March 25, 2020.
As we recently noted, we are seeing numerous instances of people wrongly blaming minorities - primarily Jews and Chinese people - for COVID-19. StandWithUs is deeply troubled by one of the latest such reported instances, in which an Orthodox Jewish man in New York appears to have been turned away at a Toyota service station by an employee who claimed the man was responsible for spreading the virus. The StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism and the Saidoff Legal Department are calling upon the New York Attorney General to investigate this matter as potential unlawful discrimination in violation of New York’s Human Rights law, specifically §296(2)(a). If the events, as seen in a video recording of the incident, are in fact as reported, we also call upon Toyota to issue a public apology, to issue a public statement condemning such egregious antisemitism, and to take appropriate disciplinary action concerning any employee(s) involved in spreading this type of hate. This is a time for us to pull together, not needlessly create division.
Click here to read StandWithUs’ letter to New York Attorney General Letitia James.