At least 7,000 pro-Palestinian protesters shut down the Brooklyn Bridge during a march through the neighborhood on Saturday, openly cheering Hamas terrorists’ barbaric attacks on Israel – and justifying the killings of innocent mothers and babies.
“Freedom by any means, return to the land by any means,” said Dorian, a 24-year-old protester from Queens, during the three-mile Flood Brooklyn march to Gaza, which began at 3 p.m. in front of the museum from Brooklyn to Crown Heights. , not far from the Lubavitcher Hasidic headquarters on Eastern Parkway, where a Sabbath celebration was taking place.
“I believe that the settler state of Israel must be dismantled,” he said.
The protesters – holding signs with anti-Semitic slogans such as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” and “Fk Israel, Justice Palestine” – headed north along Flatbush Avenue to the Barclays Center, then converged on the city center. The Brooklyn Bridge, stopping traffic on the Manhattan side around 6 p.m. as some scaled metal barriers and triumphantly waved Palestinian flags.
Cops stopped traffic on the Brooklyn side as a precaution.
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 the heinous Hamas massacre on October 7.
“It’s not a question of ‘justified.’ If you’re busy, you fight back and do what they did…they will fight back,” she said.
Those who dared to defend Israel were vilified.
A counter-protester waving an American and Israeli flag shouted: “I stand with life, peace and love. “He was then called a terrorist” by protesters, some of whom even stuck stickers reading “Zionism is Terrorism” on his back as he shouted “Get the F… out of here!”
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A flyer posted on Instagram touting the protest by organizer Within Our Lifetimes warned: “The more they try to silence us, the louder we will be.” »
As of 6 p.m., no arrests had been reported, with the New York Police swarming the road with about 1,800 officers and using drones for crowd control. Two NYPD helicopters also buzzed along the Brooklyn Bridge.
Protesters, however, mocked the cops, drawing “Fk NYPD” on the dusty windows of parked buses.
Before the rally, former City Councilman David Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat who now heads the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, attacked protest sponsors for choosing to hold an anti-Israel demonstration on Shabbat day in Crown Heights, which has a significant population. Hasidic Jews.
“It is no coincidence that pro-Hamas activists choose this place to protest against Jews,” he said.
Orthodox Rabbi Motti Seligson, 41, of Crown Heights, said the march was planned for the same weekend as an annual gathering where more than 1,000 Hasidic students from around the world gather in the neighborhood.
“We see evil forces promoting the genocide of Israelis and civilians in Gaza because of their support for terrorist elements among them,” he said.
The protest came a week after about 5,000 pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets in a raucous rally in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where demonstrators called for the eradication of Israel and held anti-Semitic signs – including one with a photo of the Israeli flag in a trash can that read “Please keep the world clean!” » Many clashed with police and 19 were arrested.
A day earlier, Brooklyn State Senator Jabari Brisport and City Council member Shahana Hanif were among 100 anti-Israel protesters arrested by New York police during a pro-Palestinian rally in Midtown.
Participants in the “Ceasefire Now Gaza Rally” stormed Bryant Park and blocked traffic.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore.