In August 2019, the Queens District Attorney race was narrowly won by Melinda Katz, a center-left Democrat who was the Borough President at the time. Her victory in the Democratic Primary came after a recount, as Tiffany Cabán, the public defender with only a few years of experience, almost pulled off as shocking a victory as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez achieved the year before. That election became the push the Queens Jewish community needed to begin a registration drive.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve strived to give my children as much a normal life as possible, while reinforcing the new norms of social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks in public. My daughter’s kindergarten graduation this past Sunday was a celebration not only of her academic progress, but also adjustment to the changed social reality of the world.
In a city of neighborhoods, the small park in the commercial center serves as a town square where people gather and rally around ideas. MacDonald Park fulfills this role in Forest Hills, as the site of a rally against anti-Semitism six months ago and this past Sunday for Black Lives Matter, the slogan and movement that emerged in the aftermath of highly publicized incidents of police violence against African American individuals.
It is open season on Democratic supporters of Israel in Congress. Friends who have led the fight for a secure Israel and have been outspoken in denouncing anti-Semitism are being challenged all over the country. Many people have asked me how people like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were ever elected to Congress in the first place and what we can do about it.
Since the murder of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who was suffocated to death by a white police officer, American cities have been subject to protests, riots, and looting by those who seek to use this tragic event to their own personal and political gain. This is being pushed along by the Democrats and the media, who are one entity at this point, in an attempt to gain an electoral edge.