De Blasio Locks Jewish Kids Out of NY Parks, So Orthodox Jews Cut Gates Open - WATCH
Jewish community rises up against New York City authorities who welded park gates shut
Orthodox Jews in New York City have risen up to defy Mayor Bill de Blasio after he ordered the gates of a park where Jewish children play to be welded shut.
The mayor triggered outrage on Monday by having the gates of Borough Park, Brooklyn, the biggest park in the Jewish community, welded shut.
NYC authorities claimed they were preventing children in Jewish neighborhoods from playing because of fears of coronavirus.
A group of Orthodox Jews responded to the mayor's selective actions by cutting the park gate locks off with bolt-cutters, footage shows.
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People can be seen huddled by the entrance of the park and cheering once a lock was broken, opening it up to small children nearby, in videos shared on social media Monday.
While so many so-called leaders have been silent and absent, Heshy Tishler has led the charge on this issue, restoring the right of children to get the fresh air they need to be healthy!— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) June 15, 2020
It’s time for the city to get with the program.
Great job Heshy! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/v2kR4phaNY
Based Orthodox Jews reject de Blasio's hypocritical orders to close the park (for social distancing) and cut the locks so their kids can play. pic.twitter.com/msAafBjqY6— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 15, 2020
De Blasio has continued cracking down on religious observance, and on religious Jews in particular — while supporting large, crowded, and often violent, leftist demonstrations in the city over the past several weeks.
The community has been eager to use the parks again, but the city has removed children from them.
As Breitbart reported earlier Monday, the city actually welded shut the gates to prevent families from gaining access to the parks.
Yes. This is actually happening now!— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) June 15, 2020
Bill de Blasio is Welding the gates at the biggest park in the Jewish community, (Borough Park, Brooklyn) So your child shouldn't try to break in. While Hundreds of thousands of people gathered yesterday at Brooklyn Museum.#deBlasioMustGo pic.twitter.com/Q02ew5O5nZ
VIDEO: As @NYCMayor marches with protesters and orders Contact Tracers not to ask people if they were at protests, the City is welding shut a park that is largely used by Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/HcAEo4jVA9— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 15, 2020
De Blasio personally oversaw the breakup of a Jewish funeral procession in April and criticized the community directly for violating social distancing guidelines.
He has been sued, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for religious discrimination based on their differential enforcement of coronavirus restrictions during the past few weeks.