New York – Two days after ruffling feathers by calling into question the existence of Palestine, Councilman Kalman Yeger found himself the subject of conversation yet again today, with Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for an apology for what he termed “destructive” comments.
Speaking with Brian Lehrer’s on his weekly Ask The Mayor radio program, de Blasio deflected criticism that his own response on social media to Yeger’s tweet calling for a two state solution fell short, and categorized the councilman’s remarks as “dehumanizing and unacceptable.”
The mayor called an Yeger to issue an immediate apology for his remarks.
“People in public life should by about unifying people and finding ways to work together, what he is doing is the opposite,” said de Blasio.
The mayor stopped short of calling on City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to remove Yeger from his position on the council’s immigration committee, but said that he believes that doing so would be the appropriate course of action at this time.
“I think someone who has the ability to say that about Palestianian people, by definition, should not be on the immigration committee,” said de Blasio, adding “If he’s not going to apologize he shouldn’t be on that committee.”
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2TI8DPF) a demonstration last night in Borough Park outside Yeger’s office to protest his remarks had a large Jewish contingent shouting down a handful of Palestinian demonstrators, with a significant NYPD presence in place to ensure that the rally stayed peaceful.