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NY Mayor de Blasio Threatens to Round Up Jews Who Gather in Defiance of Social Distancing Mandates

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and the city's Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, left, hold a press conference, Friday Nov. 16, 2018, in New York. Public officials were on the defensive after the season's first snowstorm yesterday stranded thousands of commuters and students for hours. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is in serious trouble after tweeting out this threat directed at Jews in the city of New York. Absolutely no one is surprised that the mayor is targeting Orthodox Jews but most everyone is disgusted. The Orthodox community is always the target of political hacks during any health crisis because their belief system puts more faith in God’s law than in man’s law. Most Orthodox Jews live in closed communities and follow their own rules based on their beliefs. Statists, who want nothing short of complete obedience, hate them for it.

Many are questioning why de Blasio is targeting Jews going to funerals when hundreds (maybe thousands) of people gathered in NYC to see an airshow recently.

The Orthodox Jewish community regularly opts for natural herd immunity over vaccines or other measures. As a result, the Orthodox who have recovered from COVID-19 are donating large amounts of plasma in order to cure others of the virus. The mayor has not thanked them for their service to the cause. Instead, he has put a target on their backs as the cause of disease, similar to what was done to them during the last measles outbreak in New York, which played a part in attacks on Jews across New York. 

As a result of the large number of Orthodox Jews who contracted the Chinese virus, they were able to help the medical community and those suffering from it. This is not an insignificant benefit of having a large number of people exposed to the virus. Forward reported: 

What began as a one-man volunteer effort to connect post-Covid Jews with New York-area hospitals has now become a broad coalition, including major hospitals, Orthodox groups and a range of Orthodox Jews from visibly religious Hasidic communities to the so-called Modern Orthodox who participate more fully in secular life. It’s made Orthodox Jews a major force in donating plasma, which doctors hope to have a major benefit in the fight against the coronavirus.

Mayor de Blasio’s authority to round up people who aren’t following “social distancing” requirements (which are really just voluntary) is highly questionable. Attorney General William Barr issued a statement on Monday that said in part, “the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.” He warned that his office would be tasked with stopping overreaching government agents from infringing on the People’s rights. The right to peacefully assemble is not suspended, no matter what Bill de Blasio claims.

The responses to de Blasio’s draconian orders are numerous.

De Blasio didn’t back down either, saying during a press conference on Wednesday that it “was said with love, but it was tough love” arguing he “won’t tolerate antisemitism” while condemning the Jews for “putting each other in danger and our police officers in danger.”

He justified targeting a group of people based on their race and religion by saying, “If in my passion and in my emotion I said something that in any way was hurtful, I’m sorry about that, that was not my intention. But I also want to be clear, I’ve no regrets about calling out this danger and saying we’re going to deal with it very, very aggressively.”

There was no announcement from the mayor about how aggressively he plans to go after any other religion. With Ramadan approaching, it should be interesting to watch.

Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo,” and host of The Fringe podcast. Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter

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