NEW YORK (VINnews) — Dear Mayor De Blasio,
“Jews, We will come down hard on you. Everyone Else? Well, just protest peacefully. Oh and Police? Go easy on them – just a light touch.”
Although these weren’t your exact words, this was essentially what you said.
You began, “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.”
And then, on Friday, you ignore those who are gathering in large groups. You ignore those who who don’t wear masks. What do you do? You cheer them on.
You said, “To everyone protesting and expressing that anger and pain, please remember how important it is to protest peacefully. Please remember that we’re in the middle of a pandemic. We have to do all we can to protect each other. Everyone out there has a responsibility.”
No mention of the various prohibition of gathering and such. No mention of instructions to the police to proceed immediately.
Social distancing? – Only for Jews.
Summons and tickets? Only for Jews.
Arrest those who gather in large groups? Only for Jews.
Enough is enough!! You are applying different standards, double standards, in fact. And the hypocrisy is glaring.
Tickets, fines and wholesale arrests to those who gather to pray, attend a wedding or pay respects at a funeral. And yet for those that are gathering to throw bricks at police officers, to loot stores and to engage in wanton violence – that’s okay. They can gather all they want.
I am not saying that it is okay to gather. It is not. But at least, dear mayor, show us that you do not look at us like garbage. At the very least, apologize. Issue a statement saying that you regret your strong words and attitude to how you have dealt and spoken with some parts of the Jewish community. And that you hope to rectify it. Until you do that, it is hard to see how you are not being a hypocrite.
Please do so now.