NYC Mayor Slammed for Singling Out Jewish Community re Social Distancing; Twitter and Instagram Yank Accounts of Convicted Palestinian Terrorist

  • April 30, 2020
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NYC Mayor de Blasio is under fire after being accused of singling out the Jewish community for not adhering to social distancing measures at a local rabbi’s funeral. The president of Tufts University voiced displeasure with the problematic Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campus chapter being honored with a “collaboration” award. And the Twitter and Instagram accounts of a convicted Palestinian terrorist were finally removed after ADL raised the alarm.

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  1. ADL Slams New York Mayor de Blasio for ‘Generalizing’ Jewish Community

“De Blasio said the gathering for a rabbi's funeral Tuesday in Williamsburg, New York, was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and noted it won't be tolerated… ‘My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,’ de Blasio said in another tweet.” CNN: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Hey @NYCMayor, there are 1mil+ Jewish people in #NYC. The few who don’t social distance should be called out — but generalizing against the whole population is outrageous especially when so many are scapegoating Jews…”

+ ADL Resource: On Social Media, Haredi and Orthodox Jewish Communities are Scapegoated and Blamed for COVID-19

  1. SJP Chapter at Tufts University Honored with “Collaboration” Award

“The Tufts University Hillel, ADL and  Jewish groups praised the university’s president and other top administration officials for condemning the decision to give an award to the campus branch of Students for Justice in Palestine due to its participation in a campaign many view as antisemitic.” Algemeiner: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “It's ironic for SJP to win an award for collaboration when they routinely alienate Jewish students and others who don't submit to their rigid worldview and regularly foster #antisemitism…”

+ ADL Resource: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

  1. Sbarro Bombing Organizer Removed from Twitter, Instagram

“The terrorist, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, was convicted in connection with the 2001 Hamas bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. The ADL described the bombing as ‘one of the most traumatic terror incidents in Israeli history. Tamimi reportedly selected the location for the bombing because she knew the pizzeria would be filled with children. The attack killed 15 people in total, including seven children and two American citizens.’” Jewish Journal: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: The Sbarro Bomber on Social Media