NYC Mayor Shows Up To Help Break Up Funeral, Gets Accused Of Anti-Semitism

Sandy Malone

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio infuriated many after he helped break up a Jewish funeral and then tweeted about it.

Brooklyn, NY – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the hot seat after he directed criticism at the Jewish community for a massive funeral gathering held on Tuesday evening in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio was already facing derision after a video went viral of the mayor and his wife walking in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park over the weekend, 12 miles from his home in Gracie Mansion, in violation of his own stay-at-home order.

But on Tuesday night, de Blasio went to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in person to help the New York Police Department (NYPD) break up a gathering of hundreds of Hasidic Jews who were attending a funeral for a popular rabbi, WNYW reported.

Some of the people in the group were wearing face coverings, but most were not, pictures and videos from the scene showed. None were observing social distancing.

After making a personal appearance at the chaotic dispersal of the crowd, the mayor posted a series of tweets that infuriated many New Yorkers.

“Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. 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,” de Blasio tweeted.

“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,” the angry mayor continued in a second tweet.

“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 + more families in mourning. We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance,” de Blasio posted in a final tweet.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accused de Blasio of targeting the Jewish community, CNN reported.

“Hey @NYCMayor, there are 1mil+ Jewish people in #NYC,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted. “The few who don't social distance should be called out — but generalizing against the whole population is outrageous especially when so many are scapegoating Jews. This erodes the very unity our city needs now more than ever.”

Seffi Kogen of the American Jewish Committee castigated the mayor as well.

“It is NEVER ok for an American elected official to single out the Jewish community like this. That de Blasio is the mayor of the most Jewish city in the country makes this that much worse,” Kogen tweeted.

But there were some members of the city’s Jewish community who agreed with de Blasio’s sentiments and said so on social media.

Blue Lives Matter spoke with an observant Jewish law enforcement officer in New York about de Blasio’s remarks and he said that only the Hasidic Jewish community is furious with the mayor.

“Mainstream Jewish communities are happy there’s a politician that has finally opened their mouth to this group,” the officer said. “They flout the rules wherever they go. The level of disdain for civil authorities is obvious – they’re not trying to hide it. But then whenever their shenanigans are called out, they claim it’s because of anti-Semitism.”

The officer said that when police try to do their jobs within the Hasidic community, the residents “call the cops Nazis.”

“It’s blatant,” he told Blue Lives Matter. “It’s the playbook. They do something they’re not supposed to do. If they get called out, they scream anti-Semitism.”

The officer, who is not a fan of the mayor, said that what de Blasio said and did on Tuesday night had nothing to do with religion.

“This isn’t because they’re Jewish. It’s because they’re acting like a--holes,” he said, and then made a startling comparison.

“It’s like claiming police target members of the Westboro Baptist Church because they’re Christian,” the officer explained. “You’re calling them out for their actions not because of their religion.”

The officer also pointed out that city officials had made a stink about a “ride-out funeral” held by members of the Hispanic community in Queens on April 3 and said there was a double-standard.

“People complained about the ride-out in Queens and nobody accused them of being anti-Hispanic for that one,” he pointed out.

He said that as a Jewish law enforcement officer, the happenings in Brooklyn during the coronavirus pandemic have been frustrating.

The officer said the actions of the Hasidic community force officers to risk exposure that they otherwise would not have encountered.

“Their behavior gives people who really are anti-Semitic more ammunition,” he said.

A number of people on social media also criticized de Blasio for attacking the funeral but not the people who gathered outside to watch the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds buzz the city in a patriotic airshow on Tuesday afternoon.

But the officer told Blue Lives Matter that for the most part, those watching the airshow were spread farther apart and while not everyone was properly social distancing, the clusters of people tended to be family groups who were watching the airshow together.

On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea reinforced the mayor's message to the Hasidic community and told them to stop putting his officers at risk, the New York Post reported.

"There was two funerals last weekend for members of the NYPD, we would normally have probably tens of thousands of people at that funeral, we had a handful,” Commissioner Shea said.

“People have to be accountable for their own actions, regardless of what neighborhood, ethnicity, where they come from, we cannot have what we had last night. We will not tolerate it," the commissioner said, and promised to continue to break up funeral gatherings.

“It better not happen again, it can’t… we can talk about this to the cows come home,” he said. “It doesn’t get any crystal clear of this for me. You are putting my cops’ lives at risk, and it’s unacceptable.”

Comments (17)
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NYC you voted for this........ enjoy it!!!


Honestly, the guy deserves to be called out like that. I get that they were in close proximity, but the blasted blasio needs to be torn down.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” de Blasio wrote. "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."

That does not seem to be anti-Semitic to me.

What is really concerning is that he would arrest people for practicing their religious traditions. I have no idea what the Torah or other scripts say about funerals, but perhaps it says "everyone shall gather and bury the dead." It would make for an interesting court case if he decided to arrest a lot of peaceful people all of the same faith for attending a funeral, when he gives convicted criminals early release and gift cards.


If the Jewish Community wants to tempt fate and gather together for a funeral and let the Chinese Coronavirus spread among their congregation, fine, so be it. Let the virus take its toll among them. The Neo Nazi's, gentile whites and Anti Semites would certainly love that, but not Mayor de Blasio. His Honor Mayor de Blasio is a leader dedicated to preserving the peace and health of all citizens of New York City. To accuse His Honor of Anti-semitism is a low and debased tactic. Other ethic and religious groups and people aren't holding funerals for those who have fallen from the Chinese Coronavirus, but the Jews think they are so special that they can hold funeral rites? The Hebrew community acted wrong and instead of admitting their horrible and gross mistake, they merely try to shamelessly deflect blame by accusing the Mayor of fallacious anti semitism charges. Fortunately people will understand that tough treatment is a part of good leadership and His Honor Mayor de Blasio will escape this scandal.


It’s more government overreach. Between the politicians and lying media, they’ve turned this virus into more than it is according to many in the medical community. Yes, people are dying but they’re underreporting the actual cases according to many reports.

When the government tells you to stop eating certain foods and consuming alcohol for your own good, don’t be surprised. When they tell you that you must exercise an hour everyday or you’re not eligible for certain medical procedures or you move to the back of the list, don’t be surprised.

If the government takes control of our medical industry, we’re doomed.


Deblasio is a moron and I can’t stand him. He also probably wouldn’t have said the same if it was a group of Muslims doing the same thing. That being said, he should have called out the Satmar Hasidim specifically, and not the Jewish community in general. Hasidim are the Westboro Baptist Church of the Jewish world. Do a little research on them and you will see they are a whole different breed and laws don’t apply to them. Which is too bad because they do have their First Amendment rights.

Truth Man 102
Truth Man 102

Wow how much the political landscape has changed in NYC. In the Ed Koch days the Hasidic community was a tremendous voting block for him. He catered to them for the simple reason that if The rabbi said vote for Koch they all went out and did so.

Today it is obvious that the new “radical democrats” who high jacked the Democratic Party do not give a shit about the Jewish community. That is evident by the position against Israel. My message to the Hasidic community of NYC. You are a powerful voting block. Don’t sit on the sidelines during next election. You have to get to the poles and vote for a rationale governing body. Doe this for Ed Koch and Rabbi Gluck!! Those of you in Williamsburg will know Rabbi Gluck!!

Truth Man 102
Truth Man 102

You talk about the anti semites in one sentence and speak like one in the next. You are an obvious fool.


Wonder why no one ever calls out de Blasio by his real name; Warren Wilhelm. Remember when you say his real name to change the W’s to V’s, like the German’s say it; Varren Vilhelm. There now, doesn’t that just sound anti-symetic.

Spinhp67 $
Spinhp67 $

It’s about time that a NY politician stand up to the Hasidic Jews!!! They have taken over many small towns in upstate NY. They don’t listen to the stay at home order. Their children are still going to school here, while our children are home from school. When they are called out on anything they play the religious card and are being discriminated against.
Governor Cuomo will not say or do anything against this group who constantly break the law and do whatever they want because they have bought him off.
I am no fan of mayor DeBlasio’s at all, but in this scary time it’s about time that someone stand up to this group!!!


NYC, you get what you vote for! Wake up!


what is the difference between Hasidic Jew and a regular Jew? Never heard of that before.