Pro-Palestinian protesters take over NYC subway in ‘day of rage’

Pro-Palestinian protesters take over NYC subway in ‘day of rage’

UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) — Pro-Palestinian protesters took over a crowded subway train in Manhattan on Monday, asking riders, “Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist,” according to a video.

The incident happened on the No. 5 train in the Union Square subway station at around 8:10 p.m., according to the NYPD. Many of the protesters were clad in masks and scarves before one of the men in sunglasses yelled, “Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist” and “This is your chance to get out,” a Storyful video shows.

When the riders ignored his request, the man said,” Ok, no Zionists. We’re good.”

Within Our Lifetime, a pro-Palestinian organization, rallied on New York City streets, and subways, and shut down the Nova exhibit on Wall Street Monday. The group called it a “day of rage,” according to its post on X.

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Three of the protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct and fare evasion, police said. They were given summonses.

The NYPD is investigating a rash of recent antisemitic incidents, including the building of Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, who is Jewish. The entry was vandalized with red paint with the words “White supremacist Zionist ” on Wednesday.

Mayor Eric Adams shared photos on X and called the vandalism overt, unacceptable antisemitism. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, according to the NYPD.

Nerdeen Kiswani, one of the organizers of Within Our Lifetime, responded to the mayor, claiming she was tackled during a protest at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn.

“Actually this is pretty peaceful compared to what the Brooklyn museum did to peaceful protesters by bringing in the cops who tackled me and left others bloodied. And this is definitely peaceful compared to the bloodshed in Gaza that their board actively supports,” according to a post on X.

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