Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters, including actress Susan Sarandon, protested in the streets of New York City on Friday.
“[Sarandon] joined the crowd in chanting ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ – which is largely regarded as an antisemitic slogan that implies the decimation of Israel – before addressing the group herself,” the New York Post reported.
“There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country,” she said.
“It’s important to listen, it’s important to have facts…you don’t have to go through the entire history of that region, you just have to show the babies that are dying in incubators. Those images are enough to show you that something is drastically wrong. We need a ceasefire now,” she added.
Take a look at who was spotted chanting “Long Live the Intifada” and “From River to Sea”SUSAN SARANDON, blocking traffic in NYC pic.twitter.com/ndKOeVMZmI
— Concetta (@concetta8631) November 18, 2023
She was one of thousands who careened through the streets of NYC on Friday to proclaim their support for the Palestinians and thus, their critics say, for Hamas.
“Earlier in the afternoon, several rallies attracting hundreds of people formed at different points around the city, including Union Square, the J.P. Morgan offices on Madison Avenue and Gov. Kathy Hochul’s New York office near the United Nations headquarters, before merging on the steps of the New York Public Library near Bryant Park. The group then began its march through Midtown Manhattan,” The New York Times reported.
“As demonstrators wound their way through the center of the city, they waved Palestinian flags, held handmade signs with messages like ‘Ceasefire now,’ and chanted, ‘Free Palestine.’ The crowd stretched several blocks and paused at times in front of Pennsylvania Station and the New York Times building,” according to the Times.
The paper failed to mention that, according to the Post, while outside the Times’ headquarters Friday, one protester was heard saying “Bomb the New York Times.”
While outside of Penn Station and Moynihan Train Hall, other protesters reportedly chanted “if Palestine don’t get it, shut it down!”
— Manolo De Los Santos (@manolo_realengo) November 17, 2023
There were other chants as well, including “from New York to Gaza, globalize the intifada,” “intifada intifada, long live the intifada,” and “we don’t want no two-state, we want 48.”
“The latter cheer refers to the 1948 United Nations Partition Plan, which created the modern State of Israel. By vocally rejecting a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, many feel that the protesters are calling for the destruction of the Jewish State and its people,” the Post notes.
Some of the protesters also reportedly held up an ominous banner that read “by any means necessary.”
Despite all this, the protesters claimed their intentions were noble.
“The irony is if Israel is claiming this is a question of security, they are creating so much more violence because if you want to radicalize people, it’s amazing PR to see innocent children, women, civilians being eviscerated by bombs, losing their limbs,” one protester, Katie Halper, told local station WABC.
NYC protest now” shut it down for Gaza”. Ceasefire now pic.twitter.com/hlEG9clCC5
— Amany (@AmanyMohd23) November 17, 2023
Palestinian supporters marching south on 5th Avenue then west on West 34th Street
Manhattan, New York, NY,
5:32pm, Friday, November 17, 2023.#CeasefireNow #FreeGaza #FreePalestine #nyc nyc
— DataInput (@datainput) November 17, 2023
Yet, by protesting, the demonstrators caused disturbances galore for NYC commuters, prompting the Long Island Rail Road to post an alert to social media warning travelers to expect delays.
“Expect possible access restrictions at Penn Station tonight because of a demonstration in the area. Follow guidance from on-site MTA personnel and the police. Build in added travel time, and make sure to plan your trip without TrainTime app,” they wrote.
“Express buses in New York City were also delayed because of the ongoing protests,” according to Fox News.
— Palestine Eye (@PalastineEye) November 18, 2023
All this happened on the same day that Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman’s Brooklyn office was vandalized with red graffiti saying “free Palestine” and “let Gaza live.”
“The police confirmed that an individual had spray-painted the office, but said the investigation was ongoing and considered it a ‘nonbiased incident’ at this time,” according to the Times.
A “non-biased” incident? Really?
Take a look for yourself:
New York congressman Rep Dan Goldman, who is Jewish, has his office defaced and covered in graffiti by Palestinian activists.
The graffiti reads:
“Blood on your hands”
“ Let Gaza Live.”
“ Free Palestine.” pic.twitter.com/bqPbtCdBTC
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) November 18, 2023
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