A crowd of Pro-Israel demonstrators stand across from a group of Pro-Palestine jewish demonstrators that are seperated by police and barricades in Times Square, New York on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
MIDTOWN, NYC — Several people rallied for Israel in New York City days after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and following several assaults and harassment in the United States.
The demonstration on Sunday in downtown Manhattan, organized bythe Israeli-American Counciland other pro-Israel organizationS, feautured messages of support for Israel, and that ‘the Jews in New York City and Israel face a common enemy.’
Andrew Guiliani poses with a supporter for a photo after delivering a speech talking about USA’s relationship with Israel during a Pro-Israel rally in Times Square, New York on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
Andrew Guiliani, Rudy Guiliani’s son, attended this rally only a few days after publicly announcing his decision to make a run for Governor of New York in the upcoming 2022 election. Heshy Tischler, a candidate for City Council in the 48th District, attended the Pro-Israel rally and previosuly attended the rally that got out of hand on May, 20th in the exact same place.
A group of anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox Jews, from the Neteurei Karta movement counter-protesters were confronted by Pro-Israel supporters. In online footage Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss could be seen being confronted by a pro-Israel woman and a man.
Jewish demonstrators chant “Judaism Yes, Zionism No” while counter-protesting a Pro-Israel rally in Times Square, New York on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss has been contacted for comment, but WNJ has not heard back from him by the time of publication.
Today’s rally, one of a dozen similar demonstrations organized nationwide, came after the violent 11-day conflict in Gaza and Israel, leaving at least 240 Palestinians killed, and another 1,620 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The death toll in Israel rose to 12, including two children. It marked the worst fighting in the region in decades.
Englewood, NJ Mayor Michael Wildes who was appointed by New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy to Israel Commission, shared the Jewish Federation of New Jersey’s event for a pro-Israel rally on his ‘FB campaign’ page.
In addition to New York City and Tenafly, NJ, nationwide rallies took place including in Philadelphia, Rochester, NY, Long Island, Atlanta; Austin, TX; Denver; Great Neck, Houston; Kansas City; Los Angeles; Miami; Orange County, CA; and Orlando.
A Pro-Israel demonstrators argues with a Pro-Palestine demonstrator before police separated the two opposing protests in Times Square, New York on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
On Thursday during a pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rally, a violent crash broke out, where people through punches at each other.
A few blocks away, a man was beaten and kicked on the ground, before a mob of people fled the scene to avoid police.
You can read here more about these incidents.
Andrew Giuliani took to twitter claiming that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is prohibiting NYPD from protecting pro-Israel demonstrators at Times Square rally amid rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
Mayor de Blasio's office has not responded to a request for comment by the time of this publication.
President Biden's administration has found itself in a position where the American citizens and world is watching and this time the people demand accountability from him, from stopping funding $3.8 billion dollars in military funds, to acknowledging human rights and international laws to be granted to Palestine as well as the rest of the world.
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