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Cymbrowitz, Nelson, Weinstein Join Ed Koch To Denounce Congressional Candidate Charles Barron

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Local elected officials representing Southern Brooklyn communities, joined by former Mayor Ed Koch, stood before the Museum of Jewish Heritage yesterday morning to denounce Brooklyn City Councilmember Charles Barron as an anti-Semite, and urged voters to ensure defeat for Barron’s attempt to become a congressman.

Barron is competing against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in a June 26 primary. The winner will be the Democratic candidate in the November election for the congressional seat currently occupied by Ed Towns, who is retiring.

Because of redistricting, the current 10th Congressional District will become the 8th District and move further south, covering neighborhoods including parts of Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach. With an area so densely populated by Jewish residents, Koch end the local elected are urging voters to show up on June 26 and stop a candidate they say has pushed an extreme anti-Semitic and anti-Israel agenda.

“A candidate for the United States House of Representatives should be a person for all the people, and uniformly represent every member of their community, regardless of the color of their skin or their religious affiliation,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, who was at the event. “I want to go on record as stating that I have serious concerns over the qualifications of an individual running for elected office, who has consistently proven himself to not only be biased and inflammatory, but who has also been a strong voice in attempting to rewrite the most horrific atrocity in modern history.”

Cymbrowitz was joined by Councilmembers Michael Nelson and David Greenfield, Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein and Dov Hikind, Congressman Jerrold Nadler and former Mayor Ed Koch.

“There is no place for hate in Congress. The individual who is victorious in this race will be representing one of this nation’s largest populations of Holocaust survivors and should not be a person who has stated that the Holocaust never occurred,” Cymbrowitz stated.

The speakers at the event seized on numerous statements made by Barron throughout his career, including the East New York representative’s telling a crowd during remarks on reparations that, “I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health,” and his comparison of Palestinian territories in Gaza to an Israeli version of concentration camps.

Barron has also praised African dictators that have made America’s list of enemies, including Muammar Gaddafi and Robert Mugabe.

“I can only imagine what he thinks of [Bashar] Assad of Syria, who has murdered 12,000 of his own people,” Hikind said at the event. “He probably thinks Assad is a great hero. He probably thinks Assad is a civil rights leader.”

Following the event, City & State reporters decided to put that question to Barron.

Barron started to answer but then cut himself off, saying that he was more concerned about Africa – and that he would not be distracted from more pressing local issues like foreclosure, unemployment and crime. “Look at Sudan, look at Congo, look at those places where more people are dying than they’re dying in Syria,” Barron said. “But you want me to talk about Syria because it’s a hot-button issue and you want to see if I’m going to be for a dictator or something.”

Video courtesy of Yeshiva World News. Nelson and Cymbrowitz begin speaking at the 16-minute mark.

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  1. If you live in one of the neighborhoods mentioned above make sure you vote. They are 100% correct. Don’t underestimate the residents of East New York, Brownsville and Canarsie. Barron is a racist and troublemaker and belongs nowhere near congress.  

  2. Besides the elected officials who were there, if you watch the video you can also see leaders of the Jewish Community who were also present. The only community leader in the video was Ira, the President of Manhattan Beach Community Group. No other civic groups were represented. He has been very active in not only arranging debates but also speaking against injustice in South Brooklyn. We need more people like him who are not afraid to stand up to big mouths like Barron.

  3. […] Cymbrowitz, Nelson, Weinstein Join Ed Koch To Denounce Congressional Candidate …Sheepshead BitesBecause of redistricting, the current 10th Congressional District will become the 8th District and move further south, covering neighborhoods including parts of Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach. […]

  4. Racist faces will come out if Charles Barron will get
    his title…….people with his mentality and bitch from PS 90 Greta Hawkins
    will have more power and will blame whites, jews…The damn JEWS….you know
    that bitch from PS90 should know one fact under Jewish principal that school
    was an awesome environment for students….I know for the fact people were
    complaining…that’s why you will never see my kids going to damn public school
    and why should i pay taxes if my kids don’t go to public….what did jews do….you know Mark Twain shoool is run by damn JEWS thats every parent wants their kids in that school….majority are russian speaking jewish parents want their kids in that school,,,,

  5. Besides being against Barron, his opponent Jeffries sounds like a very decent candidate (for a Democrat 🙂 ). Please, u democrat guys, go to the primary polls and do the right thing…

  6. Racist faces will come out if Charles Barron will get
    his title…….people with his mentality and bitch from PS 90 Greta Hawkins
    will have more power and will blame whites, jews…The damn JEWS….you know
    that bitch from PS90 should know one fact under Jewish principal that school
    was an awesome environment for students….I know for the fact people were
    complaining about her…that’s why you will never see my kids going to damn
    public school and why should i pay taxes if my kids don’t go to public….

  7. You know what people this mofo will get his seat in congress because its very popular nowadays to hate and blame jews for their kindness….oppps i meant to say for our lack of strong back…

  8. You know, Mr. Anonymous Commenter, I’ve heard that said a couple of times now. However, I can find no evidence of it. It seems to have originated from an October 2011 Capital New York article, where they published a quote from Charles Barron in which he made the claim (it was not fact-checked). I can find no reference to it anywhere else, except a Wikipedia article with no citation for the claim, and which was added to the entry AFTER the October 2011 article (to be more specific, it was added to Wikipedia in February 2012). The only other mention of it I can find is some random blog post that mentions it in passing, and was also published in February 2012.

    When Jeffries came to the MBCG meeting, Ed Eisenberg asked him about it, but bungled the question, saying brother instead of uncle – and omitted Leonard’s name. Jeffries was boggled and had no idea what relative of his worked at CUNY and said outrageous things. He has a brother who teaches at a university outside of NY.So, in sum, I can’t find any credence to that claim. It’s really suspect, actually.But, at the end of the day, if I was judged by my uncle’s beliefs, or even my brother’s or my father’s… well… God help me, and I’m sure the same goes for you, Mr. Anonymous Commenter.

  9. I live at Brighton Beach and I agree with you 100%! My friend Ben Akselrod and I were present at this press conference, but we did not have chance to express our opinion about Mr. Barron.

    We strongly believe he is a bigot who does not belong to the United States Congress. We are urging all Democrats in 8th Congressional District to vote on June 26 for Hakeem Jeffries who is a true friend of Israel and has a record of bringing people together.

  10. […] Cymbrowitz, Nelson, Weinstein Join Ed Koch To Denounce Congressional Candidate …Sheepshead BitesBecause of redistricting, the current 10th Congressional District will become the 8th District and move further south, covering neighborhoods including parts of Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach. […]

  11. While I think the overwhelming majority of thoughtful New Yorkers of all stripes, don’t take Barron seriously, and consider him a thug, seeing the “sky is falling” and worm, Hikind, and old political hack, and operator (who always seems to be operating!) from CSD #21’s nepotism days, Nelson, part of the cabal behind Koch, doesn’t make all of us too thrilled, but nonetheless, certianly not surprised! Additionally, it would have been nice to see one or more of our brothers or sisters from the Hood, in that group! 

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