The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
We are encouraged by signs that shortsighted attempts by some Muslim groups to blunt the obviously successful proactive NYPD anti-terrorism programs – programs that involve heightened scrutiny of some Muslim-Americans – are not getting any traction. Various organizations have argued that the NYPD’s efforts violated the rights of Muslim-Americans and were unconstitutional and illegal. They appealed to government officials to investigate. But there have been no takers. And most candidates for local and state office do not seem to be all that interested.
A coalition of Muslim civic organizations recently wrote to New York State Attorney General Schneiderman seeking an inquiry by his office. They received a bottom-line negative, albeit intriguing, response: “While we share some of the serious concerns raised in the letter, there are significant legal and investigative obstacles that impede our ability to launch a review of this matter at this time.”
The groups then called upon Gov. Cuomo to intervene but were turned down cold. The governor told reporters, “I don’t believe there’s any reason to second-guess the attorney general…. I don’t believe there’s any reason to second-guess the NYPD’s methods either.”
Meanwhile, New York Senator Chuck Schumer opined that “There is nothing wrong with the NYPD collecting and assessing publicly available information from New York, New Jersey, the other 48 states or around the world in the effort to prevent another terrorist attack like 9/11. In fact it is widely understood that the NYPD’s actions have kept us safer. Looking at public information and following leads is perfectly acceptable as long as any one group, in its entirety, is not targeted based only on its religious or ethnic affiliation.”
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a potential 2013 mayoral candidate, said she supports police monitoring of Muslim groups and suggested she would continue the current NYPD program pursued by the Bloomberg administration. Other potential candidates have either remained silent on the issue or questioned the monitoring program while praising the NYPD’s success in protecting the city.
Frankly, we initially thought the complaints from the Muslim organizations would strike a responsive chord with many of our liberal elected officials who, we feared, would show more concern over hyped allegations of civil liberties infringements than they would the need to combat terrorism in a realistic manner.
Happily, we were wrong, and at least for now Commissioner Kelly will be able to continue his heretofore successful efforts to protect all New Yorkers without unnecessary distractions.
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During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
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The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
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“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
The gap isn’t between Israeli and American Jews-it’s between American Jews and the rest of the world
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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