Protesters across the U.S. took to the streets to demonstrate as the violence between Israel and Hamas reached new heights on Tuesday.
The story: Demonstrators were spotted in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., as well as other cities in the nation, with groups protesting in support of either Israel or Palestine.
In New York City, protesters gathered outside the Israeli consulate. Videos shared on social media showed protesters engaging in physical fights and police trying to break them apart and reduce the tension between dueling groups.
Clashes at a rally of supporters of Israel and Palestine in New York. pic.twitter.com/Pz7iFGTvJP
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) May 11, 2021
“My mother lives on the edge of Gaza. She’s in a shelter as we speak … This is war. I will not sit and watch the only democracy in the Middle East be ripped apart,” a pro-Israeli protester in New York, Sophie Sassoon, told WCBS-TV.
Massive march for Palestine outside the Israeli consulate in New York City pic.twitter.com/pbXqTLqlEt
— Kei Pritsker (@KeiPritsker) May 11, 2021
Pro-Palestinian protesters walked through the streets of Manhattan, holding up signs and criticizing Israel’s actions.
In pictures: Pro-Palestine supporters march through New York’s Times Square after holding a protest against Israel’s aggression against unarmed Palestinians pic.twitter.com/FoMCA3DZoA
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) May 12, 2021
In Los Angeles, more than 100 protesters showed up outside the Israeli consulate on Tuesday. They held Palestinian flags and signs that read “Free Palestine, according to the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
“You can see Israeli aggression especially in Northern Jerusalem and Gaza. Houses are being confiscated and families thrown out,” one demonstrator, Sami Wassef, told the outlet.
NOW hundreds gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles, chanting “When Palestine is under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back!” pic.twitter.com/7NsQszNOFE
— #SaveSheikhJarrah (@AbbyMartin) May 11, 2021
Another pro-Palestinian group in Washington D.C. chanted “Free, free Palestine!” and “Palestine will be free!”
A pro-Palestine protest in Washington DC, USA. pic.twitter.com/8zIw6moCWM
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) May 11, 2021
At least two lawmakers were seen among the crowds in D.C. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and André Carson (D-IN) were outside the Justice Department protesting in favor of Palestine.
Tlaib and Carson spoke to the group of demonstrators.
“What they are doing to the Palestinians is what they are doing to our Black brothers and sisters here. As you all are marching for freedom of Palestine, please know that you must be marching for everybody’s freedom,” she said.
“If you are Black, this is your fight. If you are Latino, this is your fight. If you are South Asian, this is your fight. If you’re white, this is your fight. If you’re Jewish, this is sure enough your fight,” Carson told protesters.
“What they are doing to the Palestinians is what they are doing to our Black brothers and sisters here,” @RashidaTlaib told the crowd.
“As you all are marching for freedom of Palestine, please know that you must be marching for everybody’s freedom.”
“It’s all interconnected.” pic.twitter.com/nuOcTor6c1
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 12, 2021
Others: New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang criticized Hamas terrorists for attacking Israel in a tweet on Tuesday.
“The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere,” he wrote.
I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists. The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) May 10, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) fired back, calling his remarks “utterly shameful.”
Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked.
But then to try that in Astoria? During Ramadan?! They will let you know. https://t.co/r721mHyfri
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2021
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blamed “government-allied right-wing extremists in Jerusalem” and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “The United States must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people and government of Israel.”
Tensions between Israel and Hamas have escalated in recent days, leading to at least 40 deaths, according to Reuters. The attacks between the countries have reportedly taken the lives of 35 Palestinians and five Israelis. The ministry of health in Gaza said at least 10 of the victims were children.
Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas military wing, as well as top Hamas commander Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir.
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