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Washington - NYC Jewish Dentist Wins Appeal For Defense Department Security Clearance

Published on: January 15, 2016 12:57 PM
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Washington - An Orthodox Jewish dentist from Queens who was denied a federal security clearance because he has several relatives who reside permanently in Israel has been informed that he poses no threat to national security and has been cleared to continue his work with military patients.

As previously reported on VIN News, Dr. Gershon Pincus had been treating patients at the naval dental clinic in Sarasota Springs, making the 400 mile round trip every week.  Pincus, who has a private practice in Midwood, earned far less at the clinic than he did in his home office,  but had chosen to work with military patients in the spirit of patriotic volunteerism.

Pincus received an email last week from Commander Benjamin Young of the Navy, informing him that the mandatory background had been completed and he would be permitted to continue his work, as reported by the Albany Times Union.  Agudath Israel of America and the American Jewish Committee both protested the Pentagon’s categorization of. Pincus as a security risk.  Mark Wright, a Defense Department spokesman, said that having relatives in a foreign country is a valid reason for a security clearance application to be rejected but denied that applicants with Israeli relatives were more closely scrutinized.

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Pincus’ attorney, Avi Schick, disputed that statement, noting that within the last 10 years, 105 applicants with Israeli relatives have had their security clearance applications rejection.

“The bipartisan nature of the bigotry makes it vital that we continue to speak out and insist that American Jews are entitled to be judged based on their conduct and their character, not who they remind others of,” Schick said. “The Pentagon policy must be revisited, revised and reversed.”

Now that he has been cleared by the federal government, Pincus hopes to spend another ten years treating patients who work at the nearby Kenneth A. Kesserling Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.

“I’m overjoyed with it,” said Pincus in response to the verdict, adding that he has no hard feelings but hopes that others will not undergo a similar experience.

The Orthodox Union released a statement today applauding the decision.

“We are pleased to see that the Pentagon corrected its wrongful decision to assert Dr. Pincus has divided loyalties just because he is an American Jew with family in Israel,” Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s executive director for public policy . “We encourage the Obama Administration to review the security clearance process so that such cases do not arise in the future.”


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 Jan 15, 2016 at 01:42 PM hernoor Says:

Ummm...what am I missing here? Why should someone beg to be able to volunteer their services after being treated that way? Istead of fighting this he should produce a documentary of the American army's hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.

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 Jan 15, 2016 at 02:25 PM allmark Says:

Still not sure why a dentist needs a federal security clearance.

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 Jan 15, 2016 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
allmark Says:

Still not sure why a dentist needs a federal security clearance.

?Because loose lips sink ships?
Perhaps loose teeth can do the same.

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 Jan 15, 2016 at 11:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
allmark Says:

Still not sure why a dentist needs a federal security clearance.

It is well known that certain highly sensitive individuals are able to intercept classified radio communications through their teeth. There is no similar security clearance requirement for other medical specialties such as proctology.

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 Jan 16, 2016 at 03:14 PM Israeli Says:

This wonderful patriot should move to Israel and treat members of the IDF and their families instead of treating patients from an antisemitic and ungrateful regime.

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 Jan 16, 2016 at 08:18 PM Anonymous Says:

This needs to be publicized. The hypocrisy of an administration that rejects someone with Israeli relatives but actually employs Muslims, who undoubtedly have extremist cousins of all types and then commit murder against their fellow soldiers,

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 Jan 17, 2016 at 12:40 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

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allmark Says:

Still not sure why a dentist needs a federal security clearance.

Because he will be working on federal installations and potentially medicating personnel with access to sensitive materials.

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