New York City mayor issues warning to Jews over Twitter

De Blasio gave a direct message to "the Jewish community, and all communities."

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted a firm message to the Jewish community in his city, with many on Twitter calling the tweet anti-Semitic. Because, well, it basically is.

In two tweets, posted back-to-back, de Blasio called out "something absolutely unacceptable" that took place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; a funeral."

"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," said de Blasio, whose real name is Warren Wilhelm Jr.

De Blasio followed that tweet up with a much less subdued denouement, giving a direct message to "the Jewish community, and all communities."

"The time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summon or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period," said de Blasio.

Even by de Blasio standards, the tweet was neglectful and ignorant, particularly because of the term "Jewish community." Surely, de Blasio isn't talking about Mike Bloomberg. He's casting a net over a religion, that is made up of hundreds of communities, many of whom are following pandemic protocols correctly.

Many quickly called out de Blasio for his anti-Semitic tone, calling him a Nazi—a 1945 one, not a 2020 one—and casting similar criticisms as the ones pointed out above.

New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch of Brooklyn, New York, specifically called out de Blasio for harmful rhetoric that has contributed to the uptick in anti-Semitic instances in New York.

"This has to be a joke. Did the Mayor of New York City really just single out one specific ethnic community (a community that has been the target of increasing hate crimes in HIS city?), said Deutsch.

It's no wonder why some Jewish communities have begun taking up arms in counties throughout the state. The Post Millennial recently released a mini-documentary on the Orthodox community in Monsey, New York who decided to take up arms following the heinous Hanukkah attacks in a synagogue.

The documentary features an interview with former US city assemblyman Dov Hikind, who directly blames de Blasio for some of the increases of anti-Semitism.

That documentary can be viewed below.


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