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Postville, IA - Supervisor Under Investigation For Selling Used Cars And Favors At Rubashkin Plant Fled To Israel

Published on: June 20, 2008 05:50 PM
By: iowa independent
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Postville, IA - A former supervisor at the Postville meatpacking plant raided by federal agents last month has fled the country, Iowa Independent has learned.

The supervisor, Hasom Amara, sometimes required workers to buy illicitly registered cars as a condition of work, three former workers have told the Iowa Independent. Their stories corroborate allegations first made by a federal immigration agent in the search warrant obtained for the May 12 raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. facility in which 389 workers were detained.

Such activities may have broken the law, immigration agent David Hoagland stated in a sworn affidavit in support of the search warrant used in the raid.

“There is probable cause to believe an Agriprocessors supervisor has assisted, for a cut of the proceeds, illegal aliens in obtaining false documentation in relation to purchasing vehicle, and thereby has aided in the harboring of illegal aliens,” Hoagland said.

The supervisor was identified only as “C” in search warrant affidavit. In separate interviews, the three workers identified Amara, a 44-year-old supervisor at Agriprocessors, as the chief car salesman.

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Amara left the United States and is now in Israel, according to five people in Postville who know him or his wife. These sources also confirmed that Amara’s wife did not travel immediately to Israel with her husband, but remained in Iowa to pack the family’s belongings. The sources asked their names not be published, citing a fear of retaliation from Agriprocessors.



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 Jun 20, 2008 at 06:09 PM anonymous Says:

Retaliation from Rubashkin? What for?

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 Jun 20, 2008 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

This site sure does cover a lot of news about Rubashkin. Interesting.

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 Jun 20, 2008 at 07:39 PM heap of garbage Says:

If Rubashkin is doing illegal stuff or people are running illegal business out of their company then how is it that they do not know about it?


What kind of supervision is this?


mashgichim job is to make sure everything is KOSHER not just the food.

If Rubashkin is doing illegal stuff how can we trust him for his food?

Something is fishy. Either someone is really out to get the Rubashkin or something is really wrong.


until the dust settles I would not eat anything coing out of the company.


The kashrus agencies are not even saying one word and running the other way!


Only a public relation company said everything is OK!!

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 Jun 21, 2008 at 10:18 PM bossor hamuvchor Says:

Why were they doing illegal activities besides manufacturing kosher meat? hat happens to milk in these cars?

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 Jun 21, 2008 at 11:05 PM insider Says:

until the dust settles I would not eat anything coing out of the company.


The kashrus agencies are not even saying one word and running the other way!


Only a public relation company said everything is OK!!
06-20-2008 - 7:39 PM
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The kashrus agency especially the ou is mute because they dont want to lose this account. . They are just treading water right now in the hopes by a miracle things will change for the better . But i have doubts it will get better as long as the company fails to fix mistakes.

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 Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47 PM tuvia Says:

its unbelievable that the HOLY rubashkin family would hire an arab to supervise jews .Stories of his cruelty against jews are unbelievable . so in the end who cares about rubashkin anyways

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 12:15 AM just my 2 cents Says:

tuvia Says:
its unbelievable that the HOLY rubashkin family would hire an arab to supervise jews .Stories of his cruelty against jews are unbelievable . so in the end who cares about rubashkin anyways
06-21-2008 - 11:47 PM
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I think that its actually a good thing that Rubashkin hired a n Arab.
Firstly the Arab will not stand for "foila shtik" because they take kosher very seriously in theier own way known as "HALLAL kosher" . So its not so trrrible if its an arab. Also at this point lots of goyim who thought all along that kosher was better is no longer the case ,so if they know that an arab is in charge maybe they will feel better about it because of the hallal aspect.

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 01:29 AM Gefilte Fish Says:

why would i care if my kosher meat was made in a place where there's an employee that runs an independent used car company and sells cars to coworkers? do you also case if your kitchen cabinets were made in china by people that get paid 15 cents a day?

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 01:30 AM Big Event Says:

The arab was only supervising the illegals packing and pulling the feathers off. Nothing to do with the jewish work. Take it easy all you bashers.

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Gefilte Fish Says:
why would i care if my kosher meat was made in a place where there's an employee that runs an independent used car company and sells cars to coworkers? do you also case if your kitchen cabinets were made in china by people that get paid 15 cents a day?
06-22-2008 - 1:29 AM
There is a big difference between a muslem looking for work and a true Sonei Yisroel, an arab. Where there no jews available for the job?

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 09:05 AM Meatloaf Says:

The supervisor, Hassam Amara, wasn't a used car salesman. He was "selling" used cars in exchange for a job at the plant. Usually, most people refer to such activity as extortion. Shalom Rubashkin was well aware of this activity. What no one can figure out is why Rubashkin didn't fire this guy, but instead protected him.

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

do you also case if your kitchen cabinets were made in china by people that get paid 15 cents a day?
That is the going rate in China, not Iowa. We already know that the workers were paid less than any other Glatt business, yet the prices of met were about the same. Where did the money go? To pay off the big fines???

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 Jun 22, 2008 at 04:11 PM Milhouse Says:

1. What makes you think this story is true? Affidavits in support of search warrants are notoriously unreliable. Do you still think there was a meth lab, or that there were pipe bombs in the mezuzah cases? Do you think a hassidic supervisor duct-taped someone's eyes and hit him with a meat hook, as the affidavit alleged? (BTW, there are no hassidic supervisors, so this story has no legs in the first place.) Maybe you also believe all those sworn affidavits about Christian babies being bled for matzos.

2. If it is true, what makes you think the Rubashkins be aware of it? Why would they ever have cause to hear of such a thing? Who was going to tell them?

3. The aptly named "heap of garbage" claims that "mashgichim job is to make sure everything is KOSHER not just the food"; that is simply not true. The mashgichim's job is only to make sure the food is kosher - what goes on elsewhere in the plant is none of their business, and they have no reason to inquire into what happens among the workers. Any time they spend playing private investigator is time wasted from the job they're paid for.

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 Jun 23, 2008 at 09:34 AM Anonymous Says:

Milhouse Says:
1. What makes you think this story is true? Affidavits in support of search warrants are notoriously unreliable. Do you still think there was a meth lab, or that there were pipe bombs in the mezuzah cases?
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What makes you think that it is not true? 4 people already testified to it. How do you know it is not? If you work for Rubashkin, you are not allowed to tell others what went on in the plant. All we hear is about a meth lab (if you read the warrant, you would see that it was destroyed BEFORE the raid).

Keep to the subject and don't make us look elsewhere.

If the Rubashkins cleaned up their act, there would not be any problems. If Alle and International and A&H and 999 can run a clean business, why can't Rubashkin?

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