May 21, 2021
Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel demonstrators faced off Thursday in several skirmishes in New York City, even after Israel and Hamas implemented a ceasefire agreement following 11 days of firing rockets at one another in the Middle East.
In the Big Apple, fireworks were even set off in crowds amid clashes.
What are the details?
Israel reached on agreement with Hamas militants earlier in the day to begin a ceasefire at 2 a.m. Friday, which is 7 p.m. in New York City.
But scuffles continued in the city, with footage reportedly taken afterward showing what the NYPD initially speculated might have been a “smoke bomb” being thrown at a crowd of people in the Diamond District.
Further clips showed the aftermath and people’s reactions.
Warning: strong language.
Video: As the smoke cleared in NYC. (Please beware of language) https://t.co/oKdKTLfP5v
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner)
Footage after the incident also shows an individual lying unresponsive on the sidewalk as NYPD officers arrive at the scene. Pro-Palestine protesters can then be seen yelling, “F*** you, Zionists!”
The NYPD told the Daily Mail that some bystanders sustained minor injuries from the device going off. The New York Post reported that “fireworks were thrown from a car” in the incident on 47th Street,” but “it was unclear which side lit them.”
The police later confirmed to Fox News that “two commercial fireworks” were thrown from a vehicle.
Several other fights broke out Thursday evening in Times Square between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters.
Fox News noted:
Pro-Palestinian protesters have marched in America’s biggest cities for the last week and a half. Last Tuesday, thousands of protesters shut down traffic as they marched down 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Violence escalated around Israel at the beginning of last week, with Hamas firing a reported 4,000 rockets and the Israeli air force launching airstrikes throughout the Gaza Strip.
Today, New York City marched for Palestine. It was a gigantic march, extending down 42nd street, with thousands cha… https://t.co/bJ2zYdjd7g
— Andy Ratto (@andyratto)