A man in New York was suspended from his job by his Jewish father after he was caught on film tearing down photographs of Israeli hostages, the MailOnline reported.
Noah Schaffer, 41, laughed at the woman filming him as she berated him after he appeared to tear down posters of missing Israeli children thought to have been taken hostage during Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel.
He was subsequently put on four months unpaid leave, his father, Eric Schaffer, told staff at Human Factors, digital design company he founded.
“As has been noted, Noah is my son. He is not an antisemite nor a supporter of Hamas. I can attest that he has not acted this way at any time during his whole life,” Schaffer said.
“He now understands that his actions were reprehensible, he is deeply sorry and regretful,” Schaffer said, adding that the time off of work would be a chance for his son to “learn about his Jewish family history, reflect deeply and make amends.”
It comes as protests demanding a ceasefire in the conflict are mounting around the world, with thousands of protesters taking part in demonstrations in cities such as London and New York.
In New York, hundreds turned out at a “sit-in” at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, forcing the closure of one of the city’s major transport hubs. Protesters at the event wore black T-shirts with slogans like “Jews Say Cease Fire now” and “Not in our name” on them.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people joined together in London and other cities in the UK, calling for the end to Israel’s attacks on Gaza.
Chants of “Stop arming Israel. Stop bombing Gaza,” and “We are all Palestinian” could be heard at the march, the BBC reported.