New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has come under attack for breaking apart the Jewish community for social distance – when he traveled 11 miles from his home to walk in Prospect Park.
The lawmaker said Tuesday that he has instructed police to arrest mourning during arrests and anyone who & # 39; s in large groups collects in a new & # 39; zero tolerance & # 39; approach to stop the spread of coronavirus.
But a few days earlier, the mayor and his wife Chirlane McCray were heckled by the local people when they walked through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, despite living 11 miles away in Manhattan.
Others noted the crowds that gathered earlier Tuesday to watch a flyover by the Navy's Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds of the Air Force to honor health workers, but were not treated equally by officials.
De Blasio had traveled to personally close an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg after & # 39; images on social media showed masses gathered for a rabbi who died of coronavirus.
The actions of the mayor have caused a huge backlash online. Many Twitter users shared photos from the Holocaust and compared De Blasio's words and actions with the Nazis.
But de Blasio continued to defend his actions on Wednesday in his daily briefing, telling reporters he & # 39; had no regrets about announcing this danger & # 39 ;. He said, & # 39; I just spoke of passion yesterday. I couldn't believe my eyes, it was deep, deep, distressing.
& # 39; Human life was in danger right before my eyes. It was difficult love. Elsewhere, it hasn’t happened, let’s be honest. No it's not like people gathering in the park. & # 39; But he added: & # 39; I will not tolerate anti-Semitism. & # 39;
Hundreds of people gathered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a mass funeral Tuesday
Brooklyn, NY: The funeral was held for Rabbi Chaim Mertz who died of coronavirus
New Yorker Darren Goldner took video of the moment he shot the mayor and said, & # 39; Serious, you guys have a park. You live in park. You do not need to travel to Brooklyn essentially. This is selfish behavior & # 39;
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York: Others noted the crowds that gathered earlier Tuesday to watch a flyover by the Navy's Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds of the Air Force to honor health workers, but were not equal handled by officials
NYC: & # 39; Only bigots have a problem if some 100 Hasidim do what thousands of people in the same city did the same day (not social distance). & # 39; the Second Council of Orthodox Jews for Public Affairs tweets
Domino Park, Brooklyn, NYC: US Navy Pilots Joined the Air Force for a Shining View of New York City
Community leaders from all over the city were quick to rob his actions. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted: & # 39; Hey @NYCMayor, there & # 39; s 1mil + Jewish people in #NYC.
& # 39; The few who don't have social distance should be called out – but generalize against & # 39; a high population is scandalous, especially as many Jews are scapegoating. This erodes the very unity our city needs now more than ever. & # 39;
Councilor Kalman Yeger added: & # 39; Mr. Mayor, your words are unacceptable. To condemn our entire community over one group of people is something you would not do to another ethnic group, and I know you long enough to know that you know this. & # 39;
& # 39; Only bigots have a problem if some 100 Hasidim do what thousands of people in the same city did on the same day (not social distance). & # 39; the Second Council of Orthodox Jews for Public Affairs tweets.
De Blasio doubled down on his remarks, calling the meeting & # 39; unacceptable & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We talk about thousands of people together. We need to understand what it means to hold a big meeting. Some will be sick, others will spread, people as a result will die & # 39 ;, he said.
The mayor said collecting mourning Tuesday & # 39; is by far the biggest & # 39; was the one he saw since social distance rules were introduced.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said: & # 39; This large meeting puts members of my department in danger and will be met with dire consequences. There should be no meetings in NYC like what we saw yesterday. & # 39;
He found that NYPD burials for officers who died as a result of the virus were not conducted in the same manner as the norm. Shea confirmed that 12 calls were issued for social distance and denial of distribution.
But Ed Mullins, the president of the & # 39; s Sergeants Benevolent Association, tweeted later: & # 39; Mayor DeBlasio, YOU can't instruct the NYPD to violate people's rights! If you wanted to save lives & # 39 ;, YOU would be selling closed schools, NOT selling ventilators and NOT telling people to eat out.
& # 39; This event was a funeral, this community will NOT leave bodies in their homes for you. & # 39;
Mullins later called the mayor an & # 39; idiot & # 39; in an interview.
De Blasio is pictured traveling to conclude an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg
De Blasio, pictured Tuesday, had traveled to personally close an Orthodox Jewish funeral in Williamsburg after images on social media showed masses gathered for a rabbi who died of coronavirus
De Blasio doubled down on his remarks Wednesday, calling the meeting & # 39; unacceptable & # 39;
Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife Charlene McCray pose with Kings County Hospital staff during a 7 p.m. salute in honor of health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 24, Brooklyn, New York.
Navy Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Air Force demonstration teams participate in flyover over the Empire State building
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: A formation of US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds honor first responders on & # 39; front lines of & # 39; e coronavirus pandemic by flying over New York
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio testified at Orthodox Jewish funeral and threatened mourning with arrest for ignoring social distance rules
Shocking photos public hundreds of people gathered in the streets to pay their respects to Rabbi Chaim Mertz
De Blasio was filmed Saturday night with his wife – both in masks – through the historic park.
New Yorker Darren Goldner took video of the moment he blamed the mayor for forcing an entourage of four SUV security vehicles to drive his family to the park for a non-essential recreational walk in a completely different neighborhood.
& # 39; Seriously, you guys have a park. You live in park. You do not essentially need to travel to Brooklyn. Come on, you won't even open roads for people of all backgrounds. I won't give it away for a while. This is selfish behavior, & # 39; Goldner said.
De Blasio on Tuesday hit the Jewish community in a Twitter rant after he broke up the meeting with the NYPD
By Tuesday, the Blasio beat Jewish mourners to those who had come together, calling their actions & # 39; absolutely unacceptable & # 39 ;.
He had decided that he would personally go to Rabbi Chaim Mertz's funeral after photos revealed that hundreds of people had gathered in the streets to pay their respects.
& # 39; Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a big funeral rally in & # 39; e middle of this pandemic, & # 39; he wrote.
The mourning was seen sitting closer together than the recommended six feet under social distancing guidelines and many people did not wear face masks.
The mass meeting is also a violation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order, which prohibits non-essential meetings.
& # 39; When I heard that, I went there myself to make sure the audience was spread. And what I saw will NOT be tolerated as long as we fight the Coronavirus. & # 39;
The mayor proceeded with a strong warning to the community that police will issue a call and even arrest people who have social distancing guidelines.
& # 39; My message to & # 39; e Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings is over, & # 39; he wrote on Twitter.
Crowds watch the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams participating in a New York afternoon flyover. They were not threatened with arrest by Bill de Blasio – contrary to the mourning in Williamsburg
Critics have indicated that De Blasio did not respond to large crowds that were not out to view the flyover on Tuesday in New York City
Many people did not wear face masks at the funeral Tuesday in Brooklyn
The mass meeting is also a violation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order, which prohibits non-essential meetings
& # 39; I instructed the NYPD to move away from calls or even arrest those who don't gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving people. Period. & # 39;
De Blasio's reaction was in favor of some members of the & # 39; Jewish community who said he & # 39; singled & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This should be a joke. Did the NYC Mayor actually just pronounce one specific ethnic community (a community that has been the goal of increasing hate crimes in HIS city) as non-compliant ?? & # 39; Chaim Deutsch, a city councilor who represents a large Orthodox Jewish population, wrote in a Twitter post.
& # 39; Dangerous Choice of Words, Mayor – Accuse the High Jewish Community of & # 39; e mistreatment of a minority. Would you dare say this about any other group in this city? & # 39 ;, wrote The Life editor Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt.
Lis Smith, who works for former Democratic presidential candidate PeteButtigieg, said: & # 39; 11 mile chauffeured drive to Prospect Park for me … What in & # 39; e actual f * ck is this though? & # 39;
She added: & # 39; NYC has been a refuge for decades for Jews who are fleeing persecution and death. How on earth does the NYC mayor outline them for persecution in the middle of a pandemic? Words do not exist to describe the criminal incompetence at City Hall. & # 39;
Former NYPD officer John Cardillo said, & # 39; This is where @NYPDShea needs to step up and open his mouth. @NYPDnews is not the Gestapo. This is beyond madness. PC Shea has to condemn very loud, very clear, and very harshly @ BilldeBlasio & # 39; s mission to target and clean up Jews. & # 39;
Republican Senator Ted Cruz asked: & # 39; Would DeBlasio have sent this identical tweet with the word & # 39; Jewish & # 39; replaced by another religious minority? If not, why not? Laws should be enforced neutrally w / o focused on religious beliefs. & # 39;
But De Blasio's press secretary, Freddi Goldstein, said: & # 39; The mayor has been in & # 39; e public service one of & # 39; s strongest supporters of & # 39; e Jewish community. Thousands of people were gathered today, endangering their lives and the lives of others. It is his responsibility for all New Yorkers to speak with. & # 39;
Executive Editor of The Washington Examiner Seth Mandel wrote: & # 39; Your lowlife cretin bobblehead. There is only one community that you would approach in this way. And it's the one that just got a pogrom on your watch to not let it happen. & # 39;
De Blasio mourned the Twitter and called their actions & # 39; absolutely unacceptable & # 39;
The mayor proceeded with a strong warning to the community that the police will issue a call and even arrest people who are fighting social distancing guidelines
& # 39; My message to & # 39; e Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings is over, & # 39; de Blasio wrote on Twitter
Young children were also gathered at the funeral – some of them wearing masks
Critics of his walk in the park noted that De Blasio lives in the Gracie Mansion, the designated residence of New York mayors, on the Upper East Side in Carl Schurz Park.
When confronted during his walk, De Blasio was seen accidentally waving his hand to the camera as he walked away from his angry constituent and said, "Come on, guys, give it a while" ;.
& # 39; This is so terribly selfish. You call yourself a progressive, but your driver chases you to Brooklyn, you force people to drive you. It's ridiculous. This is the sign of nonessential travel, & # 39; eyewitness Goldner continued.
De Blasio lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn, near Prospect Park, before moving to the Gracie Mansion in July 2014.
& # 39; Has he been in a park lately? (What do I say – of course he does!) & # 39 ;, wrote Councilman Deutsch.
An NYPD officer wearing a mask arrives to try to disperse the crowds Tuesday
An NYPD spokesman said officers did not ticket or arrest anyone at Tuesday's funeral
The NYPD has been called to break several funerals and meetings in & # 39; city in the middle of & # 39; a pandemic.
A spokesman for the & # 39; NYPD told the officers of & # 39; e New York Post nobody arrested or arrested at Tuesday's funeral.
This comes on the same day that Cuomo revealed its 12-step plan for re-establishing the & # 39; state and told New Yorkers that it & # 39; miracle & # 39; would take for New York City to achieve the requirements that are needed to unlock the & # 39; in the coming weeks to relax.
Cuomo's lockdown officially ends on May 15, but he said on Monday that he would extend it to some regions & # 39; s state where & # 39; the data suggests there is still a problem.
In upstate New York, the infection rate is believed to be as low as three percent, though it is nearly 25 percent in New York City, according to an antibody study conducted by the state.
The first step of the plan is to ensure that the region that has been reopened has seen 14 cases of falling coronavirus.
New York City is a long way from that benchmark and it remains the vast majority of all deaths and cases of COVID-19 in the state.
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