Greenfield Goes on Fox 5 News to Defend Teen Using Teffilin on Flight, Denounces Racial & Religious Profiling

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[VIDEO LINK BELOW] Brooklyn, NY – New York City Council candidate David Greenfield defended the use of peaceful religious practices in light of the
emergency landing of US Air Flight 3079 when a Jewish teen was using teffilin during prayers on the plane, and denounced the practice of racial and religious profiling.

“It becomes more and more clear that when a Jew is putting on teffilin, or when a Christian is reading from a Bible, or when a Muslim is praying, those people are just trying to practice their faith peacefully,” said Greenfield. “Public safety policy should be based on legitimate and proven law enforcement techniques and intelligence gathering. We can’t stop a flight for every Jew with Teffilin or Christian with a bible, especially when they have had their carry-on items x-rayed.”

US Air Flight 3079 was headed from New York to Louisville, Kentucky last week when a teenage pulled out the religious item for his morning prayers. The flight crew notified the pilot, who decided to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The teen, who was cooperative the entire time, was held for questioning by local and federal law-enforcement authorities, then allowed to continue his trip when it was clear the teffilin, and his peaceful prayers, were harmless.

“Racial and religious profiling is not only ineffective, it is also un-American. We need to focus our law enforcement resources on
concrete evidence or intelligence, not someone’s skin color or religion,” said Greenfield.

YWN VIDEO LINK: Click on the following link for the video interview: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/video_viewer.php?clip=WAZEHySjpH4&player=y

(Dov Gordon – YWN)



16 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Greenfield, Gut tzu danken I don’t live in your district. I will not have to decide if I want to vote for you or not. Religious and ethnic profiling is a necessity but not the only characteristics that should be used in profiling nor should religion, race, nationality, or ethnicity be excluded either.

  2. I really really don’t understand: ‘Religous profiling’ doesn’t mean that every religion is suspected – only a religion that is usually connected to terrorism, and we all know which one that is…

    Second, to this ignorant uninformed crue member this was ‘suspichious behavior’, and regardless of religion we all agree that we want suspicious behaving guys profiled – so what is he talking about???

  3. I think this is one of the major underlaying theam that exsist among Jewish democrats, as apose to Jewish Repoblicans.

    The Jewish democrat thinks: I better be on the side of all kinds of minorities so that tomorrow I as a Jew will be treated the same – which is not a terrible thought, but it’s one that could over-shaddow common sense and obvious case to case judgement, besides the fact that it doesn’t work…

  4. Sorry, I understand that David is running for public office and therefore has to say the politically correct thing. But the fact of the matter is profiling is the ONLY way!!! look at the success of the Israeli’s (B’ezras H-shem of course) vs the USA who make old grandmothers miserable when traveling.

    Its better for David to shy away from talking about things that are not politically correct rather than taking the wrong side.

  5. Or tell the crew what he was up to in advance. There is a world of difference between exercising our constitutional rights come what may and exercising them intelligently.

  6. GREENFIELD FOR CITY COUNCIL.

    HIKIND HAS PRESSURED THE AGUDA THAT UNLESS THEY GET THE YESHIVOS TO BACK HIS CANDIDATE, HE WILL NOT DELIVER ONE MORE PENNY TO THEM. THIS AFTER HIM BEING MEVAZE THE GEDOLIM AND THE AGUDA ONHIS RADIO SHOW WITH RESPECT TO THE MARKEY BILL AND HIS INFLATED CLAIMS OF MOLESTATION.

    Hikind claims that Joe Lazar has brought MILLIONS into the community “mosdos” over the past years. Why can’t the yeshivos make payroll?

    SHOW US THE MONEY, in whose pocket did it go?

    Does Hikind mean Ohel? Speak to Asher Lipner about Ohel. He used to work at Ohel.

    Read Hamodia Magazine regarding record Poverty in Boro Park!

    Ask Tomchei Shabas regarding record Poverty in Boro Park.

    Ask Masbia regarding record Poverty in Boro Park!

    We still have the KIDs @ Risk despite the millions that Dov claims to have received from Albany. In whose pocket did the money go?

    Ask Asher Lipner, why he no longer appears on the Dov Hikind Show and no longer works for OHEL.

    Dov, your gig is up. Time for change with proven results. DAVID CAN SHOW US THE MONEY, DOV CAN YOU?

    By the way, Dov who pays for all those trips to Israel??

    AND WHY DO YOU HAVE MILLIONS IN YOUR CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST THAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVB OFFICE. YOU HAVEN’T HAD AN OPPONENT IN YEARS. WHY DO YOU HAVE FUNDRAISERS FOR “CAMPAIGNS”???

  7. Like I pointed out last week, it is impossible to world with religious profiling in the US. Besides that, every person with sense in his mind knows that in the American ‘democracy’ they won’t discriminate only against Muslims and they won’t differ other religions and only we orthodox Jews will get to suffer.

  8. Greenfield is not adhering to his voters ideals. Jews amd Christians are not part of Al Queda. Pinky white faces are not part of Al Quaeda. Elderly men and especially elderly women have not been typical terrorists. Little children neither. Most of the time if not all an Al Queda operaive is an Arab muslim young man. The jewish people that Greenfield represents want them screened heavily before boarding an airliner with one of them. We don’t want to get blown up because the security guard let’s them through because Greenfield says to waste all our time checking the white christian old ladies. Or the jewish guy who is not blowing up the plane. This case was a fluke and now the stewardesses from kentucky. Know what tefilin are.

  9. We in this society tend to not be cognizant of the religious beliefs of those with whom we wxist. In the case of the frum young man using teffilim during davening on the plane, it was not racial or religious profiling, it was ignorance – ignorance of the religious customs that have existed in our society for hundreds of years.

  10. “David Greenfield’s fiscally conservative approach to government, strong family values, and deep-seated moral and ethical fortitude make him the best candidate to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council,” said Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar announcing the unanimous endorsement of the Brooklyn Conservative Party for David Greenfield.2

  11. Thank you, Mr. Greenfield, for showing some common-sense and creating a kiddush hashem on TV. As a minority group in America we can’t be asking the government to racially profile our friends and neighbors. What’s more, as someone who travels frequently, I can tell you of countless stories where I was forced to take of my sheitel and then patted down while walking through airport security. If that’s not embarrassing enough, my yeshiva bochur son gets flagged EVERY time he walks through Israeli customs because he wears a hat and jacket. Religious profiling is bad – especialy for frum yidden.

  12. EL AL airlines has been profiling and has had no problems in thirty years thank G-d. People need to follow their example. It is that simple.