Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City to show support for the Palestinians in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Organized by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the protest took place in Times Square and then moved down 42nd Street to Bryant Park, near the Israeli Consulate.
The DSA blamed Israel for the conflict, alleging that it resulted from Israel’s “apartheid regime” and its financial support from the United States. New York Governor Kathy Hochul condemned the rally, stating that Israel was facing violent terrorist attacks and civilian kidnappings.
During the protest, demonstrators chanted slogans such as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which has been criticized for its implication of eliminating Israel. Some protesters called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel and expressed the belief that resistance is justified under occupation.
Counter-protesters supporting Israel also gathered, with police separating the two groups. Tensions flared at times, with insults exchanged between the opposing sides.
The protest reflects the complex and divisive nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides having strong support and vocal demonstrations in various parts of the world.