|Assemblyman Dov Hikind gives the Phelps Klan |
a piece of his mind
I'm backing Brooklyn Assembyman Dov Hikind (D) in the punch out with Shirley Phelps Roper as her family shouted anti-Jewish slurs outside a Jewish school in Brooklyn. Hikind, the son of a Holocacust survivor, said, “There are anti-Semites in this world. Do you ignore them or do you confront them?”
The Phelps Klan was in town for it's regular "protest" at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin on Coney Island Avenue, as well as Chabad of Kensington and Yeshiva Torah Teminah.
Personally, I think a rumble between the Chabadniks and the Phelps Klan would be fun to watch and ultimately my money would be on the Chabads. They're in shape from all that singin and dancin and they can shout out to God/Hashem with the best of them. As for Chabad's feelings about homosexuality, well they think it is against Jewish Law and all that, but wouldn't write those suffering from the "gay" out of the community.
Accoreding to Yeshiva World News (I don't cite them often) in anticipation of the arrival of the hate mongers from Top[eka, "...local residents handed out flyers regarding a “Nazi protest” which was being held outside Yeshiva Chaim Berlin, and Yeshiva Torah Temimah, and called for a counter demonstration."
Yeshiva World News also wrote, "it is totally unacceptable to permit such a group to stage a protest directly outside the windows of classrooms packed with children with the words “Your Rabbi is a ____”(obscenity not fit to publish on YWN). Why must children be forced to read such a hateful slur? Is this not a hate crime? If that statement was found graffitied onto a wall near a Yeshiva, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit would probably investigate it as a Hate Crime. Why not now?"
Actually, that is a pretty good question.
As for Assemblyman Hikind, he isn't really all that much better than the Phelps family. Here are just a few tidbits about the guy:
Hikind has urged the New York Police Department to implement a policy of racial profiling in subway bag searches, which would affect individuals who appear to come from Middle Eastern or Muslim backgrounds. Hikind defends this policy on the grounds that it would work far more effectively to combat terrorism than the current policy, instituted in 2004, which uses random bag searches. (Searches based on racial profiling have been called racist and demeaning by civil rights groups. The NYPD released a statement against Hikind's proposal of racial profiling for terrorists). He believes that the terrorist profile (that of Arab-American Muslims) should be targeted as it is the one currently engaged in terrorism in current world events.
Hikind was a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League and knew Rabbi Kahane very well, and is active in right-wing Jewish causes.
After voting against a same-sex marriage bill in the New York State Assembly, Hikind noted that same-sex marriage can lead to the acceptance of incest, maintaining that, "If we authorize gay marriage in the state of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well."
Hikind voiced support for five Jewish teenagers who were charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating a Muslim man while shouting racial slurs at him. Hikind insisted that it was actually the victim who provoked the teenagers.
Hikind came under fire for voicing his support of banning non-Jewish victims from being mentioned in a Holocaust memorial being built in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn
The following is from the Gothamist.