Both Sides Come Together to Condemn de Blasio's Anti-Semitic Orders

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Posted: Apr 28, 2020 11:47 PM
Both Sides Come Together to Condemn de Blasio's Anti-Semitic Orders

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday took to Twitter to warn the Jewish community not to be out in large gatherings or they could face being arrested. 

The call comes after NYC's Hasidic Jewish community has been ravaged by the Wuhan coronavirus. Although large gatherings have been banned in the Big Apple, members of the Hasidic community have come together for funerals. 

According to the New York Times, this religious community has been particularly hard hit by the virus, even though they're practicing social distancing while attending funerals.

The coronavirus has hit the Hasidic Jewish community in the New York area with devastating force, killing influential religious leaders and tearing through large, tight-knit families at a rate that community leaders and some public health data suggest may exceed that of other ethnic or religious groups.

The city does not track deaths by religion, but Hasidic news media report that roughly 700 members of the community in the New York area have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Borough Park is a leafy neighborhood of low-rise buildings and small businesses like the kosher bakeries and Judaica shops on Raoul Wallenberg Way that cater to the local Hasidic population. More than 6,000 people there have tested positive for the virus, with one of the neighborhood’s ZIP codes being the city’s fifth most heavily affected, according to data released by the city.

Other neighborhoods with large Hasidic populations, like South Williamsburg and Crown Heights, have some of the city’s highest levels of positive Covid-19 test results, the data show.

Conservatives saw through de Blasio's anti-Semitic tweet and called him out for it:

Members of the Jewish community, including some progressives, even slammed his words:

And some Democrats even (rightfully) went after him. 

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De Blasio shouldn't be calling out a single religious group, especially the Jewish community who has seen an uptick in anti-Semitic attacks lately. It's why Jews have had to continually arm themselves against anti-Semites. And here we have the mayor, the guy who claims to be all-inclusive, wanting to persecute the very community that he claims he wants to protect.

On top of it all, de Blasio has the nerve to say this is about stopping the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus yet he broke his own stay-at-home order and traveled to Brooklyn for a walk. And he had a resident confront him over his hypocrisy.

New Yorkers deserve better leadership. 

This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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