A pro-Israel activist calls it outrageous that New York City’s mayor singled out the city’s Jewish community after ignoring numerous incidents of violence against them.
Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council are expressing outrage after Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out on social media after hundreds of mourners gathered for a Hasidic Jewish funeral in Brooklyn in defiance of social distancing rules.
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” the mayor, vowing arrests, stated via Twitter.
New York City police broke up a crowd of approximately 1,000 people, The Times of Israel reported. Police officers broke up another Orthodox funeral two days later, then ticketed numerous synagogues for chaining their doors from the inside and failing to follow social distancing regulations.
The mayor's threat about police action was predictably compared to Gestapo-like tactics, and it didn't help that de Blasio threatened weeks ago to permanently close churches and synagogues if they open their doors during the city’s lockdown.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says the mayor blatantly stated that his warning was intended for Jews.
“That is outrageous,” she responds. “It legitimizes the people that actually believe this stuff about the Jews. I expect as a result of what DeBlasio did, we are going to see an uptick in more anti-Semitic incidents in and around the New York City area."
A story recounting those incidents, published last year by The Atlantic, used the stabbing at a rabbi’s home during Hanukkah to remind the public that more than a dozen anti-Semitic incidents were reported in and around New York City.
New York City is home to approximately 1.7 million Jews, a tenth of the city’s population, when Jews are only two percent of the U.S. population as a whole, the story noted.
Mayor de Blasio, meanwhile, was criticized last year for ignoring the string of well-publicized incidents because the perpretrators weren't "MAGA hat-wearing white guys," a New York Post columnist, who had reported for months about the incidents, wrote after the Hanukkah stabbing.
Cardoza-Moore tells OneNewsNow she wasn’t surprised to watch de Blasio offer free meals to the city’s Muslim population during the Ramadan holiday.
“But during Passover," she recalls, "was any meal delivered to the Jewish community by the mayor? Of course not."