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Wed Apr 29, 2020, 12:11 PM Apr 2020

De Blasio is stoking anti-Semitism. He's not alone. [View all]

The Forward
April 29, 2020
By: Batya Ungar-Sargon


On Tuesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared war on New York’s Jewish community. The very same mayor who went to the gym the day after closing New York City’s schools, restaurants, and bars and who took a stroll in Prospect Park on Saturday, as news was breaking that 28 New York City schoolteachers had died from the virus, has ventured out yet again into a crowd. This time, he went to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where a large number of Satmar Hasidim had gathered. The mayor went to personally “ensure the crowd was dispersed,” the mayor explained in a tweet.

And then, he took things one step further: “My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” the Mayor tweeted. “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.”

The tweets would have been outrageous coming from any elected official. Certainly, the city has the right to police people breaking its stay-at-home ordinances. Protecting first responders and flattening the curve are absolute values in the public interest. But the mayor painted a whole community with the brush of its offenders – portraying the entire “Jewish community” as diseased malefactors requiring police intervention to stop the spread of the virus.It was grossly anti-Semitic, casting New York City’s 1 million Jews with the brush of a few hundred. And it was doubly offensive given the mayor’s failure to protect Orthodox Jews last year as they suffered daily physical attacks on the streets of New York City. Unsurprisingly, de Blasio had no opprobrium for the thousands of New Yorkers who, like himself, were tempted by the weekend’s warm weather to enjoy the city’s parks. Couple all that with the fact that Satmar Headquarters is claiming that the mayor’s office initially approved the funeral and coordinated it with the NYPD, and you have a truly shameful debacle.

The mayor is being roundly denounced, and rightfully so. But de Blasio’s ugly sentiments do not stand alone. From the beginning of the outbreak, Orthodox Jews have been uniquely cast by the media as the villainous spreaders of the coronavirus, despite there being little evidence to substantiate that claim. Indeed, while being beaten up on the streets of New York for a year, Orthodox Jews couldn’t get anyone to pay attention to them. Now that they can be cast as villains rather than victims, the media can’t seem to get enough of them.

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Puzzling Shemp Howard Apr 2020 #1
I'm not Jewish, but my understanding is the tweets are referencing the Hasidic funerals chia Apr 2020 #3
...how then should he have said it? Shemp Howard Apr 2020 #5
Thank you, I appreciate your insight chia Apr 2020 #6
Point of order MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #7
Satmar is chassidishe though. And charedi. EllieBC Apr 2020 #8
We could debate that quite a bit MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #11
Of course we could debate it! EllieBC Apr 2020 #15
I'm in love MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #18
Get that shidduch resume ready! Lol nt EllieBC Apr 2020 #19
I don't feel like I have sufficient facts to weigh in except for photo where I see very few masked hlthe2b Apr 2020 #12
See the post and link at #9 n/t MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #13
I am no fan of de blasio, and am Jewish, but I don't view that specific tweet as anti-semetic. still_one Apr 2020 #2
Me too. marybourg Apr 2020 #10
If this was Chinese celebrating Chinese New Year, Japanese celebrating the Cherrty Blossom still_one Apr 2020 #21
Well, I would be just as outraged. marybourg Apr 2020 #22
Of course, and so would I. In my view this is analogous to what happened in Michigan and other still_one Apr 2020 #24
Actually, what if it were Muslims celebrating Ramadam? Behind the Aegis Apr 2020 #25
I don't know. When a few evangelist churches services in a few states, they were called out by the still_one Apr 2020 #26
I understand what you are saying, however... Behind the Aegis Apr 2020 #27
Good example, and you make a good point. still_one Apr 2020 #28
Wrong matt819 Apr 2020 #4
The NYPD police union disagrees MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #9
Your earlier photo showed few wearing masks. This photo shows much better compliance, but hlthe2b Apr 2020 #14
It's a kid MosheFeingold Apr 2020 #17
Lyme disease was named after Lyme, Connecticut. As an arbovirus it is & all are traditionally named hlthe2b Apr 2020 #20
So does the NYPD police union dictate health policy now? Also, most of those in that picture were still_one Apr 2020 #23
Wrong. EllieBC Apr 2020 #16
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