Ask Kalman Yeger to be a Mentch and apologize!

Ask Kalman Yeger to be a Mentch and apologize!

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We, members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn are respectfully asking Councilman Kalman Yeger to kindly retract his controversial comments regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

No matter how one tries to parse his tweet, the underlying implication is that a people, Palestinians, (not Hamas or any other political movement) their grievances are of no consequence or their national aspirations are of less value than any other people.

We understand that many in our community have very strong opinions about this topic, from both sides of the spectrum. While many are passionately pro-Israel others adhere to prominent Hasidic sects who are traditionally known to be vehemently anti-Zionist.

But regardless of the various opinions, the fact of the matter is we are in New York City not in the Middle East. The question whether Palestine exists or not is not part of a New York City Councilman’s job description to determine.

It is simply not fair to subject his constituents into such a hot potato topic, one of the most controversial and sensitive conflicts the international community is grappling with.

Finally and most importantly, his tweet was totally unnecessary, divisive and offensive to many of our New York neighbors. It is destroying the peace and driving a wedge between the Jewish community and our peaceful Muslim neighbors.

PLEASE KALMAN MAKE A KIDDUSH HASHEM BE A MENTCH AND APOLOGIZE.

SHALOM. PEACE. SALAAM.