Critics Vilify NYC Mayor For Saying Cops Will Enforce COVID-19 Rules: “OK Nazi” April 30, 2020

Critics Vilify NYC Mayor For Saying Cops Will Enforce COVID-19 Rules: “OK Nazi”

I guess New York Mayor Bill De Blasio did nazi that coming.

People were throwing shade — make that vitriol — after he tweeted the following warning Tuesday night:

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.

Despite De Blasio’s explicitly including “all communities” in his stern message, he did also single out Jews for a moment. That was like tossing a match into a drum of kerosene and bottle rockets. Some people saw fit to allege that the New York Democrat was looking to incite a pogrom. The pile-on included lots of references to nazi Germany, yellow stars, and gas chambers.

Among the responses:

“You could assign symbols to designate their communities and their sins! Some sort of badge, maybe, that could be worn on the clothes. Something that would let all right-thinking people know immediately they were to be shunned and reported if they show their faces again.”

OK Nazi.”

“It’s as if deCommie-o has no CONFIDENCE in the Jewish Community’s capability to assemble peacefully yet SAFELY to worship… Just an opportunity to give in to his inner KOMMISAR” [sic].

Yeah, about that last one. De Blasio didn’t tweet his exasperation in a vacuum.

In recent weeks, there’ve been multiple instances of ultra-orthodox New York Jews flouting the COVID-19 guidelines. Their tribe has held funerals and weddings that carelessly and selfishly contravened New York’s public health directives.

And they keep doing it. This was the scene on Tuesday afternoon after Rabbi Chaim Mertz had died from COVID-19 and his people took him to his final resting place.

Look at those photos. Is this kind of shoulder-to-shoulder gathering nothing to be concerned incensed about if you’re the mayor and you’ve seen the COVID death toll in your metropolis climb to the highest in the world?

If I’m honest, I think this tweet to De Blasio had some merit:

“The Jewish Community”? Which one? The Modern Orthodox on the UWS? The Reform alter cockers on the UES? The Syrian Jews of Midwood? The Bukharians of Queens? Oh, wait, you mean the Satmars of W’burg [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]. Why don’t you say so instead of inflaming antisemitism, you imbecile.

The over-the-top furor grew so clamorous that De Blasio had to address it during a press conference yesterday morning.

He said that he has a “long and deep connection” to the Orthodox community. “If you saw anger and frustration, you’re right. I spoke out of real distress. People’s lives were in danger before my eyes,” de Blasio noted. “I regret if the way I said it in any way gave people a feeling of being treated the wrong way, that was not my intention,” the Mayor added. “It was said with love, but it was tough love.”

It’s actually a bit odd to see Hizzoner excoriated for supposedly hating Jews, as on this blog we’ve observed De Blasio cozying up to Jewish constituencies in ways that should make secular people wary, if not alarmed.

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