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At Brooklyn Trump rally, Orthodox anger at mayor and governor take center stage

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NEW YORK — Over a thousand mostly Orthodox Jews gathered for a rally in support of Donald Trump in Brooklyn on Sunday, using the opportunity to loudly air their grievances against Democratic leadership in New York while calling for four more years of the Republican US president.

The demonstration in Brooklyn’s Marine Park came after weeks of tensions in many of the borough’s Orthodox neighborhoods over new restrictions imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to rising COVID-19 cases in those areas.

The more ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn have found themselves in national headlines due to accusations that their refusal to adhere to COVID guidelines led to a spike of new cases in September. Orthodox leaders accuse Cuomo and de Blasio of unfairly singling out their communities and adopting punitive measures rather than engaging with them.

While the infection rate has since waned and restrictions have begun to be lifted in some places, they still mostly remain in Brooklyn, along with tensions between the Jewish community and the city and state leadership.

“Hey Cuomo, you probably wouldn’t have allowed this [gathering]…Come get me!” said the rally’s emcee Nachman Mostofsky, the executive director of the right-wing, pro-Israel policy group Chovevei Zion.

The rally was the final destination of a parade convoy that chugged through the streets of Rockland County’s Monsey, Long Island’s Five Towns, Manhattan and a number of pre-dominantly Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Organized by the “Jews for Trump” group, cars in the procession blasted remix versions of the president’s speeches, festive Jewish music and soundtracked campaign slogans. At several locations, the drivers were confronted by anti-Trump activists.

New York City police said seven people were taken into custody in connection with physical confrontations in Times Square. Charges were pending Sunday night.

NY: Photos, Hundreds of orthodox Jews are taking part in today’s pro Trump rally in Brooklyn, event is peaceful and colorful pic.twitter.com/fUOn5Wo2NR

— Yiddish News (@YiddishNews) October 25, 2020

In videos shot near midtown........

© The Times of Israel

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