Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bill de Blasio Praises Racist Rabbi

Rabbi Chacham Ovadia Yosef

The next four years in New York City promise to offer a refreshing albeit dysfunctional departure from the Bloomberg “Nanny State,” at least if Bill de Blasio, the presumptive next Mayor follows through and actually wins the coming November election. He is heavily favored.

In response to a recent attack by a gang of bikers on an Asian couple driving through the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, he inanely suggested that police visit motorcycle clubs and “talk with the bikers.”

But perhaps even worse was de Blasio’s office recently issuing a statement hailing the “wisdom, charity and sensitivity” of a notorious Israeli rabbi who died Monday, October 7th, 2013. Over the years that Rabbi, Ovadia Yosef has made shocking remarks about non-Jews, blacks, Palestinians and even Jews.

More than 800,000 Israelis mourned 93-year-old Rabbi Chacham Ovadia Yosef, a spiritual leader, political force and former chief rabbi for Jews of Spanish, North African and Middle Eastern origin.

De Blasio praised Ovadia Yosef without mentioning that even the Anti-Defamation League had repudiated many of the rabbi’s hate-filled statements.

Bill de Blasio’s camp called Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s wisdom, charity and sensitivity “legendary.”

“Millions of people around the world lost a leader today in Rabbi Chacham Ovadia Yosef,” de Blasio, the public advocate and Democratic nominee for mayor, Tweeted and said in a statement, adding, “His wisdom, charity and sensitivity were legendary.”

But Yosef has drawn scathing criticism over the years for his stance on gays, Palestinians, non-Jews and even Holocaust victims.

In 2000, Yosef criticized the Nazis as “evil,” but in the same breath said the 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust because they were “reincarnations of the souls of sinners, people who transgressed and did all sorts of things which should not be done.”

“They had been reincarnated in order to atone,” Yosef said at the time.

In late 2005, Yosef blamed the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina on the fact that the majority black population of New Orleans didn’t study the Torah.

“Tens of thousands have been killed,” he was quoted as saying in his weekly Saturday sermon.“All of this because they have no God.”

In a 2010 sermon he said that Abbas should “perish from the world,” but later apologized.

It was such inflammatory remarks that drew more nuanced responses to his passing in some corners — including from Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota expressed condolences, while acknowledging that the rabbi “has made statements over time that were unfortunate.”

Lhota said he didn’t take issue with de Blasio’s unqualified statement — even though critics on Twitter did.

Gawker went a step further with a story that highlighted some of Yosef’s choice remarks headlined, “Bill de Blasio Mourns Death of Very Racist Rabbi.”

Included was a statement in 2010 that suggested that the purpose of non-Jews was to serve Jews.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world — only to serve the people of Israel,” he was quoted as telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Wiley Norvell, a spokesman in de Blasio’s office, said his condolences weren’t meant to be a sign of outright support. “Bill, like the US ambassador to Israel, was offering his condolences, not an endorsement of his views,” said Norvell.

THIS promises to be a fun way to further discredit activist government, piling on its already stockpiled recent failings.


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