Pro-Palestinian activists harassed New Yorkers on Thursday.
The handful of harassments, many of which surfaced on social media, occurred around the time Israel and Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization that operates in Gaza, agreed to a ceasefire after over a week of exchanging rocket fire resulting in hundreds of Palestinian and a handful of Israeli deaths.
In one of the altercations, a person suffered a minor burn after activists threw two fireworks from a car, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The New York Police Department’s arson investigation squad and detectives are investigating the incident.
In another video, a group of men wearing the colors that correspond with the Palestinian flag were seen heckling people, yelling, “f*** you,” and “f*** you, you Zionist!” Police had to get involved as some of the men who were in a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road to engage in the fighting.
There were 26 arrests during the protests, 17 summons issued, seven desk appearance tickets, one live arrest, and one juvenile report prepared, Sgt. Jessica McRorie, Deputy Commissioner of Public Information spokeswoman, told the Washington Examiner. The top charges were obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, and criminal possession of a weapon, she said.
“Jewish people throughout the US have been subject to violent attacks and blatant antisemitism. The horrifying scene in Manhattan yesterday, where Hamas sympathizers resorted to violence, burned Israeli flags … was not an isolated incident,” GOP New York congressman and 2022 gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin said, according to Fox News. “Jewish diners at a Los Angeles restaurant this week were sought out and attacked by a pro-Palestinian caravan, synagogues are routinely vandalized, and reports of violence and antisemitism are rising sharply in the United States and across Europe.”
Earlier this afternoon on 47th St (the Diamond District), Palestinians attacking Jews pic.twitter.com/aJaJztdGyx
— Daniel Rubin (@DanielYRubin) May 20, 2021
The Anti-Defamation League, an organization designed to call out antisemitic extremism, warned that the tension in the Middle East led to an increase in antisemitic incidents within the country.
There had been reports of 193 antisemitic incidents since the crisis in Israel began, which is up from 131 the previous week, the ADL found.
“As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “We are tracking acts of harassment, vandalism, and violence as well as a torrent of online abuse. It’s happening around the world — from London to Los Angeles, from France to Florida, in big cities like New York and in small towns, and across every social media platform.”
The recent antisemitic attacks have not been confined to New York.
Los Angeles authorities are investigating a potential hate crime in which a mob of pro-Palestinian activists allegedly approached people at a restaurant and “proceeded to beat” people who said they were Jewish, according to a witness.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Zionist!’: Pro-Palestinians harass New Yorkers amid heightened Middle East tension