A New York City Israel supporter danced through a pro-Palestinian protest outside the Natural History Museum – prompting furious shrieks of ‘white supremacist’ from enraged onlookers. The unidentified man donned a turquoise tank top over several other layers clothing that read: ‘I Stand With Israel,’ and held a miniature speaker that was playing inaudible music.
Skipping into the center of the crowd, he loudly sang ‘long live Israel’ as the surrounding crowd grew infuriated and began shouting at him to leave. The bespectacled man, who later told police he was a local resident, didn’t appear bothered by the upset he was causing the protestors, several of whom were wearing keffiyehs and masks to hide their faces.
Members of the crowd became hysterical when the man, who looked to be in his sixties or seventies, planted himself in the center of the activity and began to dance to his music. Protestors with bullhorns screamed profanities at him as he remained calm, smiling and appearing unbothered.
One man in the crowd repeatedly called him a ‘[Expletive] [Expletive],’ before hurling the phrase ‘Zionist pig’ his way. Others roared ‘[Expletive] you mother[Expletive]’ at him, while saying he was ‘celebrating death’ and calling him a ‘racist,’ and a ‘white supremacist.’ One agitated woman screeched through her bullhorn at the cops standing by to ensure things didn’t get out of hand: ‘You cops are inciting violence by letting this mother [Expletive] desecrate humanity.’
As things got increasingly heated, a police officer from the NYPD’s community affairs office gently guided the man away from the scene. He looked as if he was explaining something to the man, but the words were indiscernible on camera. The man was heard explaining to the officer that he actually lived back in the other direction, and told him he lived nearby. ‘They’re coming to my neighborhood,’ he at one point explained to the group of cops about the anti-Israel protestors.
Since October 7, several incidents have occurred in which pro-Palestinian protestors confront pro-Israel advocates or vandalize images in support of Israel that have gone up around the city. Individuals tearing down posters of kidnapped Israelis (several dozen of whom were returned last week) have been spotted all over Manhattan, as well as around several parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Last month, on the Upper East Side, a man sparked outrage by pulling down posters and asking: ‘Where are the Palestinians?’ In a more recent incident in Brooklyn, a Jewish woman approached a couple who were tearing down posters in Brooklyn Bridge Park. ‘These are American citizens,’ the Jewish woman yelled at the couple, who stood saying nothing.
Eventually, the man started to laugh and said: ‘We don’t consent to you recording us.’ They then walked away.
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