NYPD arrests over 100 'Seder in the Streets' anti-Israel protesters near Chuck Schumer's Brooklyn home

The event, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace NYC, began at 5:30 pm and continued well into the night.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Monday, hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, many of them Jewish, marked the secondnight of Passover by staging a "Seder in the Streets" in New York City

The protest, which took place in Grand Army Plaza just blocks from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's home, lasted for hours, disrupted traffic, and led to over 100 arrests.

The event, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace NYC, began at 5:30 pm and continued well into the night. During that time, participants chanted anti-Israel slogans, held signs critical of the US and Schumer's funding of the war, and listened to a variety of speakers. 

Among those who took to the stage were Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, a local rabbi, and Jewish students who had recently been arrested over their involvement in the demonstrations at Columbia University.

As the New York Post reports, by the end of the night, dozens of protestors were led on to buses and transported to nearby police stations to be booked. Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, the Senate pushed through $95 billion in foreign aid, with some of the funds going toward Israel.

"All throughout history, Jews have adapted the Passover seder to meet urgent political conditions, such as with the Freedom Seder of 1969, on the first anniversary of Dr. King's murder," Jewish Voices for Peace wrote in a statement. "An active genocide being carried out in our names as Jews demands that we adapt our sacred tradition yet again, take to the streets, and do everything we can to prevent more death."

"We are in a profoundly narrow place," the group continued. "This year's Jewish holiday of liberation urges every one of us to step up our commitment to the liberation of the Palestinian people. It urges us to reclaim the thousands-year-old Jewish tradition from a 76-year-old apartheid state, and to return to the understanding that all people are created b'tselem Elohim, in the image of God. None of us are free until all of us are free."

Around the world, Seder was marked in various ways. As France24 reports, in Israel protestors burned a symbolic Seder table outside the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to symbolize those still being held hostage by Hamas. They called on him to take action and secure their release.

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