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Israeli and Palestinian supporters clash in NYC: Protests take place across US


Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in New York City on Tuesday evening amid escalating violence overseas between the two bitter enemies which has left at least 38 people dead in the Middle East. 

Footage taken outside the Israeli consulate in Manhattan shows protesters fighting over barricades as police struggle to keep the two groups apart. Consulate workers were sent home earlier in the day due to safety fears. 

Other video clips show fights breaking out in the streets of New York City as punches are thrown. One man was pictured covered in blood after he was hit with a chair during the bitter confrontations. 

Elsewhere, demonstrations took place in Washington DC and Los Angeles as hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated overnight. Additional protests are expected across the U.S. on Wednesday. 

Activists waving flags, banners and placards in support of both Palestine and Israel took the streets Tuesday. Tensions flared when the two groups met during their counter demonstrations. 

Officials said overnight that 35 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and three in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years.

The White House said on Tuesday that Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself from rocket attacks but applied pressure on Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, saying Jerusalem must be a place of coexistence. 

Former president Donald Trump posted to his website, saying that America ‘will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself’ as he criticized President Joe Biden over the growing crisis. 

Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the early hours of Wednesday local time, as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba.

One multi-story residential building in Gaza collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes. Israel said it attacked Hamas targets, including intelligence centers and rocket launch sites.

It was the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza, and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control.

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Manhattan, New York: A police officer tries to separate pro-Palestinian from pro-Israel demonstrators during a rally near the Consulate General of Israel in New York on Tuesday

Manhattan, New Yorl: A pro-Palestinian protestor, right, scuffles with pro-Israel demonstrators, left

Manhattan, New Yorl: A pro-Palestinian protestor, right, scuffles with pro-Israel demonstrators, left

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday 

Manhattan, New York: A Pro-Palestinian supporter argues with Israeli supporters during a protest near the Israeli Consulate following a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence

Manhattan, New York: A Pro-Palestinian supporter argues with Israeli supporters during a protest near the Israeli Consulate following a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence

Manhattan, New York: The recent clashes between Palestine and Israel have prompted international calls for calm and raised fears that the situation could ignite into a wider conflict

Manhattan, New York: The recent clashes between Palestine and Israel have prompted international calls for calm and raised fears that the situation could ignite into a wider conflict

Manhattan, New York: A pro-Palestinian protestor (R) is pulled back by police officers during a scuffle with pro-Israel demonstrators (L) during a rally near the Consulate General of Israel in New York, New York

Manhattan, New York: A pro-Palestinian protestor (R) is pulled back by police officers during a scuffle with pro-Israel demonstrators (L) during a rally near the Consulate General of Israel in New York, New York

Activists waving flags, banners and placards in support of both Palestine and Israel took the streets Tuesday. Tensions flared when the two groups met during their counter demonstrations

Activists waving flags, banners and placards in support of both Palestine and Israel took the streets Tuesday. Tensions flared when the two groups met during their counter demonstrations

Manhattan, New York: Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in New York City Tuesday amid escalating violence between the two enemies which has left at least 38 people dead in the region

Manhattan, New York: Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in New York City Tuesday amid escalating violence between the two enemies which has left at least 38 people dead in the region

Manhattan, New York: Footage taken outside the Israeli consulate in Manhattan shows protesters fighting over barricades as police struggle to keep the two groups apart

Manhattan, New York: Footage taken outside the Israeli consulate in Manhattan shows protesters fighting over barricades as police struggle to keep the two groups apart

Manhattan, New York: Consulate workers were sent home earlier in the day due to safety fears

Manhattan, New York: Consulate workers were sent home earlier in the day due to safety fears

Manhattan, New York: A man is covered in blood and led away by police after being hit with a chair by protestors as people attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: A man is covered in blood and led away by police after being hit with a chair by protestors as people attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan

U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland tweeted: ‘Stop the fire immediately. We’re escalating towards a full scale war. Leaders on all sides have to take the responsibility of de-escalation.

‘The cost of war in Gaza is devastating & is being paid by ordinary people. UN is working w/ all sides to restore calm. Stop the violence now,’ he wrote.

Into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Gazans reported their homes shaking and the sky lighting up with Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defense missiles intercepting them.

Manhattan, New York:  Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque and take streets in New York City, United States on May 11

Manhattan, New York:  Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque and take streets in New York City, United States on May 11

Manhattan, New York: Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque

Manhattan, New York: Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque

Manhattan, New York:A man with a Palestinian flags signals to crowds outside the Israeli consulate on Tuesday

Manhattan, New York:A man with a Palestinian flags signals to crowds outside the Israeli consulate on Tuesday 

Manhattan, New York: Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque and take streets in New York City, United States on May 11

Manhattan, New York: Almost a thousand of people are gathered in front of the consulate general of Israel to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and Al-Aqsa mosque and take streets in New York City, United States on May 11

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march from the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan to Times Square demanding an end to the aggression against Palestinians on May 11

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march from the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan to Times Square demanding an end to the aggression against Palestinians on May 11

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest near the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest near the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators scuffle with police officers during a protest near the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators scuffle with police officers during a protest near the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: Elsewhere, demonstrations took place in Washington DC and Los Angeles as hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated overnight. Additional protests are expected in NYC Wednesday

Manhattan, New York: Elsewhere, demonstrations took place in Washington DC and Los Angeles as hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated overnight. Additional protests are expected in NYC Wednesday

Manhattan, New York: Officials said overnight that 35 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and three in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years

Manhattan, New York: Officials said overnight that 35 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and three in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years

Manhattan, New York: Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the early hours of Wednesday local time, as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba

Manhattan, New York: Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the early hours of Wednesday local time, as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba

Israelis ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 km up the coast and into southern Israel amid sounds of explosions as interceptor missiles streaked into the sky.

Hamas’s armed wing said it fired 210 rockets towards Beersheba and Tel Aviv in response to the bombing of the tower buildings in Gaza City.

In Tel Aviv, air raid sirens were heard around the city. For Israel, the militants’ targeting of Tel Aviv, its commercial capital, posed a new challenge in the confrontation with the Islamist Hamas group, regarded as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.

The violence followed weeks of tension in Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

These escalated in recent days ahead of a – now postponed – court hearing in a case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from East Jerusalem homes claimed by Jewish settlers. 

There appeared no imminent end to the violence.

Manhattan, New York: One multi-story residential building in Gaza collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes overnight Tuesday

Manhattan, New York: One multi-story residential building in Gaza collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes overnight Tuesday

Manhattan, New York: Israel said it attacked Hamas targets, including intelligence centers and rocket launch sites

Manhattan, New York: Israel said it attacked Hamas targets, including intelligence centers and rocket launch sites

Manhattan, New York: It was the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza, and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control

Manhattan, New York: It was the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza, and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday 

Manhattan, New York: Into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Gazans reported their homes shaking and the sky lighting up with Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defense missiles intercepting them

Manhattan, New York: Into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Gazans reported their homes shaking and the sky lighting up with Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defense missiles intercepting them

Los Angeles, California: Justice for Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Los Angeles, California: Justice for Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday 

Los Angeles, California: Israelis ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 km up the coast and into southern Israel amid sounds of explosions as interceptor missiles streaked into the sky

Los Angeles, California: Israelis ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 km up the coast and into southern Israel amid sounds of explosions as interceptor missiles streaked into the sky

Washington DC: Hamas's armed wing said it fired 210 rockets towards Beersheba and Tel Aviv in response to the bombing of the tower buildings in Gaza City. In Tel Aviv, air raid sirens were heard around the city

Washington DC: Hamas’s armed wing said it fired 210 rockets towards Beersheba and Tel Aviv in response to the bombing of the tower buildings in Gaza City. In Tel Aviv, air raid sirens were heard around the city

Washington DC: People gather to protest attacks by Israeli police with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades on Palestinians at Masjid al-Aqsa and show solidarity with residents of Sheikh Jarrah who have been targeted by Israeli forces

Washington DC: People gather to protest attacks by Israeli police with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades on Palestinians at Masjid al-Aqsa and show solidarity with residents of Sheikh Jarrah who have been targeted by Israeli forces

Washington DC: A demonstrator holds a sign in front of a wooden tank during a pro-Palestine rally outside the U.S. State Department

Washington DC: A demonstrator holds a sign in front of a wooden tank during a pro-Palestine rally outside the U.S. State Department

Washington DC: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march up Washington, D.C.'s 17th Street in the direction of the White House on May 11

Washington DC: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march up Washington, D.C.’s 17th Street in the direction of the White House on May 11

Washington DC: Neturei Karta members -- Haredi Jews against Zionism -- stand in solidarity with Palestine at a demonstration outside the U.S. State Department

Washington DC: Neturei Karta members — Haredi Jews against Zionism — stand in solidarity with Palestine at a demonstration outside the U.S. State Department

Washington DC: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag atop a mock wooden tank near the White House

Washington DC: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag atop a mock wooden tank near the White House

Washington DC: Demonstrators hold signs at a pro-Palestine rally in May 11. Palestinians and their supporters demanded President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: Demonstrators hold signs at a pro-Palestine rally in May 11. Palestinians and their supporters demanded President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel’s eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: A child carries a sign in solidarity with Palestine near the White House.  Palestinians and their supporters demanded U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: A child carries a sign in solidarity with Palestine near the White House.  Palestinians and their supporters demanded U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel’s eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: Pro-Palestine demonstrators wave a large Palestinian flag at the intersection of H and 16th streets.  Palestinians and their supporters demanded U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: Pro-Palestine demonstrators wave a large Palestinian flag at the intersection of H and 16th streets.  Palestinians and their supporters demanded U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stop Israel’s eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem

Washington DC: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag atop a mock wooden tank near the White House

Washington DC: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag atop a mock wooden tank near the White House

Protests were held in front of the White House amid the escalating violence in the Middle East

Protests were held in front of the White House amid the escalating violence in the Middle East

The United States was delaying U.N. Security Council efforts to issue a public statement on escalating tensions because it could be harmful to behind-the-scenes efforts to end the violence, according to diplomats and a source familiar with the U.S. strategy.

State Department spokesman Ned Price urged calm and ‘restraint on both sides’, saying: ‘The loss of life, the loss of Israeli life, the loss of Palestinian life, It’s something that we deeply regret.’

He added: ‘We are urging this message of de-escalation to see this loss of life come to an end.’ 

Israel said it had sent 80 jets to bomb Gaza, and dispatched infantry and armor to reinforce the tanks already gathered on the border, evoking memories of the last Israeli ground incursion into Gaza to stop rocket attacks, in 2014.

More than 2,100 Gazans were killed in the seven-week war that followed, according to the Gaza health ministry, along with 73 Israelis, and thousands of homes in Gaza were razed by Israeli forces.

Manhattan, New York: For Israel, the militants' targeting of Tel Aviv, its commercial capital, posed a new challenge in the confrontation with the Islamist Hamas group, regarded as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States

Manhattan, New York: For Israel, the militants’ targeting of Tel Aviv, its commercial capital, posed a new challenge in the confrontation with the Islamist Hamas group, regarded as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States

Manhattan, New York: The violence followed weeks of tension in Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary

Manhattan, New York: The violence followed weeks of tension in Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary

Manhattan, New York: Violence escalated in recent days ahead of a - now postponed - court hearing in a case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from East Jerusalem homes claimed by Jewish settlers

Manhattan, New York: Violence escalated in recent days ahead of a – now postponed – court hearing in a case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from East Jerusalem homes claimed by Jewish settlers

Manhattan, New York: There appeared no imminent end to the violence in the region

Manhattan, New York: There appeared no imminent end to the violence in the region 

Manhattan, New York: The White House said on Tuesday that Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself from rocket attacks but applied pressure on Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, saying Jerusalem must be a place of coexistence

Manhattan, New York: The White House said on Tuesday that Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself from rocket attacks but applied pressure on Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, saying Jerusalem must be a place of coexistence

Manhattan, New York: The United States was delaying U.N. Security Council efforts to issue a public statement on escalating tensions because it could be harmful to behind-the-scenes efforts to end the violence, according to diplomats and a source familiar with the U.S. strategy

Manhattan, New York: The United States was delaying U.N. Security Council efforts to issue a public statement on escalating tensions because it could be harmful to behind-the-scenes efforts to end the violence, according to diplomats and a source familiar with the U.S. strategy

Video footage on Tuesday showed three plumes of thick, black smoke rising from a 13-story Gaza residential and office block as it toppled over after being demolished by Israeli air strikes.

The Israeli military said the building, in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood, housed ‘multiple’ Hamas offices, including ones for military research and development and military intelligence.

The existence of one Hamas office, used by political leaders and officials dealing with the news media, was widely known locally.

Residents in the block and the surrounding area had been warned to evacuate the area before the air strike, according to witnesses and the Israeli military.

Manhattan, New York: State Department spokesman Ned Price urged calm and 'restraint on both sides', saying: 'The loss of life, the loss of Israeli life, the loss of Palestinian life, It's something that we deeply regret.' He added: 'We are urging this message of de-escalation to see this loss of life come to an end'

Manhattan, New York: State Department spokesman Ned Price urged calm and ‘restraint on both sides’, saying: ‘The loss of life, the loss of Israeli life, the loss of Palestinian life, It’s something that we deeply regret.’ He added: ‘We are urging this message of de-escalation to see this loss of life come to an end’

Manhattan, New York: Israel said it had sent 80 jets to bomb Gaza, and dispatched infantry and armor to reinforce the tanks already gathered on the border, evoking memories of the last Israeli ground incursion into Gaza to stop rocket attacks, in 2014

Manhattan, New York: Israel said it had sent 80 jets to bomb Gaza, and dispatched infantry and armor to reinforce the tanks already gathered on the border, evoking memories of the last Israeli ground incursion into Gaza to stop rocket attacks, in 2014

Manhattan, New York: Supporters of Palestine, including a group of Hasidic Jewish men are seen as people attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: Supporters of Palestine, including a group of Hasidic Jewish men are seen as people attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York Tuesday

Manhattan, New York: People attend an Emergency Rally For Palestine in Manhattan, New York Tuesday 

A second residential and office building in the same neighborhood was heavily damaged in Israeli attacks shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Residents and journalists working in the building had already left.

On Tuesday Gaza health ministry officials put the death toll at 32, but a Hamas-affiliated radio station later said three more people, including a woman and a child, were killed shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike on an apartment above a restaurant.

Israeli political leaders and the military said they had killed ‘dozens’ of militants, and hit buildings used by Hamas.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel had carried out ‘hundreds’ or strikes, and that ‘buildings will continue to crumble.’

Gaza’s health ministry said that of the 30 reported dead, 10 were children and one was a woman.

Why are violent clashes taking place in Jerusalem?

When did the protests start?

From the beginning of Ramadan in mid-April, Palestinians clashed nightly with Israeli police, who put up barriers to stop evening gatherings at the walled Old City’s Damascus Gate after iftar, the breaking of the daytime fast.

Palestinians saw the barriers as a restriction on their freedom to assemble. Police said they were there to maintain order.

Why did the violence flare up again?

An Israeli Supreme Court hearing was due on May 10 in a long-running legal case about whether several Palestinian families would be evicted and their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood near Damascus Gate that was given to Israeli settlers.

Some settlers have already moved into the street affected – living next door to the Palestinians facing possible removal.   

As the court hearing neared, Palestinians and left-wing Israelis began holding larger demonstrations, saying more evictions could cause a domino effect throughout the overwhelmingly Palestinian neighbourhood.

Sheikh Jarrah also contains a site revered by religious Jews as the tomb of an ancient high priest, Simon the Just, leading to frequent tensions between Palestinian living there and religious Jews visiting it.

International attention

The case, in which a lower court ruled that the land in question belonged to Jews in East Jerusalem before the 1948 War, has gathered domestic and international attention, amid criticism of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.

On Sunday U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke to his Israeli counterpart to express ‘serious concerns about the potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood,’ the White House said. read more

And United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed ‘his deep concern over the continuing violence in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as the possible evictions of Palestinian families from their homes,’ U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Sunday.

What next?

On Sunday the Supreme Court hearing on the evictions was postponed, pushing at least one flashpoint past the end of Ramadan and allowing more time for a resolution. A new session will be scheduled within 30 days. read more

Monday is Jerusalem Day, Israel’s annual commemoration of its capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 war. The event usually sees a march through the walled Old City by Jewish pilgrims, including ultra-nationalists, which could be another flashpoint.

Why is Jerusalem so sensitive?

Politics, history and religion.

At the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City is the hill known to Jews across the world as Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism – and to Muslims internationally as The Noble Sanctuary. It was home to the Jewish temples of antiquity. Two Muslim holy places now stand there, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place in Islam.

Christians also revere the city as the place where they believe that Jesus preached, died and was resurrected.

Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern section as a capital of a future state. Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem is unrecognized internationally.



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