De Blasio Criticized for Threat to Arrest Jewish Citizens Who Attend Large Gatherings

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is being criticized for his tweeted threat to have Jewish citizens of the city arrested for attending large gatherings.

The gatherers attended the funeral to mourn the death of Rabbi Chaim Mertz.

De Blasio took to Twitter late Tuesday to voice his disapproval of a large funeral gathering that took place in Williamsburg, New York.

With the tweet, he made it clear large gatherings will not be tolerated amid the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor also threatened to arrest those who ignore his order.

“Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic,” de Blasio tweeted. “When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”

He also included a stern message to the Jewish community, saying, “My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed.”

He continued, “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.”

Almost immediately after sharing the tweet, de Blasio was met with criticism.

The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council of Hudson Valley fired back with a reference to the events that unfolded earlier in the day, also drawing large crowds that apparently failed to practice social distancing.

After President Donald Trump announced the Thunderbird and Blue Angels’ flyover, large crowds turned out to capture images of the scene.

Another Twitter user shared footage from Central Park, noting the repeated violation of social distancing guidelines there and accused de Blasio of targeting Jews.

Over the last few weeks, photos have captured crowds flocking to the park. The user argues that de Blasio had not expressed concerns about New Yorkers in the park.

De Blasio also declared large gatherings would only lead to more deaths.

“We have lost so many these last two months + I understand the instinct to gather to mourn. But large gatherings will only lead to more deaths [and] more families in mourning” de Blasio said. “We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance.”

The NYPD confirmed no arrests were made.

As of Wednesday morning, the state of New York has over 300,000 coronavirus cases, including 162,000 cases in New York City alone.


  1. Everyone, every body, during this public health crisis, this plague, has a moral, ethical and social responsibility to future generations, to undergo cremation.

    The true crying shame here is that neither Governor Cuomo nor President Trump (thru the CDC) has ordered that regardless of religious, social/cultural traditions or personal preference even every body burns.

    I realize that we need to be “sensitive” to people’s cultural and religious identities but (my personal belief) is that at this time it should not matter. PUBLIC HEALTH DEMANDS IT. THE FUTURE DEMANDS IT.

      1. Of course not. And as a funeral director I can not.
        But cremation is the only way we know for fact that this virus dies. Any religious leader who insists on putting “tradition” over the public health in this fashion is a prime example of the blind leading the blind.

        In the last three weeks, out of two funeral homes alone, I have assisted in over 100 removals and/or embalmings. Sadly I know all to well the toll on society.

        1. burying it also destroys it. you know it can only live so long without a host right?
          the answer lies in herd immunity or a vaccine which is highly unlikely at this point

          1. Here in NYC, DeMoron wants to bury and later disinter, it just seems an unnecessary public health risk.

          2. “the answer lies in herd immunity or a vaccine which is highly unlikely at this point” tom

            Tom is confused.

            There still is a question of victims becoming re-infected. That is not settled yet.

            Why do you question the ability of science to defeat this virus? On what basis do you make that claim?

          3. sorry scott. my point is you can’t cremate and hide, you can’t hide by staying at home.
            there is no evidence of people being re-infected. that doesn’t mean they can’t still pick of the virus and spread. but this whole idea of thinking you can hide in your house and be safe is delusional. i never questioned the ability of science, but unlike you i don’t just make it up as i go along. there is not a single expert telling you staying at home 3 months will lesson your risk. every single expert says the only answer is herd immunity or hope for a vaccine. the only one ignoring science is you with your made up unproven theories

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