Op-Ed: When Will Mayor Deblasio Back Up His Talk With Action?

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

NEW YORK (VINnews) — The attacks on Jews on the streets of New York do not seem to be slowing down. In fact, the opposite is true.

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Since the beginning of Chanukah alone, there have been at least 5 different attacks on Jews in New York City.

In the first incident, a 65-year-old Jewish man was standing on East 41st Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave, when he was suddenly approached by a man who yelled expletives at him. When he looked up, he was punched in the face and fell to the ground. His attacker continued to pummel him on his face and torso as he lay on the ground.

The second incident occured on Monday as well. Williamsburg Shomrim and NYPD were called after 2 Jewish children were attacked in front of 99 Wilson Street.

In the third incident, a Jewish man was walking on Kingston Ave in Crown Heights on Tuesday morning, at approximately 2 AM. As he was walking, he was approached by a gang of black youths who proceeded to yell anti-Semitic slurs at him. When he took out his cellphone to film the incident, one of the youths threw his drink at him.

The fourth incident took place in Crown Heights as well. A Jewish man was walking on Union Street from Albany Ave towards Kingston Ave, when he noticed that he was being followed by a group of 8 teenagers. As the victim turned off Kingston Ave, the teens closed the distance and accosted him. One of the teens hit the victim in the back of the head, knocking him down to the ground.

In yet a fifth incident, a man was attacked Wednesday morning in Boro Park, on 13th Ave near 48th Street. The victim was walking down the street, when he was approached out of the blue by a man who promptly punched him. There were no words exchanged before the assault.

These attacks are in addition to the multitude of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in New York City that occurred over the last few months.

In the majority of these incidents, Mayor Deblasio’s policy has proved to be consistent: send out a tweet (only sometimes). Arrest the perpetrators. Release them a few hours later back onto the streets.

The absurdity of this approach is obvious. The mayor cannot claim to be serious about eliminating anti-Semitic attacks in the city, while at the same time refusing to keep the perpetrators of these very crimes off the streets.

“We need @NYCMayor to step up and declare a STATE OF EMERGENCY in NYC!” tweeted Dov Hikind on Wednesday. “Enough with the statements, tweets, press conferences, we need real action now. We need LEADERSHIP.”

Indeed the mayor has been proven to use Twitter as his preferred method of purporting to care about attacks on the Jewish community. In fact, tweeting about the recent string of anti-Semitic attacks has been the only action we’ve seen the mayor take so far.

“It’s not enough to condemn anti-Semitism — we have to confront it,” tweeted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon. “The despicable crimes committed against our Jewish community over the last 24 hours are an attack on ALL New Yorkers. The NYPD is actively investigating all of them and will bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The mayor’s words are strong ones. The community would be applauding his leadership, were he not to have a reputation of being all talk and zero action.

To the mayor, the community can only say this.

We are watching you.

We will remember you in one of two ways. It will either be the man who was courageous in leadership and kept us safe. Or it will be the man who failed to do the job he was elected to do.

We pray you make the right decision.


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GMalka
GMalka
4 years ago

If you give him a donation of $200,000 or more, he’ll listen. I’m sure he took a nap after this exhausting press release and that is the end of it. Poor New York. Sic pereat totum

Democrats support Jew haters and are anti religious freedom
Democrats support Jew haters and are anti religious freedom
4 years ago

DeBozo won’t do anything because it will force him to admit that the attacks aren’t by any white supremacists.

Whatever
Whatever
4 years ago

In fairness, he recently created a unit to combat racism and anti-semitism called REME.

I’m not saying he’s doing enough in actually keeping the perps off the street, as his stance against crime is a joke, but we can’t ignore what he does do right.

Scratching my head
Scratching my head
4 years ago

In the third incident, a Jewish man was walking on Kingston Ave in Crown Heights on Tuesday morning, at approximately 2 AM.

I know this is not politically correct to say, but why are these people walking around at 2:00am??? We stay indoors at night. Do these people have a life? Night time is meant for sleep so we can function properly the next day and be productive.The only people roaming around outdoors during the night are dangerous people looking for trouble. Nittel nacht is for a reason.

Milech
Milech
4 years ago

I have a question what means a antisemitic attack? Just because u are a jew and u were attacked? Crime in all NYC is climbing sky high, regular people regardless skin color or religion are being attacked 24 hours look the news every day it gets worse. I think that a part of saying antisemitic incidents just because jews , makes Deblazio only stronger because he keeps saying this is a worldwide issue and nothing he can do about it , when in fact not every attack has with antisemitic ideology u just deal with criminals being loose on the streets . We get very judgmental every time we scream antisemitic attack when plenty of times it was an attack but nothing to do with Antisemitism. i know our Jewish leaders enjoy to scream as well because it makes them look good and makes us losers because people get tierd when u keep crying wolf.

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
4 years ago

unless he PERSONALLY benefits from something he doesn’t care, unless it makes Trump look bad and remember “crime is falling” so a) he doesn’t personally benefit $$$ from this b) he knows the crimes are committed by black thugs who don’t care for Trump and c) it makes him admit the truth, that crime is going UP. remember with no bail all these things are released within 24 hours as happened to the YU arsonist.

GoldnMedina
GoldnMedina
4 years ago

Everybody, yes everybody, knows ‘traditional’ Jews don’t / can’t defend themselves. One kid can scare a minyan of adult Jewish men. And grabbing a cell phone to film your beat down is not a form of self defense. ‘Never Again’ needs to be changed to ‘Again and Again’ until Yidden FIGHT BACK like they do in ISRAEL!

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
4 years ago

The real solution is to revert back to broken windows and stop and firsk. When minorities know that cops are around looking for piety crimes they will think twice before committing these anti semetic attacks. Thats everything against what De-Blassio stands for but its the sad truth. Yeah phineas will show us his facts, fake facts that say statics show it doesn’t affect crime. But we know the story is, it matters and does affect crime.These incidents support the story. So don’t bore us with data produced by liberals that’s so flawed.

Let me also add as I have stated many times. De-Blassio is well intended. He genuinely cares about rum jews and our values. He wants to protect us. But he is blinded by liberlaism.

Yingele, you are very quite. How’s life in sanctuary cites?

Boruch Schechter
Boruch Schechter
4 years ago

Mayor Dinkins has been reincarnated as DeBlasio, suits without substance. Pogo was right, we have seen the enemy and he is us. Continually following the self-absorbed and self-interests of the ashkans and “connected”, the people have deliberately bent over to be kicked over and over again. Stop complaining, it falls on deaf ears. Start thinking, not following, the ashkans don’t have your best interests in mind.
When Corey Johnson becomes the Democratic darling in 2021, don’t just turn your back on him, throw his Republican opponent in his face, remind him that this is not his city, it belongs to US (that’s New Yorkers, not special interest only NYers)

Madeleine Neidoff
4 years ago

DeBlasio refuses to acknowledge and forthrightly condemn anti-Semitism in the minority communities. He has said of it ; “folks saying inappropriate things”. He does not separate the Jew-hater from the ‘folks” of color. In order to truly comfront anti-Semitism one must acknowledge from whence it is coming. His willful blindness, apparently thinking the truth is offensive to people of color, undermines the intergrity of people of good will of all colors, and races, and only allows the evil to fester and worsen.

Haker
4 years ago

I just called the FBI office in Queens to complain that nothing is being done, the operator who took my call hung up, yidden it’s time to wake up.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago

Speak for yourself GoldnMedina. If somebody attacks this traditional Jew they’re getting shot

ruby
ruby
4 years ago

dov an easy way to shoot at blasio , as a whole the city is safer than its ever been , yes these attacks are unsettling , thanks to technology they have been catching these guys almost every time do we have to be more careful sure but we cant have cops on every block and we dont prescribe to dovs ADL / JDL metality . i liked alot of what dov has done for 25 years but thispart of him ( noise making / whining anti semitism always bugged me

Peretz
Peretz
4 years ago

See how quickly DebLasio will hand out gun permits to Jews under attack…….and slowly you might just realize if you want to live openly as a Jew there is only one home you will ever call home and that is eretz yisrael. All you anti Zionists out there…..The land is being defiled and you sit in exile where Jews are beaten…..while Israel imports goyim, pays black mail to terrorists…….let’s the land be bombed burned and Jews made hefkar……all because you refuse to show up and reclaim the land…..Your “boycott” is complete……The Torah is in ruins……as you build another room in your exile sanctuaries……and cry when the goy singles you out…….The goy understands Shulchan Aruch in a much deeper way than you do…..His “Torah” is pure driven as a shliach and he delights in serving shamayim…..To remove the stain of the Yid in galus…….Anti semitism is not a non Jewish problem…..it is a Jewish one. Anti Zionism…..is a fraud…..it always was

Mannyker
Mannyker
4 years ago

need to bring back the magic word “Chaptzem” and what came along with it .
those days had its troubles but eventually cleared up .
our local politicians are busy photo op’ing all day and night and run to every function for a bit publicity but to battle the real problems in the community they play nice and do just the same as the Mayor, TWEET,
we dont need a sukkah at city hall or new garbage cans at each corner or worthless dummy police trailers ,we need real community safety .
all officers (2 weeks ago) went back to coffee and summonses .
how often do u see a police officer walking down the Ave just for the purpose of keeping it safe ? NEVER!
#Chaptzem #chaptzem #chaptzem dont teach the kids tolerance teach them how to fight back.

PERETZ --- my rabbi
PERETZ --- my rabbi
4 years ago

Your words are pearls. !!!!!