Orthodox Jewish funeral that drew thousands was ‘absolutely unacceptable,’ NYC mayor says

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday a funeral for an ultra-Orthodox rabbi that drew thousands of mourners in Brooklyn “was absolutely unacceptable,” and he warned that police will start issuing summonses or arrest violators at similar gatherings. 

“It was a large gathering, again, tragically thousands of people. The amount of danger created by that kind of gathering is inestimable,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “People will die because of it, which goes against everyone’s values.”

Jewish organizations blasted the mayor’s comments.

Police didn’t issue any citations at Tuesday night’s funeral for Rabbi Chaim Mertz, but that

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