Sunday, December 1, 2013

When The Jewish Community Got Engaged And Delivered The Votes

The following is my debut monthly Jewish political update in the JCC of Marine Park's - The Jewish Echo magazine:

Voters in New York City expressed their desire for change, after 20 years of Republican control, in an unequivocal voice - by granting Bill de Blasio a 49 point victory over his Republican opponent, on November 5th, 2013.

For the Jewish community in New York, the largest gathering of Jews outside Israel, this election cycle meant a revival of power of an electorate that was often ignored by City Hall.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Netanayhu Closest Advisor, Ron Dermer: 'Netanyahu Is A Hell Of A Captain At The Helm'

Barak Ravid reports based on video I filmed of the event: Ron Dermer, a diplomatic advisor consultant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and candidate for the post of Israeli ambassador to Washington, told a closed meeting of U.S. Jewish leaders in New York last week that the Boston marathon bombings would increase American support for Israel - just as that support increased following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"The bulk of the American people stand firmly with Israel and identify with Israel," Dermer said, in a video filmed by blogger Jacob Kornbluh. "If you can look, historically, there was a big change after 9/11, and I am sure that after the tragic bombing in Boston, people will identify more with Israel and its struggle against terrorism and we can maintain that support."

Friday, April 5, 2013

My NYC Elects Editorial On Bill de Blasio's Wrongful Attack On Member Items

(NYC Elects Editorial). This morning, Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio called for a permanent end to the member items doled out by the City Council.De Blasio conceded that he distributed member items to organizations in his district during his eight years on the Council, but chose to focus instead on the time since he had graduated to public advocate."When I was in the City Council, people weren't going to jail," he said. "And the problem has gotten worse and worse."

"I do not think this is a reason to conclude that member items should not be given," Quinn responded today."In the case of Dan Halloran, this senior citizen group did nothing wrong," she continued. "Why should they become the victim of an alleged criminal's activities?"

Which brought us to take this opportunity and pen a call, on behalf of the various continents who might find this troubling, to Mr. de Blasio, in the form of a letter.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hikind Has A Change Of Heart on Obama Post Israel Visit

President Obama managed to charm the Israeli public in his visit to Israel, and reset his relationship with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But most important he managed to find his way to the heart of Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Just months ago, Hikind went on national TV to decry the Jewish community's support of President Obama, telling Cavuto "the people of Israel are very concerned about Barack Obama getting reelected." In January of 2012, Hikind was firm about his opposition to Obama's reelection. “If I could just say, there’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of Israeli leaders are praying that Obama doesn’t get reelected,” he firmly stated at a press conference with Congressman Bob Turner. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hikind Slams Jewish Media for 'Jerk Reaction' Over Blackface Controversy

National reporters who do not live in Orthodox Jewish neighborhood don't understand the signification of the Jewish Holiday  Purim, Assemblyman Dov Hikind charged today, after being caught into a controversial costume story. Appearing on the Zev Brenner show Monday evening, Hikind slammed the reaction and some comments made within the Jewish community as a 'jerk reaction'.

"One of the most disappointing things to me is to have certain people in the Orthodox community, who know what Purim is all about, to lower themselves into the mud.. when there are certain Jews who go into the mud just to curry favor with certain segments out there that's pretty pathetic," Hikind said. Asked if he could point out to certain names he was referring to, Hikind said he will not name anyone specifically, adding "I think people know if you look at all the comments and the things."