Orthodox Community Leader Defends Brooklyn Councilman Against Allegations of Antisemitism: ‘Baseless and False’

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BROOKLYN (VINnews) — A leading Satmar community leader has come to the defense of a Brooklyn City Councilman, after a NY Post story claimed allegations of antisemitism.

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The Post quoted “some Orthodox Jews living” in Bed-Stuy, who live in an area being considered to be declared a historical landmark. The Jews reportedly claim that the plan is an antisemitic “scheme” by Councilman Chi Osse to push them out.

On May 21, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to add two blocks, Willoughby Avenue and Hart Street between Nostrand and Marcy avenues, to the calendar for consideration as a new historic district.

The Post said: “Large Orthodox families often need to expand their houses, Jewish homeowners explained, so limiting their ability to alter them will essentially force them to move or be unable to sell to other Orthodox families.”

It quoted a “Rabbi” who said: “We need big houses. We don’t have one or two children.”

It also cited a different orthodox Jew who said, “We feel that this is antisemitism because they are trying to stop us from moving in here. This will have us moving out.”

However Rabbi David Niederman, a noted askan and President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, wrote a strongly-worded letter, staunchly defending Councilman Osse.

Rabbi Niederman said he was shocked to read the allegations, called the accusation “baseless and false”. Rabbi Niederman praised Osse for his work in combating antisemitism, and expressed gratitude for his support of the orthodox community. While he did express opposition to the plan to label the area a historical landmark, he felt it is “outrageous” to make accusations of antisemitism and to invoke October 7.

READ RABBI NIEDERMAN’S FULL STATEMENT:


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elyeh
elyeh
9 days ago

Who is attempting to keep their political influence and “payoffs” ? You decide.

Enough
Enough
9 days ago

Represents a large government subsided classification organization

Holy Moe
Holy Moe
9 days ago

Niederman is a wise man. Leave him alone. He knows what he is doing.

Anonyms
Anonyms
9 days ago

Not shocked anymore

Yoel
Yoel
9 days ago

While most of the “orthodox” spokespeople became foolish, finally, some rational voices from original orthodox leaders.

Anonyms
Anonyms
8 days ago

I agree if somebody brags that he used his influence and his seat on the community board to force a developer to set aside more low income apartments that were given to the Hispanics Just because the developer did not belong to his Kehilla his infamous words “if you guys would only know how much money he lost you would be smiling”

MoisheDayan
MoisheDayan
8 days ago

The usual kiss up

Phil
Phil
8 days ago

Know him too well, unfortunately

Avromi brown
Avromi brown
8 days ago

Ugh he’s a rahsa like Biden… Purchase with American US dollars