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At least 7,000 pro-Palestinian protesters shut down the Brooklyn Bridge during a march through the borough Saturday, openly cheering Hamas terrorists’ barbaric attacks on Israel — and justifying the murders of innocent mothers and babies.
“Freedom by any means, land back by any means,” declared Dorian, a 24-year-old protester from Queens, during the three-mile Flood Brooklyn for Gaza march, which began at 3 p.m. in front of the Brooklyn Museum in Crown Heights, not far from the Hasidic Lubavitcher headquarters on Eastern Parkway, where a Sabbath festival was being held.
“I believe the settler state of Israel must be taken down,” he said.
The demonstrators — holding signs with antisemitic slogans such as “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free,” and “F—k Israel, Justice Palestine” — headed north along Flatbush Avenue to the Barclays Center, and then converged on the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping traffic on the Manhattan-bound side around 6 p.m. as some scaled metal barriers and triumphantly waved Palestinian flags.
Cops shut down traffic on the Brooklyn-bound side as a precautionary measure.
Earlier, Marie Edward, 67, of Sunset Park, held a sign reading “Zionism is terrorism” while watching others march along Eastern Parkway.
She accused Israelis of being the real “killers” and defended Hamas’ heinous Oct. 7 massacre.
“It’s not a question of ‘justified.’ If you are occupied, you fight back and do what they did…they will fight back,” she said.
Jason B., a Puerto Rico native living in the Big Apple, reiterated Edward’s sentiment, saying Israel was using the hostages as an excuse to wipe out the Palestinian people in Gaza.
“I’m in support of the solidarity of the Palestinian people because the genocide of now, I mean, there’s been so many times I can push you before you push back right?” said Jason, who was decked out in Palestinian accessories.
He chastised Israel for targeting civilians in its war against Hamas and asserted that Israel is committing the humanitarian atrocities it has accused the terrorist group of carrying out.
On the beheading of Israeli babies and children, Jason said: “Where’s the proof? Yeah, that’s the narrative that they put so they can put a bad name on the Palestinians.”
Two 24-year-old women from Crown Heights marched while holding signs depicting Israeli flags inside of hearts while claiming they support the movement to defund Israel and for the US to shred its alliance with the Middle Eastern country,
“I don’t think anyone could expect Palestinians to peacefully try to reclaim their freedom. I don’t think it’s very idealist and unrealistic…what do you expect? They have no way other way of freeing themselves,” said one of the women, who asked to remain anonymous.
One of the protesters was just 15 years old and bore a sign reading, “F–k Israel all my homies hate Israel” — a mockery of the Middle Eastern country made in the format of an internet meme.
Supporters lined up along the road and passed out water to the marching demonstrators, who worked their way across the borough in 80-degree heat.
Those who dared defend Israel were vilified.
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One counter-protester carrying an American and Israeli flag shouted, “I stand with life, peace and love.” He was then called a terrorist” by marchers, some of whom even slapped stickers reading “Zionism is terrorism” on his back as he yelled, “Get the F—out of here!”
One Jewish man shouted as the group marched past him, but was swiftly shut down by ralliers who lobbed profanities at him.
A flier posted to Instagram touting the protest by organizer Within Our Lifetimes warned, “The more they try and silence us, the louder we will be.”
The NYPD swarmed the route with roughly 1,800 officers and were using drones for crowd control. Two NYPD helicopters also buzzed along the Brooklyn Bridge.
The NYPD ordered extra officers to report to the swelling crowd on their day off, police sources said.
The rambunctious protesters took out their ire on the patrol cars, leaving some of the vehicles damaged and at least two graffitied as they marched toward Lower Manhattan.... (Read more)