New York City has the highest COVID death rate per capita of any major U.S. city due to the early inaction of Mayor DeBlasio.
And under his watch, Jews in the city have come under increasing violent attacks.
And now, New York’s mayor just dropped this bombshell on the city’s Jewish community.
Unfortunately, the Jewish community in New York City has come under increasingly violent and deadly attacks by thugs out roaming the streets in the once proud city.
The response of the Mayor has been to release even more violent criminals onto the streets, ordering the police to stand down and let the violence go unchecked.
Now, Mayor DeBlasio has decided just allowing violence against Jews wasn’t enough. He decided to go and personally break up a Jewish funeral for prominent Orthodox Rabbi Chaim Mertz.
The funeral, which took place Tuesday in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn drew a large crowd. At one point, there were hundreds of Orthodox Jews gathered in the streets to mourn the Rabbi.
DeBlasio, already known for his anti-Jewish tactics showed up in person to disband the mourners.
According to a news report in the liberal New York Times, the mayor directed police to break up the crowd and send them home under threat of arrest.
But that wasn’t enough for Mayor DeBlasio.
He then took to Twitter to condemn the city’s Jews: “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonight: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic,” he said.
“When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”
But that still wasn’t enough. In rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi Germany, DeBlasio singled out the Jewish community and threatened mass arrests of Jews in New York.
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups.”
The Mayor immediately faced backlash from all sides.
“This has to be a joke,” said New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch. “Did the Mayor of NYC really just single out one specific ethnic community (a community that has been the target of increasing hate crimes in HIS city) as being noncompliant?? Has he been to a park lately? (What am I saying – of course he has!)”
That was just the start.
The Mayor faced a hailstorm of criticism from the Right and the Left. Especially given his failure to contain the coronavirus at the outset.
It was DeBlasio of course who, in the early stages of the disease urged New Yorkers to go out to eat, see a show or a movie.
After the first case of the coronavirus was announced in New York City, at a time when more than 80,000 people worldwide had confirmed cases of the virus, and President Trump had already issued travel warnings, DeBlasio said this:
“Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions,” de Blasio tweeted on March 2. “Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see The Traitor [at Lincoln Center]. If The Wire was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
It seems a lot has changed since then, not the least of which is DeBlasio, who, like some dictators before him, has decided to single out the Jewish population as the scapegoat for his failures.
Let’s all hope it doesn’t go any further.
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