(UnitedVoice.com) – On Tuesday night, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio singled out the Jewish community for holding a large funeral in violation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. They defied the orders to grieve the loss of an influential rabbi who passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. While mourners didn’t practice social distancing, they did wear masks.
De Blasio threatened the Jewish community broadly in a tweet. In addition, he ordered police to enforce social-distancing violations with tickets or arrests.
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
As a result, de Blasio’s facing accusations of anti-Semitism. The NYPD confirms that officers did not ticket or arrest mourners. Multiple NYPD precincts and community affairs teams even helped organize and control the event by setting up barricades for crowd control.
Last week, US Attorney General William Barr warned states and municipalities they were going too far and violating constitutional rights — especially religious rights. He said some orders were too oppressive and the US Constitution did not go away because of COVID-19. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been supporting citizen’s rights by getting involved as an interested party in lawsuits by citizens against overbearing governments. Apparently, de Blasio didn’t get the memo.
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