giving in to the pressure” of the Hassidic “lobbyists.”
Taking a Closer Look at the Lacerte’s Lies and Manipulation
To expose all twisted misinformation published on his blog during all those years, will take a huge amount of time and effort, but for now, let’s take a look at his most recent blog post and see how, by deftly resorting to sarcasm, exaggerations and lies, he has poisoned the air in Outremont. And of course, the context for his success is the ignorance of the general public who he hopes will never bother to verify the facts.
The “Illegal Bus” Lie: In his most recent post he published a picture of a minibus with the caption “Pourim 2013: Les autobus illégaux ont circulé….” (Purim 2013: Illegal bus circulating…). If you take a good look, you can easily see that this picture was taken on Hutchison street between Fairmont and St Viatuer, which is in Mile-End not Outremont. There are no by-laws restricting ANY buses in Mile-End! These minibuses are FULLY LEGAL in Mile End.
The Drunken Youth Lie: In the above caption, to add some spice to the previous lie, Lacerte cunningly adds “… à leur bord, des jeunes en état d’ébriété….” as if drunken youth were on that particular bus. The bus in this picture, however, is visibly in full motion. Was he truly able to confirm that the youth inside were “drunk”? Not to mention that, according to school administrators, there were no drunken youth on the buses. As for the older boys, they used limousines in 2013! If Mr Lacerte really wants to see drunken youth and write about them, he doesn’t need to go to the Hassidic community.
Two Days of Partying: In desperation to dramatize the “lawlessness” of Hasssidim, Lacerete conveniently throws in an exaggeration, “En deux jours et deux nuits de fête. (Two days and two nights of partying)“. Fact: Purim is ONE DAY, it starts about 2 hours after sundown the night before Purim and continues till about 2 hours after sundown on the day of Purim, thats exactly 24 hours. As matter of fact, the buses with the youth are out on the street about 2-3 hours on night of Purim and another about 5-6 hours on the Purim day.
It’s My Turf: Lacerte persists in offhandedly dismissing the non-Hassidic Outremonters who couragously came to the previous council meetings and stand up for the rights of the Hassidic community. He called them names like “sectarian group,” accuses them of being paid by the Hassidic “lobby,” and then he writes how they were “absent from the council in recent years” — as if the role of official council harasser is his alone. Well, yes, if you use the word “harass.” We’ll give him that much.
Words That Damage: There is much more that can be talked about regarding Lacerte’s cynical and disdainful tone when writing about an entire minority community. A simple search reveals multiple and gratuitious usage of offensive and laden key words such as fundamentalist, lobby, illegal, sectarian group, influence, hidden, secret, and so on. These are words are intended to raise strong negative emotions and cast suspicion on an entire community.
Since the appearance of Friends of Hutchison on the scene in 2011, as well as the recent courageous efforts of multiple Outremont citizens in the past few months, could it be that Pierre Lacerte’s tenure as the voice of “authority” can finally be called in to question? We certainly hope so.Follow @OutremontHassid