New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said, last week, that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s remarks on Metzitzah b’peh were a slap in the face to the Orthodox community. Assemblyman Hikind wrote on his blog, Thursday, "Metzitzah b’peh, direct oral suctioning [of blood] performed during circumcisions is a 3,300-year-old practice currently under review by the NYC Health Department. On Tuesday, the mayor stated, 'There are certain practices that doctors say are not safe and we will not permit those practices to the extent that we can stop them. You don’t have a right to put any child’s life in danger, and this clearly does.'
Hikind wrote, “I’m frankly aghast at the mayor’s insensitivity. Orthodox Judasim isn’t barbaric. Who cares more about children than their own parents? There’s no call for Mayor Bloomberg to speak disrespectfully to our community, to speak condescendingly about our cultural traditions. This issue is not about soda pop—it’s about religious tenets and it requires an extremely sensitive and respectful approach, not flip remarks that are insulting to an entire community."