We all saw the tweet. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio singled out Jewish New Yorkers for bucking social distance guidelines on Tuesday night to attend a funeral in Williamsburg. He called it "absolutely unacceptable."
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.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
Former NY assemblyman Dov Hikind, a proud Jewish American, was especially offended for his community and demanded the mayor apologize.
"Arrest people, fine people, but don't attack the entire Jewish community," Hikind said.
Two things are true at same time:@NYCMayor YOU need to apologize for your DANGEROUS singling out of an entire “Jewish community” rather than ALL individual rule-benders!— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) April 29, 2020
To those still not adhering: YOU are responsible for harming YOURSELVES and others around you!
STOP IT ALL https://t.co/QKqMv0FEXt pic.twitter.com/yPyqhQnSQO
"Those words are inexcusable and I'm calling on the mayor to please apologize...those are dangerous words endangering the Jewish community."
He's right to be alarmed. Anti-Semitism has been an issue in New York for some time now. In December, an assailant stabbed five people at a Hanukkah celebration at a Rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, an attack Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a "domestic act of terrorism." At the time, de Blasio said he'd boost NYPD presence in Jewish neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, considering these hate crimes had been happening much too frequently. But Curtis Silwa, who organized a volunteer patrol group to protect Jewish communities, said the mayor was part of the problem.
"These attacks are taking place, and the cops have not been proactive at all," Sliwa charged. "It comes from City Hall and the mayor. He's been just apathetic."
His city has the worst record of anti-Semitism in America, and has for years. You know who doesn't need tough love? Jews in NYC from this ridiculous absurdity of a human being. https://t.co/x6H8y3Oyss— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2020
It's ironic that de Blasio is now on team lockdown. A few weeks ago, the mayor was encouraging New Yorkers to go out to the movies.
The mayor has no plans to apologize, he informed the public at his Wednesday press conference.