New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going after the Orthodox Jewish community again, this time over a wedding that reportedly drew thousands.
Comrade de Blasio took exception to the event amid the pandemic, saying there was “a conscious effort to conceal” the event, but it was lost on the Democrat that Jews in his city must resort to secrecy to hold such religion-based ceremonies.
The organizers of the Hasidic Jewish wedding were hit with a $15,000 fine and the mayor threatened the possibility of “additional consequences quite soon.”
“We know there was a wedding,” de Blasio told local news station NY1. “We know it was too big — I don’t have an exact figure, but whatever it was, it was too big. There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it, which is absolutely unacceptable.”
In his weekly “Mondays with the Mayor” interview on #InsideCityHall, @billdeblasio told @errollouis that the synagogue responsible for a wedding that reportedly drew thousands of people will face a $15,000 summons fine. #NY1Politics pic.twitter.com/qnKFxXj74T
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) November 24, 2020
“This was amazingly irresponsible, just unacceptable,” he added. “So there’s going to be consequences right away for the people who let that happen.”
The wedding was for a chief rabbi’s grandson, according to the New York Post, which shared a video of the large crowd at a facility that reportedly had a capacity of 7,000.
“Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, guests crammed shoulder to shoulder inside the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg for the Nov. 8 nuptials — stomping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs without a mask in sight,” the Post reported.
Insane footage here of a 7,000 person indoor wedding held in Brooklyn two weeks ago. It’s psychopathic. https://t.co/k4Kka4f6iX pic.twitter.com/peYjNVcaAb
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) November 23, 2020
The wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, was hidden from “the ravenous press and government officials,” a Yiddish newspaper said in reporting on the wedding.
“Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,” Der Blatt noted.
While there were plenty of online reactions complaining that the $15,000 fine was too small and that de Blasio wasn’t being hard enough, there was also a faction that saw the incident as representative of something much larger.
Here’s a sampling of results to the story from Twitter:
Yes why would Jews feel the need to conduct religious ceremonies in secret? https://t.co/dHjSgYbFmX
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 24, 2020
Well, no one expects the @BilldeBlasio inquisition https://t.co/AQujWnxa5J
— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@AaronWorthing) November 24, 2020
I don’t know why the Comrade Mayor is so upset: doesn’t he support acts of #Resistance ? https://t.co/pBV8kvQ1uA
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) November 25, 2020
Gosh, @BilldeBlasio . I wonder why NYCity’s Jews feel like they have to gather in secret. https://t.co/m92UA0VREk
— Reine (@ReineDeTout) November 24, 2020
DeBlasio HATES Jews. https://t.co/pLEiOI9278
— BenBC🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) November 24, 2020
Jews conducting religious ceremonies in secret. This sounds eerily familiar. https://t.co/anj1dbkJ8G
— Jack in the East (@talkradio200) November 24, 2020
For the “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide” crowd. With a fascist DeBlasio government, you have every reason to hide what you’re doing. https://t.co/ec23hQQvRB
— Kent Moore (@kentrmoore) November 24, 2020
So he’s paying folks over six figures to be liaisons to that community & they didn’t know that over 7,000 people were attending a wedding through word of mouth (meaning everybody in Williamsburg was aware) but @BilldeBlasio’s “eyes & ears”. They are either morons or worse.
— Sal Albanese (@SalAlbaneseNYC) November 24, 2020
Nothing like a govt making religious ceremonies go underground. AMeRIcA iS LAnD of tHe FrEe.
— Whit (@whitwt) November 24, 2020
Where have I seen this before? 🤔
— Joshua Raymond (@jraymond0412) November 24, 2020
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