The front page of the New York Post Sunday evoked the rage of hundreds of people, who said it was insensitive and anti-Semitic.
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The headline asked, "Who didn't want him dead?" beside the picture of slain Hasidic real estate developer Menachem Stark. His body was discovered smoldering in a Long Island dumpster on Saturday, two days after he was kidnapped outside his Brooklyn office, according to reports in New York Media.
Dov Hikind, a Democrat member of the New York State Assembly from the 48th district, condemned the headline, saying "The pain that this headline caused to not only a man’s family but to the entire Jewish community is indescribable and was so unnecessary. It was a heartless act that should never have been allowed. It was truly beneath contempt," the ultra-Orthodox website Vos Iz Neias reported.
In addition, twitter is alive with tweets bearing the hashtag #StopNYPostHate. Some users said they canceled their subscription, others said they called or emailed the newspaper and called on others to do the same. Many simply expressed their dismay or disgust, calling the coverage anti-Semitic and inappropriate.
Police are now investigating whether Stark's business dealings are related to his murder, the New York Daily News reported.
Stark’s wife initially called a local religious security unit when Stark didn’t return home late Thursday night, the New York Post reported. Video footage taken from his office reportedly showed him being taken into a van after a struggle outside his office in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Stark’s family was offering a $100,000 reward for his return.
Stark is believed to have been carrying several thousand dollars on him at the time of his abduction.
According to the Post, public records show Stark has a string of foreclosures and a $1.3 million judgment against him.