Monday, April 22, 2019

Hells Angels to Hillel’s Angels

Siegel insisted that the swastikas had no meaning beyond shock value.Stanley Siegel was the criminal defense attorney for the club in New York. It seems odd for a Jewish attorney to represent a gang known for swastikas and SS regalia, but the Hells Angels respected their lawyer.

The documentary 'Hells Angels Forever' features Howie Weisbrod. Not only he was the vice president of the club, but also Jewish. In a thick New York accent Weisbrod says “You can say we’re fascistic, anti-Semitic or whatever. I guess I’m the proof that we ain’t. Because I’m Jewish and I sure ain’t a fascist and I sure ain’t anti-Semitic because I sure don’t hate myself!”

“As far as what my religious beliefs are—my religious beliefs are the Hells Angels. That’s my religion, my way of life, my profession. Everything!”
In an acclaimed photo, a photographer captured a member of the Swiss chapter of the Hells Angels wearing his colors along with a yarmulke and tefillin, hand on the Western Wall—praying. He walked up to him and asked him, ‘What does a Hells Angel pray for? He answered ‘Like any other human being. My parents, my wife and two children—and little for myself.'

Being of the Jewish faith doesn’t matter when it comes to being a Hells Angels. “I don’t think they care one way or the other. As long as you’re a Hells Angel, that’s their major concern. Once you become a Hells Angel, it doesn’t matter where you come from… you’re a Hells Angel”

Being a Hells Angel is not a religion; it’s belonging to something. Once you belong, your background doesn't matter.