Hate ensued at New York’s Times Square on Thursday, where a Jewish man was brutally beaten amidst violent clashes between pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli demonstrators. Communities and lawmakers swiftly took to condemning the attacks and questioned De Blasio and Cuomo on their lackadaisical attitude.
According to the video footage of the event, Joseph Borgen of Lawrence was kicked and hit repeatedly with sticks by at least six people holding protest signs as he lay in the middle of the roadway in Midtown. Unite With Israel posted the video of the incident and tweeted, “This Jewish man was attacked today in New York City. Tell me anti Zionism is not antisemitism. I dare you.”
Furthermore, in addition to throwing punches and curses at the pro-Israel demonstrators, pro-Palestinian protestors also threw objects at police and knocked over barriers and other large items in an attempt to block traffic. This resulted in the arrest of at least 19 people.
In reaction to the incident, former assemblyman Dov Hikind called out Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo for their silence in the face of the shocking violence that deliberately targeted Jews, noting that he had spoken with the father of a 29-year-old Jewish man who had been taken to Bellevue Hospital after being attacked. Hikind tweeted soon afterward, “This is what ‘supporting human rights’ looks like to @RashidaTlaib @Ilhan and @AOC.”
Meanwhile, British writer and comedian Lee Kern, also noted on Twitter “This is NYC. There is a program against Jews taking place – perpetrated by a cult of antisemitism within Palestinian advocacy – and whose antisemitic narratives are being adopted by the media, celebrities, social justice movements & congressmen & women.”