Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn’s largest hospital, is non-sectarian and supposed to serve all New Yorkers equally regardless of race. According to new reports, this is about to change.
The potential ventilator shortage in COVID-19 ridden New York has led to hospitals across the city to begin debating rationing health care for those who stop breathing or fall into cardiac arrest. While no official protocols are in place, it has been reported that doctors are already informally implementing do-not-resuscitate orders against the wishes of sick patients in order to more efficiently use ventilators.
At Maimonides, the Jews-only ambulance service Hatzalah has somehow gotten its hands on 50 ventilators and donated them to the Borough Park hospital. This donation comes with strings attached: Jews will get priority access, and in cases where an elderly Jewish patient is far gone and a young Gentile patient could be saved, the Jew must keep his ventilator indefinitely.
According to Hatzalah, it is against the Jewish religion to refuse patients care based on age or co-morbidities. This is by no means unique to Jews, as the Catholic Church and various other religious institutions believe the exact same thing. Once again, religion is being used to mask racial privilege.
The Jewish community’s behavior during this pandemic has been atrocious. A recent police raid on a warehouse belonging to Baruch Feldheim uncovered a massive stockpile of desperately needed medical supplies. Feldheim was selling struggling hospitals N95 masks at a 700% markup, revealing a callous willingness to profit from misery and death.
While right-wing pundits are comfortably spreading rumors that Chinese agents are spreading the virus across on purpose, and the FBI and Jewish leaders have promoted the hoax that racist white men are infecting Jews on purpose, neither side is keen to mention that in actuality it is Jews who have become overrepresented as vectors of COVID-19. According to Deborah Lipstadt, Jews are unwilling to follow state bans on large gatherings that endanger them and the people around them due to the “Holocaust.” Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has been forced to engage in mass arrests and ticketing to try and discourage the Jews of Lakewood, New Jersey from flagrantly violating his executive order forbiding large public gatherings.
Seeing how the supply of everything from ambulances to ventilators is being stressed by the sudden rush of patients, it would be in the interest of the citizens of New York for Governor Andrew Cuomo to take over Hatzalah and the stockpile of supplies in the hands of local Jewish gangsters to be utilized based on medical need, rather than race or profit.