Thousands of people attended pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian rallies in New York, Louisville, Beverley Hills and Atlanta over the weekend with scenes remaining largely peaceful, police say.
In Beverly Hills, hundreds of people gathered on Sunday in a show of support for Israel days after the Jewish state agreed a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators also gathered in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood, prompting police to separate protesters. Demonstrators clashed briefly, but no fights were reported.
In New York, hundreds more people rallied at Ground Zero in a show of support for Israel, carrying signs that read ‘Israel is under attack’.
People also gathered in Times Square, and outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, GA, condemning a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes since the Hamas-Israel conflict broke out on May 6.
More pro-Palestine protesters took to the streets in Louisville, Kentucky, and marched their way through downtown calling for freedom and peace.
The demonstrations came three days into a fragile ceasefire between Hamas and Israel after nearly two weeks of violent conflict that left at least 250 people, mostly Palestinians, dead.
Police have not yet indicated if arrests were made at Sunday’s rallies.
BEVERLY HILLS: Hundreds of people rallied on Sunday in a show of support for Israel days after the Jewish state agreed a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. They clashed briefly with pro-Palestine protesters, though no fights were reported
NEW YORK: Hundreds more people rallied at Ground Zero in a show of support for Israel, carrying signs that read ‘Israel is under attack’. Protesters also gathered in Times Square
LOUISVILLE: Pro-Palestine protesters gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, and marched their way through downtown calling for freedom and peace
Speakers at Ground Zero in Manhattan called for solidarity between Israel and Jews in New York. Event organizer Tal Shuster said: ‘We are here today against terror, united against terrorism… We do not accept any type of terror, not in New York, not in Israel, not anywhere in the world.’
The protest was led by the Israel-American Council with 100 Tri-State Jewish community organizations.
The demonstration in Atlanta was organized by the Atlanta Israel Coalition under the banner ‘Israel is under fire on the physical and virtual battlefields. Now more than ever, Israel needs your support!’
NEW YORK: Speakers at a demonstration, titled ‘United Against Anti-Semitism. United Against Terror. United for Us’, at Ground Zero called for solidarity between Israel and Jews in New York
NEW YORK: The protest at Ground Zero was led by the Israel-American Council with 100 Tri-State Jewish community organizations
NEW YORK: Dalia Zahger Levy (pictured), North East Director for Macabee Task Force, spoke at Sunday’s pro-Israel rally at Ground Zero
NEW YORK: Event organizer Tal Shuster told attendees: ‘We are here today against terror, united against terrorism… We do not accept any type of terror, not in New York, not in Israel, not anywhere in the world’
BEVERLY HILLS: Riot police separated pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters at rallies on Sunday where both sides clashes, but no fights occured
BEVERLY HILLS: Pro-Palestine demonstrators wore keffiyehs and held Palestinian flags and banners called to ‘End the occupation’ at the rally on Sunday
BEVERLY HILLS: Hundreds of people, both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian, gathered on Sunday in a show of support after nearly two weeks of violent conflict in the Middle East
ATLANTA: The Israeli-American Council and dozen of Jewish organizations held a rally outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon
ATLANTA: The demonstration was organized by the Atlanta Israel Coalition under the banner ‘Israel is under fire on the physical and virtual battlefields. Now more than ever, Israel needs your support!’
ATLANTA: Demonstrators, including pictured Erik Sugar, 31, from Charleston, held Israeli flags at a rally outside the country’s consulate on Sunday
ATLANTA: Protesters showed solidarity with Israel, holding signs that read ‘I stand with Israel’ at the demonstration on Sunday
A rally in Louisville was organized by local university students, who chanted ‘Free, free Palestine, free, free Palestine’ as they marched to the city’s Metro Hall.
The group were joined by Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott who said she stood in solidarity with protesters.
‘I’ve been very clear with anyone who approaches me and not very many do because do not come to a black woman who have suffered under police violence and ask her why she is standing with Palestine, why do you think,’ Rep Scott, a Democrat, told Wave 3 News.
LOUISVILLE: The rally was organized by local university students, who chanted ‘Free, free Palestine, free, free Palestine’ as they marked to the city’s Metro Hall
LOUISVILLE: The group were joined by Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott (not pictured) who said she stood in solidarity with protesters
LOUISVILLE: Protesters marched through the city holding signs that read ‘if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor’
LOUISVILLE: Demonstrators carried placards that read ‘bombing kids is not self defense’ at Sunday’s rally while others called to ‘free Palestine’
LOUISVILLE: The rally, which was organized by local university students, called on the US government to end aid to Israel
LOUISVILLE: A child holds a flag and a sign at a rally organized by local university students in Louisville on Sunday afternoon
LOUISVILLE: Hundreds of people marched in solidarity with Palestine on Sunday, the third day of a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip
LOUISVILLE: Pro-Palestine demonstrators, who chanted ‘Free, free Palestine, free, free Palestine’ as they marked to the city’s Metro Hall.
LOUISVILLE: A woman holds a sign reading ‘To be silent is to be complicit’ at a pro-Palestine rally in Louisville on Sunday afternoon
LOUISVILLE: Women marched in solidarity with Palestine at a rally on Sunday. They carried signs calling for freedom for Palestine
LOUISVILLE: Demonstrators carried signs reading ‘Respect existence or expect resistance’ at a rally on Sunday afternoon. Some attendees also carried insignia reading ‘Black Lives Matter’
LOUISVILLE: Protesters carrying ‘Free Palestine’ signs marched on the city’s Metro Hall during a pro-Palestine rally on Sunday
LOUISVILLE: University students marched on the city’s Metro Hall during a pro-Palestine demonstration on Sunday afternoon
The rallies came a day after thousands of pro-Palestine protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday holding ‘Abolish Israel’ signs in one of more than 90 events planned for the weekend including events in Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Portland.
The ‘Rally to Defend Palestine’ on Saturday afternoon in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens was organized by the New York group Within Our Lifetime (WOL).
In Queens, one car displayed a poster branding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‘the biggest terrorist in the world!’
Marchers were pictured holding various flags, including one that appears to show a red target over Israel’s flag – though the meaning of the flag was not entirely clear. Another man held a sign that called to ‘Abolish Israel’ while another protester held a sign that reads ‘End the Ongoing Nekba’, a reference to the day Israel became a nation.
Other demonstrators carried signs reading ‘End all U.S. aid to Israel’, ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine’ while marchers chanted ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ and ‘Say it loud, say it clear, we don’t want no Zionists here.’
After gathering under the 7 Line viaduct, the group marched through the streets chanting, their numbers swelling to the thousands.
NEW YORK: The rallies come after a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas on May 6
NEW YORK: Demonstrators held signs and wore t-shirts reading ‘I/We stand with Israel’ at rallies across the US on Sunday afternoon
BEVERLY HILLS: Protesters wore t-shirts with Hebrew slogans and held placards reading ‘Israel stands 4 peace’ at a rally on Sunday
BEVERLY HILLS: Hundreds of people assembled for a pro-Israel demonstration on Sunday. Pro-Palestine protesters were also present
BEVERLY HILLS: Pro-Israel demonstrators gathered on Sunday. Pro-Palestine protesters were also present but no fights took place
BEVERLY HILLS: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wore keffiyehs, a checked scarf traditionally worn by Palestinian farmers, at a rally on Sunday
BEVERLY HILLS: Police separated pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters during separate rallies on Sunday. The two sides clashes, but no fights were reported
BEVERLY HILLS: Pro-Israeli protesters attended a rally on Sunday afternoon amid a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes after the start of a conflict between Hamas and Israel
BEVERLY HILLS: Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel demonstrators both rallied on Sunday afternoon. There were clashes, but no fights were reported
NEW YORK: Elisha Weisal, Eli Weisal’s son spoke at a the ‘United Against Anti-Semitism. United Against Terror. United for Us’ rally at Ground Zero on Sunday afternoon
ATLANTA: Demonstrators held signs that read ‘”Never Again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE’ at a rally on Sunday afternoon
ATLANTA: The Israeli-American Council and dozens of Jewish organizations held rallies in support of Israel in multiple cities across America on Sunday
The cross county pro-Israel rallies come after a string of anti-Semitic hate crimes, including an attack on diners outside at Westside sushi restaurant last week. Police arrested a suspect in the case on Friday night.
The LAPD are also investigating two anti-Semitic attacks that took place on Monday night in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Beverly Grove.
On Monday evening, two cars bearing Palestinian flags chased down a ‘terrified’ Orthodox Jew before he ran to the safety of a nearby synagogue.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said the father-of-six – who is too scared to be publicly identified – ‘literally had to run for his life’.
The following evening, pro-Palestinian protesters were caught on camera brawling with diners at a kosher restaurant in the same neighborhood. The protesters pounced after allegedly asking the patrons if they were Jewish.
Anti-Semitic attacks have surged across the United States following violence in the Middle East.
The Anti-Defamation League reported almost 200 attacks on American Jews in the seven days from May 10 – the date that Hamas first fired rockets at Israel.
That number represents an almost 40 percent increase on the 131 anti-Semitic incidents that were clocked in the US the week before.
‘As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home,’ ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said on Thursday.
Police have launched an investigation after a Jewish family were pelted with garbage and subjected to vile slurs as they left a synagogue in Miami.
Eric Orgen was walking with his wife and daughter on Monday when a group of men slowed down their car and began yelling ‘Free Palestine’, ‘Die Jew’ and ‘I’m gonna rape your wife’. The harassers only stopped when a stranger in another car intervened, brandishing a gun to scare them off.
It comes after a van was seen cruising through Miami earlier this week sporting Palestinian flags and the words ‘HITLER WAS RIGHT’ written across a side window.
MIAMI, MONDAY MAY 17: Eric Orgen was walking with his wife and daughter on Monday when a group of men slowed down their car and began yelling ‘Free Palestine’, ‘Die Jew’ and I’m gonna rape your wife’
MIAMI, SUNDAY MAY 16: A van was seen cruising through Miami sporting Palestinian flags and the words ‘HITLER WAS RIGHT’ written across the window
Jewish people had fireworks thrown at them during competing pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrations in New York City on Thursday night.
A number of vehicles carrying people waving Palestinian flags and shouting racial slurs were captured on videos, driving through Manhattan’s Diamond District, home to many Jewish-owned businesses.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force said it was investigating the assault of a Jewish man in Times Square, with video posted to social media purporting to show him being kicked as he lay on the street. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries. More than two dozen people were arrested in the skirmish.
NEW YORK, THURSDAY MAY 20: Jewish man Joseph Borgen, 29, was hospitalized after being set upon by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters during the dueling demonstrations
NEW YORK, THURSDAY MAY 20: Borgen is seen in the hospital after being set upon by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters during the dueling demonstrations
Meanwhile, Jewish man Joseph Borgen, 29, was hospitalized after being set upon by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters during the dueling demonstrations. Video shared to social media shows him being pushed to ground before he was kicked by multiple people.
There has also been a spate of anti-Semitic violence in smaller cities, including Skokie, Illinois – a heavily Jewish town north of Chicago.
On May 16, one synagogue in Skokie had its windows smashed in. A man brandishing a Palestinian flag was caught on buildings security camera also leaving a pro-Palestine sign outside.
A rock was thrown through a window of a synagogue in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday morning. No one was injured, and the offender or offenders have not yet been found.
A synagogue in Salt Lake City, Utah was vandalized with a swastika on May 16.
NEW YORK, THURSDAY MAY 20: Pro Palestinian protesters burn the Israeli flag during a demonstration in Times Square