By Avi Solomon
Almost 9 months ago, I was one of the few voices in the Jewish world who condemned the activities of Sholom Rubashkin. As others said, Sholom Rubashkin should receive a fair punishment for what he has been charged. However, I also believe that Rubashkin is the victim of a tremendous injustice. Prosecutors are seeking to have Rubashkin sentenced to life in prison.
In my opinion, Rubashkin has more than paid for any crime he committed. My appeal is not to those who have maintained Rubashkin’s innocence from day one, but to those, like me, who believed Rubashkin should face justice for what he committed. This man has faced justice and now is a victim of injustice. He is not the victim of anti-Semitism, but of powerful people who know no ends in carrying out a vendetta.
When Rubashkin was arrested, there were those like me who said, “Do the crime and you gotta do the time.” Rubashkin has done his time and it is now time that he be set free.
I encourage Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz, who has spearheaded the effort to help Mr. Rubashkin and to reveal the travesty of justice taking place under our noses, to write a book on Rubashkin’s story. Perhaps he will.
I encourage Jews to write to president Obama in seeking a pardon for Rubashkin. In essence, I encourage every Jew to speak up for justice. Especially those who had no problem with the arrest of Sholom Rubashkin should make their voices heard now in calling for his release.