Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Bloomberg Defends Strikes Against Hamas During Visit to Israel
Sunday, January 04, 2009
New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg is in Israel for a daylong trip to express solidarity with Israelis as their military continues its strikes against Gaza's Hamas rulers.
REPORTER: Bloomberg visited the southern towns of Ashkelon and Sderot, both of which have been targeted by Hamas rockets over the past several weeks, and met with New Yorkers who had immigrated to Israel. Speaking to CNN this morning from Tel Aviv, the mayor dismissed the criticism that Israel's response has been "disproportionate." He sought to put the situation in a New York City law enforcement context:
BLOOMBERG: If you're in your apartment, and some emotionally disturbed person is banging on the door and screaming, "I'm going to come through this door and kill you," do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?
REPORTER: Bloomberg also plans to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The mayor is traveling with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and with Long Island Congressman Gary Ackerman, who chairs the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He criticized Hamas for effectively using the civilian population as human shields by locating command centers in densely populated areas and firing missles from such locations.