Column: Mayor de Blasio’s ‘right’ lie on NYC hate crimes

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Last week in Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that hate crimes, especially against our Jewish neighbors, are on the rise in the city and that the political right is responsible. His blame game is a lie, and only meant to further his presidential pipedreams.

The Mayor and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced the latest crime figures, which showed most crimes continuing to decline. One notable exception was a 64 percent increase in hate crimes from January through May, compared to the same months last year. In 2018 there were 112, compared to 184 of these hate crimes this year, 60 percent of which were anti-Semitic.

After batting down any suggestion of anti-Semitism on the left, de Blasio proceeded to say, “The violent threat, the threat that is ideological, is very much from the right.” I guess the mayor conveniently forgets the words of anti-Semitism by his progressive allies like Brooklynite Linda Sarsour and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Obviously, both the far-right and far-left have, in words and actions, contributed to the unfortunate rise of hate. The mayor saying the far-right is the cause of the 64 percent increase in hate crimes here while exonerating his far-left buddies is a crass attempt to help his quixotic presidential campaign by blaming President Trump and the right for everything that is wrong. Of course he can’t condemn Sarsour or Omar, lest he risk losing their support.

Let’s begin with de Blasio’s Brooklyn neighbor Linda Sarsour, who has been a left-wing political activist and was the executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, based in Bay Ridge. This is a woman who penned an op-ed titled “New Progressive Era Still Politics As Usual Regarding Israel.” In the op-ed, she criticized New York City Democrats for standing “with a handful of political elites to show unwavering support for Israel” against terrorist attacks from Hamas.

In October 2015, Sarsour posted on her twitter account a photo of a Palestinian boy preparing to throw a rock at Israeli soldiers and called it “The definition of courage.” How the mayor does not think promoting violence by the next generation does not lead to more hate is beyond me. Perhaps it would ruin his chances of getting Sarsour to endorse him for president.

Further, after Queens Councilman Rory Lancman — who is now running for District Attorney in his borough — responded to Sarsour, stating, “Attacking Jews at their homes, schools, supermarkets, cafes, buses, roads, synagogues and Seder tables is barbarous, and enlisting children to commit those acts is even more so,” she responded with “The Zionist trolls are out to play.” But, according to de Blasio, it is only the right that promotes violence and anti-Semitism.

To Sarsour, it is not her own words that harm race relations and cause bad blood, it is our NYPD. At an anti-police protest in December 2015, Sarsour was arrested. Video shows one of her fellow protestors yelling in the face of a police officer “Nobody looks at you like a hero, just a racist.” It also shows Sarsour chanting about “the violence of racist police.”

No matter how many examples of Sarsour’s radical actions and words are provided, she and the left are innocent of any anti-Semitism, according to de Blasio — it is all President Trump and the right’s fault.

Since de Blasio is running to be the chief executive of the country, I am confident he has been following Congress a bit more. Therefore, he should be well aware of Congresswo­man’s Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) attempts to top Sarsour for the most extreme rhetoric against Jewish-Americans and Israel.

In February, Omar tweeted that support for Israel in the United States is “all about the Benjamins” and accused Jewish leaders of having “dual loyalty” to America and Israel. Even Chelsea Clinton, who has a Jewish husband, had to speak up. She tweeted, “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”

Of course, the mayor would disagree with the former first daughter because to him, anti-Semitism is only practiced by one party’s elected officials and public figures.

On June 5, a vandal wrote “Kill All Jews” on a mailbox outside of Saint Patrick’s in Bay Ridge. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is even assigning the New York State Police Hate Crimes unit to assist the NYPD in finding the culprit. While borough Democrats and Republicans all condemned this incident, only de Blasio would pin the blame on the right.

The mayor only has to look to his left in Brooklyn and Minnesota to see some who really spread anti-Semitism.

Bob Capano has worked for Brooklyn Republican and Democrat elected officials.

Posted 12:00 am, June 15, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mark Zist from The Democrat Party says:
Part of the Dems strategy for 2020 is to continue with the ‘republicans are white supremacists’ nonsense. Sady most of the people who vote Democratic fall for the lies. The people of color have been duped by these liars for decades and now because they vote like 90% for the demonrats they are leading to the destruction of our once proud nation. Blacks, Latinos and Gays better get with the program and stop falling for the hate and lies of people like diBlasio.
June 15, 2019, 8:49 am
Local from Here says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Another delusional trumpturd⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 15, 2019, 9:25 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
The more Islam you have in a society the more anti-Semitism you will experience. If you want proof, just look at France and Germany.
June 15, 2019, 9:41 am
Local from Here says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Islamaphobic trumpturd⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 15, 2019, 10:05 am
Local from Here says:
It’s always the same loser that can’t post an original thought or it’s own user name. Must be sad that it can’t come up with an original thought. The Trump derangement syndrome is extra strong in this one.
June 15, 2019, 10:05 am
Local from Here says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Buthurt trumpturd⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Stop copying me, loser!
June 15, 2019, 10:06 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey REAL Local, Don't feel too bad. This loser copies me too. Then tries to blame a fictitious character named vision zero. I think he/she hears voices in his/her head. This person is obsessed with DiBlasio and AOC. Severe mental deficiencies. Do Not Engage.
June 15, 2019, 11:23 am
Local from Here says:
⬆️It always ends up talking to itself when people stop engaging the troll⬆️
June 15, 2019, 11:51 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆I told you so ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ He/she is a pathetic loser.
June 15, 2019, 12:12 pm
LaQwerty Jones from NYCHA Chuck Schumer Houses says:
Henry do you think you’re actually helping your cause? Just like Antifa and all the other violent, deranged Democrats, you have nothing to offer other than hate and name-calling. Bunch of whiny little children who throw tantrums when things don’t go their way. Let the adults lead the country, you can worry about what gender you feel you are today.
June 15, 2019, 12:58 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Another buthurt trumpturd⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 15, 2019, 1:13 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Mark Zist from The Democrat Party in response to your comment about Democrats falsely accusing the Republicans as being white supremacists, I haven't heard any Democrat praised them as did the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump.
June 15, 2019, 1:38 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
This lie(or deliberately),misleading the people,is hardly surprising from our current Mayor. Mayor Bill de-blassio,ever more appears to be almost as inherently corrupt,as President Donald Trump.
June 15, 2019, 2:57 pm
Mark Zist from Democrat Party says:
Bob, you’re from Gerritsen Beach, a poor man’s Broad Channel. Stop acting like a White Guilt SJW from Park Slope. You are clueless as expected, you can’t even comprehend how your liberal fake media twists what Trump says. You must be a brainwashed blue collar union zombie. You have no clue about anything that Trump has done to benefit this country! Girlfriend you are an emotional wreck!
June 15, 2019, 4:13 pm
Local from Here says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Buthurt trumpturd⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
David from Dinkins says:
How are you liberals with female circumcision in these freedom loving muslim cultures?
June 15, 2019, 6:56 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Mark Zist from Democrat Party well, your hostile response is a typical one made by people who are only educated enough to repeat what they hear on Fox news network. I responded to your statement void of any personal attack yet you chose to attack me personally which is a pretty good indication that you have no substance other than to repeat what you hear like a puppet. I actually heard Donald Trump referred the white supremacist at the Charlottesville rioting as "good people". While we're at it what happened to this great health care system he pledged while running for office? You know the one that I would not believe how inexpensive and good it would be. What happened to this great tax break he promised the people that didn't include raising deductibles on medical expenses, capping a deduction for mortgage and city and state taxes. Wall while the Republicans controlled the house the Senate and the White House for the first two years of his presidency. What happened to all the middle income jobs he promised to get back from China? Now he's blaming China for our deficit problems when it was American companies that sent on jobs over there under the watchful eye of a Republican administration. Let's see if you have the intelligence to address those questions without trying to diverting the attention by personally attacking me.
June 15, 2019, 7:48 pm
Local from Here says:
Mark Zist from Democrat Party is nothing more than another Buthurt trumpturd. Cry me a river you milquetoast whiny transplant bich. Go back to your racist flyover state and never step foot into Brooklyn. You're not welcome here, shartbag!
June 15, 2019, 9:34 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay Sheepshead Bay says:
With all the violence and murders in the USA and around the world, the local media , politicians and special interests spend so much time dealing with the over publicized inflated petty crimes that make up the majority of so-called anti-Semitic incidents committed by children and comprised in the majority of pranks and petty graffiti . I will not be scared or intimidated by these agitators. I feel safer in the streets of NYC and Brooklyn than almost any other place in the world. Those responsible should be ashamed in their attempt to strike fear amongst we of the Jewish community.
June 17, 2019, 6:09 pm
Local from Here says:
It doesn't matter if it's a kid or an adult doing the act. If it's anti-Semitic it get's documented. That's how statistics work, Schmecklestain.
June 17, 2019, 6:40 pm
Cheryl Pacanowski from Midwood says:
De Blasio did condemn Alexandria Cortez for co-opting and capitalizing on Holocaust concentration camps for personal ends. We all agree that abusing and allowing children to die in captivity is intolerable, but there is a difference between actively helping them which she should do and manipulating people by blurring the truth. There are lies and demagoguery from the right and left.
June 21, 2019, 6:45 pm

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