“’People are scared,’ he said, referring to violence against Jews in France and Germany. ‘It’s coming here, if it’s not here already.’” That’s New York City rabbi Gary Moskowitz talking to nypost.com about the anti-Isreal backlash over the current bout of tsuris in Gaza. London’s already seen large demonstrations, and as the rabbi notes, Europe’s experienced plenty of violence. Not wanting to wait and see if the same develops on this side of the Atlantic, Moskowitz has an idea for protecting his flock. He’s “trying to persuade politicians to change city law to allow ‘premise permits’ for members of every synagogue in the five boroughs.” . . .
So far, pro-Palestine demonstrations in the Big Apple haven’t been particularly large or successful. But the way the rabbi sees it,
All houses of worship that have received credible threats should be eligible to legally allow their members to carry firearms, Moskowitz said.
Raise your hand if you think the cleric and ex-NYPD copper will find a sympathetic ear for special carry exemptions from any member of New York City government. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
City councilman Mark Levine’s response no doubt typifies the kind of reasoned, thoughtful reception Moskowitz is likely to get.
“We need fewer, not more, guns on the street, period,” the West Harlem Democrat said. “This would make us less safe, not more safe.”