UPDATED: Bill De Blasio Promises Satmar That In Exchange For Votes, He Will Repeal Informed Consent For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
In the open and caught on video, New York City mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio promised the Aharonite Satmar faction that he will repeal the city's informed consent requirement for metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the dangerous direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by haredi mohels after removing the baby's foreskin. MBP has killed thousands of babies – two in NYC during the past decade – and caused brain damage in many others and maimed many, many more.
Originally published at 9:52 pm CDT 9-8-2013. Last updated at 4:21 pm CDT.
De Blasio's direct promise comes at the very end of the video, but all of it is worth watching.
De Blasio also praises Satmar's schools, which notoriously teach almost no secular subject and regularly graduate illiterates, and promises Satmar lots of public housing, along with his dishonest and horrific MBP promise – all in exchange for 10,000 bloc votes.
It's all openly stated, and it's all on this video:
A very dishonest haredi 'journalist' deleted the above video and reposted it without the last minute or so of footage – the minute where the Satmar M.C. stops De Blasio as De Blasio finishes speaking and whispers in his ear. De Blasio nods yes and smiles broadly. And then the Satmar M.C. immediately says in front of De Blasio that De Blasio promised Satmar he will end the city's informed consent requirement for metzitzah b'peh the moment he takes office. He will sit down with our rabbis, not with "the lawyers," the M.C. says. And that's why De Blasio is our mayor.
Unfortunately for the haredi 'journalist' and De Blasio, I have the original video and an audio recording from another source. Here they are:
Bill de Blasio At Satmar Campaign Rally 09-08... by Shmarya
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Update 2:35 pm CDT – Poiticker reports that De Blasio and Satmar claim De Blasio did not hear the M.C.'s remark – even though it was said loudly over a P.A. system and even though De Blasio was only about five feet from the M.C. when the remark was made.
“I think we need a better approach–in fact one that will help to protect the safety of our children,” De Blasio told Politicker. “I don’t think the current approach of just having a form is particularly high-impact.”
A spokesman for De Blasio's campaign, Dan Levitan, told CapitalNewYork that De Blasio really wants to find a more significant "solution" than an informed consent requirement.
"Consistent with what he has said in the past, Bill has committed to meet with the community and health regulators to find a solution that keeps children safe while taking into account the community's concerns. He would keep the consent forms in place until an alternative is found," Levitan reportedly said.
De Balsio's remark to Politicker and his spokesman's remark to CapitalNewYork does not comport with Satmar's stated goal to continue doing MBP without any government interference at all – a goal reiterated loudly at the rally more than once in ways that De Blasio must have clearly heard.
For its part, a Satmar spokesman told Politicker that, “no specific policies were discussed [by De Blasio] in meetings [with Satmar] in the past several weeks other than to indicate sensitivity and a willingness to engage the [Satmar] community on these issues.”
However, Satmar's words at the rally and De Blasio's complete lack of objection to them at the time, plus Satmar's very public goal to continue doing MBP without any governmental interference at all, makes it almost impossible for De Blasio and Satmar to be telling the truth about any Satmar-De Blasio horsetrading for the Aharon faction's 10,000 bloc votes.