Democrat De Blasio Targets ‘Jewish Community’ in Threats Over Social Distancing
NYC Mayor faces backlash after singling out Jewish residents with threats of arrest
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a tweet out on Monday, singling out the “Jewish community” by threatening arrests for failing to follow social distancing guidelines.
The mayor faced backlash almost immediately after his tweet over accusations of unfairly targeting the Jewish community.
Democrat De Blasio tweeted:
“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. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”
De Blasio’s threat comes as numerous anti-Semitic hate crimes have ravaged the Democrat-controlled area as the city takes a hard hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
The New York Times reported on the worrying wave of anti-Semitic violence:
Anti-Semitic violence in the New York area has been more frequent lately than at any time in recent memory, with three people killed in a shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J., and five injured in a knife attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y. …
Jewish people were the victims in more than half of the 428 hate crimes in New York City last year, with many of the crimes committed in heavily Orthodox neighborhoods, according to the Police Department. Community leaders said most of the victims in the Monsey and Jersey City attacks were Orthodox.
The tempo of such incidents increased as 2019 ended and the new year began, with 43 across New York State from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted de Blasio for his tweet:
“Would DeBlasio have sent this identical tweet with the word ‘Jewish’ replaced by any other religious minority? If not, why not? Laws should be enforced neutrally w/o targeting religious faith. #ProtectFreeExercise.”
Would DeBlasio have sent this identical tweet with the word “Jewish” replaced by any other religious minority? If not, why not? Laws should be enforced neutrally w/o targeting religious faith. #ProtectFreeExercise https://t.co/dMVcX0bin4— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 29, 2020
De Blasio confronted after breaking stay-at-home rules by walking 11 miles from home in crowded park— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) April 29, 2020
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Lis Smith also responded:
“NYC has been a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution and death for decades and more. How on earth does the mayor of NYC single them out for persecution in the middle of a pandemic? Words do not exist to describe the criminal incompetence at City Hall.”
NYC has been a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution and death for decades and more.— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) April 29, 2020
How on earth does the mayor of NYC single them out for persecution in the middle of a pandemic?
Words do not exist to describe the criminal incompetence at City Hall. https://t.co/1bc2IoBcJt
Earlier this month, de Blasio announced he would be providing the city's Muslim community with "over half a million meals" just weeks after he threatened to ban churches from operating in the town permanently.
De Blasio intends to provide 500,000 Halal meals during Ramadan, which will be distributed at 32 Department of Education buildings, according to Bloomberg.
"One of Ramadan's most noble callings is to feed the hungry," de Blasio said.
The mayor's targeted warning for other religions at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak seems to be singling out Jewish and Christian communities.
In March, de Blasio said regarding closing churches and synagogues in the city:
“So, I want to say to all those who are preparing the potential of religious services this weekend – if you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services."
“I don’t say that with any joy. It’s the last thing I would like to do because I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faiths in this time of crisis, but we do not need gatherings that will endanger people," he added.
"You’ve been warned; you need to stop services, help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that could endanger people.”