New York Young Republican Club Backs Jewish Protesters Who are Standing Up to New York’s Tough Lockdown Policies
A controversial crack down by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio against Hasidic Jews was met with sharp criticism by Gavin Wax, the president of the New York Young Republican Club.
Earlier this week, many Hasidic Jews took to the streets to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new restrictions on schools, businesses, and places of worship in nine neighborhoods with rising Wuhan virus cases.
The New York Young Republican Club criticized the de Blasio government’s “radical and inconsistent enforcement actions” against Jewish worshippers practicing their faith during, Sukkot, an important Jewish holiday.
In a statement it released on October 8, 2020, the New York Young Republican Club asserted that “The rights of all Americans to assemble, whether in religious celebration or protest, cannot and should not be infringed and even in a global pandemic can be observed with the proper safeguards and health awareness.”
The Republican organization called attention to how New York City leadership has messed up political priorities by “allowing extremism from left to continue unabated and un-policed, from blocking streets and bridges to looting and rioting, while not hesitating to condemn and disturb the peaceful exercise of Jews’ religious rites.”
In addition, it argued that “arbitrary application of regulations and safeguards under the guise of public health and safety reeks of selective priority and in a time when so many have died, while some turn to government and progressivism as a religion for comfort, others turn to God and de Blasio should not stand in the way.”
BLP reached out to Gavin Wax, the President of the New York Republican Club, for his thoughts on this entire situation:
De Blasio and Cuomo continue to show their anti-Semitism with their latest crackdown and rounding up of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. The worst zip codes for Covid in NYC are actually not in Jewish areas but that doesn’t matter. The Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish Community votes Trump and votes Republican and thus they must be punished. That is the mindset of these leftwing tyrants. They already suffered the most after bail reform with a slew of Jewish murders and anti-semitic attacks, now they have their Synagogues shut down and businesses closed, completely unconstitutional and un-American.
Politicians have shown their true colors during the Wuhan virus pandemic. For many of these opportunist types, a generalized crisis like this is the perfect scenario in which they can destroy freedoms such as the right to assembly.
More grassroots resistance will be needed in order for politicians to reverse course.