Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In '08 Interview, Hikind Painted Himself As A Jewish/Israel First Representative

In the spirit of the recent firestorm over Dov Hikind's 'Blackface' Purim costume controversy, in a lengthy interview to The Jerusalem Post, in 2008, during a Purim visit to Israel, Assemblyman Dov Hikind explained that the motive behind the creation of the Jewish-Black alliance was to move them over to be more sympathetic to Jewish causes than combat together against racism.

"In the past, when blacks and Jews got together, they were all liberal and catering to the same agenda. Today, our alliance is not only taking a stand against racism, but against anti-Semitism as well. And all polls indicate that there's more anti-Semitism from blacks in America than from any other group," Hikind told The Jerusalem Post. "The black community is indeed supportive of the Palestinian cause. That's why this alliance is so important," he added.

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."

Keeps Updating: Social Media Uproar Over Hikind's Purim Costume Photo

After mocking it, writing "its my fault lol," Yoni Hikind took it to Facebook today to decry the uproar over his father's act: "So sad how this is being turned around. My dad doesnt have a prejudice bone in his body. Anyone that knows him, knows that. Bottom line is this. Absolutely nothing about his costume was meant to in any way offend anybody. Was with him all day and half the time he was acting as Kadhaffi. (which I actually think he looked allot more like than a black basketball player) Every year my parents open up their house to the whole community and spend the entire day with the one single minded focus of spreading joy love and happiness to as many people as possible. It is a beautiful environment and anyone who has been to their home would attest to the amazing feelings we spread to everyone that is there. These are the facts. Part of the feeling is created by people dressing up. Was it a wise move to dress in a way that could be taken offensively? Prob not. But the fact is, that there wasn’t the slightest idea that someone would be offended by his costume."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ed Koch, Israel Iron Wall in the United States

I was shocked to wake up to the shocking news that former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch has returned his soul to the creator. I have come to know Mr. Koch from close, when I worked on the Bob Turner congressional campaign.  I was inspired by his straightforwardness, willingness to listen and to offer advice, but far and foremost his resolve in standing up for whats right. 

Koch, did not shy away from criticizing President Obama in March of 2010, when the Obama administration  help Israel hostage to a settlement freeze, condemning Israel by the strongest terms for building init's capital. The assault on the Israeli government, is an assault on every Jew, Ed Koch suggested. Koch found it necessary to call out the President ever since on  numerous occasions.