Hundreds of people were arrested in New York on Friday during a demonstration organized by a Jewish movement against Israel’s bombing of Gaza, police and organizers said.
New York police announced at least 200 arrests, and organizers said more than 300 were arrested when the rally broke up inside New York’s Grand Central Station.
Photographs taken at the scene showed long lines of handcuffed youths wearing black sweatshirts with the phrases “Not in our name” and “Cease fire now” printed in white. fire now).
A massive sit-in was organized by the group Jewish Voice for Peace-New York City, which said several thousand participants blocked the station’s main meeting. “This is the biggest act of lawlessness New York City has seen in twenty years,” he said.
Pictures show the terminal crowded with protesters carrying banners that read “Palestinians must be free” and “Mourning the dead, fight like hell for the living.”
Rabbis begin the event by lighting Shabbat candles and reciting the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead.
“The lives of Palestinians and Israelis are closely intertwined”
“The Sabbath is normally a day of rest, but we cannot rest when a genocide is taking place in our name,” Rabbi May Yeh said in a statement released by organizers.
“The lives of Palestinians and Israelis are intertwined, and security can only come from justice, equality and freedom for all,” he added.
The Health Ministry of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in power in the Gaza Strip, confirmed that 7,326 people, including more than 3,000 children, have been killed in the Palestinian territories by Israeli retaliatory bombings since October 7.
More than 1,400 people in Israel were killed, mainly civilians, in an October 7 massacre by Hamas in what officials said was the worst attack in Israeli history.
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