Rooted in Their ‘Deepest Jewish Values,’ Five NYC, State Officials Accuse Israel of ‘Mass Destruction’

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(JNS) – Two New York state senators and three city officials—an assembly member, a comptroller and a council member—penned an open letter claiming that their “deep” Jewish faith compels them to denounce Israel for “indiscriminate” bombing, among other war crimes.

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“As New Yorkers, many of us have deep connections to Israel and are committed to the existence of a democratic Jewish state,” the five wrote on Tuesday. “We make no excuses for terrorists or their defenders, but we cannot support the actions of the current Israeli government.”

The signatories are senators Liz Krueger and Brad Holyman-Sigal, assembly member Harvey Epstein, city comptroller Brad Lander and city councilmember Lincoln Restler.

The five referred in the letter to Hamas’s “horrific” and “monstrous and indefensible” attack on Oct. 7, and said their position “is rooted in our deepest Jewish values—honoring the life, dignity and safety of all people.”

“We feel deep anguish over the insurmountable loss of life in the region—notably the tens of thousands of civilians,” they wrote. “Judaism teaches that all people are created in the image of God and all people are infinitely valuable.”

The quintet said that Hamas must release all the hostages. “The reality is that this will only happen through the same active negotiations that brought home the first 112 hostages,” they wrote. “Those negotiations must be the critical highest priority.”

The 112 number includes two hostages, whom Israel freed from Rafah earlier this month despite the Biden administration repeatedly putting public limits on what it considered acceptable Israeli military action in Rafah.

The quintet who signed the letter and the Biden administration have presented no evidence that negotiations were responsible for the two hostages whom the Israel Defense Forces freed, apparently based on intelligence about their whereabouts in Rafah.

In their letter, the five New York city and state lawmakers accused Israel of “the mass destruction of Gaza and the killing of civilians who are trapped in a war zone with no possibility to flee to safety.”

“Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in shocking numbers by indiscriminate, large-scale bombing, and the rest live in a state of constant fear, hunger and vulnerability to disease,” they stated. “The war there has also led to increased persecution against Palestinians living in the West Bank and violence from some Israeli settlers who are using the Gaza war to hasten the evictions of Palestinians from their land to expand settlements that are illegal under international law.”

They also appeared to blame the Jewish state for at least some Jew-hatred worldwide.

“Others throughout the mid-east, looking for reasons to destroy Israel, are attacking from the north and fomenting antisemitism and anti-Zionism throughout the world,” the five wrote.

The five lawmakers also stated that they stand in “solidarity with Israelis who are organizing to replace this historically unpopular government with one that stands for universal human rights, for democracy in Israel and for peace with its neighbors.” And they claimed that there is a “rapidly increasing number of antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents occurring right here in our diverse city.”

Extensive recent data has shown that Jew-hatred, which was already disproportionately high before Oct. 7, has been surging since Hamas’s attack. Anti-Muslim hate incidents have also risen in many places, but at significantly lower levels than have antisemitic incidents.

The five also said that the “extreme right in this country” is endangering life for Jews in the United States. Per recent data, the number of far left and of far right anti-Jewish incidents was nearly identical in 2023.

“As Jewish elected officials in both the City and State of New York, we thank President Biden for all his efforts to date, and we call upon the federal government of the United States to push for an end to this war as soon as possible,” the quintet concluded.


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Unpopular Truth
Unpopular Truth
1 month ago

Somehow, the “Deepest Jewish Values” of these people NEVER seem to include: eating only kosher foods, reciting the correct berachah before and after eating, daily prayer with a minyan, observing Shabbat, not dating non-Jews, not marrying non-Jews, not attending intermarriage ceremonies, or studying the weekly parshah twice in Hebrew and once with Rashi or Targum.
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Once again, Israel is the *** ONLY *** country in the world that is required to fight its genocidal terrorist enemies with *** ZERO *** civilians harmed, even though their genocidal terrorist enemies always use civilians as Human Shields, which is a War Crime.

I was a democrat it I saw the light
I was a democrat it I saw the light
1 month ago

With friends like this do we need enemies

"Palestinians" are evil
"Palestinians" are evil
1 month ago

Israel has a right to destroy evil. The so-called Palestinians are evil. They all want Israel’s destruction.

Yaakov
Yaakov
1 month ago

The quinted has deep Jewish values. What they mean is that their Jewish values are buried so deep you’d have a better chance of finding Jimmy Hoffa.

The_Truth
Noble Member
The_Truth
1 month ago

Simplest way to stop all bombing, would be for all the hostages be returned, and for remaining Hamas to give themselves up / arrested and tried for terrorism and war crimes.
Alternatively, Israel will need to fight for its freedom by any means necessary.

Nachum
Nachum
1 month ago

I don’t recall them protesting, when the USA was bombing targets in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilians were being killed.

Anon
Anon
1 month ago

Let’s not forget the name Brad Lander ; he’ll run again. Let’s watch if askans drag him to rabbis, 13th Ave and Ave M
for fress fests . Let’s remember this vermin.

A c
A c
1 month ago

There are 2 types of people who say “because I am a jew” 1 thoses who are proud and 2 thoses who only use it to say I’m not an antisemit despite my actions “because I am a jew”

ezras nashim
ezras nashim
1 month ago

5 goyishe kops — what fools

FYI
FYI
1 month ago

Brad Lander is an intermarried member of the Reform faith. He is close to B.P. Chasidic lobbyist Ezra Friedlander, who supported him for years. Lander later employed Friedlander’s wife on his city council staff before becoming comptroller.

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
1 month ago

glad no frum organizations honor linda sarsour lover brad lander nor do any frum lobbyists promote him.

elyeh
Noble Member
elyeh
1 month ago

These supposedly with “deep” Jewish faith blame Jews for increased anti-Semitism. How deep is their ahavas Yisrael? Does not seem to be much. Anyone who knows them well?

Restler’s accomplishment is getting ID for “600,000 undocumented (illegal immigrant) residents. The CityCouncil’s Progressive Caucus was led by Lander. These politicians are examples of soneh Yisrael who support those who hate yidden. Lander is a friend pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour and Lander has defended Sarsour’s actions.

Yehuda and Shomron
Yehuda and Shomron
1 month ago

The so-called West Bank was won in the six-day war by Israel protecting itself from Arab aggressors. It is not Arab land. The people who they are falsely accusing of violence are trying to protect their families from Arab apartheid aggressor terrorists who want to commit genocide.

ananymous
ananymous
1 month ago

It is amazing, When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor approx 2000 Americans died & FDR declared war against the emperor. 2.1 milloon Japanese military died and Approx 1 million Japanese CIVILIANS were killed during the US bombings of which 200,000 were incinerated by the 2 A-bombs dropped. Not ONE WORD was said by anyone regarding the civilian deaths. The ANTI-SEMETIC MOMZER FDR refused to save 1 JEWISH LIFE. And again nothing was said. But when a Yid defends himself & retaliates against BARBARIAN SUB-HUMANS there is a world outcry. the IDF does all it can to prevent civilian casualties. And after all is said and done Yidden still go into the voting booth and cast ballots for all the DEMORATS. WAKE UP! They are not Ohev Yisroel. Stop supporting the immoral, socialist left wing Jew haters. May HaShem watch over & protect our brave Chayalim

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Whatever these five are drinking, it must be strong. They should not be driving. They are parroting the lies pumped by Hamas, and swallowed in whole by the Democrats of the left. Even the cursed mainstream media has slowed down basing their reporting on Hamas statements. Meanwhile, their letter actually incites anti-Semitic violence. May they be the only victims of the next such crimes of hate.

Democrats support mutilating confused children.
Democrats support mutilating confused children.
1 month ago

JINO scum who have no Jewish values.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Rooted in Obama and self-hating-jew traditions

The Commish
The Commish
1 month ago

What do these 5 Idiots have in common? They’re all democRATs. Keep voting for democRATs so that they can stab you in the back. It happens 100% of the time. Elections have consequences. VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Esther in LA
Esther in LA
1 month ago

We’re responsible for the antisemitism of lslamofaciats!!?? We should feel sorry, guilty when the vast majority of Gazans STILL support Hamas yms?

Chamor Hador
Chamor Hador
1 month ago

I’ve been searching for hours to see who asked them for their opinions…still searching…
Stay tuned, I’ll advise when I find it

Jonjon
Jonjon
1 month ago

Erev rav jinos. Nuff said.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

YIMACH SH’MOM V’ZICHROM………………….

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

In geopolitics some prominent people are considered UI’s by the underlying intelligence services.

Ui’s are Useful Idiots

Sl699@
Sl699@
1 month ago

Crocodile tears. They are just upset that Israel’s enemies hate them too.

Doc
Doc
1 month ago

LIBTARDS

oritm01
Active Member
oritm01
1 month ago

They are Jews. Hardly JewISH.

abba
abba
1 month ago

Sadly, these politicians are thinking about themselves and how they’re portrayed to their voter based (which is everything to them) even at the expense of turning their back on their own people.

Congratulations, you fellas are now true politicians. Some people consider that a good thing.

mee hoo ze
mee hoo ze
1 month ago

Jewish values includes killing murderers. Just look in the Torah where Hashem taught us our values.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

It would be wise to remember these PRIX’S names come November of the year they need our votes, dikheads !

mendi
mendi
1 month ago

unbelievable that these Jews are so misguided.
Like the post 10/7 poster said ” hamas would get you too…”
Shame on them

5TResident
5TResident
1 month ago

Pandering for votes.

Tshuva
Tshuva
1 month ago

Hahahaahah. Erev Rav.

mendi
mendi
1 month ago

in my view all gazans are complicit in the Oct 7 and thereafter actions. They knew whats going on, they knew where the tunnels are. They knew where the hostages are. So it’s to give them their reward in their miserable heaven

Sol Leb
Sol Leb
1 month ago

Keep voting for democrats remember elections have consequences!

Lgb
Lgb
1 month ago

spam their offices demanding them to resign , and to keep Jews out of their mouths

Facts speak
Facts speak
1 month ago

Hoylman is not Jewish his so called “husband” is and he had a sharon kleinbaum conversion.

Turk
Turk
1 month ago

The pig said the is kosher because he has split hoove

Charlie Hall
Charlie Hall
1 month ago

Primary all five!