They’re out to “cancel” Christmas.
A whole bunch of pro-Palestinian protesters converged on Midtown Monday, lugging a blood-red mock Nativity scene and chanting “Christmas is canceled right here.”
“Lengthy dwell the intifada,” the gang of about 500 demonstrators yelled, utilizing the Arabic phrase for “rebel” or “rebellion,” as they mobbed the Rockefeller Middle Christmas Tree the place revelers had been having fun with the vacation.
“Whereas Ur Buying Bombs are Dropping,” learn one of many indicators carried by the protesters.
“No Pleasure In Genocide,” stated one other, written atop the fake Nativity scene, which was splattered in what seemed to be pretend blood and which a number of of the demonstrators carried on their shoulders.
The protest was simply the newest anti-Israel march to happen within the Huge Apple within the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 sneak assault, which sparked the Jewish state’s subsequent retaliatory strike within the Gaza Strip.
It adopted a pro-Palestinian automobile caravan that disrupted Christmas carolers at Washington Sq. Park Sunday evening, blaring music to douse the vacation spirit within the neighborhood.
The Christmas Day demonstration concentrating on the Manhattan space common with vacation revelers and vacationers prompted cops to go on alert exterior the Information Corp headquarters on Sixth Avenue.
The constructing is residence to Fox Information, The Publish, the Wall Avenue Journal and different firm holdings.
Protesters have focused the media firm up to now, together with twice final month.
On Nov. 29, a whole lot of demonstrators — not less than one noticed carrying a swastika — stormed the Sixth Avenue constructing after police blocked them from Rockefeller Middle throughout a well-organized “Flood the Tree Lighting for Gaza” protest.
At the very least seven folks had been arrested over the course of the evening, with a number of skirmishes periodically breaking out between NYPD cops and a few of the demonstrators.
Police stated 16 protesters had been busted on Nov. 17 when a smaller group focused the constructing and a number of other of them compelled their method into the foyer calling for “direct motion” to “globalize intifada.”
The group chanted and held banners that claimed Fox Information “covers up genocide.”
Cops took a number of of the demonstrators into custody whereas others ultimately left the realm.
The unrest got here after Information Corp was labeled as a goal for radical protesters in a disturbing map that claimed the corporate was considered one of a number of websites recognized as “an enemy of each the Palestinian folks and colonized folks everywhere in the world.”
That decision got here from Inside Our Lifetime, a pro-Palestinian group.