In a grotesque new incident, an anti-Israeli protester was assaulted for expressing his support for the Jewish state at a Palestinian resistance rally.
Matthew Greenman a Westchester County resident decided to do something to show his support for the Jewish state when he heard that anti-Israel protesters were going to be rallying outside Israel’s consulate and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Midtown Manhattan on April 20.
The rally was organized by three prime anti-Israel groups- Within Our Lifetime, Palestinian Youth Movement, and Samidoun, among others. It was billed as a rally “to support Palestinian resistance and liberation by any means necessary.”
After the incident, Greenman said: “I was walking with my Israeli flag on my back as a cape in front of the protesters. I turned around, and this guy made eye contact with me. … He followed me to the sidewalk and said, ‘When we’re somewhere more private, I’ve got something for you.’ I kept walking. I was on crutches, by the way, recovering from a sprained foot.
“He started getting closer, along with his friends who got near me, and then from behind he attacked me, threw me down, punched and kicked me in the face a bunch, and then he left and said, ‘That’s what you get for being a terrorist.’ ”
“I went to the ER, was told I have a mild concussion and a possible fracture above the eye,” said Greenman, who filed a police report. Greenman was called a “terrorist,” assaulted and injured in a case currently being investigated by the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit.