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Why Are US Officials Telling a Lawmaker to Take off His Yarmulke… In Israel?


The New York City Council is on an eight-day tour of Israel, visiting areas both Jewish and Muslim. The City Council is represented by many different kinds of New Yorkers, including Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn councilman David Greenfield. As an Orthodox Jew, Greenfield wears a yarmulke, and presumably expected to be able to do so freely in the Jewish state. That was until U.S. officials told Greenfield to remove his yarmulke, a religious symbol upon their arrival in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank.

While Greenfield stated he might have understood the restrictions if he was walking around the city, he was asked to remove the yarmulke on the bus outside of the U.S. consulate in Ramallah. U.S. officials even admitted to Greenfield that the yarmulke was not endangering the safety of the group according to Greenfield’s official Twitter account,

Israeli blogger Elder of Ziyon had some sharp words on the incident:

You see, the US officials are very, very sensitive to the feelings of Palestinian Arabs. The sight of a Jew wearing a yarmulka is offensive, and we must bend over backwards to avoid offending our friends who burn American flags and blow up American diplomats.

Offending Jews, of course, is acceptable and entirely appropriate. Because they don’t burn American flags or murder American diplomats. As friends, Jews should understand how they should avoid anything that might stoke Arab antisemitism (sorry, “anti-Zionism”), like wearing a yarmulka or praying.

The timing of this scandal, given the fact that yesterday a U.S. court found Palestinian groups responsible for the deaths of victims of terror in Israel, including Americans. The New York Times reports on the verdict,

The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization were found liable on Monday by a jury in Manhattan for their role in knowingly supporting six terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 in which Americans were killed and injured.

Even the day Palestinian government groups are held responsible for the deaths of Americans, inexplicably, U.S. officials are still more concerned with their feelings than the religious rights of an American lawmaker.

Comment below: Why do you think U.S. officials told Greenfield to take off his yarmulke? 



  1. Randi says:

    When are we going to get some with a spine to run this country . This administration is just awful and also Muslim loving . This has to stop at one point.

  2. Carol says:

    This was NEVER a problem until we were saddled with obama. Now, unless one is muslim or an arse kissing liberal, you have now rights. obama cares for no one who does not bow down and worship the ground he and his muslim brothers slither on.

  3. Clifford says:

    Don’t you ever let anyone infringe upon your right to express or practice your own religious beliefs. As long as your rights don’t infringe upon the rights of others (and clearly David Greenfield’s did not), you just go right ahead!!!

  4. Joe says:

    OBumble offends me as well as all liberal DUMB-O-CRATS. As a matter a fact they are so offensive we need to vote them out !