Orthodox Jewish demonstrators torch face masks, stop traffic and assault reporters as they return to Brooklyn streets to protest COVID-19 restrictions – despite uptick in cases in their neighborhoods
- Members of the Orthodox Jewish community took to the streets in Borough Park, Brooklyn, on Wednesday to protest coronavirus restrictions
- Group of Orthodox Jewish men assaulted Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh, allegedly egged on by Brooklyn City Council candidate, Harold ‘Heshy’ Tischler
- Demonstrators made a bonfire of face masks and stopped traffic by massing in the streets
- On Tuesday, a crowd assaulted Berish Getz, throwing bottles at him and eventually knocking him unconscious
- Borough Park has seen an uptick in COVID-19 infections, with more than eight per cent of their test in their major zip code coming back positive
- New restrictions in the neighborhood start on Thursday
Irate Hasidic demonstrators stopped traffic, torched face masks and assaulted a reporter as they continued protests on Brooklyn streets against coronavirus restrictions.
Borough Park’s streets were scenes of chaos Wednesday night as members of the community forced a photographer to retreat to his car and made police report to the scene as a scuffle broke out involving a television reporter.
‘Here in Borough Park, we don’t go by the laws of America,’ one demonstrator shouted, the New York Daily News reports. ‘We have our own laws.’
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Groups of Orthodox Jewish protesters gather in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday to denounce lockdowns of their neighborhood due to a spike in COVID-19 cases
Protestors insisted that health restrictions were religiously motivated, stopping traffic as they took to the streets
A group of Orthodox Jewish men assaulted Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh, egged on by Brooklyn City Council candidate, Harold ‘Heshy’ Tischler.
‘I was just brutally assaulted, hit in the head, and kicked at by an angry crowd of hundreds of community members of the Boro Park protest — while yelling at me ‘Nazi’ and ‘Hitler’ —after Heshy Tischler recognized me and ordered the crowd to chase me down the street,’ Kornbluh said in a late night tweet,
Video shows Tischler yelling in Kornbluh’s face: ‘You are moyser (snitch). Everybody scream ‘Moyser!’
Protesters insisted that health restrictions were religiously motivated, stopping traffic as they took to the streets. Demonstrators started a bonfire with protective masks, forcing an FDNY truck to retreat as firefighters feared for their lives.
Police officers stand guard as more demonstrators arrive on the streets of Borough Park
The crowd caused traffic to come to a halt as they took to the street and shouted ‘Jewish Lives Matter’
Young members of the Hasidic community gather for the demonstrations
‘The real reason, what’s going on, is that this is Trump country,’ said Heshy Fried. The 57-year-old sported a ‘Trump 2020’ face covering Wednesday morning.
He added: ‘All the areas they are trying to close down … are like 90% voting for Trump. It’s political and everybody knows it.’
No arrest were made in the demonstrations.
On Tuesday, a crowd hurled bottles and rocks at Berish Getz as he filmed video from a lamppost. He wound up needing to be carried out on a stretcher.
Jacob Kornbluh (hooded) is chased away and accused of being a snitch as members of the community taunt him and law enforcement
A family watches as groups of protesters gather in Borough Park
Borough Park has seen an uptick in COVID-19 infections, with more than eight per cent of their tests in their major zip code coming back positive
‘Good news,’ tweeted Mordy Getz, the victim’s brother. ‘My brother is now conscious and went thru scans to see what injuries his body got from the attack … We want full investigation and prosecution. Machers already trying to shut the story.’
Video also showed demonstrators chasing off NYC Sheriff’s deputies, shouting ‘Jewish Lives Matter’ as they followed.
Borough Park has seen an uptick in COVID-19 infections, with more than eight per cent of their test in their major zip code coming back positive. New restrictions in the city start on Thursday,
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