New York City’s Mayor Welds Shut the Gates of Parks—but Only in Jewish Neighborhoods

June 18 2020

Less than two months after using Twitter to reprimand the Jewish community for violations of social-distancing regulations at a ḥasidic funeral—which occurred with permission from municipal authorities—New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered that the gates of public parks be welded shut, ostensibly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But most of these parks were in neighborhoods with large populations of Orthodox Jews, while parks in other areas were left open to the public. This act of discrimination, writes Eliezer Brand, comes on the heels of many insults to the city’s Ḥaredim:

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How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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