Orthodox Jews burn masks in protest against New York's new COVID rules


October 16, 2020

(JTA) — Protests by Orthodox Jews against New York’s crackdown on gatherings in their neighborhoods turned tense and at times violent Tuesday night as throngs of young men demonstrated in the streets of Borough Park.

The late-night protest in a heavily Orthodox area of Brooklyn took aim at new restrictions that would close schools, limit attendance at synagogues services and close nonessential businesses in areas with upticks in COVID-19. 

The protesters set fire to a pile of masks, at one point surrounded a city bus that was moving through the area and at another ran a reporter out of...

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