On Tuesday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter singling out Jews and threatening to arrest them.
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
De Blasio isolated New York’s Jewish community in response to Hasidic Jews gathering for a funeral that was approved by the city.
This Funeral was originally approved and actually organized by @NYPDnews 2 hours b4 it started, PD brought trucks with barriers/tower lights to close off Bedford Avenue and the surrounding area. It’s the @NYCMayor’s Dept who originally approved it before deciding to take it back.
— Dovi Stern (@DoviSternNYC) April 29, 2020
However, the mayor did not use the same intense language regarding the large crowds gathered to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds soaring through New York’s sky .
You can call it one standard, but I didn’t see you running out to tweet about these crowds, earlier today.
Because it’s not one standard.
— The Meturgeman (@HaMeturgeman) April 29, 2020
Part of the definition of anti-Semitism (as adopted by the State Department and 31 other nations) is, “Applying double standards by requiring … a behavior not expected or demanded of any other …”
Political influencers were quick to blast De Blasio. Jonathon Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League tweeted:
Hey @NYCMayor, there are 1mil+ Jewish people in #NYC. The few who don’t social distance should be called out — but generalizing against the whole population is outrageous especially when so many are scapegoating Jews. This erodes the very unity our city needs now more than ever. https://t.co/jcYO9QQred
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) April 29, 2020
This is really dangerous tweet, Mayor. Telling Jews and other religious communities “the time for warnings has passed.” You are drunk with power. As a Muslim who grew up among Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn, I can only say one thing to you — Time to step down.
— Kamran Pasha (@kamranpasha) April 29, 2020
What happened in Brooklyn today was wrong, and people violating social distancing rules should face consequences. However, targeting an entire religion is inappropriate and reckless. Given the recent rise of anti-semitic attacks in NYC it’s downright dangerous. https://t.co/tyZeJrmZbj pic.twitter.com/lIMQgUmEQJ
— Daniel Rosenthal (@DanRosenthalNYC) April 29, 2020
Oh look everyone, the Democrat Mayor of New York is an anti-semite who wants to round up Jewish People like hitler did…
I won’t wait up for the outrage from the left.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 29, 2020
Blaming and holding responsible the 1 million Jews in NYC for the actions of .02% of Jews is antisemitic, period.
Thanks, De Blasio, for bringing out all the antisemites on Twitter.
I’ve spent the past hour reporting tweets. pic.twitter.com/JF48Utlc8P
— Abigail (@iamanabigail) April 29, 2020
Violations of religious and other civil liberties guaranteed by the constitution during coronavirus shutdowns has been a central theme over the last two weeks, prompting Attorney General Bar to instruct the Department of Justice to start taking action against overreaching governors.
Ironically, de Blasio violated New York’s shutdown regulations the day after they went into effect. On March 15, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told all residents to remain in their homes with the exception of essential activities (grocery shopping, medical services and work that wasn’t possible to do from home).
The next morning, the mayor went to his gym in Brooklyn, sparking outrageous and criticism among residents and the media.
Everyone stay at home, shelter in place!
— jerylbier (@JerylBier) March 16, 2020