WATCH ‘fire bomb’ go off in NYC as violence erupts between Israel & Palestine supporters after Gaza ceasefire
As the Israeli-Gaza ceasefire went into effect on Wednesday, clashes between Jewish and pro-Palestine demonstrators in New York City refused to die down, and saw firecrackers explode.
As fighting between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza lulled after 11 days of rocket strikes and IDF bombardment, there was no sign of calm in New York, where pro-Palestine demonstrations faced off with supporters of the Jewish state in Manhattan.
Footage shared on social media shows what appears to be a firecracker going off in New York’s Diamond District. Former NY State Assemblyman and Jewish leader Dov Hikind claimed that “a mini firebomb” was thrown by Palestinian protesters at a group of Jews. Video of the explosion shows people screaming and fleeing in disarray after the blast.
BREAKING: Explosive device goes off during Palestine/Israel protests in NYC.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 20, 2021
Another clip shows debris lying on the ground and smoke rising from the scene.
Palestinians threw a mini firebomb at Jews in New York City moments ago. pic.twitter.com/rK7gXEEuql— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 20, 2021
Police could be seen making arrests at the site of the incident, though it remains unclear whether the alleged bomb-thrower was taken into custody.
One Palestinian assailant was arrested (unclear if he was the fire bomber) pic.twitter.com/oen6yl6zSm— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 20, 2021
Other footage shows shouting matches and scuffles erupting between the rival groups amid a heavy police presence in the area.
The NYPD corrals the free palestine protesters away from pro Israel demonstrators after more skirmishes break out between groups, smoke bomb type fireworks and glass can be found on the floor pic.twitter.com/Lf37QH3bMU— Elad Eliahu (@elaadeliahu) May 20, 2021
“F— you, Zionists!”— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 21, 2021
Clashes broke out in the street between pro-Palestine people and others in the Diamond District of Manhattan, a Jewish area. pic.twitter.com/F4zgqCFj1W
The skirmishes between proponents of Free Palestine movement and supporters of the Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza have spilled onto the streets of several US cities, including New York and Los Angeles, where local police are investigating a possible hate crime against Jews after pro-Palestine activists were filmed attacking a Jewish man outside a restaurant. A group of men allegedly shouted pro-Palestinian slogans and anti-Semitic remarks at diners, prompting one of them to fire back, which led to the confronation.
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