The New York Times has published a scathing article blasting Brooklyn’s Shomrim patrols, painting them as a menace to the non-Jewish residents of the city and questioning whether thy have a disproportionate amount of influence with the NYPD.
The article is filled with inaccuracies, false accusations and fear-mongering. The point of the article seems to be to convince non-Jewish residents of the city that Shomrim are some sort of Jewish “religious police” who have actual power and threaten everyone else’s liberties.
Anyone who has ever been the recipient of a Shomrim volunteer’s service or act of kindness knows that nothing could be further from the truth.
Conspicuously missing from the article is any discussion about why Shomrim was created to begin with, or what they do day in and day out: battle the incessant crime that has been plaguing Brooklyn’s Jewish communities since the 1960s, in ways the police cannot, would not and will not do.
Instead, the Times chose to join the growing chorus of Chasidic Jew-bashing – painting Chasidic Jews as responsible for everything wrong with New York City – that has become the staple of tabloids such as the New York Post and The Gothamist.