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Monsey is no exception. In April, Ramapo police cracked down on an “illegal gathering” at a Monsey synagogue and arrested eight people for disorderly conduct. This week, a Torah procession scheduled for Sunday was canceled by the town authorities.
RPD has been advised that the Torah Procession scheduled for this Sunday 10/25 in the Village of Airmont has been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/MDn3mOcKFZ
— Ramapo Police Dept. (@Ramapo_PD) October 23, 2020
The public debate on how harsh anti-Covid-19 rules should be is exacerbated in the US by the heavy politicization of the issue. The Trump administration stands accused of downplaying the severity of the disease and failing to impose a proper lockdown, causing tens of thousands of excessive deaths as a result.
Trump supporters in turn accuse his critics of hypocrisy because their preaching about the importance of social distancing was sidelined in order to support a wave of national protests against police brutality and racism. Many of the online comments about the Monsey incident said the Jews should have said their gathering was an “Black Lives Matter” event to scare off the police.
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