‘Protesters started yelling about killing Jews and saying intifada is the only solution. That was the undertone for the entire march.’
A large protest held in New York City’s Times Square on Friday against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital featured chants calling for violence and the destruction of the Jewish state, Algemeiner Journal has reported.
In video footage captured by the advocacy group Reservists on Duty (RoD), protesters clad in keffiyehs and waving Palestinian flags can be seen shouting in Arabic, “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammed is returning.” The slogan refers to a 7th century battle fought by the Islamic prophet Muhammad against Jewish tribes, and is often invoked by Islamist terrorist groups including Hamas and Hezbollah.
An RoD activist who filmed the rally and requested to remain anonymous said that a few protesters were detained by police officers. “It got really heated,” the activist said. “Protesters started yelling about killing the Jews and saying intifada is the only solution. That was the undertone for the entire march, but then it really came out.”
According to an NBC News report, Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters filled the sidewalks of Seventh Avenue, between 41st and 42nd streets. Down the block, a handful of pro-Israeli counter-protesters gathered to support a decision announced by President Trump earlier this week. Passions were high and some shoving and pushing was reported as the two groups faced off at various points along the street. One person was detained by police, although it’s unclear if he or she was arrested.
“The whole world knows that Jerusalem is divided. Some part is for Israelis and the other part is Palestinian. So I can’t all of the sudden come and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to give New York to so and so,” said pro-Palestinian demonstrator Amal Al-Shrouf.
NBC News also reported that pro-Israel demonstrator, Karen Lichtbraun of the Jewish Defense League, said “We applaud President Trump and his announcement.”
The Times Square protest followed deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on Friday, two days after President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The religious and political dispute over Jerusalem forms the emotional core of the Israeli-Arab conflict. The ancient city is home to major Muslim, Jewish and Christian shrines and looms large in the competing national narratives of Israelis and Palestinians.
By: Mordechai Sones