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Masked NYC Protester Declares ‘We Are Hamas’ During Pro-Palestine Demonstration

A New York City passerby captured jarring video this week of protesters yelling pro-Hamas slogans at city pedestrians.

The phrases included “we are Hamas,” “we’re all Hamas, pig” and “long live Hamas.” One individual wearing keffiyeh head scarves can be seen striking a metal barrier to draw attention to their calls.

Jewish advocacy group StopAntisemitism shared the clip via X, where it received nearly 150K views as of Thursday. It asked viewers for help identifying the individual.

The incident reportedly took place near the Columbia University campus, according to the New York Post. It coincided with Columbia President Minouche Shafik’s testimony before Congress Wednesday, an event that sparked protests across campus.

Shafik’s testimony went markedly smoother than that of former Harvard President Claudine Gay, who in 2023 drew nationwide ire over her alleged failure to condemn antisemitic behavior by students on campus.

“It’s unacceptable that young minds are being influenced by leaders who cannot distinguish, answer, or confront straightforward questions about antisemitism,” StopAntisemitism told The National Desk in a statement. “Failure to do this breeds young individuals like the woman above who truly believes she is on the right side of history standing with a terror organization.”

Earlier this week, a different pro-Palestine protester was seen waving a Hezbollah flag in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Hezbollah is a Lebanon-based terrorist organization, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Tension continues to rise in the U.S. after Iran’s attack on Israel over the weekend. Congress this week spurred a flurry of legislation regarding the war following a retaliatory Iranian drone attack on Israel.

One such measure was a House resolution formally condemning the phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” as antisemitic. While the measure passed with overwhelming support, 43 Democrats voted against its passage, including several members of the ultra-progressive congressional group “The Squad.”

One of those “Squad” member is Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who was censured in November for having used similar pro-Palestine language. She was also the sole member of Congress to vote “present” on a resolution condemning Hamas terrorists for sexual violence.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y. also voted against the measure. Earlier this week, AOC celebrated the fact that more Democrats have become more open to the idea of putting restrictions on Israel aid, but some left-wing activists think she hasn’t been outspoken enough in her condemnation of Israel.

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