NEW YORK New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the hate coming from a terror rally in Manhattan was a prelude to this mornings terror attack.
“HATEFUL, INSIGHTFUL MESSAGES ARE PRELUDE TO TERROR. INTIFADA MEANS VIOLENCE”, Hikind wrote on his Facebook account.
Assembly Member Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on Law Enforcement authorities to investigate the connection between today’s terror attack in NYC with a rally that took place on Friday in Times Square.
Led by Imam Mohammad Qatanani of Islamic Center of Passaic County, Patterson, NJ, and others, a rally called for violence against Jews and Israelis. “People have the right to assemble and demonstrate,” said Assembly Hikind, “but there’s a difference between peaceful demonstrations and incitement to violence. A video of this hateful, inflammatory rally shows clearly what the speakers’ objectives were. They called for violence against all Jews and all Israelis. Did today’s New York City bombing suspect attend this rally? I think this is something New Yorkers would like to know.”
A video posted on Twitter shows Qatanani calling for an end to peace. “You have to stop all kinds of peace process…we have to start a new Intifada… With our souls and our blood we will redeem you,” he says. “The Palestinians fight with rocks… They fight with guns! Their children fight!” screams another speaker.
“Not only should law enforcement investigate this incitement and its connection with today’s cowardly bombing, but I believe all New Yorkers will find the viewing of this video informative. This message of glorified violence, which Palestinians have been teaching their school-age children for generations, is being exported to America. Glorified violence against innocent men, women and children. It’s something we need to be concerned about and address.”
The video can be seen here:
Antisemitic Chants, Calls for New Intifada at a Times Square Demonstration Protesting Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration pic.twitter.com/HE3EXEHPpS
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