Watch: Councilman Greenfield Takes On Neturei Karta Leader at New York City Council Hearing

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New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield angrily denounced the leader of Neturei Karta today at a City Council hearing on a resolution condemning efforts to de-legitimize Israel. The hearing was marked by protests and frequent interruptions from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. After listening to a steady stream of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment that pervaded much of the pro-BDS witnesses’ testimony throughout the afternoon, Greenfield attempted to engage one BDS supporter in an actual conversation. The result was not pretty, but neither was it surprising, considering that the BDS movement does not have facts on its side.

“Let me ask you a question,” Greenfield asked the head of Neturei Karta, who had just engaged in a lengthy anti-Israel tirade, and who previously attended a Holocaust Denial Conference in Iran. “Did the State of Israel exist when Hitler killed six million Jews?” The witness refused to answer, instead insisting “I will answer what I want to answer!” From there, the Neturei Karta leader continued to shout over Greenfield’s repeated attempts to ask questions. The witness declined even to answer who he was speaking for or what organization he represented, choosing rather to continue shouting angrily over Greenfield’s attempts to ask questions.

“I was shocked by the depth of anti-Israel sentiment and naked anti-Semitism on display today,” Greenfield said after the hearing. “Shocked, but sadly unsurprised. Any time you hold the BDS movement and its supporters up to any kind of scrutiny, you find either that they are simply ignorant, or that their motivations are rooted in bigotry and hatred. We saw both kinds of BDS supporters at today’s hearing.”

The hearing, which was on a Council resolution condemning efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel, including the BDS movement, began early this morning and stretched well into the afternoon, with frequent interruptions by BDS protesters.




  1. The satmar rov said no medina before moshiach. many gedoolim would not even visit the medina. So mr greenfield you have a lot of explaining to do.

    • Rav Henkin one of the top Poskim in America if not “The Posek” in America at the time said the following.
      “I was shocked to read in Chomoteinu of Cheshvan 5719 the slanderous notion that we are required to give our lives (limsor nefesh) to frustrate and resist the efforts of the State of Israel in its struggle against those who would rise up against them. This was stated as a p’sak din based on what we learn that Israel is restricted from rebelling against the nations (Ketubot 111a)…
      Now all the rabbis who were opposed to Zionism and the establishment of a state took up that position until the time that it was officially founded. Once the state was declared, anyone who plays into the hands of the nations of the world even where there is no imminent danger, is clearly a moseir and rodeif. All the more when there is danger to destruction of life in so doing… Surely, those who recently emigrated must be very weary of the state’s efforts to strip them of their Torah way of life, but to proclaim that anyone who aids the state is a rodeif, well such talk is the severest form of redifa.”

  2. I would have voted against this resolution along will all Torah Jews, thanks to this line
    “Whereas, Israel is far and away the most democratic and open society in the Middle East, with well-established rights for religious minorities, women, and LGBT citizens that far exceeds those of any other nation in the region”

  3. With sick demonic people you can’t have a rational debate, Especially with the Neturei charta crazies they all belong in mental institutions.

  4. Well what’s more shocking is how greenfield supports Hillary in light of the nukes Iran is developing. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. If he really cared about Israel’s security he would not endorse Hillary.


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