An enraged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed to the scene of a rabbi’s funeral and ordered police to break up a massive gathering of Orthodox Jews, the New York Post reported.
The mayor instructed police to make arrests if necessary – even though organizers of the funeral said they had received approval from City Hall to hold the gathering.
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“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” the mayor wrote on Twitter. “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.”
For the record, de Blasio is the mayor of New York City, not 1930’s Berlin.
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
“Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”
The NYPD did not report any arrests nor were any of the Jews slapped with summonses, the New York Post reported.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted the mayor.
“Would DeBlasio have sent this identical tweet with the word ‘Jewish’ replaced by any other religious minority? If not, why not? Laws should be enforced neutrally w/o targeting religious faith. #ProtectFreeExercise,” he tweeted.
The mayor’s behavior is beyond appalling and it smacks of anti-Semitism.
I hope every Catholic and Protestant in New York City will rise up in defiance of this godless tyrant and stand alongside their Jewish neighbors.