Mich. Democrat Christmas party stormed by anti-Israel mob, leaves activist beaten and demanding revenge

A Democrat Christmas Party in Detroit, Michigan turned violent on December 16 when a pro-Palestinian mob stormed the event, giving an activist two black eyes and sending her to the hospital.

The holiday party was hosted by the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party. Members of the Palestinian Youth Movement and Party for Socialism and Liberation crashed the gathering at the Common Pub in Detroit and proceeded to aggressively confront Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-MI) over his support of Israel.

“Shri, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” the mob chanted, charging the Democrat and Israel with mass murder for responding after Hamas terrorists raped, tortured, kidnapped, and slaughtered over 1,200 Israelis on Oct. 7.

Bobbie Avington-Smith, the black activist who was attacked, proclaimed on Instagram, “Them Arabs in motherf***ing Detroit tried to kill me!”

The bloodied activist called on “black men” to rise up and fight against “the Arabs” who disrupted the event. She urged them to “stand the f**k up.”

According to the Daily Mail, during the video clip of the party circulating on social media, gospel music can be heard in the background as people shoved one another and shouted for a ceasefire. In one of the clips making the rounds, 91-year-old former Detroit Police Commissioner Bernice Smith is seen swatting protesters with her cane.

Detroit is home to a large Arab population. According to the Daily Mail, “The suburb of Dearborn has the largest per capita Muslim population in the US.”

People who attended the event were very shaken, including Wayne County Commissioner Jonathan Kinloch, who is the chair of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party. He posted a video to X showing a further closeup of the incident.

Thanedar told the protesters, “This is not going to give you support for your cause.”

According to the Daily Mail, he told them they were welcome to come to his office and town halls to “have a dialogue.”

Thanedar is reportedly a strong supporter of Israel. A statement on his website reads, “It is now more important than ever before to reaffirm… our unequivocal support for the state of Israel, the lone Democracy in the Middle East and one of our closest, and strongest, allies across the globe.”

A press conference was held on Monday where Kinloch and other Democrats spoke concerning the “rioters.”

“They didn’t have a right to be there, first and foremost,” Kinloch contended. “The owner asked them to leave, I asked them to leave. They refused to leave so they were removed from a place where they had no business and no legal right to be in.”

There was no security at the event because no one expected violence.

No arrests have been made. A Detroit Police Department spokesperson said the incident is being investigated.

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