Understanding Governor Cuomo's Hostility Towards Jews

His press conference played on old, deeply-rooted, and painful anti-Semitic tropes.

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping new COVID-19 restrictions (I wrote about them here and here). During the press conference, he made repeated references to the Jewish community. As Cuomo would tell it, he is a Jew's best friend, but is benevolently restricting their rights to promote the greater good. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

This post will not talk about constitutional doctrine. I will not try to pigeonhole his comments into the Lukumi/Masterpiece Cakeshop framework. I am not going to compare infection rates between different zip codes under the South Bay framework. I am not even going to extoll Justice Kavanaugh's dissent from Calvary Chapel, which treats the free exercise of religion as a "most-favored right." (You can read about all of these issues in my new article). Rather, this post will explain how Governor Cuomo demonstrated a hostility to Jews, without even recognizing it. Regrettably, he played on old, deeply rooted, and painful anti-Semitic trope: that Jews spread diseases.

Let's start our history in the mid-Fourteenth Century. Throughout Europe, Jews were scapegoated for spreading the Black Death. Rumors spread that Jews poisoned food, water, and even the air. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The 1349 massacre of Erfurt Jews in Germany.

In response to the outbreaks, there were violent attacks against the Jewish. Pogroms spread in France, Spain, Germany, and Swiss, where many Jews were lynched. Other Jews were tortured, and forced to "confess" that they were responsible for the plague. According to one account, a Jew in Geneva confessed to importing poison from Venice, and pouring it into a cistern. In Basel, an entire Jewish community was burned to death. On February 14, half of the Jewish population of Strasbourg was burned alive. The other half were expelled. The pogrom became known as the Strasbourg Massacre. And there were many more such mass killings. The situation became so dire that Pope Clement issued an order to halt the persecution. He observed that the Plague has afflicted the Jews as well.

A Massacre of Jews in Flanders in 1349.

This antisemitic trope did not end in the middle ages. In the 19th Century, Jewish immigrants were accused of bringing tuberculosis to the United States. "Consumption," as it was called, was also known as the "Jewish Disease." Anti-Semites accused Jews of being frail and sickly, and more susceptible to disease. In 1892, the New York Times ran a front-page story with the headline "We don't need this kind of riff-raff on our shores." The story referred to Russian Jewish immigrants who had arrived on Ellis Island with cholera.

The Third Reich would continue the theme. The Nazis routinely published propaganda that accused Jews of spreading disease. This poster was published in German-occupied Poland in March 1941. The caption reads, "Jews are lice. They cause typhus." The poster was designed to instill fear of Jews among the Poles.

Here is a piece of anti-Semitic propaganda in France from circa 1942. The caption reads, "Tuberculosis, Syphilis, Cancer are curable … It is necessary to finish the biggest curse: The Jew!!"

Here is a 1944 piece of German propaganda, that depicts a Jewish parasite, taking over the world. (One eye has the dollar sign, the other eye has the hammer and sickle).

 

The Nazis also used the specter of Jewish diseases to prevent non-Jews from entering ghettos. They posted quarantine signs that warned people of contagious diseases. This photo was taken outside the Warsaw Ghetto in February 1941. The sign reads, "Epidemic Quarantine Area: Only Through Traffic is Permitted."

Here is another photo from 1940. The sign reads "Quarantined area. Only through traffic is permitted."

Governor Cuomo has not proposed posting signs around Borough Park–yet. In my last post, I used the phrase "red-lining" very deliberately. Drawing borders around Jewish communities harkens back to a very evil practice during the Third Reich, and much earlier. Indeed, look at this map of Rockland County, New York.

There is only a red zone, and a yellow zone. No "buffer" orange zone between the red and yellow. Cuomo must think that Jews will only stay in their red ghetto, and not dare travel across the street to Costco. And that non-Jews would not dare venture into the red zone to get a knish. Maybe warning signs would help.

 

And so on. And don't think for a second this form of anti-semitism is a thing of the past.

In 2019, there was a Measles outbreak in New York City. And, once again, Jews were blamed for the spike. And that blame was followed by antisemitism. Emma Green observed in the Atlantic, that "pedestrians cross[ed] the street to get away from visibly Jewish people, bus drivers barr[ed] Jews from boarding, and people toss[ed] out slurs such as "dirty Jew." She added:

Rivkie Feiner, a community volunteer in Monsey, a town in Rockland County, told me she's heard numerous stories of people yelling about measles or making derogatory comments when they see Jews. A man walked by her son in Costco and said, "I guess if I get the measles, I'm getting it here." One local rabbi told her that during a visit to Rite Aid with his family, a group of teenagers screamed at them from the parking lot, "Hitler should have killed you all with the measles." Feiner has lived in Monsey for basically all her life, she said, and in the past few years, "there have been more anti-Semitic incidents than in [her] entire life combined."

I bet you never heard of these incidents.

Cuomo Press Conference

The reckless decision to hold this press conference, in which Jews were repeatedly targeted, was unconscionable. Governor Cuomo showed such a painful lack of awareness of the history of Jewish oppression. After September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush went to a mosque to demonstrate that the war on terror was not a war on Islam. Governor Cuomo could have recognized that there is a concern in the Jewish community, but go out of his way to not target the Jews. He failed. Miserably.

This incident reflects poorly on our current climate. Today, even the slightest microaggression against certain minority groups is grounds for cancellation. But macroaggressions against Jews are routinely tolerated. Fine distinctions are carved between anti-semitism and anti-zionism. And the Governor has the chutzpah to tell everyone that he is friends with Jews–as if that makes his actions okay. I have plenty of Jewish friends. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Indeed, Cuomo played on yet another trope: that Jews are controlled by their rabbis. This cabalistic (cf. Kabbalistic) vision of Judaism plays into the the image of the Elders of Zion–that there are several powerful Jews sitting around a table, pulling the strings. If only Cuomo talks to the right Rabbis, everything will be fine. The peons will fall into line. If only. During his conference call, Cuomo only took pre-screened questions with community leaders. His support is a Potemkin Village, which may soon be subject to quarantine.

Governor Cuomo should have gone out of his way to avoid placing the blame on Jewish people. Even if the Jewish communities were at higher risk–a factual dispute–every reasonable step should have been taken to address that situation in a responsible fashion. Instead he fanned the perpetual flame of the "dirty Jew" stereotype. He flashed on his powerpoint photographs of Jewish men in black hats assembling in mass. No matter that one of the photos was more than a decade old. No doubt someone in his office searched for some Jewish clipart and found something useful. Why did Cuomo need to show any graphics? A sterile presentation with maps would have sufficed. What was he trying to achieve by referencing Jews, over and over again, if not to cast blame. And in the process, he shut down all Jewish schools. And by imposing a hard 10-person cap, he made it impossible for the overwhelming majority of Jewish people to pray together. Prayer takes time, and can only be performed at certain times. Even running services around the clock would only allow a small percentage of the congregation to assemble. These remarks were met, alas, with crickets.

That Cuomo's hostility has gone unnoticed in our culture of microaggressions and anti-racism is a shanda–err shame.

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  1. Yep, that’s a partisan politics for you. Cuomo has to be the golden boy right now or Dems forfeit the election. That means it doesn’t matter how badly he handles things, how much racism he throws, majority of reporters are just not going to find a compelling reason to cover the story.

  2. Prof. Blackman’s ‘look at the bigoted bigoty bigot’ crusade against Gov. Cuomo evokes the series of examples of strident, public anti-gay bluster from a right-winger who later reveals that he is gay.

    Carry on, clingers . . . until the next big reveal, I guess.

    1. Hmm…who else is always going on about bigots?

      1. You figure I will be revealed as a gay-bashing, misogynistic racist? That I have been a conservative Republican member of the religious right all along? That I actually support Donald Trump, Liberty University, Kelly Loeffler, Wheaton College, Steve King, Ted Cruz, and Confederate flag-fondlers?

        Good luck with that wait, clinger.

        1. You have Judenhass– a plague worse than AIDS and COVID-19!

        2. We have all read your posts. You are definitely a bigot, and worse you keep posting despite knowing what you are.

        3. Taking your posts at face value, your bigotry seems to be aimed at white people, rural people, males, and of course conservatives.

          Yet I suspect that you’re at least two out of the four (white and male). If I’m wrong I suppose you’ll correct me with one of your usual polite rebukes.

          1. His bigotry is aimed at the Judenvolk.

            1. Are you just trolling? RAK is many things but an antisemite is hard to see. Much less a Nazi. That’s why your slipped into German, right?

        4. You bigotry is not only undisguised. You are proud of it.

        5. I don’t know about gay-bashing but you are misogynistic and racist. You routinely reveal yourself as the most bigoted and intolerant person in these threads.

          And given some of the other comments, that’s saying a lot.

    2. Josh Blackman’s secretly Jewish?!!!!

      1. Gosh yes must be, only a Jew could care about anti-semitism.

    3. You’re the second coming of Satan, the angel of death, you evil cocksucker. Never change, Rev, luv ya.

      1. Watch it, pal. You’re getting ominously close to “c@p succ@r,” and that one could get you banned by the proprietor.

        Because “standards.”

        Right, professor?

        1. From what I can gather, the Rev is white (duh!), unmarried (also duh!), male, over 60, who is also active in NAMBLA, He comes here to vent his rage when the kiddie porn chat rooms shut down.

          1. Arthur is a self-described former elected Democrat politician, who claims to have won every election he ran in. And after his phenomenally successful career as a Democrat politician, he elected to..ahem…retire. But Arthur, being the wildly popular politician, selected his own successor. Who I guess still serves to this day. Arthur claims membership in the Church of Reason; he worships at the altar of progressivism.

    4. Bigot leftist can’t condemn other bigot leftist.

    5. So the reverend is also anti-Semitic. You guys have enough for a sports league! And anti-Semitic sports league.

  3. Josh is a BOLSHEVIK!!!

    Need an excuse to waive the anti-semitic flag? C’mon. Heard the diseased cattle, does not matter their religion. This is a global pandemic. Heard Tel Aviv is having a similar problem.

    Lawyers are just English majors with their brains knocked out.

    1. Heard the…cattle???

      I guess you herd it thru the grapevine.

  4. I am an American, an American who is Jewish. The ultra orthodox community is being targeted not because of their religion, but because their perverted version of Judaism is endangering public health. A part of the ultra orthodox community has distorted the basic tenets of the Jewish religion, the tenet of Rabbi Akiva to treat others as you would want to be treated, the words of justice contained in the Torah and the Talmud and they pervert the idealism that led to the founding of modern Israel and flows through the choice of many Jews to serve in law, justice and education

    They believe that there’s is the only word, their word and only one truth, their truth and that they only thing that matters. They believe that any attempt at humility, at compassion, at adherence to the long social community tradition that goes throughout Judaism is a betrayal. We know them by their subjugation of women. But they have the basic right to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they allow others to live their lives and their Judaism as the others see fit. This does not include spreading pestilence, that is not our God, not my God, not the God of Abraham.

    That the author of this post would try to use sympathy for the sufferings of the Jewish people to make political points and divide those of us who cherish the freedom of religion is unworthy of a man who appears to be an intelligent, serious teacher and scholar.

    This is a sad philosophy and sadness of both the Constitution and religious liberty.

    1. So in short, you are a secular Jew who doesn’t like Orthodox Jews and doesn’t think they believe in goodness and decency the way you do.

      That’s not anti-Jewish, but it’s very anti-certain-Jews.

      It’s my understanding that there’s a similar divide in Israel, where some of the secular Jews actually ran cartoons of fundamentalist jews as bloodsuckers and octopuses (octopi?).

      I’m inclined to think that such over-the-top intracommunal hatred is…somewhat exaggerated.

      1. I didn’t see any statement by Mr. Finkel that he was a secular Jew. It’s entirely possibile that he is religious, and it is even possible that he is devout or even Orthodox.

        1. Maybe I spoke too broadly…but I was thinking of the Reform, Reconstructionist, etc. as secular in comparison with the “fundamentalists.” Perhaps it was a carelessness of expression on my part.

          So I should use politics as my guidance: The Jewish denominations which tend to vote Democratic (Reform, etc., plus unaffiliated/atheist), versus (and I mean versus) the denominations which vote Republican (Orthodox)

          I would suspect that Cuomo’s “Jewish friends” are in the Reform/Reconstructionist/unaffiliated/etc. groups which vote Democratic, and not from the icky Republican Orthodox.

          And I wouldn’t be surprised if the governor’s Jewish friends said they have no problem with giving it to the Orthodox.

          In short, Blackman should back off the Godwinisms and generally leave it to the commenters.

          1. Regardless, Sidney’s point is that they’re not being singled out because they’re Jews; they’re being singled out because they’re refusing to cooperate in eradicating a deadly disease. They are welcome to begin social distancing and mask wearing any time and they will no longer be singled out.

            And with all the genuine anti-semitism that there is in the world that really does need to be stamped out, it frankly cheapens it to call ant-Semitic something which manifestly is not.

            1. This is a great comment thread! It’s like the train wreck Catholic vs. Protestant threads one occasionally sees about things like apostolic tradition.

              1. Except that nobody’s going to die of preventable disease if we can’t agree on apostolic succession. Though there have been wars fought over it so I suppose one could argue that that kills people too, though fortunately not recently.

                1. I said apostolic tradition, not succession. Different issue, different debates.

                  ….”preventable disease”….kinda is, sorta, not at this point really. But assuming it is, at what cost and with what trade-offs? Which is the reason we have these debates. Cuomo clearly has different criteria for acceptable trade-off than lots of his citizens.

                  1. And it’s completely fair to disagree with Governor Cuomo over how Covid can best be contained. What’s not fair is to lump him in with history’s worst anti-Semites because he’s trying to save Jewish lives.

                    1. Last time you said (And let me summarize)

                      “We need to take away the Jews rights so we can protect everyone else from them (and them spreading their disease)”

                      Do you still feel that way?

                    2. If the VC can assume Trump hates Muslims because he banned air travel from half a dozen countries for not vetting passengers well, it can certainly assume Cuomo hates Jews because he singles them out for bans on religious gatherings and doesn’t do the same to other faiths. If anything, the case that Cuomo is biased is stronger than the case that Trump is biased.

                      Which does not mean those cartoons weren’t over the top.

                  2. Oh, it’s entirely fair. It’s like how every pro-gun candidate the left (often) says wants to see children die. Or for that matter, that Trump is literally like Hitler. Or that Sarah Palin is condoning violence when some crazy guy shot some Congress critter, like a prominent media outlet did.

                    Now, is it realistic? Sorta. I think it’s a fair comparison, but a bit hyperbolic. I think we can agree on that.

                    1. That other people do it too doesn’t make it right. Is what aboutism seriously the best you can do?

      2. On the contrary I love and respect Orthodox Jews. They are students of the faith, they do great work for the Jewish community and the community at large, their faith is an inspiration and their desire to observe the laws of Judaism preserve it.

        What I dislike, intensely, are those members of any religion, Ultra- Orthodox Jews, Extreme Christians and Radical Muslims who insist on using their so-called sanctity to ask for special treatment, to ignore the greater community, to believe that there way is the only way and to put their own piety above the needs of others using violence to do so. That is not the way of any of these three religions.

    2. @Sidney r finked exactly 100 percent correct! Very well said.

    3. That the author of this post would try to use sympathy for the sufferings of the Jewish people to make political points…

      The post makes no points about the Democratic Party. It criticizes a particular Democratic politician.
      And besides, why is it illegitimate to “make political points” when discussing antisemitism? Is it not possible for a political party to be antisemitic? I suggest you read up on the Nazi Party…

  5. I’ve been following Professor Volokh & Co. for quite a while. This may be the single most unhinged post from a member of the Conspiracy that’s appeared to date.

    No mention of the mask-burning by large crowds of ultra-Orthodox men, nor of the near-lynching of Jacob Kornbluh, a reporter for Jewish Insider. Mask burning is, of course, legal, although it is rather revealing of underlying attitudes towards science and public health – in fairness, attitudes held by way too many Americans who are not Orthodox Jews. Assaults on reporters are not legal – yet.

    But the absence of an orange “buffer zone” on a government map proves Governor Cuomo’s “hostility towards Jews.” Right.

    1. I wonder how you felt about bra burning or draft car burning or flag burning. Heck, I bet you’d love to see a good cross burning.

      1. The clingers are starting to unravel. Recognition of their short-term prospects is beginning to overcome their general lack of connection with the reality-based world. Why would the Conspirators be immune?

        Especially Prof. Blackman. Within a month, he’ll be demanding the arrests of several Democratic governors, warning that liberals will soon be dining on sovereign patriot citizens’ children, and explaining why Justice Thomas must forcibly take the Chief Justice position (because Chief Justice Roberts could not be trusted to reject the installation of new justices next spring).

        1. You’d love a good cross burning even more. But you’d probably nail a Christian up first. And then you’d graduate to yellow Stars of David, attached to shirts word by Jews.

          The only thing reverent about you is your faithful socialist parroting.

        2. It’s going to be so much fun watching you whine like a stuck pig for four more years while Trump is President.

    2. Mask burning merely expresses the view that masks have little or no benefit in stopping Covid. Some scientists were saying this in March.

  6. Dems don’t have to follow rules. They can be as bigoted as they want, discriminate when they want, make racist statements, appear in blackface, etc. Anything goes.

    And when you call them on it, they’ll deny it happened in one breath, and say it was justified, say [whoever] does it too, blame the victims, and go back to denying it in the next 4 breaths. Then the news media will declare the subject closed and name-call you if you ever mention it again.

    Then they’ll pretend to be concerned about something they claim Trump said.

  7. I’m not persuaded that Cuomo is a National Socialist or a Jew-baiter – how could he get to the top of New York politics while being a Nazi? The more likely explanation is that he sides with the ideas of the secular (Democratic-voting) Jews against the ideas of the Orthodox (Republican-voting) Jews.

    There may be some bad actors among the Orthodox – I hear they’re a tad…eccentric. But in these intracommunal squabbles, the rhetoric tends to get somewhat overheated (see above in this thread for examples).

    1. You shouldn’t opine on subjects you know nothing about.

      Not even the “Orthodox”/”secular” distinction you’re drawing makes much sense, in New York politics. There are lots of different Orthodox traditions that make their home here. Different communities have different relationships to their religious leaders than others. Not all of the Orthodox communities are having major outbreaks right now, and not all of them are subject to these “redline ghettos.”

      The more reliable indicator of where these outbreaks are happening is: where do the Trump supporters live?

      1. I’m not going to wade into the muck of New York politics, but if I need to do so, I don’t think I’ll take you as my Virgil.

      2. No Trump supporter would go near NYC if he can possibly help it.

    1. That’s what I’m beginning to think about Republican control of the House, Senate, or White House during my lifetime. A Senate of 106 should keep the Republicans in the minority for at least 20 years.
      A House of 650 or so should do the trick, too. And with the enlarged Electoral College . . . the future is looking good!

  8. I think it’s fair to say that Cuomo is being somewhat insensitive to classic historical anti-Semitic tropes.

    Having said that, one issue here is that ultra-Orthodox tend to like to segregate themselves, which is a personal choice. Nobody stops them from just living in New York City or something. They don’t want to because they would not be able to impose the social control they are able to impose in a segregated community. But that is their choice.

    And in that situation, if a particular geographic area is a coronavirus hotspot, and it happens to be the location of a segregated religious community, imposing restrictions there is not anti-religion.

    1. Again, I think Cuomo probably feels free to deal in these tropes because his proverbial Jewish friends are on the anti-Orthodox side of the Orthodox/non-orthodox divide (I’ve dropped the term “secular” to avoid confusion), and because many of the non-Orthodox Jews have little love to spare for the Orthodox and speak as harshly of the Orthodox as Cuomo does. So Cuomo thinks it’s OK and that he’s insulated from anti-Semitism charges.

      1. Or maybe he’s attempting to address the anti-social conduct of some aggressively ignorant, lethally reckless, low-quality yahoos during a pandemic?

        1. False. He hasn’t done a damned thing about BLM.

        2. C’mon, man! Don’t talk about Sleepy Joe and Kamala that way!

  9. More claptrap from Josh.

    If you want to demonstrate that Cuomo is targeting Jewish communities, maybe draw some comparisons with the patterns of infection, instead of parading a bunch of historical antisemitic propaganda and inviting your less sophisticated readers to come to their own conclusions. Cuomo’s “red zones” are tailored to where the infections seem to be spiking, wherever those might be. They do not include several other Jewish neighborhoods in NYC. It’s really just these little clusters of Trump-worshipping reality-deniers, some of them led by quite outspoken community morons.

    And nothing about these “red zones” is creating a “ghetto.” People can move freely between these areas if they so wish. The inconvenience of having to go a bit further to engage in “non-essential” activities is intended to deter people in high-infection areas from infecting others. It’s not as extreme as a “stay at home” shutdown, but it is trying to slow the spread from areas where COVID has surged. The only alternative to this is a city-wide shutdown, which we can barely afford at this point.

    Your dire warnings about the crackdowns over the high holidays never came to pass, Josh. Maybe you should stop opining on what’s happening in New York for a while.

  10. From Wikipedia, under “Jewish humor” –

    “At an Orthodox wedding, the bride’s mother is pregnant. At a Conservative wedding, the bride is pregnant. At a Reform wedding, the rabbi is pregnant. At a Reconstructionist wedding, the rabbi and her wife are both pregnant.”

    1. Okay, that’s funny!

    2. All Jews know the real difference between branches. An Orthodox Jew walks to synagogue on Saturday. A Reform Jew drives to synagogue on Saturday. A Conservative Jew drives to within a half mile, and walks the rest of the way so everyone thinks he didn’t drive.

  11. So this is spinning out to pure propaganda now.

    Not a great thing, to waive the bloody shirt of the Holocaust to make some partisan red meat.

    1. As Bernard Woolley in Yes, Minister might say: “You can’t really make meat by waving a bloody shirt.”

      “Thank you, Bernard.”

  12. I am horrified by what I am seeing in 2020 America, and suspect I am not alone in this. Under the guise of a pandemic with an overall fatality rate of less than 1%, we have suspended the following rights.

    Our 1-A right to free association has been severely eroded.
    Our 1-A right to religious free exercise has been cancelled.
    Our 1-A right to petition government for redress has been eroded.
    Our 2-A right to bear arms has been compromised even more.
    Our 4-A rights of search/seizure is subject to a public health officials whim.
    Our 14th amendment rights of due process have been cancelled.

    Professor Blackman, Governor Putz is not the only Jew-bashing governor. Take a look at Governor Phailing Phil Murphy of the People’s Republic of NJ, and his treatment of the Orthodox community in Lakewood. Governor Putz only threatens to close down synagogues….Phailing Phil did so forcibly.

    Here is what I would tell other VC readers: It starts with Jews. It will not end there. You all know it; I know it. I think it was Madison who said our liberty was like a precious jewel, and that we need to jealously guard it. Guess what? We need to guard our liberty because it is now being taken away, piece by piece.

    I only hope there are more Judge Strickman’s out there. Judges who will stand up for our God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights and boldly proclaim that our liberty is not subject to cancellation just because some official says: Emergency.

    Here is my question (serious question, not facetious) to VC Readership. At what point do you say: Stop! You have gone too far.

    1. I think it’s telling that your arguments are nowhere near Blackman’s.

      You and I agree this is not the best methodology to take. We disagree about whether it’s Constitutionally bad. We also disagree about whether this is in some way targeting the Jews. And we discuss such in…mostly civilized terms.

      But neither of us are doing a deep dive into 1930s antisemitism and associating it with Cuomo.

      Blackman has left your outrage long behind. I think on accounta he’s not got any shame.

      1. LOL = mostly civilized terms. 🙂 We’re Americans and we vigorously debate our views in the public square.

        More seriously…at what point do you personally say: Stop!

        What actions/decisions would prompt you to say that?

        1. I already said stop.
          There are different thresholds in your question.

          -This action is bad and wrong
          -Would not vote for this person due to action (I am here)
          -Would vote against this person due to action
          -This person is bad and wrong due to action
          -Protest this action/person
          -Whatever afactual bloody shirt crap Blackman is doing.
          -Direct action (Like Warsaw-level stuff)

  13. Try to find anything about this in the Washington Post. It requires a word search, because even though the story is labeled as being in the “National” section, you can’t find it there. Only by doing a word search. The fact that none of the articles about this have any comments at all makes it obvious they are deeply buried.

    1. I’ve seen them do that, when they want it on record that they actually said something about an issue, but don’t want anyone noticing what they said.

  14. I’m amazed you haven’t seen fit to mention the bullet hole yet. If a Republican had used that graphic, the media would be going nuts right now: There’s a literal graphic of a bullet hole centered on the Jewish community!

    1. Not a popular argument in the pro-gun crowd.

  15. !אוי ווי
    Get a freekin grip. This is an equally applicable law to stave off a pandemic. Real Jews don’t cry holocaust everytime they don’t like the government. (Source: my grandparents who barely survived never said stuff like that.) The maps are based on infection rate, not religion. And just like alerts went out to Christians to have a small Easter, Jews should have small sukkot. This is common sense.
    Can we now talk about the republican party false pandering to Jews? Or is that not on your talking point list because it’s not insulting to Democrats?

    1. You literally just committed the no true Scotsman [Jew] fallacy based on a sample size of two.

      Bravo!

  16. There is a pandemic going on. It is easy to be outraged at leadership (see the kidnapping attempt), but it is harder to come up with helpful solutions.

    You can make the argument that a Laissez-faire approach would be better at encouraging individual responsibility, but that’s not an argument you are making.

    Instead, you just assume the someone else will find a better solution. What exactly would you do if you were mayor?

  17. That Jews have been falsely accused of spreading disease in the past does not prove that they are not actually spreading disease now. Blackman is a knave or a fool. Jewish media in the U.S. and Israel are all reporting stories on Orthodox Jews, and especially Haredi Jews, failing to follow public health requirements. They show the same sorts of pictures. Such pictures are evidence that the extra measures are warranted. One of those pictures, for example, was of a huge crowd of unmasked people attending the funeral of a rabbi who had himself died of covid-19.

    1. Yeah, those pictures from 2006 are so applicable to 2020.

  18. Blackman’s reaction above is not unlike ultra-Orthodox Jews screaming “Nazis!” at the police in Israel.

    It appears to be motivated primarily by political hatred.

  19. Have you never heard of The Boy Who Cried Wolf?

    1. Isn’t Wolf a Jewish name, you anti-Semite?

      /sarc

      1. From below, it looks like it is a generic German name. But I think you could be forgiven for thinking it was a specifically Jewish name.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulf

  20. So if I’m understanding correctly, the Trump travel ban wasn’t anti-Islamic because not all Moslems were included, but Gov. Cuomo’s action effecting a small percentage of New York Jews is anti-semitic?

  21. I thank Mr. Finke for his contribution to rational discourse at this ironically named website.

  22. First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.

    by Martin Niemöller

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