Photo Credit: New Yorkers Stand Together / Kalman Yeger via Twitter
New York City Council member Kalman Yeger (D-Bklyn) thanks Mayor Bill de Blasio for condemning antisemitism and the BDS movement. Feb 15 2019

Hundreds of supporters of Brooklyn-based New York City Council member Kalman Yeger clashed with a much smaller group of protesters Thursday night who were outraged over a tweet he wrote Wednesday saying, “Palestine doesn’t exist.”

That comment infuriated people. But Yeger supporters were outraged that protesters would deny the lawmaker the right to free speech, and that Council Speaker Corey Johnson is considering removing him from the Immigration Committee on the Council because of the tweet, and its resulting political backlash.


Nearly 100 people all told were gathered outside Yeger’s office at around 6 pm Thursday, clashing over the tweet.

Yeger, a Democrat, is serving his first term in the New York City Council’s 44th district. The district includes all or parts of the Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Gravesend, Kensington, and Midwood neighborhoods in Brooklyn.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.