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NYPD Shuts Down Brooklyn Yeshiva, de Blasio Announces ‘Cease and Desist Order’

NYPD Shuts Down Brooklyn Yeshiva, de Blasio Announces ‘Cease and Desist Order’

“Why are you so obsessed with the Jews, Bill?”

It seems like every week NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has a tweet targeting Jews during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, he announced that the NYPD shut down a Brooklyn Yeshiva for violating social distancing rules and they’re issuing a “cease and desist order.”

The Shut Down

NYPD received a tip from a neighbor:

Neighbors watched with alarm as the children, few of them wearing masks, filed into the building, crowded into classrooms and played on the roof at recess in violation of public health orders that have kept schools across the state closed since March.

“It was definitely a regular day for them, like business as usual,” said Joe Livingston, who lives across from the school building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. “That’s dangerous.”

The police brought the school day to an abrupt end around noon, after a neighbor who had seen the children playing on the roof called 311, officials said. Officers found about 60 children at the school, and quickly sent them all home, Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell, a police spokeswoman, said.

However, a photo on WhatsApp supposedly showed the students wearing masks and following the social distancing guidelines.

The community responded:

Avrohom Weinstock, associate director of education at the Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, said there were “no excuses” for a yeshiva to violate the stay-at-home order, even though many Hasidic families feel under strain.

Mr. Weinstock said his organization had been in touch with the school’s administrator who told them “no formal classes were held.”

“He said that individual students were studying together on their own accord, and with masks and extreme social distancing in place,” Mr. Weinstock said. “I can’t comment on the facts as we were not present, but felt it was important to convey another side to this story.”

One neighbor told the New York Times he witnessed classrooms with “dozens of students.” Another complained that the kids did not wear masks and called it “unfair” since “everyone’s wearing masks but not them.”

De Blasio’s Lack of Self-Awareness

This is the man who encouraged those in NYC to enjoy their time out and about the city as the coronavirus spread. Remember, researchers found that NYC is to blame for the outbreak in America.

This is the man who openly broke these rules last month.

This is the man who personally oversaw the police breaking up a Hasidic funeral for a rabbi last month. He also “instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those in large groups.”

This is the man who is hated by the NYPD, which has said over and over that they’re sick and tired of enforcing the social distancing rules instead of concentrating on actual crimes.

Needless to say, the internet responded again to de Blasio’s tweet:


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His name is Warren Wilhelm.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to artichoke. | May 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    Milhouse in reply to artichoke. | May 19, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    No, it used to be that, but he changed it fair and square, and not for any political advantage he might get from having an Italian name rather than a German one.

    Indeed the only “ethnic boost” he seems ever to have got in his career came not from his name but from the ad with his son, the entire point of which was to bring it to the attention of uninformed black voters that his family is black (his opponent in the D primary was Bill Thompson, who is black — and by Dem standards is fairly sane).

      alaskabob in reply to Milhouse. | May 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      And he personally told you he changed his name with no political consideration? Plenty of people have changed their names to remove them from the “taint” of the family name…. such as The House of Windsor. He is a politician though.

        Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | May 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        He changed it long before electoral politics were even on his mind. And his reason for changing it is pretty clear, and seems just as reasonable as any of the thousands of name changes that happen regularly. It’s not like changing ones name is a rare thing.

      rdm in reply to Milhouse. | May 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      What is it with your compulsive need to try to ride in and be a white knight for various democrats? Honest question.

        Milhouse in reply to rdm. | May 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        It’s called caring about the truth. Perhaps this is a foreign concept to you.

      Alonzo Archimemedes in reply to Milhouse. | May 20, 2020 at 1:52 am

      he changed it because he hates his father

        Or at least, as a teenager, he hated his father. Now that he is a father he may have rethought that, but at this point it would be stupid to change his name back. Also anti-feminist.

Once again, police “just following orders”.

    TX-rifraph in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 19, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Why is my respect for NYPD dropping? Maybe that is that plan?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 19, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    One doesn’t see many Support Your Local Police stickers anymore, does one?

    Barry Soetoro in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Do Jewish schools not have to follow the rules that apply to all schools? You’re not advocating for Jewish privilege, are you?

      Milhouse in reply to Barry Soetoro. | May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Indeed the do have to follow the same rules. The questions are (1) whether this place was doing so; (2) are the rules valid; (3) are they being enforced equally; and most importantly (4) do the mayor’s public responses reflect an animus — conscious or unconscious — against this sector?

      All synagogues and yeshivos in NYC are still closed. If this one did illegally open then it was right to shut it down. But there has been grossly disproportionate media attention to the occasional violations by a small minority of chassidim, compared to the attention paid to the far greater violations by other people, and it seems likely that De Blasio’s focus is driven by that media attention rather than by the facts on the ground.

      The funeral that he showed up personally to break up was a NYPD screw-up. It had been coordinated in advance with the NYPD, streets were barricaded, there were to be loudspeakers broadcasting the eulogies over several blocks, there were people handing out masks to those who came without them, and everyone was to stand 6 feet apart from everyone else. Then for some reason the NYPD cut off the sound system and people surged forward to try to hear the eulogies, thus creating the dangerous and illegal crowding. Then the NYPD denied the whole thing and blamed the organizers, and De Blasio blamed the Jews, while denying what everyone with eyes in their heads could see going on in the park right next to that scene.

Wouldn’t the mayor/NYPD need a judge to issue the “Cease and desist order”?

Mayor Bill “Judenrein” DeBolshevik living up to his own reputation.

And the NYPD playing their part as sycophants and thugs. Goes to show you can shit on the NYPD for years and they’ll still do what they’re told.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 19, 2020 at 11:50 am


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 19, 2020 at 11:52 am

DeBlasio is putting the NYPD in a tough situation. Cops are sworn to uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws. When the Mayor or Governor proclaims an order that is probably unconstitutional, the cops either have to violate their oath or refuse the unlawful order and possibly get fired.

That is why the NYPD has publicly denounced DeBlasio. As it says above, “This is the man who is hated by the NYPD, which has said over and over that they’re sick and tired of enforcing the social distancing rules instead of concentrating on actual crimes.”

    henrybowman in reply to OldProf2. | May 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    “When the Mayor or Governor proclaims an order that is probably unconstitutional, the cops either have to violate their oath or refuse the unlawful order and possibly get fired.”

    That’s precisely the standard the Allies expected of the defeated Nazis, so that question has already been asked and answered. Mene, mene, tekel upharsin.

The mayor seems Hell bent on moving as many folks in NYC from d supporter towards becoming rabid libertarians.

This is the fellow who rationalized the readmission of COVID patients into elderly residential facilities as being just because the facilities were privately owned, for profit institutions. ??????

Meanwhile our county does everything it can to encourage such investment.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 19, 2020 at 12:58 pm

DeBlah-zio needs a cyst and disease order.

You New Yorkers elected this sick bastard, now live with him.

Do NOT come looking to the rest of us for money to bail you out.

Lucky for that neighborhood that hizzoner can’t put boxcars on the subway tracks… or who knows where his power trip will take them to.

buckeyeminuteman | May 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm

The twits in NYC voted for this power hungry progressive. They are now getting exactly what they asked for and deserve.

He doesn’t bother about secularized Jews that might go through the motions of Passover or Yom Kippur, and maybe buy a Hanukah bush.
He only cares about the nonconfirming religious types, Jews, or Christians.
But he lets the Mosques and the Imams and the Madrasses stay open.

    Milhouse in reply to tz. | May 19, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    But he lets the Mosques and the Imams and the Madrasses stay open.

    That is not true. All religions are being treated exactly the same. The mosques are closed too, and if anyone were to report an operating madrassa it would get the exact same treatment that this yeshiva got.

Has anybody pointed out the a Federal Court ruling issued in North Carolina on Friday? I think the money shot in Judge Devers’s opinion in issuing a TRO against North Carolina preventing religious gatherings was “there is no Pandemic Exception to the Constitution or the Free Expression Clause of the First Amendment”.

When are the Jews in New York going to make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel)? The writing is on the walls already.

    griffeydog in reply to jerusalemcats. | May 20, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Why would they do that? Brooklyn is the second largest Jewish Community on the Planet. And it isn’t that far below Israel. Besides there are all sorts on inconvenient conversations that go on in Israel. Such as “Howcome those dudes with the beards are the only ones not required to join the Army?”

      Milhouse in reply to griffeydog. | May 20, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Which isn’t true, half of Tel Aviv gets out of the army on one pretext or other, or does BS service like Yair Lapid (and Algore and Teddy Kennedy). And the exemption for full-time yeshivah study is available to anyone; once someone is no longer a full-time student they are subject to the same rules as everyone else, which depend on such factors as age and family status.

      But you’re right that that narrative goes on, because it’s politically useful to the left as well as to the anti-haredi right.

      But to jerusalemcats, no matter what happens in the USA it’s still a lot safer for Jews than Israel. There are many good reasons to go on aliyah from the USA, but safety is not one of them.

      Kahanists like to point to the risk of a holocaust happening in the USA, and of course it’s impossible to rule anything completely out. But the odds of that happening are a lot greater in Israel than the USA. In the USA neo-nazis are a lunatic fringe, probably no more than 1000 people total. In and around Israel there are millions whose grandfathers were actual nazis, literally Hitler’s allies, and who follow in their path, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to finish his work. In both countries they’re unlikely to succeed, but that unlikelihood is much higher in the USA.

      No, if you want to promote aliyah (and you should) play up the advantages of Israel, not the disadvantages of the USA.

Time to start physically removing these tyrants from office.

henrybowman | May 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm

“Another complained that the kids did not wear masks and called it “unfair” since “everyone’s wearing masks but not them.”

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. –CHURCHILL

Did ny’ers not know that thisPOSwas a commie and just not care or was it covered up ala obama? Either way I’m willing to see them go through a period of mass starvation if that’s what it takes to get their attention. You reap what you sow.