October 9, 2020


A Rising Orthodox Populist Is Leading A Violent Campaign Of COVID Denial In Borough Park (JAKE OFFENHARTZ, OCT. 8, 2020, The Gothamist)

Harold "Heshy" Tischler strolled onto 13th Avenue in Borough Park at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, bare-faced and hoarse from days of screaming, and into the arms of an adoring crowd. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators chanted his name, waving Trump and Thin Blue Lines flags as they jockeyed for a chance to meet the brash right-wing radio host leading the campaign to stop the new COVID-19 lockdown measures.

"We are at war!" Tischler shouted to the crowd of protesters. "You are my soldiers!"

An hour later, Tischler directed an angry mob of young Hasidic men as they surrounded and attacked Jacob Kornbluh, a veteran reporter with Jewish Insider. At Tischler's urging, the group hissed and spit at Kornbluh, labeling him a Nazi and a "moser" -- a term for a Jewish person who informs on their own community.

As NYPD officers attempted to extract Kornbluh from the ugly scene, the group pinned their target against a wall, lunging and kicking at him.

Posted by at October 9, 2020 8:20 AM