Heshy Tischler points to hypocrisy, anti-Semitism in tweet about protest
The City Council candidate charged with inciting an attack on a journalist took a swipe Wednesday at city and state officials — while hinting at anti-Semitism — for allowing an overnight protest on the Brooklyn Bridge amid the targeted coronavirus crackdown.
Heshy Tischler tweeted a video early Wednesday showing a couple dozen protesters dancing on the Brooklyn Bridge to “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead.
“Happening now on the Brooklyn Bridge, but as long as there are no Jews involved then it’s not a problem,” the Orthodox activist posted just before 12:30 a.m. “And of course, if there are no Jews involved then automatically, the virus can’t spread.”
Tischler’s tweet came in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo reimposing strict COVID-19 restrictions in hot spots in Queens and Brooklyn, including at synagogues and other houses of worship — sparking mass protests in ultra-Orthodox communities.
During one of those gatherings in Borough Park, Tischler allegedly sicced a mob on journalist Jacob Kornbluh for criticizing the demonstration. Kornbluh, who is also Orthodox, was punched and kicked last week, while being called a “Nazi” and “Hitler.”
The Brooklyn Bridge protest — which shut down the span to vehicular traffic for more than an hour — was held in remembrance of George Floyd’s birthday, according to another video posted to Twitter.
Police could not confirm any arrests early Monday.
Over the summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio threw his support behind Black Lives Matter protesters, heartily encouraging leeway to march as the coronavirus pandemic played out — despite yanking permits for other gatherings such as parades and street festivals.
Floyd, who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis, would have been 47 years old on Wednesday.
Tischler, who is charged with unlawful imprisonment, inciting to riot, menacing and harassment, was released without bail on Monday.
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