There are four people in Crown Heights who could have made that ONE PHONE CALL and stopped a vicious blood libel on six of our Jewish brothers, a blood libel that could have landed them in a violent prison for over fifteen years if G-d forbid a random jury of 12 strangers would have found them guilty, that ONE PHONE CALL was NEVER MADE.
Those four people were approached to help, they either claimed they can’t do anything or they laughed it off. Those that could have done something and chose not to, are guilty of “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor/brother.”.
ONE PHONE CALL, THAT’S IT, IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN, JUST ONE PHONE CALL!
Can You Guess Who the Four Are? Two of them are not on above list – Hint: they give Mendel Hendel lot’s of money [to clean/launder for them].
Whenever a person can save another person’s life but fails to do so, he transgresses a negative commandment, as Leviticus 19:16 states: “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor/brother.” Similarly, [this commandment applies] when a person sees a colleague drowning at sea or being attacked by robbers or a wild animal, and he can save him himself or can hire others to save him and does not. Similarly, [it applies] when he hears [others] conspiring to harm a colleague or planning a snare for him, and he does not inform him and notify him [of the danger]. And similarly this is true if he knows of others scheming to harm a friend and can appease the conspirator and prevent him from carrying out the plot and does not, and all things in this vein, the one who does these things transgresses the commandment of “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor/brother.” (Rambam, Laws of the Murderer and Protecting Life 1:14)