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Jewish leaders call NY COVID rules ‘blatantly anti-Semitic’

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community gather around a journalist as he conducts an interview...
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community gather around a journalist as he conducts an interview on a street corner, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.(John Minchillo | AP)
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 3:26 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - Three Rockland County Jewish congregations have filed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of engaging in a streak of anti-Semitic discrimination with a crackdown on religious gatherings.

The Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed Wednesday says Cuomo has made numerous discriminatory statements about the Jewish Orthodox community. Cuomo, a Democrat, has blamed the state’s growing infection rate on so-called “red zone” areas that are home to 2.8% of the state population. The state said six coronavirus clusters have appeared in Brooklyn and Queens, and Broome, Orange and Rockland counties. In those COVID-19 hot spots, the state says houses of worship can have 25% capacity, or a maximum of 10 people.

Cuomo told reporters Thursday he was not targeting Orthodox Jewish communities.

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