As Satmar power-broker Rabbi David Niederman gave his NYC mayoral endorsement to Bill Thompson, promising Thompson more than 10,000 Satmar votes, Thompson responded by promising Satmar that he would help them on the metzitzah b'peh (MBP) issue, the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis-sucking done (primarily) by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin and removing it and the membrane beneath it.
The key part of the video begins at about 4:00 minutes and runs until the end. The man speaking is Rabbi David Niederman.
Originally posted at 9:23 pm CDT 8-27-2013
Politicker reports that as Satmar power-broker Rabbi David Niederman gave his NYC mayoral endorsement to Bill Thompson, promising Thompson more than 10,000 Satmar "bloc votes." Thompson responded by promising Satmar that he would help them on the metzitzah b'peh (MBP) issue, the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis-sucking done (primarily) by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin and removing it and the membrane beneath it.
MBP transmits disease. MBP kills babies and has maimed others for life. All babies who get the HSV-1 and survive the initial infection carry that virus for life and transmit it to others.
The city tried to take action on this years ago, but ended up allowing haredim to self-police after haredim dressed up as death camp prisoners and protested Bloomberg.
Haredi rabbis broke promises they made to the city then and, despite all the talking with city officials and all their promises to be vigilant, haredi rabbis failed to ban mohels they knew were infected with HSV-1, and more babies were sickened.
This time, the city held public meetings about a proposed informed consent requirement and allowed full comment from anyone or any group wishing to comment.
And then the medical professionals in charge weighed that public comment and the medical data and voted the informed consent requirement into law.
In other words, rather than banning MBP outright, the city decided to institute an informed consent requirement that mandates parents to sign an informed consent form warning them of the risks of MBP before the mohel does MBP on their child.
This infuriated haredi rabbis, who almost to a man lack even a basic knowledge of science. So they sued the city.
The haredi lawsuit is so ludicrous, haredi rabbis' go-to First Amendment attorney Nathan Lewin refused to take it and has now said publicly that the city's informed consent requirement is not unreasonable.
But Bill Thompson, out whoring for haredi votes and lacking anything that resembles a spine, doesn't seem to care much about dead and maimed Jewish babies – he cares about the Satmar-faction bloc vote Niederman represents. And so this is what the ethically challenged Thompson said about MBP as a glowing Niederman stood near him:
“I’d be happy to sit down and revisit this issue again. It is the right thing to do. This is government that has infringed on religious beliefs that have stood for thousands of years. We can balance safety as well as religious beliefs, that’s what we’ve always done.”
Lets see. The city could have: a) Banned MBP entirely, b) Required parents sign an informed consent document, or c) Done nothing.
The city opted to do b, the least invasive of the actions possible other than doing nothing.
And even that is too much for the morally bankrupt Bill Thompson – even though MBP has a documented history of killing and maiming thousands ofJewish babies that stretches back as far as such records were kept.
Past this, Niederman heads a nonprofit organization, United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, that receives and distributes a huge amount of government money. He isn't allowed to endorse candidates or play an active political role – but he did, pointing out as Thompson stood near him that Thompson would bring Satmar money if elected:
At the event, Rabbi Niederman praised Mr. Thompson’s experience as a former comptroller and Board of Education president, and spoke about the burgeoning community’s desire for more affordable housing and less interference from the government into their religious rituals, The rabbi further boasted that Mr. Thompson, unlike his opponents, would be able to deliver on his campaign promise because, he said, he understood how to cultivate his political ties to benefit the Hasidic community.
“It’s wonderful to say we are going to improve education, it is wonderful to say we will improve open space,” he said. “But you need one thing, which is money. And for that you need experience.”
Corrupt Brooklyn politics 101.