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June 14, 2017

Khader El-Yateem – Is He a Peacemaker?



Today the Kings County Blog ran a story about Reverend Khader El-Yateem.  It’s a pretty involved situation that started some time in 2014 involving donations for the The Resource Training Center , a substance abuse, counseling and treatment center located in Bay Ridge at 408 77th  Street.


The last line really stood out to me: “Both DePola and El-Yateem remain members of Community Board 10 but, according to DePola, have not spoken to each other since the incident.”  

Khader El-Yateem is running his campaign on the fact that he is a peacemaker. Yet, he attends Community Board meetings with his neighbor, Donna Mae DePola and hasn’t spoken to her in years. That doesn’t sound like a peacemaker. It actually sounds like what the Irish do when they don’t want to communicate with anyone – they stop talking to each other.  If Reverend Khader El-Yateem was a peacemaker, he would have reached out to DePola and resolved this situation by now.  




Khader El-Yateem could easily clear up the issue with DePola. If he gave her the money, he could post the checks that he wrote for her organization and show that he transferred the money to her.



In 2014, El-Yateem called for a meeting to discuss the drug problem in Bay Ridge. It’s 2017, why haven’t we seen Khader El-Yateem call meetings this year or last year about the drug problem in Bay Ridge?




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