In a disturbing display of anti-Israel sentiment, a mob of 2,000 pro-Palestinian marchers went on a rampage through Manhattan on Friday night. The New York Post reported that the mob burned an Israeli flag at Columbus Circle, causing Grand Central Station to shut down. They even went so far as to pelt The New York Times building with fake blood. This comes just days after another protest at the Times where demonstrators claimed the newspaper was complicit in genocide.
Among the chaos, one Hamas supporter shouted, “Zionist media. That’s the Zionist media.” Clearly, the protesters were blaming the Times for its supposed support of the Palestinian cause. The protesters’ chant, “We don’t want a Jewish state. We want ’48!” further emphasized their desire to see Israel eliminated and the region returned to how it was before Israel’s creation in 1948.
Photos: New York Times Building Vandalized by Anti-Israel Protesters https://t.co/HoKf3RNebJ
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New Jersey resident Gregory Jachts found the protests offensive, stating, “They were chanting ‘from the river to the sea,’ and that calls for the elimination of Israel and the genocide of the Jews.” The second part of the chant, “Palestine must be free,” only adds to the intensity and hostility of the situation.
Even two Starbucks locations fell victim to the mob mentality, with protesters accusing the company of supporting genocide. The New York Post editorial went so far as to declare that these “pro-Palestine” protests were rooted in Jew-hatred and nothing else. The editorial cited the recent death of Paul Kessler, who was struck by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator in California.
Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in the United States in recent months. In fact, the Anti-Defamation League reported a staggering 388 percent increase since Hamas slaughtered over 1,400 Israelis in October. This disturbing trend has been seen across the country, with both the far-right and the hard left implicated. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt voiced his concerns, stating, “I say this as the grandson of a Holocaust survivor whose barbershop was vandalized and destroyed by the Nazis in Germany. So, I can’t even believe this is happening in our country today.”