NEW YORK — Orthodox Jews and New York authorities are in a state of conflict over coronavirus-related measures. The situation closely resembles that in Israel and has captured the attention of the Israeli press.
Much of the anger in New York stems from authorities cracking down on large gatherings, specifically in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, while having allowed massive anti-police protests throughout the year. Israel is also experiencing anti-government protests, and some Israelis blame religious Jews for the virus’ renewed spread. One controversial New York rabbi known for his remarks on the virus and who is originally from the Jewish state said that there is a double standard being applied by the governments in both countries.