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Anti-Semites Wave PA Flag as NY City Council Discusses Auschwitz [video]

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Pro-Palestinian Authority activists disrupted a New York City Council meeting Thursday night during a discussion on a resolution commemorating the anniversary of liberating the Auschwitz death camp.

The noisy protest prompted Councilman David G. Greenfield, a grandson of Holocaust victims, to deliver an emotional speech exposing the demonstrators as plain anti-Semites.

“They are angry because Hitler did not finish the job,” Greenfield said towards the end of his powerful speech, as seen in the YouYube below.

The Council was discussing the resolution when a pro-Arab group in the balcony unfurled the Palestinian Authority flag and yelled at Councilmen who are planning to visit Israel next month.

“Palestinian lives matter,” “Don’t support genocide,” and “Melissa, you’re a hypocrite,” referring to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who will lead the delegation, were among the epithets they shouted before guards removed them.

When things calmed down, Greenfield, clad in a black kippa, told the Council he actually was pleased that the protesters appeared because they proved they are anti-Semites at the core.

“While we were discussing the resolution regarding the murder of 1.1 million human beings…. they had the nerve, the chutzpah the temerity to unfurl the Palestinian flag and to yell at us while we were discussing that.

“So the reason I am pleased is that we can stop pretending this is about Israel when the reality is that every Middle East country that is in existence today is not democratic and persecutes people of other faiths, and persecutes gays, and persecutes people who disagree with them and persecutes people on Twitter and persecutes women who drive – except for one country, which is the State of Israel.

“So what you saw here today was naked blind anti-Semitism.…, people who are upset for one reason… because Hitler did not finish the job.

“He only wiped out half of my family, and only by the grace of God is the other half— grandchild —still alive today….

“We go to Israel to make a message that is clear, that we will not be cowered by this fear and by this hatred that we have where these are people who would celebrate the death of Jews rather than mourn the death of innocents.”

A ‘Wall of Blue’ Bids Farewell to NYPD 1st Detective Wenjian Liu

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Wenjian Liu, the first Chinese-American cop in New York to be killed in the line of duty, was honored in his home 84th precinct Sunday with a sea of blue stretching “as far as the eye could see.”

Among the crowd were representatives from all the Jewish first response and security teams, as well as many Jewish civilian residents of Brooklyn. “Hakaras hatov” – acknowledging and thanking someone for the good they’ve done – was the reason given over and over when asked why they came.

Tearfully, Liu’s young widow Pei Xia Chen thanked the tens of thousands who gathered to grieve with her.

“He is my soul mate… an incredible husband, son, co-worker and friend; my best friend. As the only son, the Number One Son, he was extremely close [to] and respected his parents, of course,” she added. “One his many passions was being a police officer. He took pride in the fact that he was NYPD… I thank you, my extended family, my family of blue.”

The couple had wed only two months prior to Liu’s death. The 32-year-old police officer, promoted posthumously to first detective, had been on the job for seven years. Together with his parents he emigrated from China 20 years ago, with a dream to become a cop.

In addition to Sunday’s funeral, Liu’s family was to hold private ceremonies in the Buddhist and Chinese traditions as well.

“God bless America. God bless NYPD. You are the best!” Liu’s father said in a broken voice after delivering a eulogy in Chinese.

In addition to his wife, his father, cousins and city officials, a police chaplain and FBI Director James Comey spoke.

“These are our most difficult days,” Comey said. “I make far too many calls [like these] … 115 police officers killed this year, a shocking increase over 2013. I do not understand evil, I cannot understand evil. Our obligation is to do good, to honor this good man and do everything to protect those who would protect us. They want to do good for other people.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was to have spoken as well, but his own father passed away on New Year’s Day and arrangements for the wake and funeral, which are to take place Monday and Tuesday, were still being made.

With reddened eyes and a husky voice, Police Commissioner William Bratton expressed the feelings of the “thousands upon thousands” of officers standing outside a Brooklyn funeral home on a “very gray morning.” He commented that Liu was about to join his partner, “his partner for all time,” First Detective Rafael Ramos – also promoted posthumously –to be laid to rest. The two were executed by deranged gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley while eating lunch in their squad car. Brinsley turned the gun on himself right after.

“Liu believed in the possibility of a city free from fear,” Bratton told his family, who had traveled from China to attend the funeral. “The NYPD has done that for millions upon millions of citizens of this city.”

Addressing the tens of thousands of officers, Bratton went on to explain: “He left China at age 12, and his parents worked hard; his father was a garment worker in Queens. Liu called himself Joe and was on the way to becoming an accountant on 9/11, the day Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers.” That event changed his life, and inspired Liu to become a cop instead.

“The NYPD looks like the city it serves,” Bratton noted. “Our heroes are from everywhere too.” He listed the departed and the lands from which they had emigrated to America. Ramos and Liu came last.

NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

New York City is paying a big, big price for not giving in to “politically correct” pressure over an unpopular grand jury decision not to indict a cop in the death of a perpetrator who was “taken down” while resisting arrest.

The city’s police department so far as paid more than $23 million in overtime to its regular patrol officers to keep them on the street and securing the protesters. It’s the “equivalent of 38,700 tours of duty since Dec. 3,” according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

But this week the NYPD has been forced to pull even its detectives off homicide cases in order to provide adequate security for the swelling protests spreading around the city. In fact, detectives are being pulled off other investigations as well, all to help deal with the ‘endless barrage of anti-cop protests in the city,” law enforcement sources told The New York Post on Monday.

Thousands of marchers closed down intersections, highways and bridges in New York in a rage against police and “the system.” A gang of “protesters” attacked two police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend when they attempted to prevent a co-protesters from hurling a trash can on to police below from an elevated walkway. On video, some of the protesters were chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

The disturbances began when a grand jury declined to indict a police officer after petty criminal Eric Garner died while resisting arrest in Staten Island. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became the mantra for the mobs in New York City, along with the resurrected chant of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, “No justice, no peace.” Since then, there have been endless “Die-In” demonstrations in all kinds of places, marches and yes, “inclusion” in Rev. Al Sharpton’s March for Justice on Washington DC last weekend.

All this in spite of NYPD’s “retraining” program for its force of 35,000, and an apologetic Mayor Bill DeBlasio who waved away the issue of expense for police overtime due to protests.

“Do we tell people they’re not allowed to raise their voices? Do we tell people they’re not allowed to march? This is the result of something organic,” he said.

No one is talking about enforcing the laws broken by the increasing number of protesters who complicate the lives of commuters and shoppers every day.

Nevertheless, the strategy seems to have worked thus far; no major violence has been reported in the city that is home to more residents than there are citizens in the entire State of Israel. The city has been fortunate to have skipped a few other problems as well.

In Ferguson, Missouri, similar protests — for a similar reason — went from a march to flames in the space of one night. TWo incinerated police cars and 24 burned-out commercial properties later, Ferguson showed no signs of slowing down.

“Protesters” were also tweeting boasts of having received guidance on how to deal with tear gas from Palestinian Authority Arabs. In some photos, protesters were demonstrating wearing keffiyahs in the black-and-white colors of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, wrapped as scarves.

The connection between the Palestinian Authority and American civil rights issues was never made clear; what became painfully obvious was the fact that pro-PA demonstrators are still looking for any excuse to hitch a ride on any issue they can find, legitimate or not, to make their point. Even the death of a teen, even a town burning down.

Clearly, New York City’s mayor and police commissioner are both doing their best to make sure it doesn’t happen on their turf. They succeeded, so far.

Update: Attacker Shot Dead after Stabbing Torah Student at 770 Chabad World Headquarters

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

A young rabbinic student in “kvutza” studies, (a special rabbinic program) and an Israeli from Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion, was stabbed early Tuesday morning in Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway and is currently listed in stable condition with wounds to the chest, abdomen, head and neck, according to sources in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

The 51-year-old attacker died in a hospital from a single bullet fired by a police officer. He was identified as Calvin Peters.

The incident, which took place at 1:40 am, was not terrorist event, but Peters was quoted by the Daily News as saying, “I will kill the Jew! I want to kill the Jew!”

He was a member of Brooklyn’s African-American community and entered the sanctuary in the downstairs section of the synagogue. Peters confronted a group of young men, waving around a switchblade knife in an agitated manner, according to a report posted on the CrownHeights.info website.

An eyewitness said the suspect immediately attacked one of the young Jews, stabbing him in the neck. The victim fled the synagogue, bleeding profusely, witnesses said, together with fellow congregants who called out for police and Hatzoloh emergency service medics. The attack was also caught on security cameras being monitored by nearby police and security personnel, who arrived immediately.

Both are stationed next door to the synagogue; police ordered the stabber to drop his weapon – which he did – but seconds later he retrieved the knife and began threatening police officers as well when they approached to take him into custody.

When the suspect attempted to attack the officers, police reportedly fired one shot and hit the suspect in the torso.

Meanwhile, the stabbed victim was being treated outside the synagogue. As soon as the suspect was disarmed, New York City emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and medics from Hatzoloh entered the building to provide him with first aid before police took him into custody and brought him to the hospital, where he later died.

The police officer with whom the suspect was struggling was transported to Methodist Hospital for medical care as well.

The public is asked to please pray for the complete recovery of Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel, the young rabbinic student now in stable condition but still in need of prayers at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

New York Doctor Infected with Ebola [video]

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A New York City doctor who recently returned from West Africa has been infected with Ebola, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed on Thursday. The doctor is the fourth person in the United States to have been tested positive for the disease.

“We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” the mayor said, but health officials are trying to trace every step taken by the doctor, identified as 33-year-old Craig Spencer, who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea while working with Doctors Without Borders.

Ebola can be fatal but it is contagious only when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. However, he went bowling in Brooklyn Wednesday night and traveled in an Uber car, raising fears that others might have been infected.

His girlfriend, Morgan Dixon, has been put in isolation.

“I know it’s a frightening situation … but the more facts you know, the less frightening this situation is,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Dr. Spencer felt weak on Tuesday but did not develop serious symptoms of Ebola until Thursday, when he was rushed to New York’s Bellevue Hospital and was determined to be seriously ill.

New York City’s health commissioner said he had tried to “self-isolate’ himself,” but the bowling event exposed him to an unknown number of people.

He was taken to the hospital by paramedics dressed in full protective gear.

Officials are taking every caution possible to prevent contamination, having learned lessons from the case of Thomas Duncan, who died from Ebola in Texas. The protective suits of the paramedics were sprayed with disinfectants and then cut off, and the ambulance also was decontaminated.

Dr. Spencer is being treated in a locked and guarded unit at Bellevue.

The video below shows crews in protective suits at Bellevue Hospital.

World Trade Center, 9/11: Is Ground Zero A Sacred Site?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

It’s been 13 years since I slammed my transmission into overdrive, popped the flashing red light onto the roof of my car and went barreling down half-empty streets in Brooklyn towards Manhattan.

Beside me were a sheaf of papers bearing photos of a girl I didn’t know, who was working in an office on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. “Maybe someone has seen her,” her terrified parents said. A colleague handed half of the stack to me before getting into his own car to head down the same road.

We both knew it was a long shot but neither of us realized just how long a shot it was. In fact, it was no shot at all. No one ever came out of that pile of busted concrete and twisted metal alive. I know, because I was there.

Too old already to be a firefighter (which I was in younger days), back then I was a volunteer fire chaplain. But I was on my way to work at a local mental health clinic that morning, since I am also a trauma therapist and ADHD specialist in my “other life.” I was listening to the radio in my car when the DJ interrupted the music to make “a special announcement.” Annoying, I thought idly.

A plane had slammed into the World Trade Center, he said. Details to follow. Weird, I thought. “Radar screwed up? Pilot lost control of the plane?” I started to run through the list in my mind. Meanwhile the DJ was doing the same thing on the air with a second person who had joined him on commentary.

That’s ominous, I reflected. Having lived five years in Israel in my younger years, all my red flags went up the more I thought about it.

And then a plane hit the second tower. That’s when I knew this was no accident.

By the time I reached the clinic, patients were calling in to cancel and the secretary had a small television on, with live coverage showing what had happened. “That’s a terror attack,” I muttered, and disappeared into my office. The next call was to the volunteer fire and rescue team coordinator. I saw two patients and the clinic closed early. A sigh of relief and I raced to pick up the flyers: “Have you seen this girl?”

I flashed an ID in order to get into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which was blocked off to everyone. Cops were everywhere. “A bit late, no?” I grumbled, whizzing into the tunnel. It opened up into a smoke-filled nightmare.

I couldn’t park anywhere near the site. In fact, I couldn’t FIND the site. The World Trade Center had disappeared. The entire area was wrapped in a thick grey haze for dozens of blocks in each direction. It was impossible to see beyond a foot or two. The Liberty One building was not stable — it was swaying in the breeze.

I finally found a spot about half a mile away. It was still smoky in that area, but at least I could see the address, which I’ve since blocked from my mind. There’s a lot I’ve blocked, in fact, but what I have never been able to block out is the stink that hit as soon as I got closer to Ground Zero.

There is no mistaking that smell.

When I was a child, my Sunday School held a special assembly to educate the students in Grades 4 and up about the Holocaust. On that day we were shown the film, “Let My People Go,” a documentary of the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews. It included a full description by concentration camp survivors of the crematoria and accompanying photos.

Mayor De Blasio Says Defending Israel Is Part of His Job

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor said, “Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel” while speaking at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

“There’s no greater ally on earth, and that’s something we should say proudly,” he said last Thursday, as first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.

De Blasio, elected in November described his visit to Israel with his family several years ago, and said that “City Hall will always be open” to AIPAC.

He noted in his talk that New York has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel. Successive New York mayors have for decades cultivated close ties with Israel.

The AIPAC event was omitted from the mayor’s schedule distributed to the press corps, and the mayor said it was because AIPAC wanted the dinner to be closed to the press. De Blasio promised to provide a “clearer understanding” of his schedule and speeches, in the wake of the AIPAC speech.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/mayor-de-blasio-says-defending-israel-is-part-of-his-job/2014/01/26/

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