A non-Jewish group of people in New York City confronted a man ripping down posters of Israeli children who were kidnapped by Hamas during the Palestinian terrorist group’s pogrom through southern Israel on Oct. 7, according to new videos that went viral across social media.
One video was posted by StopAntisemitism, a nonprofit organization that tracks antisemitic hate crimes and incidents across the world. The group described the incident — which took place in Forest Hills, a neighborhood in the borough of Queens — as an “antisemite” confronted by “non-Jews after he’s caught” ripping down the posters.
“I’m not f—king Jewish, he’s not Jewish … it doesn’t f—king matter,” one man said to the alleged culprit in an angry tone. “This is New York City. You don’t have a f—king right to touch that s—t. This is a free country. You go wave your Palestine flag and say ‘Death to the Jews or America’ whenever you want. But we can put up f—king signs.”
The man went on to say that he and the others present were “offended” by seeing someone rip down the posters, continuing to confront and approach the offender until he was pulled away by someone wearing what appeared to be a yellow construction vest.
The Algemeiner could not immediately verify the exact date of the incident, which went viral on Friday. Video also emerged of the same lone man confronted by a crowd actually tearing down the posters of kidnapped children.
Hamas terrorists kidnapped over 200 people and took them back to Gaza as hostages during their invasion of Israel earlier this month. Dozens of the hostages were children. Beyond those taken captive, Hamas also killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians, in the deadliest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.
Since then, pro-Israel activists around the world have been putting up posters of the hostages, especially the children, calling for their immediate release. Several incidents have also been reported of people taking down the posters amid a surge in antisemitism both in the US and abroad since Oct. 7.