Angered by Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism
(The following letter written to Rep Clarke of Brooklyn regarding the anti-Semitic comments made by Rep Ilhan Omar was sent to the Jewish Voice by the Crown Heights Women for the Safety & Integrity of Israel)
March 6, 2019
Dear Representative Ivette Clarke,
Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel calls on you to take immediate steps to remove freshman Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Ms. Omar’s latest anti-Semitic remarks calling into question Jewish Americans’ loyalty to the United States is the last straw.
Crafting a resolution condemning all hate rhetoric together, while noble, obfuscates the issue at hand: Ihan Omar’s calculated effort to stir hatred in America against its Jewish citizens, our Jewish brethren.
She must be taken off the House Foreign Affairs Committee and meaningfully censured for her offensive and antagonistic remarks against Jews and Israel. In addition, it should also be apparent that Ms. Omar’s divisive outlook has no place for participation on the House Education Committee as well.
In closing, we call your attention to the Congressional Joint Resolution: National Education and Sharing Day proclaimed in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on his birthday.
Renewed yearly since 1978, the resolution supports the Rebbe’s efforts to promote The Seven Noahide Laws among society through education because they “instinctively resonate with human understanding and intellect and are both the heritage and responsibility for all nations to follow.”
In wholehearted agreement, President Ronald Reagan added, “Education must include instruction in the deepest ethical values of our civilization…values with roots in the Seven Noahide Laws.”
Given to Mankind after the Great Flood as recorded in the Bible, these laws enjoin society to:
1) Not worship idols but to believe in One G-d;
2) Not to blaspheme;
3) Not to murder but to respect and value human life;
4) Not to commit adultery but to respect the family and behave morally;
5) Not to steal but to respect the rights and property of others;
6) Not to eat the flesh of an animal that is still living–but to show compassion for all of G-d’s creations
7) To establish courts of justice and pursue justice.
Mrs. Tamar Adelstein, co-ordinator
Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel
Mrs. Shaindel Blasberg
Mrs. Basha Oka Botnick
Mrs. Miriam Friedfertig
Mrs. Yaffa Gottlieb
Mrs. Frida Schapiro
Mrs. Robin Ticker
Mrs. Miriam Yerushalmi
The Future of “Big Apple Transit”
NYC Council Speaker and 2021 Mayoral candidate Corey Johnson is correct that City Hall can actually regain control of the both the NYC Transit subway and bus systems and create his proposed “Big Apple Transit.” All have long forgotten that buried within the 1953 master agreement between the City of New York and NYC Transit is an escape clause. NYC has the legal right to take back at any time control of its assets. This includes the subway and bus systems. In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed on control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets under a master lease and operating agreement to the newly created NYC Transit Authority.
Regaining total control comes with a number of financial liabilities. City Hall will have to negotiate with both the Governor and State Legislature over how much of the MTA’s $40 billion long term debt and billions more in employee pension, health insurance, other benefits and liabilities come with the package. NYC would also inherit a series of union contracts and work rule agreements. You also have to develop a plan for turning over management for billions in hundreds of ongoing capital improvement projects that are already under way. Don’t forget current purchases for several thousand new subway cars and buses.
NYC Transit bus and subway are the largest transit operators in the nation with a fleet of 6.400 subway and 4,400 buses. MTA Bus with a fleet of 1300 buses is one of the top ten bus operators in the nation. It is the equivalent of attempting to manage a fortune five hundred corporation. Does NYC have the technical capacity to take on such an undertaking to support creation of the new ‘Big Apple Transit’?
Neither NYCDOT or any other city agency has any experience in management of either subways or buses.
(Larry Penner is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for grants supporting billions in capital projects and programs on behalf of the MTA, NYC Transit, MTA Bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road and NYC Department of Transportation).
Looking Back at the Soviet Jewry Movement
At a time when internal Jewish divisions seem to overwhelm our advocacy for Israel, let’s look back at the Soviet Jewry movement to see how a broad swath of the American Jewish community united to free our brethren. Jewish Voice readers are invited to join the panel discussion, “Let My People Go! Lessons we learned from the Soviet Jewry movement” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 pm; free admission. Rabbi Avi Weiss, who was national chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, will lead the speakers. Famed former Prisoners for Zion Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, and Sylva Zalmanson, as well as Yossi Klein Halevi, will speak by video. The m.c. will be Rabbi Mati Pawlak, an extraordinary young Polish Jew with smicha from YU, who’s doing his PhD on the SSSJ at the University of Krakow. Readers may register at the Museum’s website, mjhnyc.org.
Excited About Israeli Food in NYC
I’m salivating just from reading your article “Famous Israeli Chef Bringing Kosher Tastes To Hell’s Kitchen.” I can’t wait to go try some of Eyal Shani’s tasty Israeli food in Hell’s Kitchen in a few months. The place sounds so cool, and I for one can hardly wait. It’s another great chance for Israeli food and culture to spread and bring joy and fulfillment to people’s lives. People from all corners of the world come to New York, and soon they will get an authentic taste of Israeli cuisine in the middle of the Big Apple. We need more of this healthful, environmentally friendly, and delicious food.
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