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Orthodox Jews claim anti-Semitism on the rise in wake of measles

NEW CITY –            Orthodox Jews in Rockland County claim there is a rise in anti-Semitism about misperceptions about who's responsible for the measles outbreak. Shoshana Berstein, or Monsey, says because of the discrimination she created a bumper sticker that says "I vaccinate" . " The claims of discrimination come as the number of cases in the county continue to grow, with most cases originating in Orthodox communities. MORE: Rockland pediatricians urge parents to vaccinate for measles at 6 months MORE: Officials: Anti-vaccine propaganda among reasons for quick spread of measlesMORE: Rockland County Executive Day reissues measles emergency order Couny Legislator Aron Wieder says he's never So much anti-Semitism is there now. "The perception out there is that Orthodox Jews don't vaccinate, not themselves or their children," says Wieder. "And that's absolutely false." Wieder says the misperception has spurred a level of discrimination that Jews have not seen since the Holocaust. He says people don't want to share parks or even sidewalks with Orthodox Jews. Some companies are even boycotting Orthodox businesses Rabbi Jeremy Ruberg, of New City, people shouldn't assume because someone is wearing a yamaka that they don't vaccinate their children. There are now 224 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland. That's up to 1 0 cases in just one week.

NEW CITY –

Orthodox Jews in Rockland County claim there is a rise in anti-Semitism about misperceptions about who’s responsible for the measles outbreak.

Shoshana Berstein, or Monsey, says because of the discrimination she created a bumper sticker that says “I vaccinate” . “

The claims of discrimination come as the number of cases in the county continue to grow, with most cases originating in Orthodox communities.

MORE: Rockland pediatricians urge parents to vaccinate for measles at 6 months MORE: Officials: Anti-vaccine propaganda among reasons for quick spread of measles
MORE: Rockland County Executive Day reissues measles emergency order

Couny Legislator Aron Wieder says he’s never So much anti-Semitism is there now.

“The perception out there is that Orthodox Jews don’t vaccinate, not themselves or their children,” says Wieder. “And that’s absolutely false.”

Wieder says the misperception has spurred a level of discrimination that Jews have not seen since the Holocaust. He says people don’t want to share parks or even sidewalks with Orthodox Jews. Some companies are even boycotting Orthodox businesses

Rabbi Jeremy Ruberg, of New City, people shouldn’t assume because someone is wearing a yamaka that they don’t vaccinate their children.

There are now 224 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland. That’s up to 1

0 cases in just one week.

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