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Anti-Israel activists call to murder Israelis and destroy the State of Israel at rally in New York's Grand Central Station on January 21, 2023

New York’s Finest were anything but on Monday evening when they chose to protect pro-Hamas protesters rather than the rights of a Jewish man wearing an Israeli flag while throngs of terror supporters shut down Penn Station and Grand Central Station with calls for the genocide of Jews.

Elisha Wiesel, son of famed Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, was ordered to remove the Israeli flag that he was wearing at Penn Station because the situation was getting “dangerous,” the younger Wiesel wrote in a post on X.


Some five hundred “protesters” came from the Port Authority Bus Terminal after marching down 42nd Street following their takeover of Grand Central Station, where MTA workers had carefully warned commuters about “travel restrictions.”

An Instagram post from the anti-Israel “Within Our Lifetime” group urged demonstrators to “bring banners, bull horns and Bluetooth speakers.” The massive call for genocide of Jews, with protesters chanting “Free, free Palestine!” and “Intifada Revolution!” began at 3 pm beneath the iconic clock at Grand Central Station.

The demonstrators then moved to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 4 pm, and then proceed to a 5 pm shutdown at Penn Station.

More than one user on X asked a very pointed question: since the “protesters” had no permit for their hate-filled demonstration, why weren’t they either blocked from protesting, or arrested?

Good question. Had a gathering targeted blacks and/or Muslims in the same way, it’s hard to imagine the event would have ended with anything other than citywide violence, for days on end.

This is not the first time, and probably won’t be the last, that the Jew-haters seized control over a public venue in New York — or for that matter, anywhere else in the United States.

And yet, last month, Mayor Eric Adams vowed during an address at Central Synagogue that Jews would remain safe in the city.

“You are not going to live in a city where you have to take off your yarmulke because you’re going on the subway station,” the mayor said.

“You’re not going to live in a city where your children will be afraid to go to Yeshiva or to go to school. You won’t live in a city where you can’t go to your synagogues. You won’t live in prison of fear in this city as long as I’m the mayor of the City of New York. It won’t happen,” Adams vowed.

“We will never surrender,” he promised.

So, Mr. Mayor, why was Elisha Wiesel forced by a New York police officer to remove his Israeli flag in a public venue? Why weren’t his rights protected in the face of a mob screaming for the annihilation of his people?


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.