Department of Justice letter argues that Bill de Blasio is being unfairly strict with social distancing for Orthodox Jews


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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a press conference with Satmar Jewish community leaders after an attack on a kosher market in Jersey City in December 2019.

(JTA) - A top Justice Department official sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that claims the mayor has enforced uneven social distancing rules that "favor certain secular gatherings and disfavor religious gatherings."

The letter, which was shared Tuesday by Agudath Israel, an organization representing haredi Orthodox Jews, specifically cited the mayor's focus on dispersing Jewish community gatherings.

"During the period in which all gatherings were banned, you reportedly sent police officers to break up numerous gatherings of the Jewish community in New York, incl...

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