NYC mayoral candidate Bill Thompson reviewed his Chabad-Lubavitch credentials Wednesday night while reminiscing about meeting the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the 1960s with his father, William C. Thompson, Sr., the neighborhood’s first black state senator.
But at a fundraiser Wednesday night in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Thompson was careful to make no promises about a new law which requires parents to sign a consent form documenting their awareness of the “dangers” of metzitza – a ritual in the brit mila (circumcision) ceremony performed on 8-day-old Jewish males. He vowed instead to ‘hear, and to listen. We have to reach a balance between religious observance and safety,” the candidate said.
Reactions to the candidate from the crowd of approximately 50 invited guests were largely positive, political activist Yaacov Behrman told Arutz Sheva. “He grew up in Brooklyn... he’s a regular citizen,” said Behrman, who hosted the event. ““Thompson is willing to listen. Bloomberg did not want to hear proposals from the community.”
A strong supporter of Israel, Thompson came out to defend the right of the Jewish State to protect itself against her enemies during the recent Operation Pillar of Defense counter terror offensive. ֲֲֲ The former New York City Comptroller was also the first in the city to purchase Israel Bonds, and came to visit Israel during the Second Intifada.