Friday, May 27, 2016

Chap a shvim

JP The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation backtracked on Thursday after announcing they would get rid of a four-hour window called “Women’s Swim,” which has specifically accommodated Orthodox Jewish women.

Numerous complaints were lodged at the Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center in Williamsburg for the “separate swimming hours” program, saying they were discriminatory, the New York Post reported.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind criticized the decision to close the separate swimming program.

“What happened to being culturally sensitive?” Hikind said in a statement. “I thought we were in the midst of a ‘Progressive Era,’ where we do everything we can to be more accepting of cultural differences.”

Hikind said it was preposterous that the city was considering the program discriminatory.

The Jewish community has a restriction that men and women swim separately, as a sign of modesty.

After public officials got involved, the Parks Department announced that the separate swimming hours program at the Williamsburg pool was not closing. The women-only swimming schedule will resume as is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

“I’m so thrilled to learn that the Parks Department will be continuing this separate swimming hours program,” Hikind said in a statement. “It is a major victory for the people, and the community can rest much easier this Shabbos knowing that men and women can continue to swim separately.”


  1. Brigitte Gabriel explained:

    “Al Qaeda and Islamic imams are able to convert felons in America’s prison system because Islam appeals to the mentality of the aggressor.

    Imagine, for example, the following situation:

    An imam working in a federal prison approaches a felon incarcerated on rape charges. The imam explains to the prisoner that in Islam, Allah created women to be the property of men, to do with them whatever they desire, at any time. And if the woman is disobedient, he can beat her and it is his right to do so in the eyes of Allah.”

    Koran, chapter 33, paragraph 51:
    “You may have whomever you desire; there is no blame.”

    Tabari, chapter IX, paragraph 113:
    “Allah permits you to shut them [women] in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well because they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in this.

    “Suddenly the prisoner is a good person in the eyes of Islam, although he is a rapist in the eyes of the West. Why wouldn’t he convert if Islam feeds his deepest desire to rape?”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 4, page 82) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

  2. How many Jews today are oblivious to rapidly-increasing global Israel-bashing and rapidly-increasing global anti-Semitism? It is not just the 57 nations of Arabs and the Muslims.

    It is also the entire European Union, the United Nations, the major newspapers, large churches, celebrities, the entire academic world from first grade to college campuses, influential non-profits organizations and “Jewish” Liberals who see nothing wrong with policies designed to wipe all-of-Israel off-the-map forever.

    I have tried to counter this trend by publicizing pro-Israel websites – not because I think it will solve the entire problem, or even one-tenth of the problem, but because it is the only thing I can do, and every little it helps,



  3. Hopefully something was learned from this episode. Next time women should be sent to demand separate hours instead of men. When men go, it's sexist.