DeBlasio Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism & Condemns BDS at Event in Flatbush [VIDEOS & PHOTOS]

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NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio attended a rally against anti-Semitism in Flatbush on Thursday. The gathering was attended by many elected officials and community activists, and was held at the Kingsway Jewish Center on Kings Highway.

In his remarks, the mayor vowed to stamp out hatred which has seen a significant increase recently. The Mayor also made a strong statement in support of Israel and denounced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“I want to tell everyone, we’re here because this is a community in New York City that has suffered the experience of hate crimes, including recently. This is a community where Holocaust survivors live. And this is a reminder to all of us – and it’s a very sad reality, but anti-Semitism is alive and well in this world, in this city, in this country, and it must be stamped out once and for all.

This is not a small thing. People right here in this community in Brooklyn have seen in their own lives what happens when anti-Semitism goes unchecked, when people stay silent, when the authorities don’t do anything, in countries that families here came from, they watched complacency, silence. They watched opportunism that led to horrifying results. This is why if anyone tries to dismiss anti-Semitism, if anyone tries to suggest that it’s not such a big problem, they need to look at history, not just a little bit of history, two millennia of history, of bias and discrimination against the Jewish people in countries all over the world – and unfortunately we’re still grappling with it here. They’re still grappling with it and Europe. It never went away and we have to be blunt about it. It never went away and we’re dealing with it to this day and it’s very dangerous. History tells us, if you take it lightly, people will be hurt and people will die and we will not allow that in New York City. This place is proud of being a city for everyone – a city for everyone, a city that respects everyone. We also are the city with the largest Jewish population of any city in the world, and we have to be a beacon. We have to be the example to the entire world of what it means to protect our Jewish community. This is what we’re here to say today. New York City will never be silent in the face of hatred.

“We need to understand the place of Israel in world history, because it connects here. We need to understand that Israel was created not just as a dream of a homeland for people who had lost their homeland, but also as a refuge from a world filled with hate. Now, this is a government gathering, but it doesn’t stop me from making a bipartisan statement, a bipartisan statement. Democrats and Republicans with equal fervor need to say – Israel must exist so the Jewish people know they are always protected.”

“Maybe some people don’t realize it, but when they support the BDS movement, they are affronting the right of Israel to exist and that is unacceptable,” de Blasio said.

The video below are the remarks made by Assembly Member Simcha Eichenstein, and Council Member Kalman Yeger.

Interestingly, Councilman Chaim Deutsch took to twitter to ask why he was not invited “Intrigued as to why @NYCMayor is coming to South Brooklyn today to denounce anti-Semitism, yet only one @NYCCouncil member was notified (& not the one whose district he’s coming to)! It’s a disservice to the Mayor when his staff plays politics ‘on his behalf’”

YWN spoke to a source at City Hall who denied this, and said the entire Jewish Caucus (which Deutsch is part of) was notified about this event. Additionally, the event was open to the press, and was in the daily (public) schedule of the Mayor, released on Wednesday.

Additionally, Councilman’s Deutsch tweeted this at 9:27AM, when the Mayor had not yet even arrived at the location.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)




7 COMMENTS

  1. Did the Mayor mention even a word about newly elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s recent despicable and hurtful comments in regard to Jews controlling with their “Benjamin’s, or was it the elephant in the room, and no one dared bring it up with Mayor de Blasio being a faithful Democrat?

  2. And yet DeBlasio couldn’t condemn his fellow Democrat islamic congresswomen who have been censored (even by other Democrats) for their constant anti-semitic rhetoric and THEIR support for BDS.

    Where do all these attacks by muslims on Jews come from? When they are encouraged by Democrats.

  3. Councilman Chaim Deutsch ask to the chairman of the non public school committee on the nyc council to help our yeshivas and he was paid a extra $8,000 a year for 4 years all cause he wanted to help yeshivas. Not only did he never do anything he recently secretly ask that committee be dissolved so no one will question what he has done to help our Yeshiva. He now is on the veterans committee and has done nothing to help our Yeshiva. He also stands with al sharpton. He is a faker and must resign immediately. He failed are community.

  4. Chaim Deutsch still tries to hide the $32,000 he took to chair the non public school committee to help yeshivas. The problems the yeshivas have all started when he was chairman of the non public school city council committee. Chaim return the $32,000 dollars you did nothing for and resign immidatly. Chaim we know you read this we are expecting a responses from you. And you can no longer hide behind your photo ops. Even the NYdaily news called you out on July 28 2014 in a editorial titled money for nothing.