BDS Pro-Hamas Marchers Invade Jewish Area, Face Instant Counterprotest

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The Hamas supporters of NYC2GAZA had been making a nuisance of themselves by harassing individual Jewish businesses, such as a cosmetics store. Then they announced a plan to #BringTheWarHome by harassing Jewish businesses in the Diamond District.

But the combination of left-wing hipsters and angry Muslims were clearly not too familiar with what they were getting into. The businesses around there are working class and have a lot of Israelis, a lot of Middle Eastern Jews and a lot of Chassidic Jews.

Those are three groups of people that aren’t likely to take the Goebbelsian tactics of NYC2GAZA and BDS lying down.

Danielle Avel reports and shows us what happened next.

Amidst the raucous shouts of “Free, free Palestine!” a different call emerged. A pro-Israel crowd appeared, clapping and chanting “Is-ra-el, Is-ra-el!” Some business owners closed their stores to join, supporters flooded the sidewalk, and the street filled with chants celebrating Israel. The “Free Palestine” zealots looked dazed and confused, their voices out of unison, a couple of stray “Allahu Akbars” honked out as a last resort.

As Zionists filled the street, they called out “Ha-mas ter-ror-ists!” A full-throated celebration of the Israel Defense Forces then broke out with an “I-D-F!” chant. The spontaneous display of pride in Israel ended with the crowd of now hundreds singing songs celebrating Israel.

So, anti-Israel fanatics started the day with a vitriolic “direct action” to disrupt Jewish-owned businesses. But they inadvertently inspired a memorable, moving, and spontaneous display of celebration of the Middle East’s only true democracy.

This turned out to be a bit of an educational experience for NYC2GAZA which forgot that this part of Manhattan is also layered with little ethnic enclaves like Koreatown and Little Brazil. Around there, there are a whole lot of Middle Eastern Jews who escaped Islamic Supremacism with the clothes on their backs.

They’re not going to respond well to BDS.

NYC2GAZA, the hate group in question, appears to be linking itself to Occupy Wall Street while organizing its hate events out of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn. That’s an Episcopal church that was also being used by OWS.

It’s unfortunate that Michael Sniffen, the rector of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew is allowing it to be used to stage the harassment of Jewish businesses.

  • roccolore

    If only more cities were brave enough to do this.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      BDSers usually know better than to go into working class Jewish neighborhoods

      • Smoking Hamster

        I remember when the BDSers came to U of Michigan.

        Tons of Jews there and they were totally overpowered.

        Hurtling anti-Semitic slurs is generally a bad idea anywhere…

        • Ghost

          –Hurtling anti-Semitic slurs is generally a bad idea anywhere…
          Then you’ve never been to the SF Bay Area, where the many thousands of Jews attending local universities are routinely abused and react by wetting their pants and cowering,

      • laura r

        i would love to see them in boro park. they dont fool around there.

  • Texas Patriot

    First Amendment freedom of assembly at its finest!

  • liz

    Awesome!!!

  • Patriot077

    This brought tears to my eyes, Daniel. God Bless Israel and all who love her.

  • CowboyUp

    As well they should. A readiness and willingness to trial by combat will prevent more trail by combat than it causes. One’s rights begin where another’s ends..

  • DogmaelJones1

    Ah, my old stamping grounds, 47th and 6th Avenue! Fond memories of hours spent in the Gotham Bookstore (no longer there). What a wonderful video of the pro-Hamas, pro-terrorist barbarians getting trounced at their own noisy, offensive game. Three thumbs up for the Diamond District, if I had three thumbs!

    • CowboyUp

      The Book Nook in the Atlanta area is the only one still around from my youth. I can’t remember all the names, but I remember them all. If Gotham stamped their books I may have one in my library. It sounds familiar.

  • Carlos SpicyWeener

    “Free Palestine”. Buy one, get one free.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      All Pal-e-SWINES are rotten to the core.

  • Winston

    The pro-Hamas supporters are vile. Think about it. Can you imagine the uproar if a group started targeting Muslim businesses to harass after 9/11? It would be considered a civil rights violation. But here the authorities are not responding to religious based harassment. Thankfully the crowd did.

  • Habbgun

    I noticed how quickly the cops arrived. Leftists are always the first to run to the cops, campus administration, management and politicians after they push too far.

    Cowards and wards of the state. All of them.

  • Douglas Mayfield

    I’m reminded of the scene from Casablanca in Ric’s in which Nazis sing one of their Stormtrooper songs, so Paul Henreid, with Humphrey Bogart’s assent, has the band play ‘La Marseilles’. Everybody joins in and drowns out the Nazis much to the dismay of Colonel Strasser.
    The Left is malevolent and authoritarian and will always embrace a violent and destructive terrorist movement like Hamas as their intellectual ‘blood brothers’.

  • mathewsjw

    only difference between these anti Semite BDS Socialists and anti Semite 1936 Socialists in Germany was the NYC Police remained neutral

    • Matt E

      Yep. These Muslims are Nazis in intent. We must ban Islamic immigration to the US

      • laura r

        send a memo to the WH im sure they are interested in what you have to say.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Chant this:

    From the River to the Sea,

    Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Sometimes the only way to reason with some people is with a baseball bat.

  • cops all up on donuts

    little israel, placed in the middle of the world as a beacon of light, surrounded by evil, totalitarian and warring societies. you have to appreciate the subtle comedy of it…the place is as large as my back yard and those large nations/armies cannot destroy it lol i’m sorry people…but THAT’s funny. i’m not making light of the subject but am i the only one seeing it?
    that being said, in 2014 israel is STILL fighting off these ignorant nincompoops, they need to finish the job and stop worrying about these cease fires, protests or john effing kerry.

  • Matt E

    The better question is: Why are these Muslims in the United States?
    After 9/11, we could have done whatever we wanted. We could have banned immigration from Islamic countries and built a wall. Instead we opened the borders to Islam and allowed the Muslim population of the US to double. We are fools for allowing this to happen. We have let the enemy in the gates. And people wonder why there are violent protests against Israel now…

    • laura r

      who is ‘we’ speak for yourself.