Firestorm Erupts Over Deblasio’s Tweet Aimed At Jewish Community

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WILLIAMSBURG (VINnews) — On Tuesday evening, the neighborhood of Williamsburg was witness to hundreds of people gathered in the streets.

The reason for the gathering was the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz, the Tola’as Yaakov Rebbe.

Rabbi Mertz passed away at the age of 73-years-old due to COVID-19. He was a well known figure in his community, and headed a Shul on Bedford Ave.

However, the hundreds of people who showed up to the funeral did not keep to the social distancing guidelines, making the scene doubly unfortunate.

Sure enough, the NYPD arrived during the funeral to intervene.

Not long after, Mayor Deblasio himself appeared on scene, as reported by his press secretary.

The situation was indeed unacceptable, but on Tuesday night, what many people seemed to remember the most was the Mayor’s reaction on Twitter.

After rightfully calling the situation “unacceptable,” the Mayor went on to send a message adddressed specifically to the Jewish community.

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” wrote the Mayor. “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.”

As Sen. Ted Cruz noted, would the Mayor have singled out any other ethnic community in his Tweet other than the Jewish community?

Councilman Chaim Deutsch expressed his disbelief as well.

“What??? This has to be a joke. Did the Mayor of NYC really just single out one specific ethnic community (a community that has been the target of increasing hate crimes in HIS city) as being noncompliant?? Has he been to a park lately? (What am I saying – of course he has!)”

Councilman deutsch is referring to a video that went viral of the Mayor himself taking a walk in a public park with his wife amid the pandemic, seemingly ignoring his own guidelines.

It should be noted, that large crowds gathered in NYC earlier on Tuesday to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds fly overhead. The Mayor was completely silent on that front.

Below is just a few samples of the outburst on Twitter in response to the Mayor’s tweet.


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