Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pro-Palestinian Protest at NYC Council Draws Outrage

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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Anonymous said...

Rude, indeed, but why does the New York City Council even need to pass a resolution on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz?

mcbrooklyn said...

Not that anybody is in favor of the Holocaust... These "symbolic" resolutions for the benefit of one particular group of city residents do sometimes raise questions.
Other resolutions that had absolutely no legal effect include one opposing "corporate personhood," one symbolically banning the N-word, a toothless resolution to close the PLO's NYC office, one pushing "meatless Mondays," one supporting pensions for jazz musicians, etc.