Democratic NY Lawmakers Arrested at Anti-Semitic Rally

Demonstrators march in support of "Palestine" on October 8, 2023 in New York City. (Adam Gray/Getty Images)
October 25, 2023

Two New York lawmakers were arrested Friday at a Democratic Socialists of America rally where protesters flaunted their anti-Semitism and expressed support for Hamas terrorists who have slaughtered thousands of Israelis.

New York State senator Jabari Brisport and New York City councilwoman Shahana Hanif, both Democrats, were among 139 anti-Israel protesters who blocked traffic on Fifth Avenue during the "Cease Fire Now Rally for Gaza." Video from the scene shows that hundreds of protesters shouted, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free," a chant that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, the New York Post reported.

Brisport and Hanif aren't the only Democratic lawmakers to express hatred for Israel following Hamas's Oct. 7 terror attack on the country, the deadliest in Israeli history. Anti-Semitic congresswomen Cori Bush (D., Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) defended Hamas, with Tlaib saying the terrorist group's massacre was "resistance" to Israel's "apartheid system," the Washington Free Beacon reported. Tlaib, who has received donations from a Hamas fundraiser, refused to condemn or comment on Hamas's beheadings of Israeli babies.

Bush, Omar, and Tlaib, along with fellow "Squad" members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.), are all members of the Democratic Socialists of America, which organized the Friday rally. The group also held an anti-Israel demonstration in New York City one day after news broke of Hamas's attack.

Photos from the Friday rally show protesters waving signs that read, "I DO NOT CONDEMN HAMAS," the Post reported.

"They believe every Jew in Israel should be dead. It's disgusting," New York State assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D.) said about his far-left colleagues. "They're apologists for Hamas."

Dinowitz is not the only Democrat to express disgust at anti-Israel progressives. An anonymous Democratic congressman told Politico this month that anti-Semitism could "grow and metastasize" throughout the Democratic Party.