New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming new virus restrictions at neighborhoods home to the city's large Orthodox Jewish community. Cuomo says its an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus, but some residents say they feel unfairly targeted. (Oct. 5)
ANDREW CUOMO: I'm going to meet with members of the ultra Orthodox community tomorrow. I want to have that conversation directly myself. This cannot happen again. If you do not agree to enforce the rules, then we'll close the institutions down.
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CHAYA COHEN: We feel-- we feel like we're back to pre-war of World War II of 1938, absolutely. This is exactly what happened in 1938. This is exactly-- if you speak to our relatives who went through this, this was the beginnings, the rumblings of that. And what we're doing now is we're now making the non-Jews hate us even more.
Because what's going to happen is there are schools over there-- on Avenue M, there's a wonderful school that caters to children that are more academic. They come in their bus from as far away as the Bronx and Staten Island. They're not going to be able to go to school now. They're going to be angry at us. But we have nothing to do with this.
LEAH GROSSMAN: So I think as a whole-- I think from de Blasio, specifically-- yes, I do feel that we've been targeted. I think that some bad apples in a group doesn't mean that we have to judge people as a collective. That's the whole idea behind why we shouldn't be racist and stereotypical. And I think that the way that you say things really matters. And I think the way he's been saying things have come off-- across extremely anti-Semitic and extremely targeting towards Jewish people.
GEORGY DARIUS: It's for the safety of the students at the end of the day that they're fully shutting it down and making it remote. But it's somewhat discouraging at the same time. But whatever needs to be done, they're doing it. You know, this school in particular, they're doing it.