Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Agudath Israel Hails New Yeshiva Security Measure Passed by City Council Today

Earlier today, the City Council passed a measure, introduced by City Councilmember David Greenfield, which will reimburse the city's larger nonpublic schools for costs they incur in hiring private security guards.  The historic agreement between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman David Greenfield, was enthusiastically welcomed by Agudath Israel of America.

"This is a tremendous achievement," said Agudath Israel's executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. "Parents of nonpublic school children throughout the city will now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that, at a time when the world has become increasingly dangerous, their precious children are afforded a serious measure of protection.  Thank you Councilman Greenfield, thank you Mayor De Blasio, thank you Speaker Mark Viverito, thank you to all the elected officials who made this happen."

The measure, which has been in the works for a number of years, is expected to take effect on April 1, 2016.

Agudath Israel and other nonpublic school groups co-sponsored a conference call with Councilman Greenfield last week where details of this bill were discussed.  Approximately $20 million have been allocated to reimburse nonpublic schools with 300 or more pre-K to twelfth grade students to provide unarmed security officers whenever the school has instruction or during school-related events.  An additional security officer will be provided for a nonpublic school with 500 students, with one additional officer per subsequent 500 students.  Security officers must be state-licensed and city-approved and must receive prevailing wages.

"This is a bill whose time has come," said Mrs. Deborah Zachai, Agudath Israel's Director for Education Affairs.  "We are looking forward to working with the city on the bill's implementation."

In the interim, Mrs. Zachai's office has sent the NYC yeshivos an Intro 65-A Fact Sheet, prepared by Councilman Greenfield's office, which summarizes several key provisions of the bill.


  1. If America’s Muslim population continues to increase, then no number of paid security guards will ensure the security of American Jews.

    “The Koran, unlike the Bible, calls for a political movement for which all Muslims must fight, kill, and subjugate those of other faiths until Islam rules the world.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 1, page 24) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    “Many Islamic practices, such as fasting, tithing, daily prayers, and profession of faith, have much in common with Christianity and Judaism. However, what makes Islam different from other religions is its call to kill and subjugate all other members of other faiths. The terrorist of today as well as imams in mosques throughout the world are calling for the deaths of millions of people around the world in the name of Islam. They are calling for jihad against the infidels, citing suras and verses from the Koran and Hadith to support their call to action.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 1, page 20) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    Westerners come from a Judeo-Christian background, where the teaching of faith centers on love, tolerance, and forgiveness. They do not understand that the sword of Islam represents hatred, intolerance, murder, and the subjugation of anyone not Muslim.

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 1, page 13) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.


    Koran, chapter 4, paragraph 95:
    Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no injurious hurt, and those who strive hard fighting jihad in Allah’s cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a higher rank to those who strive hard fighting jihad with their wealth and bodies, above those who sit [at home]. Unto each Allah has promised good, but He prefers the jihadists who strive hard and fight above those who sit home. He has distinguished His fighters with a huge reward.

    Koran, chapter 8, paragraph 12:
    Your Lord inspired the angels with the message:
    I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.

    Koran, chapter 8, paragraph 39:
    So fight them until there is no more fitnah [disbelief of non-Muslims] and all [people in the world] submit to the religion of Allah alone.

    Koran, chapter 8, paragraph 59:
    The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever weapons you can muster, so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy and Allah’s enemy.

    Koran, chapter 8, paragraph 65:
    O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are 20 among you with determination they will vanquish 200. If there are 100 then they will slaughter 1,000 unbelievers, because the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.

    Koran, chapter 9, paragraph 5:
    Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.

    Koran, chapter 9, paragraph 14:
    Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them.

    Koran, chapter 9, paragraph 29:
    Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax [jizya] in submission.

    Koran, chapter 9, paragraph 123 :
    Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you.

    Koran, chapter 47, paragraph 4:
    When you clash with the unbelieving infidels in battle, smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making [them] captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (whichever benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus you are commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.

  3. “Israel, it ought to be recalled, is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation. That has been true from the day it was proclaimed as a state in 1948 until today [December 2015].

    It was true before Israel was forced to conquer East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

    It was true after three Israeli prime ministers: Yitzchak Rabin, Ehud Barak, and Ehud Olmert, agreed to give up virtually all of Gaza and the West Bank to the Palestinians to set up a Palestinian state.

    It was [still] true after Israel have every inch of Gaza to the Palestinians.

    All of which proves that when Palestinian spokesmen say they want peace, they do not mean peace WITH Israel, they mean peace WITHOUT Israel.”

    SOURCE: Why I am in Israel and you should be by Dennis Prager, December 2015, Country Yossi magazine, December 2015, page 48

  4. “A renowned Saudi journalist (Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed) said that extremist Islam is like Nazism and the only way to eliminate it is to combat its ideology,”


  5. When the father of Amos Oz (a prize-winning Israeli author, born in 1939 CE) grew up in Europe, the walls were covered with graffiti that said:

    So we came back to Palestine, and the world shouts at us:

    SOURCE: Jew in the City, 2014 July 3