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NY Gov. Cuomo Used 14-Year-Old Picture to Attack Orthodox Jewish Community in COVID Update

NY Gov. Cuomo Used 14-Year-Old Picture to Attack Orthodox Jewish Community in COVID Update

“I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, ‘If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues.'”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used a 14-year-old picture of an Orthodox Jewish gathering to attack the community during an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in his state.

Cuomo showed two pictures, which he claimed were “just from the past couple of weeks.” He said:

“We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks,” Cuomo said during a news briefing addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in certain areas of the Empire State.

On display beside the gov was a slideshow with images purporting to be of recent packed events in the Orthodox community, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Orange County.

But one of the photos is from 2006 during “the 2006 funeral of revered Hassidic rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum in the Orange County village of Kiryas Joel.”

Cuomo’s staff caught the mistake during the briefing.

Then Cuomo said:

“I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, ‘If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues.'”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has attacked the Orthodox community numerous times during the pandemic.

De Blasio wants “to close public schools and nonessential businesses in nine areas of the city.”

Cuomo said he would “move up the timeline to close public schools to Tuesday.” But he “questioned the need to close nonessential businesses at all.”


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Cuomo’s commandment: Thou Shalt Do What Thou Art Told

    What a creepy lowlife.

    New York deserves this psychopath.

      A Punk Named Yunk in reply to | October 7, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      > New York deserves this psychopath.

      Kinda hard to argue with you there, Fine, ’cause the majority of NYS voters did elect him. However, the Republican party has a part in the blame, for failing to support whatever Republican was willing to run against the machine. Same for Congress – Republican Cathy Bernstein running against Jerrold Nadler. I have seen exactly one poster in a store window that let’s me know she exists but I can hardly call that running.

      HEY RNC: Support your candidates! Don’t just surrender NY and CA to the DINOs – Democrats in name only; they are all Marxists now, some to greater degree than others. But not the Democrat party of JFK.

He should grow a Hitler mustache.
At this point that’s the only detail missing.

I dislike DeBlasio, Cuomo and Democrats in general, but regardless of this picture issue, it is true. Many black hats absolutely have been ignoring the rules and there are many deaths because of it. Same thing in Baltimore and Israel. It would be wrong to place ALL of the blame on them as there are definitely other factors but they have certainly contributed to the problem.

    Tom Servo in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Sieg Heil to you, too.

      broomhandle in reply to Tom Servo. | October 6, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Swig heil?…really? Buddy, there is a huge difference between calling out bad behavior of ultra religious people Jew hatred.

        alaskabob in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm

        When I close my eyes I can almost hear Die Fahne Hoch. The disparity of treating “mostly peaceful” rioters versus ultra Orthodox Jews is the real issue. Using false pictures for propaganda is also an issue. The Big Lie is alive in the Big (less) Apple.

          broomhandle in reply to alaskabob. | October 6, 2020 at 1:58 pm

          What does this have to do with the rioters? They should be thrown in jail. Cuomo is a hypocrite, agreed there. Your knee-jerk reaction to call anyone you disagree with a Nazi makes you no better than a stupid liberal.

    hopeful in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 11:23 am

    It’s freedom to make your own decisions, bh, not have some overweening pissant make them for you

    As DOJ has noted in a different case, “There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution.”

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to McGehee. | October 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Hmmm…. forcing Jews to wear things they do not want to wear. Closing down their businesses by dictatorial fiat. Inciting mobs to loot those that do not close. Closing their places of worship and not allowing them to congregate in groups.

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | October 6, 2020 at 6:04 pm

        How is this different from Germany circa 1934 or 1935?

        Oh, the dude in charge does not have a strange little mustache.

        I should like to remind the Jewish community they can vote, and they can influence others to vote. I urge them to consider the leaders around them, and to chose wisely.

    The only problem we have are people like you, pathetic pissants that wish to be ruled.

    tphillip in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 11:43 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So much nonsense

    >I dislike DeBlasio, Cuomo and Democrats in general

    No you don’t; because of your big


    Man that’s a big one.

    >Many black hats

    What’s a black hat? An evil cowboy? An unethical hacker? Or just a word with sinister connotations you want to use to smear people who don’t agree with you? I’m guessing the latter.

    > absolutely have been ignoring the rules and there are many deaths because of it.

    Citations please. And then compare and contrast to BLM riots and how Andrew “The Angel of Death” Cuomo allowed those to go on. And on. And on. While “breaking the rules”.

    >Same thing in Baltimore and Israel.

    Uh huh. Citations?

    >It would be wrong to place ALL of the blame on them as there are definitely other factors

    Here comes that big

    >but they have certainly contributed to the problem.

    Someday you’ll learn English and how using the word “but” can completely negate the preceding clause.

    Strunk and White are your friend. Well, after you side with the two biggest Antisemites in New York that is.

      broomhandle in reply to tphillip. | October 6, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      You are over reacting and misinterpreting my comment. I am not a Jew hater, leftist, Democrat, white supremacist idiot etc. I have a large family of Jews in NYC, Baltimore, Israel and other places urban and rural. The ultra orthodox jews are not blameless and it is not antisemitic to say so. Deaths in those communities are higher because of lower compliance with basic common sense rules. Hating anybody that points that out is not going to fix the problem.

        hopeful in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 1:16 pm

        it’s up to them to decide what risks they want to take.. It’s not hatred for you that says Metici! (buysbybody!) Mind your own beeswax.

        And don’t be calling them “black hats”. Reflects poorly on you and your opinion no matter how many Jews in your family

          broomhandle in reply to hopeful. | October 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

          With a highly communicable virus, the risks one person takes are very likely to impact other people who make other choices. We are not talking about what color paint to order for a new car. And black hat is not antisemitic nor was it intended to be.

        Ironclaw in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 7:56 pm

        Do you understand the concept of a free country where adults get to make their own choices based on what makes sense to them?

        SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to broomhandle. | October 7, 2020 at 9:30 am

        Welcome to the comment section of Legal Insurrection. Lots of the commenters are knee jerk reactionaries. Explaining won’t help. But they expose themselves when they post

      Milhouse in reply to tphillip. | October 7, 2020 at 3:10 am

      What’s a black hat? An evil cowboy? An unethical hacker? Or just a word with sinister connotations you want to use to smear people who don’t agree with you? I’m guessing the latter.

      Um, no. In this context a “black hat” simply means a person who literally wears a hat that is black. Black hats are the preferred public head-covering of most haredim and hasidim.

        A Punk Named Yunk in reply to Milhouse. | October 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm

        I had wanted to reply to Geologist but there was no [Reply] button next to his [her?] comment.

        The term “black hat” is merely a descriptive term. In many areas, Orthodox Jews, Chasidic or not, men will not leave the house even to go shopping around the block, without a hat and jacket, even in 90+ heat. The chasidic men tend to wear longer jackets, like down to their knees. On the other hand, many Orthodox men do not bother with the hat on a regular basis. Hence the description “black hat”. We don’t see it as an epithet.

    clintack in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    How many? How do you know?

    And why do you expect anyone to take you seriously while you use negative epithets for a minority group?

      broomhandle in reply to clintack. | October 6, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      What is the negative epithet?

        hopeful in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm

        Whad ah do?. Or even a better one, prove it! Nah, bh, you ain’t worth the time to fiddle with

          thetaqjr in reply to hopeful. | October 6, 2020 at 2:26 pm

          Then shut up.

          Geologist in reply to hopeful. | October 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm

          I have heard the term “Black Hats” used by secular Jews for decades to refer to traditional Hassidic Jews, to Orthodox Jews and sometimes to the Modern Orthodox. I do not think this is an antisemitic term. I don’t think I’ve heard it used by non-Jews.

          Milhouse in reply to hopeful. | October 7, 2020 at 3:12 am

          Modern orthodox and religious zionists don’t generally wear black hats. That’s why the hats are a useful way of distinguishing those two sets of people.

    SField in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    You’re making some bold claims, yet you cite no sources that prove or at least bolster said claims. You’ll need to provide more if you wish to be taken seriously. BTW- Interesting username. Would you happen to be a fan/collector of the Mauser C96?

    Milhouse in reply to broomhandle. | October 7, 2020 at 12:38 am

    We’ve been ignoring the rules since June, when we saw that they don’t apply to BLM demonstrators. There have been no deaths in our community of this virus since June. Therefore you cannot say that our ignoring the rules has caused many deaths, or even one. You can’t prove that the rules are capable of preventing any deaths. Meanwhile the “rules” have caused far more deaths and far more damage than they could possibly have prevented.

      A Punk Named Yunk in reply to Milhouse. | October 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      > There have been no deaths in our community of this virus since June.
      Sorry to say there have been but you are basically correct; the numbers are low enough to be almost ignored – no worse than a flu outbreak. Still one Rabbi I like, quite younger than I, is quite ill, although I could see how cautious he was being. (I was going to include his name in Hebrew here but that would be inappropriate in this setting.)

      As for your other remark:
      > We’ve been ignoring the rules since June, when we saw that they don’t apply to BLM demonstrators.
      Since we seem to be heading into into an Orwellian 1984 I’ll use a Newspeak conjunction: Doublepluskudos! (Funny, the spell-checker is suggestion “Doublespeak” for that word.) I carry the mask to keep the peace when I step into a bank or Shop-Rite.

      I just saw a sign on one Chasidic-owned grocery: Wear a mask or $1000 fine FOR THE STORE. (Emphasis is mine.)

Cuomo is like all lefty’s, scum. Dictatorial scum.

They are getting ready to kill what’s left of NYC. If you live there I recommend getting out now. It’s only going to get more difficult.

American Human | October 6, 2020 at 11:29 am

Okay, constitutional law experts…is Fredo’s little brother denying Jewish worshipers their 1st Amendment rights? The government says: “You cannot go and worship in the Synagogues or in large numbers!” It seems to me that the government is putting and unreasonable burden on the exercise of their civil rights to worship.
This will eventually become The Norm.

    Geologist in reply to American Human. | October 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    This (and many other restrictions imposed by Governors and Public Health Departments) clearly are in violation of the Constitution, but somehow, the Courts have not upheld the rights that are being violated. “Due Process” now seems to be “the governor passed an emergency proclamation for public safety based on dubious ‘science’. All hail ‘science.'”

      coyote in reply to Geologist. | October 8, 2020 at 8:10 am

      Actually, Supreme courts in both Pennsylvania and Michigan have put the brakes on their governors, declaring their actions fully unconstitutional. With any luck, the governors will ignore the decisions, which will then qualify the cases—and likely others—for expedited hearings at SCOTUS. Those decisions will be no-brainers.

      There is cause for hope.

        Milhouse in reply to coyote. | October 8, 2020 at 5:34 pm

        You are mistaken. Both decisions were made under the state constitutions. They therefore have no relevance to any other state, and there is no higher court they can go to than the state supreme court.

2smartforlibs | October 6, 2020 at 11:30 am

He knows he can push this propaganda. What are the New Dorkers going to recall him or not vote for him?

    UnCivilServant in reply to 2smartforlibs. | October 6, 2020 at 11:56 am

    New York does not have a recall provision.

    Andy’s base is the fraudulent downstate vote. So even when we vote against him, he still wins re-election.

Chris Cuomo is Fredo Corleone. Andrew is Michael.

The Hasidics don’t go to public schools. They don’t socialize outside their community. They have been informed of the risks of large gatherings, if they want to gather Cuomo should have no say in it.

    SField in reply to Jackie. | October 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I didn’t know that.

    One would think that a community who knows the risks and whom by their own choice and faith are self-contained from neighboring communities would be a good thing. People who can assess their own risks, make their own decisions, and act accordingly is a great great thing.

    This totalitarian bullshit from Cuomo directed at these communities is disgusting. All this while BLM/Antifa terrorists gather in large numbers, burn, pillage, and destroy with almost total impunity.

    Cuomo is a glass-jawed thug, and a pathetic excuse for a human being.

    Milhouse in reply to Jackie. | October 7, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Well, we don’t live in hermetic isolation. We ride the subways and buses (with masks). We go to work (when allowed). We shop at supermarkets (obeying whatever rules the owners choose to enforce).

    We were hit very hard by the Wuhan virus early on, before the danger was known. Purim was a “superspreader” event, and most people wouldn’t find out about the danger until a few days later. I don’t know anybody who hasn’t lost someone close to them from this horrible disease.

    But in May/June the numbers dropped to as close to zero as made no difference and we started to come out of isolation, and we saw that nothing happened. We started living our lives almost as normal, and our community emergency service reported no unusual increase in hospitalizations or deaths.

    At the height of the epidemic our burial societies were holding 10-12 funerals a day, none of which we could attend. That number has been down to normal for months and is not going up. Two weeks ago the NY Post reported three deaths from the Wuhan virus in our community; the report was fabricated.

    So most of us just don’t believe the “experts” and the government any more. A lot of us have started wearing masks diligently, not because we believe in it, but to stave off government action. If we’re going to get that anyway then what’s the point of complying?

    Do they want us to riot? Because we can do that too.

Those pictures, even the recent ones, appear to be of OUTSIDE gatherings. He’s going to close synagogues because the members are gathering outside?

It’s been true for years, but 2020 has ripped away all facades: ASSUME YOU’RE BEING LIED TO.

With all that’s going on, I don’t know how Jews could feel safe living in NYC, especially Orthodox Jews. De Blasio and Cuomo not only don’t have the Jews’ backs, they single them out for scorn. We know where this can lead.

Another Voice | October 6, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Cuomo says “Follow the Science which is factual data.”
Cuomo says “Lock Down is the only way to survive.”
Cuomo says “Do as I say or you will die”

These are the tactics Cuomo is using to rule from the top down. He subscribes to the selective Science which will support and maintain an iron fist on all of NYS & NYC with the 100% power ceded him in 2018 a NYS Democrat controlled Assembly and Senate. Not just a Blue State, but now a “Navy Blue” State. The left aspires to want the same results with control in every state and at the Federal level; Congress, Senate, House. The tactic to perpetuate a closed down society through fear and to keep independent businesses closed to the point of impoverishment is an end goal. That is the control they want.

The Science and Facts are with our President’s approach to keeping the virus in perspective and is statistically proven.

Amazon, now the worlds largest single employer which never closed up shop, statistically supports what PDJT is saying.

    Another Voice in reply to Another Voice. | October 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    In Part form Article: “On October 1, Amazon disclosed that only 19,816 of its U.S. employees “have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19.” 19,816 may sound like a big number, but it is only 1.44 percent of Amazon’s 1.372 million U.S. employees. Corresponding report that 2.18 percent of all Americans have been infected, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.”

    Perspective being of 331,000,000 residents, 200,000 have died with highest percentage for those over 70+ who were known to have other major health issues with Covid as a contributing factor..

      amatuerwrangler in reply to Another Voice. | October 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      And in general, some 3 million Americans die each year (of recent times). That’s in the range of 1% of total population. The Covid deaths this year will be rolled into the total. Since many of those who die have other physical illnesses that would prove fatal without Covid’s help, so the actual increase in annual deaths may not be statistically different by year’s end.

JusticeDelivered | October 6, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Cuomo does not have authority to close churches.

I do wonder though why, what Orthodox Jews, especially older ones, would ignore risks.

    alaskabob in reply to JusticeDelivered. | October 6, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Practicing one’s religion has risks… especially when the State disapproves. The arena may have changed but the risks are always there.

    In religion, there are risks from offending the State, and there are risks from offending God.

    Maybe Orthodox Jews fear God more.

      hopeful in reply to McGehee. | October 6, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Solzhenitsyn wrote that the only people the Communists couldn’t intimidate were old Christian women. Yes, old religious Jews would have the good sense to fear God more.

    Life is a series of calculated risks. Do you drive a car to get to work? You have more chance of dying every single day from that than from the kungflu.

    We don’t ignore risks. But we don’t necessarily believe everything we’re told.

    Preserving human life is almost the highest commandment. Very few commandments take priority over that. So those of us who believe masks and distancing are necessary to save lives are punctilious in doing so. Those who believe going to synagogue may endanger them or others are not going. But most of us are skeptical of what we’re being told because it seems to contradict the evidence of our senses. And obeying the law does not take priority over obeying God.

The vile Dhimmi-crats really are committed to emulating German National Socialists in the 1930’s.

I spit upon all Dhimmi-crats — these are evil, evil people.

    guyjones in reply to guyjones. | October 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Yeah, to the idiotic “down-voter” — defend the Dhimmi-crats. Defend a Party whose leadership has long embraced rabid Jew-hater politicians, within the Party; a Party that can’t bring itself to condemn its supporters desecrating and vandalizing American Jews’ holy places, in the twenty-first century.

    Go to hell, vile reprobate and enabler of totalitarianism.

Attacking orthodox jews, can you get more fascist than that? Actually yes, you could send sick individuals, purposefully, into the places where the most vulnerable people live. But that’s an aside. The fascist even uses a 14-year-old picture to attack them. This man should be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

As a New Yorker who has lived on LI my whole life I have never been so embarrassed about the guv of this state and the mayor of NYC. These two are an absolute disgrace. (The number of dems in the five counties of NYC outnumver the Republicans and conservative voters across the rest of the state — and there are plenty of us.)

Welcome to The New Communism of the 21st Century where deceit, disinformation and streaming, preposterous propaganda is the new “Truth” along with unnecessary, over-reaching, over-bearing, high-handed, dictatorial “regulations” implemented by selective applications of the law solely based on whatever they think they can get away with, supported by the belief is that none of us on our own is as dumb as all of us combined! Strip away the glitz and high-tech polish of the complicit, bought & paid for, knee-pad Media and you find that it is not significantly different from the old 20th Century Communism. Come for the dictatorial control, stay for the public hangings.

WildernessLawyer | October 7, 2020 at 9:28 am

Funny how all the “mistakes” are in the same direction. Either sloppy staff work or the assumption that they wouldn’t get caught.

Cuomo and De Blasio are nonessential (really, detrimental) to government and society and should move far away from us. No one of sound mind should continue vote for these types.