The voice of NY’s most senior congressional member and a member of the tribe, Senator Charles Schumer’s voice has yet to be heard 6 days after Palestinian terrorists kidnapped three yeshiva boys in Gush Etzion.
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[A brief review didn’t find a single tweet or a press release on the incident. Furthermore, Schumer declined to briefly appear on air via phone to comment on the incident.]
Radio host Nachum Segal told his listeners on the popular ‘JM in the AM’ morning program on Wednesday that Sen. Schumer has deferred numerous attempts to appear briefly on the radio to comment on the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens. On Tuesday he posted on FB, “We invited SEN Schumer on the air to discuss his & other Govt officials silence or near silence on issue of kidnapped boys. Seems he is turning us down.”
“I invited Senator Schumer to come on to discuss the issue. His staff, which was very active with me yesterday in trying to secure him for a few minutes this morning, at some point yesterday it just got completely turned off,” Segal said during his Wednesday morning radio program. ‘So i let them know at 11:30 last night that i am assuming he’s turning down our invitation, does not want to discuss this publicly.”
“It is not just Sen. Schumer, its anybody that falls in to the category of those who are vocal about how vocal they are in support of Israel,” he continued. “I thought that government officials by the hundreds, who are big supporters of Israel, who seem to make the round of our events during the year proclaiming how supportive they are of Israle, I thought govenrment officials like that would be putting immense public pressure on Washington to get involved in this kidnapping case that includes an American citizen.. but [almost] everyone has been relatively silent.”
“Where is the anger.. Where is the anger?” he asked. “You would think that those who claim to always be out there fighting for Israel and for the Jewish people, would be much more vocal and dedicate their public time to addressing the issue and showing some anger. But that is not happening.. that is not happening.”
Segal added: “Today we really miss ed Koch, because it was Ed Koch that called out publicly those who would not stand up for Israel and all of a sudden you saw many people scramble to make much stronger statements.”
Unfortunately it was our gentile elected officials – like Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Public Advocate Tish James and Mayor Bill de Blasio – who spoke out and expressed their unequivocal support of Israel and the families of Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali and call for their safe return home.
In fact, NYC comptroller Scott Stringer, Jewish, was one the first citywide elected official to tweet a statement following the kidnapping, will address the matter at a press conference outside his office at noon.
UPDATED 13:00: The following is a press release provided by Sen. Schumer’s office:
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the immediate release of the three teenage boys who went missing in Israel’s West Bank last Thursday. One of the boys, Naftali Frenkel, is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated his belief that the kidnappings were perpetrated by Hamas. With the Palestinian Authority backed by Hamas, Schumer today said that the Palestinian government must first denounce this kidnapping and must demand from Hamas that the boys be released and returned home safely.
“My prayers are with the three young men kidnapped in Israel, including Naftali Frenkel, who is an American citizen; as a parent, I can’t begin to imagine what their families are going through. It is essential that the Palestinian government first, denounce this horrible act, and second demand from Hamas that the boys be immediately released.”