The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Although by all accounts the NYPD’s stop and frisk program resulted in a significant drop in major violent crime, activists from minority communities made an issue of the fact that most of those stopped and frisked were blacks and Hispanics, many of whom were innocent of any crime.
Indeed, blacks and Hispanics make up about half of New York City’s population but were involved in more than 85 percent of the approximately 700,000 stops conducted by police last year. And the procedure is an enormously intrusive one, usually involving a person police deem suspicious being told to “assume the position” with legs spread and arms pressed against a wall or automobile.
That being said, political correctness has now gotten in the way of dealing with a serious problem that, ironically, disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics, who are victimized by violent crime at a rate significantly higher than whites.
As the protests over stop and frisk gathered steam, Mayor Bloomberg took to the pulpit of a predominantly black church in Brooklyn and declared that the policy must be “mended, not ended.” Police Commissioner Kelly pledged in May to institute additional oversight, training and outreach to prevent racial profiling. While both men are to be commended for implementing and defending the stop and frisk policy, they seemed to have blinked in the face of the controversy.
Over the past few months the number of times police officers have stopped, questioned and frisked people in New York City has dropped by 34 percent – and major crimes have risen by more than 12 percent during that period.
Thus, as the New York Post noted in an Aug. 4 editorial, “there were 24,751 major crimes committed between Jan. 1 and March 31, a period when cops stopped 203,500 individuals and recovered 881 guns, according to sources. In the following three months – between April 1 and June 30 – the number of stop-and-frisks cops conducted fell to 133,934 and the crime figures shot up to 27,832. The numbers of guns seized fell to 732.”
We would also point out the depressing upsurge of shooting incidents in black neighborhoods, often involving a child or young adult.
In addition to conducting rallies and protests, the New York Civil Liberties Union has commenced a class-action lawsuit challenging the stop and frisk policy, claiming that targeting individuals without more proof of possible wrongdoing than the NYPD requires violates the constitution.
Mayor Bloomberg responded rather pointedly: “If the NYCLU is allowed to determine policing strategies in our city, many more children will grow up fatherless and many more children will not grow up at all…. Let’s be clear. The NYCLU’s priority is not protecting our safety, it is protecting their ideology….”
So the dilemma is palpable. At least on the face of it, stop and frisk appears to have had a salutary effect in keeping crime reasonably under control. But this is America and we have a deep-rooted and cherished tradition of individual freedoms for all Americans, including the right to be left alone. This is of special concern to members of the Jewish community, a minority that knows all too well the consequences of being singled out for special treatment.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
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
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“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
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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.”
“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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