Friday’s planned protests over the outbreak of war in Israel and Gaza were largely peaceful, but still resulted in dozens of demonstrators being cuffed around the city, police reported.
A human tidal wave of pro-Palestine protesters flooded into Times Square on what was dubbed “day of Jihad” after a former Hamas leader called for violence across the country. Yelling “free Palestine,” the crowd climbed subway station entrances and even traffic lights as they waved flags above the masses below.
The NYPD responded in force, attempting to contain the swarm by using metal barricades standing guard around the demonstration as those supporting Israel began to gather in response.
“Shame!” those with ties to Israel yelled from across the street, going as far to call those in favor of Palestine “terrorists!”