New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has apologised after he criticised a large gathering for a Jewish funeral amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to reports of the mass gathering of mourners, Mr de Blasio warned “the Jewish community” that police would make arrests.
The city leader was accused of anti-Semitism for his comments.
The Hasidic Jews were mourning a late rabbi at the service in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, neighbourhood.
“If in my passion and in my emotion I said something that was hurtful, I’m sorry about that,” Mr de Blasio said.
“I have no regrets about calling out this danger and saying we’re going to deal with it very, very aggressively.”
Images shared online by journalists show a large gathering of people attending the funeral on Tuesday night.
Mr de Blasio’s original comments called the crowd “absolutely unacceptable”.
“When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed,” he said. “What I saw will not be tolerated so long as we are fighting the coronavirus.”
But it was his subsequent tweet, in which he singled out “the Jewish community”, that drew ire.