The New York Post is reporting another example of the candidate's desperation to succeed accepting campaign cash from a lobbyist for Anti-American, Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Al Jazeera — Osama bin Laden’s favorite TV network.
City Councilman Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn), who has endorsed former city Comptroller Bill Thompson’s mayoral bid, called on rival candidate Weiner to return the $4,950 donation to lobbyist John Merrigan.
“Al Jazeera and its lobbyists are no friends to New York City or our Jewish community, and Anthony shouldn’t accept their support,” Fidler said. “They have spread hate and lies against Jews, not only here in New York but across the world. The right thing to do is to give this money back. Anthony should do exactly that.”
Assemblyman Alan Maisel, a Brooklyn Democrat who has endorsed Thompson, also chastised Weiner for taking the contribution from Merrigan, who has done extensive work with the network accused of being anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-United States.Weiner should do the right thing but probably won't, he wants to be mayor and will do anything to be elected.
Bin Laden often leaked his propaganda tapes to the Qatar-based network, which aired several of his taped messages just months after 9/11.
“Anthony Weiner should know better than to accept contributions from friends [at] Al Jazeera, which has been a voice for terrorists and spewed hatred against Jews and the state of Israel,” Maisel said. “They have echoed and attempted to legitimize hate speech about wiping Israel off the map. It’s disgraceful.
“While I respect Anthony, he has done wrong by accepting this terror-tainted money. Now he should do the right thing: return it.”
Shea Rubenstein, president of the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, echoed the call.
“Our community has always promoted tolerance, and I have known Anthony Weiner as a congressman who has upheld that value.
“That’s why I am deeply saddened and concerned that he would accept money from a lobbyist for Al Jazeera,” said Rubenstein, who has not made an endorsement in the race.
“I hope that Anthony will do the right thing by returning this money and maintain sensitivity to Jewish people and families across the city.”