Councilman Kalman Yeger has been removed from the City Council’s immigration committee for his comment regarding “so-called Palestinians” and that “the Palestinian state does not exist.”
In an opinion piece published in last week’s Hamodia, Sara Lehmann writes of Yeger’s “commendable bravado” and quotes former Assemblyman Dov Hikind as criticizing Jewish organizations for “looking over their shoulder” rather than speaking out in Yeger’s defense.
I have one question: Do Gedolei Yisrael, who should be guiding us in such important matters, sanction Yeger’s comment? What exactly did it accomplish other than to further enrage our many enemies?
I am not surprised that Jewish organizations did not come to Yeger’s defense. Organizations such as Agudath Israel and the OU are extremely careful with what they say and how they say it. They have spoken out against Congresswoman Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, but in a careful, though strongly worded way.
We must never forget that this is galus and all of us, especially elected officials, have to be very careful how we protest against anti-Semitism.
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