New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire for the way he’s handled the pandemic response with regard to specific religious communities in New York City, namely among the city’s large population of Orthodox Jewish people.
A Muslim rights group known as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, along with other religious organizations, contributed to a court brief that strongly supported a recent legal complaint charging Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio with discrimination against Orthodox Jews with regard to Coronavirus restrictions imposed on the community.
The complaint filed against the city revolved around the harsh restrictions concerning in-person learning at a number of Jewish schools. The religious groups were all in agreement that De Blasio and Cuomo were practicing blatant discrimination, accusing the officials of what they called an age-old practice of using minority communities as scapegoats in times of “sickness, war, and fear.”
“Latest in a long and troubling line of such incidents are the statements and policies of Governor Cuomo blaming Orthodox Jewish communities for the spread of COVID-19 and specifically targeting them for closures and restrictions, all despite a dearth of evidence,” the amicus curiae brief stated.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council went as far as pointing to discrimination against their community after the 9/11 attacks and other instances where minority religious groups were unfairly targeted following a major event.
Support for the Orthodox Jewish community from the various religious groups comes in the wake of several lawsuits filed by Jewish community leaders against the city amid the Coronavirus lockdowns, calling the targeting of their community “anti-semitic.”
According to the Daily Caller, one of the lawsuits is over Cuomo’s harsh “red zone” restrictions on Rockland County, which is home to over a dozen Jewish schools and over 100 synagogues. The plaintiff in that case slams Cuomo, saying his executive order “specifically singles out the orthodox Jewish community in what has proven to be the latest extension of Governor Cuomo’s streak of anti-Semitic discrimination.”
Earlier this month, Orthodox Jewish residents of New York City organized large protests in response to what they believe are discriminatory practices against their faith by the highest levels of city and state government.
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It seems that once this pandemic winds down and life begins to return to normal for most Americans, Cuomo will have quite a bit of answering to do.
From targeting Orthodox Jews to strong accusations that he’s directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of the city’s elderly population after sending them back to die in Coronavirus-infested nursing homes, Cuomo should probably consider spending less time promoting his new book and more time with his legal team.