Police-defunded New York City: Pro-Palestinian protesters launch explosives, other attacks on Jews and Israel supporters

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NEW YORK CITY, NY- Despite the fact that Israel and Hamas militants agreed to a cease-fire, Pro-Palestinian protesters and Pro-Israel activists attacked each other on the streets of New York City on Thursday, May 20th. In one such altercation, an explosive device went off in the City’s Diamond District. 

As shown on videos being circulated around social media, a device exploded after being thrown at a crowd of people on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk. The incident took place around 6:00pm near 37 west and 47th street. 

The New York Police Department told Fox News that somebody had thrown two commercial fireworks from a car, and one person suffered minor burns. 

The NYPD’s Arson Investigation Squad is said to be looking into the incident. 

On Saturday, May 22, the NYPD posted a picture of the suspect on Twitter, with a post that read:

“Wanted for Assault (Hate Crime): On Thursday 5/20 at 6:00 pm, near 37 West and 47 Street, the below individual threw an explosive device from the back of a pickup truck which was detonated causing burns to a 55-year-old woman.”

Other videos posted by independent journalist Leeroy Johnson showed multiple fights breaking out in the middle of Times Square as police tried to dispel the scuffles, Fox News reported

On Friday, an NYPD spokesperson said that more than two dozen people were arrested in the clashes, and a gang assault against a Jewish man was under investigation as a hate crime, Associated Press reported.

The video of that incident showed a group of attackers, presumed to be part of the pro-Palestinian demonstrations, attacking a man on the ground, who is presumed to be Jewish.

The video shows some people standing there continuously kicking and hitting the man who is curled up on the floor, while others run in, kick or punch him, and run off like cowards, until police eventually intervened. 

On Thursday night, the NYPD tweeted about the incident, saying:

“The Hate Crime Task Force is investigating a gang assault of a Jewish man in Times Square,” 

Another group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags were captured on video attacking a group of diners on Thursday, American Military News reported.

Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the situation on WNYC public radio, saying:

“It’s absolutely disgusting and unacceptable,” 

He continued:

“We had a man viciously beaten simply because he appeared to some individuals to be Jewish. We had folks throwing very potent fireworks and creating harm to others and burning some folks, at least one person.”

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, Fox News reported.

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. 

On Thursday, a peace deal was announced between Israel and Hamas that Hamas said would take effect at 2 a.m. Friday, however that did not stop the violent attacks that plagued the streets of New York just hours after.  

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