Washington: Demonstrators gathered Sunday in New York City to express their support for Palestine as fighting between Israeli forces and the Palestinian group Hamas continued for a second day.
Pro-Palestinian supporters held a rally in Times Square and marched through Midtown Manhattan while pro-Israeli supporters congregated near the Israeli consulate in Manhattan. Demonstrators conveyed messages of solidarity for Palestine, waving flags and displaying banners. On the opposite side of the protest area, a group of pro-Israel demonstrators gathered, holding Israeli flags. Verbal exchanges and taunts occurred sporadically between the two groups.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators chanted slogans and marched towards the Israeli Consulate General in New York. The demonstration, which was subject to extensive security measures by the police, ended peacefully. Governor Kathy Hochul condemned the pro-Palestine rally, saying it was “abhorrent and morally repugnant.” Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams labeled it as “disgusting.”