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Horowitz: While Andrew Cuomo uses law enforcement to target New York Jews, violent criminals terrorize subways

The Revolutionary War was fought, in the words of Sam Adams on Aug. 1, 1776, to determine whether “there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” The purpose of just governance is laid out plainly in our Constitution — to “secure the blessings of liberty,” but at the same time to “establish justice” and “ensure domestic tranquility.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flipped this founding principle upside down by using government to harass New York’s Jews and target their inalienable rights, while releasing criminals and blithely ignoring the violence on the streets. Indeed, revolutions have been fought over lesser abuses and usurpations.

After Cuomo singled out the Orthodox Jewish community by name for causing the increased spread in the virus (which is occurring in almost every part of the world), inspectors from many state enforcement agencies fanned out in their communities to issue citations. One local Jewish publication took a picture of a target list from inspectors, which revealed that every business or institution on the list was Jewish. In what makes the revolutionary-era British tax collectors and the Townshend Acts look like a liberty paradise, there are now city inspectors harassing Jewish business owners and falsely accusing them of not complying with recent coronavirus restrictions.

While Cuomo is very concerned about a temporary rise in cases because it interferes with the optics of his book release, he doesn’t appear to be bothered by large gatherings that are not Jewish. Last week, a wedding planned for the granddaughter of a known Rabbi in the city was shut down by Cuomo. Yet just two days earlier, not a word was said by Cuomo or his officials about a large BLM rally for Breonna Taylor in Manhattan.

Cuomo has also targeted in-person classes of Jewish schools in certain zip codes, even though his own data from randomized testing shows no statistical spread of the virus by New York City schoolchildren.

Closing religious schools, houses of worship, and businesses … these are the things that were not tampered with even by King George. Revolutions were fought over less.

But it gets worse. You might think that Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have so many resources on hand to pursue a war against civil and religious liberty, particularly targeting Jews, because the city is safe from crime. Not a chance! New York City is experiencing its worst increase in crime since the early 1990s, and the subways are beginning to look like they did during the days of David Dinkins.

The family of Bi He, 73, and husband Ren Bao, 82, would sure have wanted Cuomo’s laser-beam focus on obeying laws to have been present in the Brooklyn subway on Monday when they and their grandson were brutally attacked. Bi He had her foot twisted, was shoved onto the tracks, and would have been run over if not for the quick reaction by the train conductor of the oncoming subway car. Unfortunately for them and for the increasing number of subway attack victims, the attacker was likely not Jewish, so Cuomo won’t flood the subways with inspectors and police

The previous evening, a man was randomly shot in the neck while waiting on a subway platform in Manhattan. Last Friday night, a 30-year-old woman was found dead, face-down in a Brooklyn subway. Every week, there are more brazen and heinous assaults committed on the subways, often targeting elderly people.

The lack of deterrent against subway violence stemming from the breakdown in law and order is emblematic of the broader problem on New York’s streets this year. Overall, the number of shooting incidents in the city increased 127% in September over the same period last year. And while Cuomo and de Blasio criminalize basic life, liberty, and property under the puerile assumption that they can stop a virus, they are using the same virus as a pretext to keep thousands of criminals out of state and city jails. Meanwhile, the NYPD is catching these same people committing more crimes after they are released.

So, with all this crime and mayhem, where are the police? I guess Cuomo is too busy patrolling Jewish weddings. After all, he wants to keep everyone safe.

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Rabbi who pushed Brooklyn’s Jewish community to follow ‘draconian’ coronavirus lockdown rules dies of COVID-19

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio have been on the receiving end of serious pushback for their perceived targeting of Orthodox Jewish communities with their COVID-19 policies and rhetoric.

They had an ally, however, in Orthodox Rabbi R’Mayer Zelig Rispler, who repeatedly urged Jewish communities to follow safety measures impose by city officials.

In April, after de Blasio had issued multiple threats to the Jewish community to follow his coronavirus rules or else, Rispler was one of the leading Orthodox voices calling on the Hasidic community to follow the COVID-19 commands, the New York Post reported.

“We do not condone any behavior that puts people at risk and pledge to keep working alongside the brave men and women of the NYPD in addressing and eliminating any such occurrences,” he wrote, according to the Times of Israel.

According to the Post, the rabbi fell ill last month.

Rispler, 70, died of COVID-19 last week, the Times reported, and was buried Friday.

De Blasio and Cuomo have a history of targeting Jews

Cuomo and de Blasio have repeatedly come under fire for their coronavirus policies and statements that have been seen as especially unfair to the Orthodox Jewish community.

For example:

? In March, law enforcement was sent to crack down on a large Jewish prayer meeting in Brooklyn for violating the city’s social distancing rules.

? Also in March, de Blasio threatened to shut down synagogues for violating his order to stop gathering during the pandemic. He issued the threat on a Friday afternoon just hours before the Jewish community was set to meet for weekly Shabbat gatherings.

? In April, the mayor, shortly after closing synagogues for Passover, announced that the city would be providing 500,000 Halal meals for Muslims during Ramadan.

? Later in April, Hizzoner singled out the Jewish community for arrest for violating social distancing guidelines, tweeting, “”My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.” (He was later forced to apologize.)

? Just days later, NYC cops were sent to break up an outdoor Jewish funeral procession.

? In June, the mayor booted Hasidic Jewish kids from a park in Brooklyn because of social distancing while de Blasio himself endorsed massive BLM protests. He even went so far as to say that the BLM protests trumped religious services.

? A few days later, the mayor was once again upset that people were once again gathering at the park, so he had the gates welded shut.

? This month, Cuomo threatened to shut down New York City synagogues if the Jewish community did not follow his coronavirus rules.

? At the same time, Cuomo used a photo of a gathering from 2006 to attempt to justify shutting down Jewish gatherings.

? Also in October, Cuomo issued new “draconian” coronavirus measures during Jewish holiday celebrations and had police sent in to enforce the new rules, which resulted in the community coming together to burn face masks in the streets and holding a festive Trump rally.

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Horowitz: Cuomo admits ‘fear,’ not science, driving his restrictions on New York’s Jewish community

As the virus continues to spread (with a low death rate) despite months of restrictions and mask-wearing, politicians keep returning to the same failed ideas in an attempt to stop the unstoppable. This exercise in repetitive insanity — trying the same thing over again and expecting different results — is certainly not being driven by science, but rather by fear, according to a recent phone recording of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It’s been a shocking few weeks in New York City as an American governor in 2020 is explicitly targeting a sect of orthodox Jews for restrictions on their First Amendment rights to pray in synagogues. In recent days, he dispatched an army of public health officials to Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn to issue thousands of dollars’ worth of citations. Now, Cuomo is admitting that it’s not science or even anti-Jewish animus driving his latest power play, but the politics of fear and panic.

Earlier this week, Hamodia, a local Jewish community publication, posted 30 minutes of audio (beginning at 19:00) of a conversation between Gov. Cuomo and Jewish community leaders last Tuesday. In response to a question by one local rabbi as to why the governor is setting impossible standards, even on the reopening of preschools that had no cases or risk of serious illness, Cuomo offered a stunning admission that sheds light on what is driving all of these draconian measures all over the world.

“This is not a highly nuanced, sophisticated response,” conceded the New York governor. “This is a fear-driven response. You know, this is not a policy being written by a scalpel. This is a policy being cut by a hatchet. It’s just a very blunt.”

In other words, the First Amendment, the right to pray, attending school, and opening a business are all subject to fear-driven hatchets. Imagine the absurdity of a private physician saying they will perform an operation with a hatchet instead of a scalpel. This, however, is “public health,” driven by the “experts.”

In addition to trying to shunt the blame off to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cuomo further admitted that what is driving these decisions is public fear and a clamor for action, regardless of whether there is any science behind that action. “I didn’t propose this, you know. It was proposed by the mayor in the city. I’m trying to sharpen it and make it better, but it’s out of fear. People see the numbers going up. Close everything! Close everything! It’s not the best way to do it, but it is a fear-driven response.'”

But what about all the collateral damage? That never factors into the stampede of panic.

“The virus scares people. … The fear is too high to do anything other than: Let’s do everything we can to get the infection rate down now. Close the doors. Close the windows. That’s where we are.”

According to local Jewish community leaders, despite that candid admission, Cuomo himself later acted out of fear with a hatchet and violated his own promise on the phone call. During that conversation last Tuesday, Cuomo asked them to limit indoor gatherings to 50% capacity. But just several hours later, during a Jewish holiday, Cuomo announced that all synagogues would be limited to just 10 people, which essentially shuts their doors.

In what some see as an invidious targeting of the Jewish community, the mayor recently announced a $1,000 fine for those not wearing masks, even outdoors, while the fine for not wearing one on public transportation is only $50.

Over the weekend, $15,000 of fines were levied against individuals and institutions among a sect of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

What is shocking from a legal perspective is how all of our First Amendment jurisprudence has been abrogated at the altar of this cult of fear. For decades, the courts have articulated a standard of strict scrutiny for any governmental action taken against First Amendment rights. This jurisprudential standard subjects the policy to a litmus test of being “narrowly tailored” and the “least restrictive” means of achieving a compelling state interest. In other words, constitutional rights are by definition hallowed ground that cannot be trod upon with a hatchet, a blunt instrument, or a “do everything” approach. There are no exceptions to this rule. As Justice Robert Jackson famously said, the Founders “made no express provision for exercise of extraordinary authority because of a crisis.”

The foundation for the legal argument of the coronavirus tyrants is Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905), wherein the Supreme Court ruled, “It is within the police power of a State to enact a compulsory vaccination law.” Putting aside the fact that this case cannot be reconciled with everything the courts have said about individual liberty and a supposed right to privacy over the last 60 years, even the Jacobson court ruled that public health measures cannot be enacted in “such an arbitrary, unreasonable manner, or might go so far beyond what was reasonably required for the safety of the public.” In other words, this forecloses on exactly what Cuomo and his ilk are doing, as articulated in his own words.

States have always had the power to quarantine, but those policies were very targeted to those who had an illness and they were limited in time and scope. The notion that an entire civilization could be locked down indefinitely after months of those policies clearly not working is absurd and well beyond the police powers of a state.

Nowhere was this principle better articulated than in New York’s own court in The People vs. Peter W. Roff (1856). “The public health is doubtless an interest of great delicacy and importance,” wrote the court regarding a state quarantine law. “But it can never be permitted that, even for the sake of the public health, any local, inferior board or tribunal shall repeal statutes, suspend the operation of the Constitution, and infringe all the natural rights of the citizen.”

Too bad our forefathers never had the foresight to discover the “fear” and “hatchet” exceptions to fundamental rights expressed in the Constitution.