Weiner Gets An Earful On Terrorism

A victim takes on candidate's assumption at young Jewish leaders' forum.

07/18/13
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After telling a crowd of young Jewish leaders that they are statistically unlikely to ever be victims of a terror attack, and that the government uses terrorism "to scare people," former congressman Anthony Weiner was in for a surprise Wednesday night.

Sarri Singer, founder of the victims' support group Strength To Strength, begged to differ.

Singer was aboard a Jerusalem bus on June 11, 2003, when a suicide bomber detonated his charge near the Machane Yehudah market, killing 16 and injuring 100 passengers and pedestrians. Hamas claimed responsibility. Singer, who was in her late 20s at the time, spent weeks undergoing treatment for shrapnel wounds, a broken clavicle and damage to both her eardrums.

Following the forum sponsored by the Council of Young Jewish Presidents, an affiliate of the Jewish Community Relations Councll, Singer approached the Democrat mayoral candidate and reminded him that they had met years ago at a press conference. Singer is one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Arab Bank alleging that the institution facilitated wire transfers from terrorism supporters that enabled attacks, including the one that could have killed Singer.

“I told him we can’t just sit back and believe that nothing is going to happen. I told him I survived an attack 10 years ago, and my biggest concern is to make sure the city of New York and the rest of the country are protected.”

Terrorism came up in the context of remarks about security and crime prompted by Weiner’s aggressive stance against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices.

According to a recording of the event made by Weiner's campaign, one of the 25 participants asked what would happen if the controversial street searches were ended, and as a result a "some jerk" was able to bring a bomb onto a subway train.

That’s when Weiner said  "I believe we need to change our posture or at least our public posture as it [pertains] to terrorism. You know, we have to stop as leaders, as elected officials using it as a thing to scare people." He later added "You are not going to be a victim of a terrorist attack. You. You are not going to be. OK? Statistically speaking none of us are going to." The context of the discussion makes clear that he was referring to New Yorkers within the city.

Singer, who lives on the Upper West Side and works in career services at Touro College, said she interpreted Weiner's remarks as being "laid back" on the topic of terrorism.

The recording shows that he stressed his view that concern about terrorism was not a legitimate reason to oppose stop-and-frisk. "So, we have to stop allowing ourselves to say how willing are you to dismantle the constitutional protections that other people experience?" Weiner said, insisting that "in my New York" there is no need for a choice between safety and civil liberties. "You can have both."

He stressed that in Israel, leaders do not make promises of better security in exchange for sacrifices from the public. "They say that we are going to do everything to keep you safe, we are not always going to be successful, we are in a very dangerous part of the world."

Singer's organization, Strength to Strength, works to unite terror victims around the world.

Another participant in Wednesday's meeting, who asked not to be identified, said Weiner's terror remark was "a reckless statement when speaking to Jews involved in Israel-related causes."

Also appearing at the forum were Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Weiner's chief rival, and Republicans John Catsimitidis and Joe Lhota. (Council of Young Jewish Presidents has also met with mayoral candidates Bill Thompson, John Liu and Bill de Blasio at its previous board meetings.)

Quinn reportedly was a hit with the audience when she spoke of a recent trip to Sderot in southern Israel, during which it fell under rocket attack from Gaza.

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Sari is an inspiration and I'm so proud of her. We can't forget the difference between holding our people sacred as opposed to using them as scrap to commit hideous crimes. This is a fundamental difference in thought process that many not involved typically forget.

Weiner says, '...the government uses terrorism "to scare people,"...' I say the man is an idiot, a real sick dude. I am not afraid to admit that I am afraid to travel abroad to many parts of the world in which Moslems predominate, including countries like Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. These destinations used to be romantic, fascinating, must-see tourist spots. Not any more; not in my book. They are just too dangerous. There is absolutely no rationale for voting for Anthony Weiner for mayor of New York. I wouldn't trust him to walk my dog. Mayor of New York? Not a chance.

the man belongs in a geriatric facility, drooling in his oatmeal. he's not public service material by any standards

AS OF EARLY 2013: the US terrorist list, included 875,000 persons. The ADL, extrapolating from the average monthly increase, estmates that it probably has topped one million,
Do we really have one million terrorists (or putatively potentially terrorists)? The FBI cannot even handle two Chechnyan borther who they trailed and interviews over several years, and even spoke often with their nother. They could not prevent the Boston Marathon Massacre, our highly trained FBI.
I question that the number is anywhere approximately near the number offically on the "terrorist list". If it were true, well, think about the various scenarios. Is that why the DHS has purchased billions and billions of hollow core shell ammunition? That is the worst kind, enter the body and explode destroy from within? Is that why. One million terrorists in the US and janet napolitano gave Saudis carte blanche to enter, and bypass the TSA, and they kept me for five hours because i refused to let them sexually molest me. One million terrorists? Really, well, just let them Saudis keep on bypassing the TSA, and instead harrass the American born female elderly. Way to go, TSA, I applaud and salute you...

Does Weiner know what groups he's addressing, or even which city he's in? Who in New York City DOESN"T know someone affected by terrorism! And among groups who have friends and family living in Israel, and who have studied and/or visited there themselves, he should have known that there was an excellent chance that someone there had survived a terror attack. Honestly, where are his handlers?

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