Opinion: Mr. Kleinhendler, An Apology is in Order!

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kleinhandler1By Avraham Solomon

Howard Kleinhendler recently officially launched his campaign for New Jersey’s 4th Congressional seat, which is currently occupied by Congressman Chris Smith. In gearing up for his campaign, Kleinhendler accused Smith of being anti-Israel with the implication being that Smith is anti-Jewish.

Whenever a candidate espouses incredibly inaccurate attacks on an opponent, the politically decent thing to do is to offer a public apology. In light of all the effort that Congressman Smith has invested into combating anti-Semitism and fighting for Jewish causes, I believe an apology is in order.

One of the first things Congressman Smith did when he came to office in 1983 was fly to Russia with the National Conference on Soviet Jewry to see what he could do to ease their suffering and help them escape Russia. Congressman Smith has also chaired numerous committees in Congress designed to help fight rising anti-Semitism abroad and at home. It was Chris Smith who pushed for Congress to pass the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. Besides being an incredible friend to the Jewish people throughout his political career, Congressman Smith also champions the values that religious Jews cherish greatly.

Congressman Smith isn’t a man who should be condemned by Jewish voters, but rather thanked. He is a true friend of Israel and for Kleinhendler to portray him any differently is a grave injustice. Therefore, I want Congressman Smith to know that Mr. Kleinhendler’s remarks don’t represent the Jewish attitude towards a man who has done so much to battle anti-Semitism.

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

15 COMMENTS

  1. Is this the same Kleinhandhandler who was the starting point guard on Camp Agudah’s basketball team in the 1980’s?

  2. I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE! CHRIS SMITH MIGHT BE THE GREATEST FRIENDS THE JEWS HAVE EVER HAD IN CONGRESS. WHY KLEINHENDLER DECIDED TO RUN AGAINST OUR GREATEST FRIEND WE HAVE HAD FOR OVER 20 YEARS IS MIND BOGGLING AND TERRIBLY MISGUIDED. HOWARD FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO RUN AGAINST. YOU PICKED THE WRONG GUY

  3. Klienhendler need not apologize for anything -this is America and he has the right to run. You should apologize to kleinhendler for suggesting that he does not have the right to run for office. He will be as good as smith on all positions and better on others. Our worst problem should be that he gets elected.

  4. #1
    YES, Hes a great all around guy. Learned in BMG Kolel many years; now helps out many yungerleit shtiller hait

  5. SHAME ON MR KLEINHEDER SHAME ON THE HANDLERS FOR the REMARKS RE CONGRESSMAN SMITHIF YOU ASPIRE TO SIT IN CONGRESS FIND ANOTHER DISTRICT
    CONGRESSMAN SMITH HAS BEEN A GREAT REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVELY UNVOLVED IN ALL OF OUR NEEDS AS AMERUCANS AND AS MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH FAITH

  6. HE WANTS TO GO AGAINST SMITH BECAUSE SMITH IS PRO TEACHING CREATIONISM IN SCHOOLS…oH WAIT.. ISN’T THAT A GOOD THING? WHO’S PRO THE JEWISH WAY, I ask you.

  7. The writer obviously didn’t listen to the interview. The point made is not whether smith is vocal on antisemitism but whether we want to continue to support someone who votes down money to israel

  8. To #1:
    “Klein kleinhandler – kleinhandler came to play – better in Agudah, than in the NBA” …………….. Remember? We still lost every game anyway. Well we did beat Morris, but so did everyone else.

  9. “better in Agudah than in MTA” NOT NBA!
    IS Avi Solomon related to Moti Solomon who played on the same Camp Agudah team?

  10. Noodle and Cheese (and whatever other names you posted under).

    I admire you longstanding devotion to Camp Agudah. Your nostalgic sentiments show that you really love the camp and I bet you still daydream abioyt being able to spend your summers there.

  11. TVT: Hello there. Long time no speak – it’s been about 25 years! I sing myself to sleep singing those awesome Marching Songs you wrote back in the day. I only wish I can still be there – who wouldn’t want to be able to sit and learn bchavrusa down by the gate on visitng day, or keep an eye on the equiptment room.

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