Dov Hikind

Dov Hikind
Dov Hikind
Dov Hikind
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 48th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Samuel Hirsch
Personal details
Born June 30, 1950 (1950-06-30) (age 61)
New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Shoshana Hikind
Children Deena, Yoni, Shmuel
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Assemblyman
Religion Jewish

Dov Hikind (born June 30, 1950) is an American politician in the state of New York. He is a Democratic New York State Assemblyman. Hikind is an Orthodox Jew representing Brooklyn's Assembly district 48. He has held this position since 1983 and has been very vocal about racial profiling, terrorism, and antisemitism in his district, which includes Borough Park, home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel. Hikind hosts a weekly talk radio show every Saturday night, which discusses various local, national, and international concerns.



Hikind is married and has three children.


Hikind is a Democrat and a member of the Assembly of New York. He endorsed Mayor Bloomberg for mayor the first two times, but endorsed Bill Thompson for Mayor in 2009.[1] Hikind has broken ranks with his party before, most notably in his endorsement of Republican candidates George Pataki for governor in 1994, and George W. Bush for president. His endorsements have drawn criticism from Democratic voters who question his political stance as Hikind has grown increasingly conservative. Hikind has been a guest in many right-wing radio show programs.[2] Hikind expressed interest in the special election for the New York's 9th congressional district seat vacated by Anthony Weiner; Hikind did not expect the Democrats to nominate him and considered running as a Republican.[3]

Views on issues

Racial profiling

Hikind has urged the New York Police Department to implement a policy of racial profiling in subway bag searches, which would affect individuals who appear to come from Muslim backgrounds. Hikind defends this policy on the grounds that it would work far more effectively to combat terrorism than the current policy, instituted in 2004, which uses random bag searches. (Searches based on racial profiling have been called racist and demeaning by civil rights groups. The NYPD released a statement against Hikind's proposal of racial profiling for terrorists).[citation needed]

Subway security

He was responsible for bringing the allocation of $1.2 million in a project that helped to provide 120 closed-circuit television cameras to nine subway stations along the D, F, and N lines. These funds, which would provide lavish camera security in contrast to many other stations in the five boroughs, were granted because the neighborhoods they were installed in, that being Borough Park, Midwood, Kensington, and Parkville, all had large Jewish populations, which he claimed were "being targeted" by terrorists.[4] Hikind encouraged politicians to do the same in other subway stations, which now lag behind those of his community. A New York Times article [5] revealed that the MTA had granted close to $600 million in funds for security to stations in New York City in late 2002; however, only a small fraction of it had been used productively by 2005.[5]

The Passion of the Christ

In 2003, Hikind and a group of supporters protested Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. He led about 50 Jewish leaders and supporters to the Fox News offices in Manhattan in a demonstration, chanting "The Passion is a lethal weapon against Jews."[6] Hikind was vocal in his anger against the movie, stating: "It will result in anti-Semitism and bigotry. It really takes us back to the Dark Ages ... the Inquisition, the Crusades, all for the so-called sin of the Crucifixion of Jesus."'[7]

Yassir Arafat

In 2001, Dov Hikind argued that Madame Tussauds Wax Museum should remove its wax statue of the Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat, claiming that he was a terrorist whose image should not be in New York.[8]


As the son of Holocaust survivors, Hikind considers their experiences to be an important component of his Zionist views. Hikind was a follower of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League, which has been identified as "a right wing terrorist group" by the FBI,[9] knew Rabbi Kahane very well, and is active in right-wing Jewish causes. Among his early activities were demonstrations demanding the right to emigrate for Soviet and Syrian Jews. In the summer of 2005, Hikind visited the settlements of Gush Katif to express his concern for the residents who were slated to be expelled from their homes. In the summer of 2006, along with a group of fellow legislators and community leaders, Hikind visited northern Israeli communities during the time of the Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israel. He and his group spent the time there distributing funds and material aid.[citation needed]

United Nations

Hikind is part of a group of New York state legislators that has consistently blocked plans to renovate United Nations headquarters, calling the UN anti-American and anti-Israel.[10] In spite of such calls, the UN recently announced that it will undergo a $1 billion dollar makeover.[11][12][13][14]

Same-sex marriage

After voting against a same-sex marriage bill in the New York State Assembly, Hikind noted that same-sex marriage can lead to the acceptance of incest, maintaining that, "If we authorize gay marriage in the state of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well."[15] On June 15, 2011, after the New York State Assembly passed a bill to legalize gay marriage, Hikind said gay marriage is wrong in the eyes of God.[16]

Federal investigation

Hikind was charged by federal authorities after multiple Jewish organizations were charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funds which were supposed to be used for children's services.[17] Some of this money, investigators maintained, was used to pay for Hikind's personal expenses. According to documents, the organizations' funds were diverted to pay for Hikind's trip to Israel, and the school tuition for his daughter and niece.[17] The United States Attorney in Brooklyn charged Hikind and several other defendants with various felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the investigation, but Hikind was subsequently acquitted of all charges by a jury.[18]

Views on a criminal incident

Hikind voiced support for five Jewish teenagers who were charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating a Muslim man while shouting racial slurs at him. Hikind insisted that it was actually the victim who provoked the teenagers.[19] The Muslim community later organized an event that emphasized unity, and invited Hikind to the gathering.[19]

David Irving letter

On October 20, 2009, at the insistence of Hikind and twelve other New York State and City officeholders led by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind to American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, American Express rescinded its Merchants Agreement with prominent Holocaust denier David Irving.[20]


  1. ^ McIntire, Mike. "Mayor's Campaign Follows Jewish Voters to the Catskills". New York Times, August 1, 2005; p. B4
  2. ^ "Dov Hikind's regeneration by James Bradley"
  3. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth (2011-06-20). Extras. State of Politics. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  4. ^ Chan, Sewell. "Metro Briefing New York: Brooklyn: Security Cameras In Stations." New York Times. Jun 2, 2005 . pg. B.8
  5. ^ a b Chan, Sewell; Fahim, Kareem. "M.T.A. Slow to Spend Money on Transit Security" New York Times. Jul 9, 2005. pg. A.1
  6. ^ Trotta, Liz. "Jewish leaders condemn film: Call Gibson's movie on Christ's crucifixion anti-Semitic.", Washington Times; p. A14 (August 29, 2003)
  7. ^ "Fox passes on Gibson's The Passion". Los Angeles Times. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  8. ^ Haberman, Clyde. "Offense Taken To Extremes On Our Behalf." New York Times (May 19, 2001), p. B1
  9. ^ "FBI, Terrorism 2000/2001". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  10. ^ "UN Takes A Beating", The Jewish Week, December 17, 2004
  11. ^ "U.N. signs contract with Skanska for HQ renovation". Reuters. 2007-07-27. 
  12. ^ Edelman, Adam (2007-07-28). "Swedish firm gives U.N. a $1b nip/tuck". Daily News (New York). 
  13. ^ NY1: Top Stories
  14. ^ . [dead link]
  15. ^ Paybarah, Azi (2007-06-22). "Hikind Responds: Why Not Incest?". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  16. ^ "NY Assembly passes gay marriage as expected". 2011-06-15. 
  17. ^ a b Fried, Joseph P. (1997-08-05). "U.S. Attorney Is Considering Indictment Of Dov Hikind". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  18. ^ "Jury Acquits Assemblyman Hikind of Corruption Charges"
  19. ^ a b "Jewish-Muslim Incident Rocks Ethnic Balance"
  20. ^ Siemaszko, Corky. "American Express says Holocaust denier David Irving's no 'merchant', thanks to Assemblyman Hikind". New York Daily News. October 21, 2009; retrieved 2009-11-24.

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Preceded by
Samuel Hirsch
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