The protesters chanted “from the river to the sea,” a call for genocide against Jews in Israel, while clashing with the NYPD.
The pro-Palestinian organization Within Our Lifetime announced on Sunday that their target was Rockefeller Center’s tree lighting and NYPD was ready for them.
On Monday, the NYPD told The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI, in response to the announcement, "The NYPD’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureau deploys a wide array of resources to protect the city based on events unfolding here and around the world. We do anticipate that there will be protests in the city on Wednesday — to include around the area of the tree lighting — and at future gatherings around the city in the days and weeks to come, as we have seen over the past seven weeks. The NYPD will be on hand to protect the tree lighting and all those attending, and we will not tolerate disruption or any threats to public safety."
A source with the city told Hoffman, “We’re ready for them.”
In footage from freedomnews, activists were seen waving Palestinian flags as they gathered on Sixth Avenue, but were unable to get near the iconic tree, so instead turned their wrath on the tree outside the Fox News Corp. building, which also houses The New York Post and Fox News. The Post reported that the building has previously been targeted twice by pro-Hamas activists.
Swastikas were seen on signs carried by the mob who taunted police, calling them “f*cking Nazis," and even lighting an NYPD hat on fire.
The rioters tried to knock down barricades and force a confrontation with the police at almost every opportunity. Several activists were taken into custody, but it is not known if they were charged.
"Fox News you can’t hide, you support genocide, NYPD you can’t hide, you support genocide, from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" they chanted.
The pro-Palestinian agitators were ultimately unsuccessful at disrupting the festivities, as Kelly Clarkson hosted and performed at the two-hour spectacle featuring KeKe Palmer, Barry Manilow, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Cher, and more.
According to The New York Post, thousands of tourists were forced to leave the area because of the protesters. Jamie Fry, who flew in from the United Kingdom to watch the event, told the outlet, “I had planned my holiday around this event, being a big fan of Christmas. Now I’m walled in by a bunch of terrorist-loving assh*les calling for intifada.”
“Their strategy for sympathy is disruption, but all they’ll get out of me is a big f*ck you,” one spectator said.
Opal Burnett, of St. Louis, Missouri, added, “It’s super, super annoying. Just excruciating. Seeing these people in such large numbers, it makes me feel embarrassed to be an American because people are watching this happening from abroad. Kudos to the cops for keeping these people under control and for showing restraint, because they deal with a lot of verbal abuse.”
On Thanksgiving, WOL took credit for an estimated $75,000 worth of damage from the activists vandalizing the main branch of the New York Public Library with antisemitic graffiti. The library said that they will have issues coming up with the funds, as the institution is already facing budget cuts due to the amount of money New York City is spending on illegal immigrants.
The Post Millennial previously revealed that WOL published a “tool kit” for pro-Palestinian supporters to plan and execute anti-Israel rallies, as nearly identical pro-Hamas rallies have sprung up on college campuses and in cities across the US. The groups reposted the tool kit on Instagram before Wednesday's violence.
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