Local Official Says Palestine Doesn’t Exist, Refers To People As “So-Called Palestinians”

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Kalman Yeger, at a CB14 meeting in 2015. (Photo via BKLYNER)

BORO PARK – Councilman Kalman Yeger, representing District 44, yesterday referred to the Palestinian people as “so-called ‘Palestinians,'” responding to a tweet about Ahmad Tibi wanting to become the prime mister of an Israel-Palestinian state. He has also claimed that “there’s no such thing as Palestine.”

This is not the first time Yeger has discredited Palestine or Palestinians on Twitter. On April 26, 2016, when Yeger was not yet a councilman but a member of Community Board 14, he tweeted in a Twitter thread of Bernie Sanders who said he’d get the Democratic nomination, putting Palestine in quotes.

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That was not the only time he tweeted at Sanders.

Nor was it the only time he tweeted “there’s no such thing as Palestine.”

Yeger had won the Democratic nomination for then-Councilmember David Greenfield’s open position last summer. Greenfield endorsed him and declined to comment on Yeger’s tweets.

Yeger’s office told BKLYNER: “The tweet stands for itself.”

While the USA does not officially recognize Palestine, U.N. General Assembly voted in 2012 to recognize Palestinian state, and much of the rest of the world (137 countries) does.

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  1. Correction – Yeger didn’t have to “win” anything. Greenfield retired after the petitioning period, which let him anoint Yeger (because he controlled the council on vacancies) as the Democratic nominee.

  2. Double correction: Yeger had a contested general election against two candidates, one of whom spent $600,000. Facts matter. This was a real election. And Yeger had two lines, not just the Democratic line controlled by the Vacancies committee.

  3. David, you’re half right but Yoni Hikind put up quite a fight in a few EDs in the general.

  4. so what ? Some people believe the Jewish people belong there some people think the others do . This is a battle that has been going on so long and there are two sides . This guy believes the Jewish version . And I guess this site believes the Palatines

  5. Mayor Giuliani had his own NYC Foreign Policy(Arafat ejected from opera); Melissa Viverito even out-sourced the Council’s Foreign Policy to Puerto Rico. So has Yaeger. Remember the Haredi thinking Williamsburg was west Jerusalem by ordering woman to flee to the other side of the street when a male approached. They all had to be talked to by the more level-headed among the Chosen. It’s a shonda, fella’s!

  6. This Zainab writer is a troll. Every article she writes is meant to ignite people.

    This website can’t afford to lose readers. Get rid of her.

  7. Sorry, I can see how my comment could be misconstrued.

    The article says that Yeger “won the Democratic nomination.” That is incorrect as there was nothing to win – Greenfield picked him.

    As others pointed out, he *did* have to win a general election to get his seat, though it wasn’t a very difficult competition.

  8. What Yeger states is not the Jewish version. Plenty of Jews support the rights of Palestinians in the place where they and their ancestors lived. Let’s call it the Israeli version, shall we? even though not all Israeli’s support it either. Or perhaps we could come up with some other name.

  9. There has always been a Palestine. Read “Innocents Abroad” by Mark Twain. Twain traveled through Palestine and wrote about it in the 1800’s. Read Agatha Christie, who wrote about Palestine before there was an Israel. Look at old maps. Yeger is ignorant as well as bigoted. One of the lies that is told by some supporters of Israel is that Palestinians are “an invented people.” It’s difficult to invent a people who have been in the same land for hundreds of years. It’s much easier to invent a new nation and a new national identity (“Israel” and “Israeli.”) – that happned in a flash, comparatively. Much more difficult, anti-Palestinianists will find, is to erase the Palestinian people and their land. They and it will remain forever, like it or not.

  10. LET’S GO BACK TO THE BIBLICAL SOURCES WHERE THE ALMIGHTY PROMISED THE PATRIARCHS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB THE LAND OF ISRAEL, THE BOUNDARIES BEING THE TIGRIS / EUPHRATES RIVERS ON THE EAST AND THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ON THE WEST. THE BIBLICAL SOURCE WHERE OUR PATRIARCH ABRAHAM PURCHASED THE CAVE OF MACHPAYLAH: b’RAYSHIS (GENESIS) CHAPTER 22 TO BURY HIS WIFE SARAH. DETAILS OF SETTLEMENT ON OTHER AREAS OF ERETZ YISRAEL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT B’RAYSHIS ( GENESIS), TOO MANY TO LIST. OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND LEARN THE PASSAGES BY HEART: “TO YOUR CHILDREN WILL “I” GIVE THIS LAND. THERE WAS NO PLO EXISTING IN BIBLICAL TIMES IN OUR HOLY LAND WHERE OUR BAYS HAMIKDASH (HOLY TEMPLES) STOOD FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. AFTER A VERY LONG EXILE, WE ARE RETURNING TO OUR HOMELAND.
    DR. ANNETTE LABOVITZ

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