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NYC Mayor Singles Out Jews for Arrest

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NYC Major Bill De Blasio distributes literature about coronavirus in Union Square on March 9, 2020. President Trump shut down travel from China on January 31, 2020 (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
NYC Major Bill De Blasio distributes literature about coronavirus in Union Square on March 9, 2020. President Trump shut down travel from China on January 31, 2020 (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter singling out Jews and threatening to arrest them.

De Blasio isolated New York’s Jewish community in response to Hasidic Jews gathering for a funeral that was approved by the city.

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 .

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:

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.

 

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Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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