Bill de Blasio and the Jews

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


bill_deblasio_ap_imgBill de Blasio won 38% of the Jewish vote in the New York City Democratic Primary. Despite the liberal reputation of Jewish voters in the Big Apple, these numbers were roughly even with those of other religions and demographics.

The latest Marist poll, which shows de Blasio with a 43% lead, also shows the Jewish vote leaning toward him by only 55%. Republican challenger Joe Lhota scores 36% of the Jewish vote — his best numbers among any group except White Catholics (41%) and Conservatives (39%).

De Blasio’s weak polling may reflect the growing numbers of New York City’s Orthodox Jews, who tend toward a natural conservatism, but it may also reflect wariness toward any candidate who favors undermining the police and dispensing with the city’s needed fiscal reforms.

Bill de Blasio began his career in New York City politics with David Dinkins whose administration’s policies were responsible for the city’s first pogrom against the Jewish community of Crown Heights. In the subsequent election, Giuliani won 68% of the Jewish vote while Dinkins took home 32%.

With Giuliani actively campaigning for Joe Lhota, one of his former deputy mayors and a man with a striking resemblance to his bulldog personality, while Dinkins associate Bill de Blasio holds down the Democratic ticket campaigning on weaker law enforcement and more social welfare, the election looks like a rerun of the 1993 grudge match between Dinkins and Giuliani.

For now Bill de Blasio is pulling in more of the Jewish vote than his old boss did, but that may change once Jewish voters realize what he really stands for.

Bill de Blasio is probably the most radical left-wing Democratic nominee for the office in the history of the city. Not long before Bill de Blasio joined Team Dinkins, he was a member of Team Sandinista.

The Sandinistas, or FSLN, a radical Marxist terrorist organization, took over the country and drove out most of Nicaragua’s Jewish community. By the time they were done, the ADL blasted Nicaragua as “a country without Jews, but not without anti-Semitism.”

This was the revolution that de Blasio supported while volunteering at the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York. The NSN, staffed by Marxists, served as the mouthpiece for the Sandinista regime funneling its propaganda into the United States and conducting tours celebrating the ruling party and denouncing the opposition.

The New York Times describes Bill de Blasio as one of the first eager subscribers to Barricada, the Sandinista paper. This was the Barricada that denounced the “traditional ‘Jew-style’” of the United States Congress for not immediately providing the money to finance an election in Nicaragua.

“They had a youthful energy and idealism mixed with a human ability and practicality that was really inspirational,” Bill de Blasio said of the Sandinistas. That energy included throwing firebombs at a synagogue during Shabbat services while shouting “Death to the Jews,” “Jewish Pigs” and “What Hitler started we will finish.”

Bill de Blasio worked as a political organizer for a left-wing group raising money to aid a regime that had deprived the Jews of their property, their homes and even their house of worship. The president of the synagogue that the Sandinistas had attacked was forced to sweep the streets, a scene reminiscent of Nazi behavior in occupied Europe, before being forced to leave the country with the clothes on his back.

The synagogue was seized and transformed into a Sandinista youth center decorated with Anti-Zionist posters. The Jewish community of Nicaragua fled to Miami and Costa Rica.

After Bill de Blasio had moved on from Nicaraguan politics to New York politics, his new boss watched as mobs tore through a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn only a few miles away from where he now lives while shouting, “Death to the Jews.”

It would be nice to think of all this as ancient history. But it isn’t.

Bill de Blasio has blasted NYPD surveillance of mosques sayings that “all surveillance efforts and anything that is not based on specific leads should not continue.” Such a policy would prevent the NYPD from engaging in any meaningful information gathering until it was too late.

And this time it isn’t the synagogues of Nicaragua that are on the line. It’s the synagogues of New York.

In 2009, four Muslim men were arrested by the FBI and charged with, among other things, plotting to blow up synagogues in the Bronx. Their targets included the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Riverdale Temple. One of the Muslims boasted, “With no hesitation, I will kill 10 Yahudis (Jews).”

In 2011, two Muslim men were arrested by the NYPD and charged with a plot to blow up Manhattan synagogues. “I intended to create chaos and send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City,” one of them said.

What both cases had in common was that they relied on informants drawing out potential terrorists, instead of waiting blindly for them to strike. If Bill de Blasio has his way, that will no longer be something that the NYPD will be able to do. And like the worshipers of Nicaragua’s Congregación Israelita, the first that the Jews at Shabbat services will know of the plot will be when they smell the smoke and hear the cry, “Death to the Jews.”

But while Bill de Blasio may have his scruples about spying on mosques, his Sandinista friends had recruited informants to gather information about the Jews of Nicaragua to begin a campaign of intimidation that led to the attack on a synagogue, to arrests, threats and ultimately the ethnic cleansing of the Jews of Nicaragua. If Bill de Blasio ever criticized his beloved Sandinistas for these crimes, it isn’t in the record.

At one of Bill de Blasio’s final meetings with the NSN, he spoke of a need to “build alliances with Islam.” That red-green alliance has since pervaded Latin America. In 2012, Nicaraguan Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega hosted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, praised Saddam Hussein and denounced the US “occupation” of Afghanistan.

Ortega defended Iran’s nuclear program while predicting that peace would come to the region if Israel were forced to give up its nuclear weapons.

This was the glorious revolution that Bill de Blasio never gave up on.  “People who had shallow party sympathies with the F.S.L.N. pretty much dropped everything when they lost,” one of his old NSN friends said. “Bill wasn’t like that.”

“They gave a new definition to democracy,” Bill de Blasio told the New York Times. And now he risks giving a new definition to democracy in New York City.

Cities and countries are precarious places. That is something that Jews have found out in countless places from Nicaragua to Iran. The Jews of Brooklyn discovered in 1991 how precarious a place New York City could be. The decades of peace since then only became possible because Bill de Blasio’s old boss was forced out of office.

If Bill de Blasio moves from Park Slope to Gracie Mansion, his old dreams for Nicaragua could become his new dreams for New York.

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  • Poupic

    What do you expect from US Jews? They voted for Roosevelt who closed the doors of escape during the Shoa, voted for Barack Hussein. Why would anyone expect US Jews not to vote for this anti- Semite De Blasio?

    • Robert4

      “Poopic” – didn’t your tw-bit child molester behind lose your voting rights?

      • Guy Fromage

        It’s likely and old troll, who in the past has posed as a Jew, to engage in some old-fashioned concern trolling. It’s misspelling the Yiddish word for “belly button.”

        • defcon 4

          Is there any particular type of cheese you’re partial to?

          • Guy Fromage

            I’m partial to a good cave-aged Gruyère

          • defcon 4

            I always liked your avatar.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Well because Jews dumped Dinkins for Giuliani. And De Blasio’s numbers among Jews are weak.

      See the article

      • Poupic

        You do not explain how any Jew would vote for an anti- Semite. None should do that.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Because they don’t know who he is or what he stands for.

          • Poupic

            Is this also why US Jews voted repeatedly for both Roosevelt and Barack Hussein?

          • Michael Garfinkel

            On the contrary, the more the Jewish voter learns about Bill de Blasio, the more enthusiasm will accrue to his candidacy.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            We’ll see which one of us is right

          • Michael Garfinkel

            Yes, we will. I hope I’m proven wrong.

      • Michael Garfinkel

        In both Giuliani – Dinkins contests, Dinkins received the same forty percent of the Jewish vote. This hardly constitutes the “Jews dumping Dinkins.”

  • v

    If Hitler were a declared Democrat candidate, they would vote for him. There is either an obsessive sickness or ignorance in the Jewish community with respect to Democrats. In the Jewish community, fanatical party affiliation comes first regardless of the candidate. So, what does one do ? I even asked that question to a Jewish acquaintance, and the answer was, ” He is a Democrat and that’s better than a Republican”. Imagine that !!!!! Disgusting. nothing more said……………..

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Jews have voted Republican in large numbers in New York mayoral elections since the 90s.

      So it can be shifted.

      • mtnhikerdude

        I pray for sanity at the polls !

      • Michael Garfinkel

        Bill De Blasio’s “progressive” views are distasteful in the extreme, but they are very much in sync with the political and cultural leanings of most of the New York City Jewish electorate.

        Not withstanding the dismal fact of overwhelming Jewish support for the Democrats generally, I am reminded of the recent Park Slope co-op vote, in which forty percent voted to support the continued boycott of Israeli goods. Forty percent – of an electorate that was largely, if not predominantly Jewish.

        My guess is that de Blasio will get close to sixty percent of the Jewish vote and he will be the next mayor.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Actually New York City is shifting Orthodox with growing conservative results.

          Romney won some Jewish areas in Brooklyn

          • Michael Garfinkel

            Perhaps in the long term, but at present, I see the conservative Jewish vote as forty percent, at best.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Look at the numbers for Giuliani again

          • Michael Garfinkel

            These are different times.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Magee/100001349588223 John Magee

        True. More importantly for the nation they voted overwhelmingly for Obama twice.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Actually they voted for Obama at one of the historically lower levels in the last election.

          • defcon 4

            My family voted Democrap reflexively for decades and across several generations. But the Democraptic party of today is not the Democratic party of several generations ago.

    • GinoMachiavelli

      May have to alter his name to Adie Hilter, but yes, commies would eat it up.

      Vegetarian environmentalist, loves animals and gun control. What’s not to like?

  • victoryman

    “J.I.N.O’s, not true Jews vote for scum like De Blasio. The (Jews) who vote for this type of candidate practice the religion of liberalism, not Judaism.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Indeed.

      Some simply don’t know better.

      • Alex

        “Some simply don’t know better.” NO! No more excused for the idiots!

    • Manaphy

      No, cultural Marxism, racism against white people, support of communism, support for genocide, etc is exactly what Judaism is about. You are (fortunately) a JINO.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        If that’s what Judaism is about… then Christianity which came out of Judaism must also be about those things.

        • Manaphy

          Don’t get me started on Christianity.

          • 11bravo

            Just give us your views on the Religion Of Peace. That ought to show your bigotry – or not. Maybe your acceptance of reality too.

          • JabbaThePizzaHut

            Please, go ahead and start on Christianity; after all its only a 2,000 year old tradition and you are one of the most brilliant thinkers of the modern age.

          • defcon 4

            What do you think of allah’s final prophet and most perfect man, Muhammad?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Well my opinion of the false prophet muhammed is that he and his devout followers can all go straight to H E L L.

      • defcon 4

        You shouldn’t be embarrassed by your condition, they have many successful treatments for mental illness now.

      • Max

        Manaphy,
        I see you like or pretend to like American Renaissance. I actually have it bookmarked. I found 1 or 2 interesting articles, but on the whole it s replete with tendentious articles by unreconstructed Southerners (& northerners with antebellum Southern sympathies).

        Somehow I don’t see my mixed race kids getting a fair shake from you or your compadres.

        Am I concerned about charlatans and race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Yes.

        Do I think Farahkhan would start a race war if he thought he could win it? Yes.

        But somehow I think if you got your way, I think your would be only slightly worse than Farahkhan.

  • concerned citizen

    Very important article. Why wasn’t it published before the primary?

  • mtnhikerdude

    Jews would vote for Hitler if he had a “D” after his name. Bill de Blasio could advocate building concentration camps in NY and they would still vote for him.
    I believe it is called denial.

  • Madley

    This is just so misleading. What happened with the Jews and the Sandinistas happened in 1972. Almost all the Jews had left the country by the end of that year.

    de Blasio worked there in the 1980′s providing aid to the poor.

    What’s next are you going to tear down Roberto Clemente for dying on his way to deliver aide after the Earthquake there in 1972.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      de Blasio worked to support the regime and was enthusiastic about it.

      The Fact that he did it after the regime’s persecution of the Jews just means that like a Nazi supporter in 1941, he had less excuse than a Nazi supporter in 1931 might have had.

    • Frumious Bandersnatch

      These kinds of comments are indeed very ironic since you lefties will still ‘blah blah blah’ about every imagined right wing or conservative event in modern history as though it happened yesterday; i.e. McCarthy; i.e. prosecution of the Rosenburgs; i.e. etc. etc. etc. Even if it did happen in ’72 has Ortega apologized? BTW, the Israelis still hunt ex-Nazi exterminators after nearly 70 years because what they did deserves retribution and justice.

  • UCSPanther

    You’ll notice that both the Castro fans and the Sandinista fans DO NOT talk about the post-revolutionary period when the rebels finally take over and prove to be far worse than the corrupt tin-pot tyrants (Batista in Cuba, Somoza in Nicaragua) that they replace.

    The bloody purges, persecutions of minorities, property theft and enforcement of totalitarian rule that always follow such “revolutions” are inconvenient truths that the apologists of such regimes would much rather sweep under the carpet,,,

  • Omar

    For Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega to denounce America for the so-called “occupation” of Afghanistan is really false and hypocritical, considering the fact that in 2010, Ortega’s regime thugs had invaded territory that belonged to Costa Rica. Unlike America’s military action in Afghanistan, which was supposed to overthrow a horrible Islamist theocracy that sheltered al-Qaeda terrorists (which were terrorists that Ortega supported and probably financed [there is some indication that Ortega supported the 9/11 attacks and financed al-Qaeda to carry out the attack]) and replace that theocracy with a democratic government (as well as bring the al-Qaeda terrorists to justice), Ortega’s dictatorship invaded Costa Rica in an attempt to annex some of its territory under the false objective of “fighting narco-trafficking”. Ortega has also committed numerous human rights violations against his own people in Nicaragua during the 1980s, including creating near-genocidal conditions for the indigenous Miskito people in the eastern coast of that country. Of course, the left doesn’t care about the plight of the Miskito people. On the contrary, the left applauded the attack as “necessary” and “progressive”, thus further exposing their hypocrisy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, especially regarding Native Americans. Of course, the left doesn’t care about the plight of the Miskitos because that would undermine and expose their endless hypocritical propaganda against the United States for alleged misdeeds committed in the historical relationship with its Native American populations. Thus, the Miskitos are Native Americans who do not fit the anti-American agenda. It is frightening to see a mayoral candidate for the top position of America’s largest city support such a racist, fascist, Communist totalitarian regime. Bill de Blasio is not fit for the job. New Yorkers, this November, vote for Joe Lhota. At least Lhota would keep the city stable.

  • Mary Fnord

    Blasio is clearly the best candidate. Tax the rich, help the poor, and put a leash on the NYPD.

    • 11bravo

      and keep the anti-Semitism alive and well.

    • Seen It All

      And let the crime rate rise to its natural level.

    • Omar

      De Blasio is clearly the worst candidate for the job as mayor of America’s largest city. Even among the Democratic primary, voters had a choice between the radical De Blasio and the more moderate Bill Thompson. Now that De Blasio has become the monopolist candidate of the Democrats, it is up to the GOP’s Joe Lhota to deny De Blasio the vote to City Hall. If De Blasio wins City Hall, he will turn NYC back to the cesspool that is was under Dinkins. Remember that under Dinkins, the NYPD was “put on a leash”. And look what happened. The result of Dinkins’ poor policing was the Crown Heights pogrom, when the riot participants decided to harass Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews. Had it not been for Dinkins’ poor policing, Yankel Rosenbaum would still be alive today, and perhaps the man who accidentally ran over young Gavin Cato might have been brought to justice almost immediately. Joe Lhota will work hard to keep the city safe from the crime that De Blasio will not prevent. I urge every New Yorker, regardless of characteristics, to vote for Joe Lhota this November.

  • Father Dacius

    While the arcane vagaries of New York City Politics seems to escape me for the most part, if this guy is what you say he is, it would seem to reflect the general point of view of the whole modern democrat party. Our president would not find this man offensive.

  • 11bravo

    I am over 50 and I never got the Jew hate thing. Is there some manifesto I need to read, or have all these haters just been listening to democrats their whole lives?
    Maybe they pick it up in our educational system – who knows.

  • Daniel537

    I thought conservatives were against this type of racial division, lol. De Blasio will win in a landslide, so get used to it, cons.

    • Porcupine Delight

      This is not ‘racial division’ its demographics. And you might be surprised, lefty.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Daniel537,

      Al Sharptons pal,Wilhelm De Blaisos past will become an issue in this campaign. And he will LOSE. Get used to it comrade.

  • williamruffian

    Secular Jews, rejecting Judaism, will naturally flow to it’s opposite, currently the Democratic party, or as the Old Testament referred to them:”the enemies of God”.
    Faithful Jews, on the other hand, tend to have some regard for truth, reason and other goodly things and so, will reject them–and there’s the split Upper West Side vs. Borough Park

    • Seek

      Not all secular Jews are on the Left. See Joan Rivers or the late actor Ron Silver, for example.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Thanks for this. Someone close to me asked, “What do DiBlasio’s foreign policy views matter if he is mayor of NYC?” I answered: “They show he is a commie through and through.” Mr. Greenfield has supplied an additional and necessary part of a good answer. thanks.

  • Seek

    American Jews are unique. They are the only voting bloc in the history of this nation who can be counted on to consistently vote against their own interests. They will even vote for violent black militants with a history of anti-Semitism so long as the latter run as Democrats. The late Irving Kristol, a Jew himself, once wrote an essay called, “On the Political Stupidity of the Jews.” You can say that again.

  • herb benty

    My union was sending $$$ to the friggin Sandanistas!! Communism has always been lurking just under the surface in the West. Silently positioning themselves in the Education system, unions, “civil rights groups”, NGO’s, politicians, etc., etc. taking over the Democrat Party(under the guise of “Progressivism”). Obama is the cherry on the Totalitarian cake( let them eat cake!). YOU HAVE TO PASS THIS BILL, to see what’s in it. While Americans partied.

  • Veritasortruth

    Live like Episcopalians, vote like Puerto Ricans.

  • RedHarley

    I have seen it said that most Jews are liberals first, and jewish second. Unfortunately I believe that and de Blasio will get the majority of their votes.
    It is painfully obvious how Obama feels about Israel, but he still garnered most of the jewish vote. I don’t understand it, but that is just how it is.

  • star

    Unfortunately Jewish have a problem ….blindly voting for Democratic party.no matter who is the candidate …as long he is not Republican every thing is good.
    IT IS ABSURD