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February 26, 2015 5:46 pm

New York Councilman Visiting Ramallah Refuses to Remove Kippah When Asked by US Consulate Security

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Councilman David Greenfield (right) was asked to remove his kippah in Ramallah by US Consulate security, PHOTO: Twitter

David Greenfield, a religious Jewish New York City councilman, accused the US Consulate in Jerusalem of asking him to remove his kippah during a visit last week to Ramallah, Israel’s NRG reported.

Greenfield, who represents the district of Borough Park – which is inhabited by a large number of observant Jews – tweeted his impressions of his visit to Ramallah, and his consternation at the conduct of consulate employees, saying, “Great chat w. US Consul General of Jerusalem in America’s Ramallah office. Sadly, not highlight of visit there.” He accompanied his comments with a picture of himself with Consul Michael Ratney.

Soon after, he posted further tweets. “After chatting w. Consul General, his security detail pulled me aside and insisted that I not wear yarmulke when leaving US Ramallah office. I asked US Consul security if I was endangering group. They said I wasnt.”

“So I refused to remove yarmulke in Ramallah,” Greenfield said, and posted another picture of himself, wearing his kippah, and entering a bus with fellow members of his delegation. His remarks elicited dozens of comments and retweets.

He then expressed his shock that a Jew could not wear a kippah right outside of the offices of the American consulate in Ramallah.

Security officials noted that they received complaints from local Palestinians about the Jewish American delegate who was seen walking into the building, and around Ramallah while wearing his kippah.

The American delegation was slated to meet with the Mayor of Sderot and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, before the trip to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Council Members.

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  • Elliot J. Stamler

    I object to the inaccurate description of Councilman Greenfield’s constituents as “observant.” It would be much more accurate to describe them as ultra-orthodox which is what they are with Mr. Greenfield one of the few who doesn’t garb himself in Hasidic clothing. All New Yorkers know my comment is accurate. That said, I commend Mr. Greenfield for his action. I urge people to write their congressman to have the US cease all aid to the Palestinian Authority. It is an outrage our tax money goes to sustaining in power a group whose differences with their partner, Hamas, is only tactical not strategic.

  • E benAbuya

    Kol ha’kavod Councilman Greenfield.

  • It is a historical FACT that the USA Consulates in Jerusalem and now in Ramallah show the stupidity of their relationship with the Muslims population in Israel and the surrounding areas.

  • David


  • Anthony Dayton

    What would that complaint be?
    That Jewish people are visiting the embassy?
    That Jews shouldn’t wear kippas?

    And the American consulate doesn’t politely explain that America believes in freedom of religion? And doesn’t tell the Palestinians that it shows their animosity?

    Would any American embassy ever suggest to a Palestinian that he removes his keffiyeh, or that a woman remove her burka?

    American values, friendship, moral authority and leadership are bankrupt.

  • Grandpa Gary

    Par for the course

  • Cynthia

    They are NOT in control of the agenda, any more than Bloomberg is with his money and his snarky attitude. God is in control of the agenda. Get over yourselves, he insulted no one.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      I’m sorry but I don’t think God is in charge of the ag enda of the earth. He has let us, his creations, take charge of it. If we mess it up, it is our doing. If we accept your thesis then God must take the blame for all the evil in this world, past and present, which abnegates the concept of free will and gives the atheists cover for their anti-God propaganda.

  • Are Muslim women asked to remove their hair covering when they enter Israeli govt offices? Two states side by7 side as long as Jews conceal their identity.

  • A Sanders

    What happens if Jews find it offensive that Muslims wear the niquab, Fez or other obvious items of clothing that identify their ethnicity? Does the US consulate ask these people to remove their clothing? How ridiculous!!!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    American are obeying Obama and his administration that are supporting Muslim’s fundamentalists so is logical that they like to please the Muslim Palestinian’s

  • David Levy

    Haw can the US, supposedly a bastion of religious freedom, be complicit with the Palis in their attempts to nullify Judaism?

  • Bernard

    Kol ha’kavod………..I am not frum BUT the symbolism of this gesture and the guts it took to expose one’s self to physical danger is what it means to be a Jew in today’s world.

  • June Grant

    All honour to David Greenfield for his refusal to remove his Kippah, and shame on the US Consul for such a cowardly request.

  • Perhaps Mr. Greenfield could have worn a turban or maybe even a burka? Would that have been okay with the US consulate, seeing the Obama administration highly prizes both Muslims and cross dressers?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Good for Greenfield.

    Another courageous Jewish hero.

  • Jake

    Racist pigs can’t tolerate the sight of a Jew in Ramallah, but they demand full equality in Jewish Jerusalem. Its long past time to dismantle the racist, terrorist PA regime and either annex everything, or install a moderate government.

  • DocReality

    Good for him. Could you imagine a Muslim official being asked to remove a head covering in Jerusalem? Please. They’d all rant and rave. Good for Greenfield.

  • There is absolutely no concrete reason to remove a kippah while inside the American Consulate in Ramallah, it would have make more sense if it were to be somewhere else, may be for some genuine security reasons.


    So here we have it. Apparently, Ramallah is a Nazi city, an Islamo-Nazi city within the historic Jewish homeland.
    Are the Jews obliged to negotiate anything with such vile people?

  • Bro. Nick

    My first thought is – does the American State Department, or one of it’s many branches have an anti-Jewish policy – whether it be written or verbal – that discriminates against Jews, or supporters of Israel – ‘insisting’ that they remove their kippah?
    Question – Is the same demand made by American security of those Arab men whose heads are covered by the keffiyeh?
    – or Arab women that wear the hijab or burqa?

    The eternal Covenant and promises to Israel and her people by “the LORD JEHOVAH” will always mean just exactly what they say – ‘believe it or not’:
    “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
    And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    And I will bless them that bless thee,
    and curse him that curseth thee:
    and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
    (Gen 12:1-3 [KJB])

    As it is written in “the word of the LORD”:
    “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    they shall prosper that love thee.”
    (Ps 122:6 [KJB])

  • Mrs.

    This shows that the so-called Palestinians are not against only Jews who consider themselves Zionists but against the Jewish religion.

  • Leo Toystory

    Consulate employees actions are a reflection of the mindset of the consular officials. In this case as with the Palestinkian guards at the Embassy it is clear that the B. Hussein Obama crime syndicate is preparing the way for an arab takeover of much of the land of Israel. If he is not impeached soon, and he’s guilty of many impeachable offences, Israel will be greatly compromised.

  • Irving D. Cohen

    What a remarkable reversal : The USA consulate asks an observant Jewish man to remove his “yarmulka” so as to avoid upsetting the Palestinians living in the area, while a number of USA Supreme Court judges indicate that a Muslim woman will not be denied the right to insist on being employed by a USA corporation while seeking employment wearing a Palestinian-terrorist headscarf.

  • Jack

    In Canada Muslims are taking the government to court so women won’t have to reveal their face before becoming citizens.
    Maybe Hyman al-Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda is living in Canada as a female muslim!
    And no one would ever know:-)

  • Winston Churchill said courage is the most important virtues because it makes all other virtues possible. Thank you Mr. Greenfield.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    The gentleman is totally correct. I for one am getting sick and tired of the political correctness of our government when it comes to those people who are causing havoc in the middle east. To deny Mr Greenfield the right to wear his Kippah especially when it will not endanger anyone is ludicrous. Enough with this Obama sponsored “sucking up” to the Muslims/

  • Jean Stevens

    Thank you to Councilman Greenfield for standing up to the US Consulate in Jerusalem, who kowtows to the Palestinians.

  • Dani

    Were not we the opressors of poor palestineans? How comes that a jew is not allow to wear a piece of cloth on his head in Al fatahland? Why we don’t let them express how much tolerant they are?

  • steven L

    Shame on the US consulate in Ramallah.

  • brenrod

    so the US is embracing muslim anti semitism officially