Councilman David G. Greenfield issued a condemnation of a noisy protest in the Council Chamber today by Pro-Palestine activists (shown above).
Greenfield said the activists timed their protest to occur "at exactly the same time that the Council was passing a resolution commemorating the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp where 1.1 million people were slaughtered."
Greenfield supplied this video of his response:
Pro-Palestinian supporters had submitted a petition to the NYC Council demanding that the Council cancel an upcoming all-expense-paid trip to Israel, funded by political advocacy groups. Over a dozen members of the City Council have accepted the trip, which begin February 15th, according to the International Middle East Media Center.
According to JP Updates, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement, “At a time when the Council was voting on a resolution commemorating the 70thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this outburst was offensive, outrageous and counter to the values of the City Council.”
The City Council members who have been identified as accepting the "hasbara" (PR) trips to Israel are Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Treyger, Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso, David Greenfield, Rafael Espinal, Darlene Mealy, Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, Corey Johnson, Ritchie Torres, Andrew Cohen, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich, and James Van Bramer.
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