As the latest armed conflict between Israel and Hamas-backed terrorists in Palestine winds down in the Middle East, it seems the violence is picking up on America’s streets.
A new report from the Daily Wire revealed that Jews were targeted and met with shocking violence Thursday in “a heavily Jewish business district in New York City.” The attacks were said to have come just as news broke of a ceasefire between Israel and its adversaries.
What’s going on?
According to the Daily Wire, video posted to social media showed at least some of the alleged attackers holding a Palestinian flag, prompting speculation that the violence was spurred by pro-Palestine extremists in New York.
In another Twitter video, uploaded by attorney Ari Ingel, individuals can clearly be seen terrorizing reported Jews who were dining in a restaurant, including spitting on them.
A bottle was also thrown at the diners by the Palestinian supporters, Ingel said.
Harriet Alexander, a reporter from the Daily Mail, also uploaded video footage that shows individuals throwing commercial fireworks out of a car near a large crowd of people in the middle of a protest where both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine activists were present. One woman was reportedly burned as a result of the incident.
One Twitter user pulled zero punches when describing the violent attacks, alleging: “These are not Palestinian terror supporters. These are actual terrorists on the streets of New York City. Attacking diners for one reason. They’re Jewish.”
Why is this happening?
The outbreak of violence on the streets of major American cities came in the wake of escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine, adding to a long, deadly history of violent clashes between the two factions.
The situation in Israel initially started after Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police in the streets of Israel on the heels of controversy over evictions in the Gaza Strip. Those protests eventually led to Hamas terrorists launching thousands of rockets at Israel, which, in turn, led to a swift and decisive military response from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
On Thursday, a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Palestine, with President Joe Biden taking partial credit for brokering the deal, citing his repeated talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to NBC News, the ceasefire deal was ultimately brokered through Egypt, as Israel’s Security Cabinet reportedly agreed “to accept the Egyptian initiative for a bilateral cease-fire, which will take effect at a later date.”
Biden has yet to comment on the uptick in anti-Semitic violence, despite the fact that, unlike some progressive Democrats, the president publicly defended Israel throughout the conflict.