And Dov turns into a bear!

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Borough Park’s firebrand lawmaker nearly came to blows with the hate-spewing Kansans picketing outside of a Midwood yeshiva on Monday, calling one of the church members “a whore,” and breaching a police barricade before cops quickly restrained him.

So what turned Assemblyman Dov Hikind into an angry grizzly?

Hikind said it was one sign in particular held by one of the members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church that made his blood boil: “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

“There are soldiers dying on a regular basis, and these animals show up and picket,” said Hikind, who lives a few blocks from the demonstration, held outside Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, on Avenue I and E. 13th Street.

The group, which targeted Jews and Israel at the demonstration, has also been protesting at the funerals for soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming they are dying “for the homosexual and other sins of America.”

Other signs stated “God Hates Israel” and “Your Doom is Coming.”

The church was about an hour late for their planned protest — but it only took a nanosecond for Hikind, the son of Holocaust survivors, to snap.

He warned church member Shirley Phelps-Roper, “Just be careful the rest of your day in Brooklyn.” No one was hurt, but the group reportedly had its tires slashed.

Phelps responded, “Criminal conduct does not change God.”

Hikind was not arrested, and said afterwards, “There are anti-Semites in this world,” he said. “Do you ignore them or do you confront them?”

He continued, “You have haters coming into the heart of your community — I could not ignore that. You have to confront evil.”

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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Eddie Mazz from Bay Ridge says:
I saw video of Dov tearing open the barrier and trying to take down signs, from all the of Brooklyn Thank You!! You did something that many people including myself wanted to do! I hope I run into you sometime soon so I can shake your hand! Once again Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Oct. 12, 2010, 2:11 pm
Tony from Park Slope says:
Please. You are thanking Dov Hikind for fighting againt the freaks of Westboro? Where the hell are you when he is demonizing the gay community and spouting hateful, homophobic bile? They should of locked him in that little protest pen and let the homophobe and hatemongers go at each other's throats. Hikind is abother sleazy, homophobic hater whose bullying contributes to the high rates of suicide amongst gay youth around the country.
Oct. 12, 2010, 8:54 pm
Jimmy from Brooklyn says:
I dont think these freaks will ever come back again , They had thier tires slashed and car windows all mashed up
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:28 am
Jenifer from Greenpoint says:
I was there. Everyone wanted to rush the barricades but we are supposed to be civilized people and we made westboro look like the more rational ones.
Also this is how they make the money to continue to travel through the money that they get from lawsuits against those who attack them. If they are able to get a cent from the assembleyman shame on him.
Oct. 13, 2010, 10:34 am
Dump Dov from Brooklyn says:
Dov never misses a chance to look like he's doing something, but does'nt actually do anything when he can.
I'd respect him more if he actually hit them and got arrested, that would be integrity.
He safegaurds the names of accused child molestors in Brooklyn for "the protection"of their victims.
He's a bigot and a homophobe who seems to spend most of his time in Israel; he should be their assemblyman.
He protects some in Boro Park who can get him votes and press, while turning his back on others who ask his help.
He was at another location of the Wesboro church protests that day and he did nothing but wait to get interviewed and tell people to "remember to vote".
Many can't wait for him to be gone, he's just another corrupt politician who needs to go.
Oct. 14, 2010, 10:05 pm

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