Pro-Palestinian protesters storm the New York Times building, vandalizing the façade – as hundreds of high schoolers and teachers walk out of class in protest of Gaza bombings
- Pro-Palestinian protesters took over the New York Times building lobby and read off names from a paper called ‘The New York Crimes’
- Photos show the front of the building spray painted and cop cars outside vandalized
- NYC students and teachers arranged a walk out earlier in the day as part of the protests
Masses of pro-Palestine protesters took to the streets of New York City and made their way to the New York Times building, criticizing their coverage of the war in Israel.
On Thursday, demonstrators took over the lobby of the newspaper building, holding up Palestinian flags and a sign that said ‘Ceasefire now.’ They read off names of those killed in Gaza from a paper called ‘The New York Crimes.’
It has been just over a month since Hamas launched their surprise attack that killed 1,400 Israelis and seized about 240 hostages in the worst attack in the country’s history.
Israel retaliated with an aerial bombing and ground offensive, killing more than 10,000 Gazans and leading pro-Palestinian protestors to call for an immediate ceasefire.
The days since the start of the Israel-Hamas war have seen countless clashes – some violent – between protestors.
Photos posted on social media show the group vandalized the front of the building. Outside, New York Police Department vehicles were spray painted with ‘Free Gaza’ and ‘IDF KKK.’
Protesters read names of those killed in Gaza from a paper called ‘The New York Crimes’
Outside the New York Times building, NYPD vehicles were spray painted with ‘Free Gaza’ and ‘IDF KKK’
The front of The New York Times building defaced from protesters criticizing their coverage of the war
Photos show Starbucks close by was defaced with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti and a smoke bomb was also tossed, law enforcement sources told The New York Post.
Roughly 1,500 pro-Palestine protesters descended on the Big Apple Thursday, reported WABC.
Earlier in the day, New York City high school students, parents and teachers participated in a walk out protest calling for a ceasefire.
Organized by groups such as Teachers Unite, NYC Educators for Palestine and Palestinian Youth Movement, the students walked out of class and gathered at Bryant Park.
Crowds chanted, ‘From river to the sea, Palestine will be free,’ a phrase used to call for a Palestinian takeover of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which includes Israel.
‘We’ve called on people to walk out of work. We have called on people to walk out of their schools. Many people have responded to that call,’ said Munir Marwan of the Palestinian Youth Movement to CBS New York.
The group is calling for a ceasefire and an end to what they called Israeli genocide.
After gathering at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park, the group headed to to the New York Times building where they swarmed the lobby.
Protesters chanted that the New York Times had ‘blood on their hands,’ and encouraged employees to resign.
The protesters made their way back to the New York Public Library building
Waving Palestinian flags, the protesters are calling for an end to what they say is Israeli genocide
Earlier in the day, hundreds of New York City high school students and teachers walked out of class is support of Palestine
Protesters sit on the lion statue outside the New York Public Library. New York City schools Chancellor David Banks warned teachers about violating Education Department rules on political speech
Police were eventually able to clear the building, and the protesters made their way back to the library building in Bryant Park.
Ahead of the walk out, New York City schools Chancellor David Banks warned teachers about violating Education Department rules on political speech, reported Chalkbeat.
‘When speech and action — even on one’s personal time — undermines the mission or core functions of NYCPS, we will review and take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis,’ he said in an email.
Thursday night the Israeli consulate in New York City held a screening of footage from the October 7 terror attack amid calls from anti-Israel critics for ‘proof’ that civilians were murdered.
The film was compiled from Hamas fighters’ dash cameras, body cameras and cell phones, as well as footage from first responders and audio recordings from phone calls between Hamas fighters and their families.
‘Mom, I killed 10 Jews with my bare hands. Your son is a hero,’ one proclaimed.
The most grotesque moment was the scene of an elated Hamas fighter attempting to behead a dead Jewish man with what looked like a garden spade or hoe.
‘It’s my first Jew! I want to video it,’ he yelled in Arabic.
The burned bodies of small children – charred beyond recognition – were shown, along with other adult corpses frozen in time by the ash and flames that killed them.
Roughly 1,500 pro-Palestine protesters took to the streets Thursday, calling for an end to Israel’s retaliation to the October 7 Hamas attack
Hundreds of NYC high school students and teachers walked out and marched at Bryant Park
The protest on Thursday come as NYPD reported a 135 percent spike in hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim New Yorkers since the war began.
The month of October saw 101 hate crimes, of which 69 were against Jews as anti-Semitic crimes rose 331 percent since September and 214 percent since October of last year.
There have also been eight hate crimes against Muslim New Yorkers – a 700 percent increase since September and 800 percent since October, 2022, when there were zero.
Fighting in the Middle East has intensified in the 34 days since Hamas’ brutal October 7 onslaught against Israel.
Israel has agreed to begin daily four-hour humanitarian pauses in its assault on Hamas in northern Gaza as part of an effort to get hostages out, the White House announced.
The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Israel has killed more than 10,500 people, many of them children, in their retaliation.
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