SWC: DeBlasio’s Stereotyping of City’s Jews During Pandemic Could Fuel Anti-Semitism

April 29, 2020

Media Statement

Statement from Simon Wiesenthal Center USA in response to last night's tweet from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York (April 29, 2020) - “Mayor DeBlasio has contributed to dangerous stereotyping of all New York Jewry by his outburst. Instead of castigating the world’s largest Jewish community in the world, he should be out in the community—all segments of a diverse community to encourage and cajole every New Yorker to heed the guidelines,” charged Mark Weitzman and Michael Cohen two top senior SWC Officials based in New York, said in a statement on behalf of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish NGO.

“Ever since the virus hit, the SWC has been working directly with  local political and Jewish communal leaders in the Tri-State area to insist on full compliance from everyone, even as we have tracked increasing anti-Semitic hate on social media linked to the Corona virus. Mayor DeBlasio should be doing the same,” Weitzman and Cohen added.

“The SWC denounces those members of our community and all other New Yorkers whose thoughtless and reckless behavior threatens the well-being of us all,” they concluded.

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