De Blasio hits back after Giuliani claims he snoozed on anti-Semitism
Mayor Bill de Blasio squared off Monday against his most famous predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, after the former two-term mayor charged that City Hall fiddled while a wave of anti-Semitic violence built.
“Possibly the worst Mayor in NYC, de Blasio, has watched anti-semitism rapidly metastasize, like a cancer, & is too unconcerned or lazy to “nip it in the bud”,” Giuliani tweeted.
“Otherwise called Broken windows theory, which should be brought back,” he added, referencing the city’s 1990s-era strategy of cracking down on graffiti and other quality of life concerns as a way to tackle more serious crime.
De Blasio fired back during a cable television interview Monday when asked about the tweets, which were sent hours after five worshippers were brutally attacked by a machete-wielding madman during a Hanukkah celebration in upstate New York.
“It’s striking how out of touch Rudy Giuliani is at this point. He doesn’t even understand what’s happening in New York City,” de Blasio said. “The NYPD very, very consistently deals with quality of life crimes, hate crimes, the smaller things like graffiti.”
The Rockland County attack on Saturday night, which unfolded in the home of a rabbi, came just weeks after two gunmen shot up a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, killing four people — including a detective.
City Hall rolled out a new plan Sunday in the aftermath of the two suburban attacks to allay fears in the five boroughs, which calls for increased police patrols in Jewish neighborhoods and bolstered curriculum in public schools.
De Blasio is closely aligned politically with the city’s influential Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox communities, but faced criticism from some quarters over the sluggish response to a spate of anti-Semitic assaults and graffiti attacks in predominately Jewish neighborhoods.
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