Ed Koch Vs. Larry Kramer

February 3, 2013
(nytimes.com) the playwright Larry Kramer, who never forgave Mr. Koch for his handling of the AIDS crisis while he was mayor.
“Before he moved in, I saw him with one of the building managers in the hallway, and I put two and two together that they were showing him an apartment,” Mr. Kramer said. “I screamed at the top of my lungs: ‘Don’t move in here! There are people here who hate you!’ ”
Mr. Kramer said he received a stern phone call from Rudin management that afternoon. And Mr. Koch moved in. As the two men lived on opposite sides of the building, they did not run into each other often. One day in the mailroom, however, Mr. Koch reached to pet Mr. Kramer’s dog, and the playwright snatched him away.

NYC Mayor Ed Koch dies on Daniel Pearl’s yahrzeit- revives concern about democracy’s needed vigilance against Islamism

February 2, 2013
Mayor Ed Koch (Courtesy: Vanity Fair)

NYC Mayor Ed Koch dies on Daniel Pearl’s yahrzeit- revives concern about democracy’s needed vigilance against Islamism

ED KOCH, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, has died at the age of 88 of heart failure in NYC.
As mayor from 1978 to 1989, the forceful, quick-witted Koch, with his trademark phrase “How’m I Doin?,” was a natural showman and tireless promoter of both himself and the city.

NYC Mayor Ed Koch (Photo: NY Daily News)

New York writer Pete Hamill said in a 2005 discussion of Koch’s legacy, “Here was a mayor who was a combination of a Lindy’s waiter, a Coney Island barker, a Catskill comedian, an irritated school principal and an eccentric uncle.  He talked tough and the reason was, he was tough.”  

In The Algemeiner, Dovid Efune says: 

It was only three weeks ago when he (Mayor Koch) told me in an interview that he felt President Obama had betrayed Israel with his nomination of Chuck Hagel. “Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when he would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel,” Koch said, adding, “it comes a little earlier than I thought it would.”
We published Koch’s articles nearly every week, and it was clear to me, just by the sheer volume of those which focused on Israel, that the Jewish State, and his Jewishness for that matter, were topics that were very close to his heart.
“Why would you expect Israel to cooperate in its intended lynching?” he asked recently in a passionate letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron. He viciously defended Israel’s right to self defense and called out those who displayed hypocrisy in their dealings with Israel on a regular basis.
“I’m of the belief that the leaders of the Jewish community have to do more to make Jews aware, young Jews aware, of the importance of Israel,” he told me in another interview late last year.
It is therefore noteworthy and fitting to point out that besides the ‘Hear o Israel’ prayer, the only other quote that Koch has engraved on his tombstone is the final statement of Daniel Pearl, the Jewish journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded while in Pakistan investigating Al Qaeda back in 2002.
“My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish,” reads the defiant etching, attributed to “(Daniel Pearl 2002, just before he was beheaded by a Muslim terrorist.)”

Koch explained that “the sense of justice that Judaism teaches” was the reason he elected to have the words “He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith,” etched on the gravestone he prepared for himself. …

How befitting that the day of his passing, Feb 1st 2013 comes 11 years to the day after the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl, that icon of Jewish pride. They will forever share a yahrzeit, and in many ways a legacy.” 

That Mayor Koch died on Daniel Pearl’s yahrzeit draws deserved attention to Pearl’s legacy- and the Islamic supremacism which so threatens the West and Judaism. 

Photo courtesy Hiram 7

The late Christopher Hitchens was honored to present the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA.  He consoled Daniel’s surviving parents Judea and Ruth Pearl from the last scene of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier’s debt.  He only lived until he was a man that which no sooner had his prowess confirmed.  In the unshrinking station where he stood.  But, like a man, he died.  Your cause of grief must not be measured by his worth, for then it hath no end.”  

Mr. Hitchens then warned about anti-Semitism- particularly within Islam- as the precursor warning of fascism and tyranny. 

“Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny, fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilization- and has to fought against very tenaciously for that reason, most especially in its current, most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.

Daniel Pearl’s revolting murderer was educated at the London School of Economics. Our Christmas bomber over Detroit was from a neighboring London college – the chair of the Islamic Students’ Society. Many pogroms against Jewish people have been reported from all over Europe, today as I’m talking. And we can only expect this to get worse. And we must make sure that our own defenses are not neglected.

Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this pest, by its right name. To make unceasing resistance to it. Knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment, and resolving, some of the time (at any rate) to do a bit more to deserve it!”

Mayor Koch’s public service  is remembered in this WABC TV News obituary:

In an interview conducted in 2007, Former Mayor Edward I. Koch reflected on his life and political career, and talked of how he would like to be remembered.

Asked by reporter Tim Weiner: “How do you want to be remembered?” Mayor Koch replied, “I want to be remembered as being a proud Jew who loved the people of the City of New York. And did his best to make their lives better.”  

A documentary about his life opened just prior to his demise.  Glenn Whipp writes in the L.A. Times:

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died the same day a new documentary about his life and legacy opened in New York.

“Koch,” which will open in Southern California theaters beginning March 1, offers evidence that the combative mayor had mellowed little in his later years. Filmmaker Neil Barsky conducted extensive interviews with Koch in his Manhattan apartment in 2010 and early 2011, where the former mayor, who ruled New York from 1978 to 1989, spoke of his controversial time in office, offering no restrictions on subject matter or time.

Here is the trailer:

The N.Y. Times reviews “Koch”

Asked by reporter Tim Weiner: “How do you want to be remembered?” Mayor Koch replied, “I want to be remembered as being a proud Jew who loved the people of the City of New York.  And did his best to make their lives better.”

Ed Koch on Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary: “It Would be a Terrible Appointment”

December 16, 2012

In a recent interview with The Algemeiner, former New York Mayor and staunch backer of President Obama’s re-election, Ed Koch, strongly opposed the possible appointment of former senator Chuck Hagel as America’s next defense secretary, due to the latter’s perceived hostility towards Israel. “I believe it would be a terrible appointment,” he said, “and so do apparently most of the Jewish leaders who have expressed themselves.” Explaining his opposition to the appointment, which is looking increasingly likely to materialize, Koch said that it would lead Arab states to believe that President Obama was seeking to create distance between his administration and Israel. “Such an appointment would give great comfort to the Arab world that would think that President Obama is seeking to put space between Israel and his administration,” Koch said, “I hope he doesn’t go forward with that appointment.” Koch says that since his election, Obama has acted in support of Israel. “He has been stalwart since the election, nobody has stood up as well as he in support of Israel, I hope he continues with that,” he said. But the appointment of Hagel, he concluded, “would be a great mistake.” Hagel has been roundly criticized by Jewish leaders and groups from across the political spectrum for his policies relating to Israel and the Middle East. In a September interview with The Algemeiner, Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein said, “He is one of the most hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate.” “There is only a handful of senators that have been openly hostile to Israel and Chuck Hagel is one of them,” Klein added. In 2007 the National Jewish Democratic Council listed on its website a number of instances where Hagel’s positions relating to Israel have appeared to be hostile. The Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement Friday that choosing Hagel would be “a slap in the face for every American who is concerned about the safety of Israel.” Last week The Algemeiner reported that “Sen. Chuck Hagel has met with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and is the front runner for the Secretary of Defense position soon to be vacated by Leon Panetta.” One Democratic source with knowledge of the process told CNN that Hagel’s nomination is “almost a done deal.”

Ed Koch Thinks NYT Should Apologize for ‘Intolerant,’ ‘Outrageous’ Editorial

November 26, 2012

(Photo: Getty)

Former Mayor Ed Koch is very upset with The New York Times at the moment.
The cause? An editorial on immigration, where the the publication of record saw a new opportunity to push for reform in the wake of Republican election losses this year. But Mr. Koch, in one of his regular missives typically containing movie reviews, instead used the space to accuse The Times of overreaching in its rhetoric.
“I have never read a more biased editorial than The New York Times editorial of November 18th,” Mr. Koch began. “The Times in its editorials rarely refers to ‘illegal’ immigrants. It generally refers to them simply as immigrants, making no distinction between the legal and the illegal; sometimes, it refers to them as ‘undocumented,’ and its newest description is ‘unauthorized.’”
Mr. Koch went on to castigate The Times for its “full-throated call for amnesty,” and for using a straw man depiction, “hardliners against reform — including the white-culture alarmists and the closet racists,” to make their argument.
“I repeat, I have never seen a more intolerant editorial in language and tone appear in The New York Times,” the former mayor said. “The Times editorial board should apologize for its outrageous description of opponents of amnesty and allow a debate to ensue presenting the arguments fairly on both sides.”
View Mr. Koch’s full commentary below:
The New York Times Editorial of November 18th On Immigration Reform Is A Disgrace
I have never read a more biased editorial than The New York Times editorial of November 18th, entitled, “New Hope on Immigration.” It advocates, as it has for years, providing amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now residing within the borders of the United States.
The Times in its editorials rarely refers to “illegal” immigrants. It generally refers to them simply as immigrants, making no distinction between the legal and the illegal; sometimes, it refers to them as “undocumented,” and its newest description is “unauthorized.”
In its editorial ,The Times libels those Americans who believe that the U.S. should not have open borders. No country in the world has an open-door policy. The Times editorial refers to the opponents of open borders and amnesty as, “The hardliners against reform — including the white-culture alarmists and the closet racists.” It contrasts them with those “behind reform – student activists, business groups, farmers, labor unions, Catholic bishops, evangelical churches, African-Americans, civil-liberties organizations and regular American citizens who support legalization.” I believe a majority of Americans oppose the amnesty legislation. Because of their opposition, the proposal has been defeated several times in Congress.
Many of those opposed to an amnesty providing a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, support a compassionate response such as the “Dream Act.” That act, which President Obama implemented by executive order, allows youngsters brought here by their parents illegally to remain here, receive a green card permitting them to work, and exempts them from deportation pending passage by the Congress of the Dream Act. Many would support keeping families together and include the parents in the amnesty ultimately provided the youngsters covered by the proposed Dream Act. Supporting such a broad amnesty is a good example of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s comment “defining deviancy down,” meaning if you can’t control illegality, accept it and make it legal.
The Times in its full-throated call for amnesty and a change in immigration policy denounces opponents by stating they “despise illegals.” Untrue. The opponents believe the U.S. should enforce its immigration policy and not allow the law to be ignored and violated with impunity. Many of us believe that our current policy of permitting 750,000 aliens and 250,000 refugees to enter each year, all of whom are eligible for U.S. citizenship, should be amended to expand the number and allow more of those waiting in line for their turn to come in. The Times apparently believes no one should have to wait, and the walls should come tumbling down.
The Times even believes that those it refers to as “minor offenders” should be welcomed to stay, the “minor offenders” language generally referring to those who have committed misdemeanors where the crime is subject to up to a maximum one-year prison sentence. The Times states that “[t]here is enforcement work to be done like finding more effective ways to stifle illegal employment, but any strategy that fixates on deportation and the border is foolish and ineffective.” Ridiculous.
The Times objects to President Obama’s successful efforts to find and deport those who have committed crimes, other than the crime of illegal entry, resulting in 400,000 deportations annually. It opposes the federal government through Homeland Security using “state and local police officers” to help the feds in enforcing the law. President Obama’s policy has been to secure the borders before providing amnesty legislation. Amnesty legislation did not solve the problem in the 1980s when it was employed and won’t solve it now. Millions of people from around the world want to live in the U.S. and do not want to wait in line, as they must and do for every other country, including Mexico. Providing a blanket amnesty now simply encourages others to enter illegally and wait for the next amnesty.
I repeat, I have never seen a more intolerant editorial in language and tone appear in The New York Times. The Times editorial board should apologize for its outrageous description of opponents of amnesty and allow a debate to ensue presenting the arguments fairly on both sides. The Times editorial can be seen at:

Ed Koch Reverses Position, Slams Obama’s “Weakness” on Muslims

September 19, 2012

he's as senile as all the other Jewish social liberals. he appears to flip flop cuz he can't deal with something existential that puts everything he believes into question. He'd like to ignore it, but it keeps creeping up on him. Romney put it best in Jerusalem. There are some cultures that are inferior to to others.

Media_httpassetsnydai_wgarw(Via Israpundit) Former NYC Mayor, Democrat Ed Koch, on Rosh Hashannah: “No one understands what ‘we have Israel’s back’ means”. By Mark Langfan, INN
At Park East Synagogue’s Rosh Hashannah High Holiday service, September 17, 2012, Former Mayor Ed Koch during his annual “sermon” from the pulpit, in front of over a thousand worshippers, said “I’m distressed.”

“President Obama is refusing to publicly make clear to Iran that ‘If you get the bomb, we will take you out.’”
Mayor Koch previously had publicly boasted of his close ties to President Obama. Mayor Koch also said “Nobody understands what ‘We have your back’” means. We shouldn’t have Israel’s ‘back’ we should have Israel’s ‘front’.

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Ed Koch, former New York City mayor, says he has a recipe for dividing Jerusalem

October 23, 2011

Ed Koch, the former New York City mayor, has become the public face and voice of increasingly vocal Jewish voters in the US. The voters are worried about how developments in the Middle East might affect Israel, and not afraid to flex their political muscle to push their agenda. Koch was so effective in his quest to push for a more supportive US policy towards Israel, that earlier this summer he persuaded fellow Jewish Democrats to actually vote against a New York City Congressional Democratic candidate and vote Republican instead, in order to send the White House a message. In a candid interview, Koch says Barack Obama, the US president, was wrong to turn against Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president, and that he has not been “pro-Israel” enough. He also says he has a recipe for dividing Jerusalem between Palestinians and Jews:

“I know how it can be done. It’s easy. You want me to tell you?” says the former mayor of New York City.  Let’s divide Koch into 2 slices:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Koch Endorses Obama in 2012

October 1, 2011

koch“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me TWICE, shame on ME.” said one Jew on an internet facebook group. Yes Ed is ready to be a slave to Socialism once again… he just wanted some attention first… and he wanted to kibbitz with the president about monkeys.

(NYTimes) Former Mayor Edward I. Koch, who recently used the forum of a special Congressional election to broadcast his criticism of President Obama’s Israel policy, announced in an e-mail on Tuesday that Mr. Obama’s United Nations speech opposing the Palestinians’ bid for statehood had satisfied all his concerns, and that he was now prepared to support Mr. Obama’s re-election.

…The shocking thing is the end of the article…

He declined to say what Mr. Obama had said in their interaction, but he did reveal that the president made a remark about one of the Republican presidential candidates, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. “I won’t say what he said,” Mr. Koch said, “but I said to him: ‘Mr. President, that’s the one guy you won’t have to worry about. Jews will never vote for anyone who doesn’t believe in evolution.’ ”
Miral is in the latest Planet of the Apes film that Ed Koch likes so much…

Koch has no problems with Jew cleansing bigots like Obama (Palestine will not allow Jews to live there), but people who don’t believe in the theory that we are monkeys are a problem?As long as Ed gets attention it is all fine.

(OurTownNY) “When I was parks commissioner, I renamed the Fountain of the Planets in Flushing Meadows Corona Park the Fountain of the Planet of the Apes. Later, in an agreement with then-Borough President Claire Shulman, who had reservations about the name change, a smaller fountain was named instead for the Apes film.

The worst thing about Ed the Queen is he makes us look into his little arrogant head all the time.
…I didn’t want to go there.