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Pro-Palestine group gives out NYC map calling for 'direct action' on landmarks as city blasts 'hateful rhetoric' and alerts the NYPD


A pro-Palestine group has called for ‘direct action’ to ‘globalize intifada’ as they shared a map of well-known New York City landmarks on Instagram

The graphic specified famous buildings and companies in the Big Apple that have ties to Israel or are media companies.

The page that posted the map goes by the name Within Our Lifetime and has described itself as a Palestinian-led community organization that’s said, ‘We will free Palestine.’ 

‘Each of the locations on this map reflects the location of an office of an enemy of both the Palestinian people and colonized people all over the world, the group stated, according to the New York Post. ‘Today and beyond, these locations will be sites for popular mobilization in defense of our people,’ the post read.

A City Hall spokesman told The New York Post: ‘But to be clear, threatening businesses and organizations and referring to them as the “enemy” is exactly the kind of hateful rhetoric that seeks to divide New Yorkers, but it won’t work, because we are better than that.’ 

The map pinpointed notable targets around the city, such as Grand Central Station. DailyMail.com has decided to blur the map. 

The map itself, which was posted on Wednesday, has since been deleted.

The group that also goes by ‘wolpalestine’ on Instagram has 121,000 followers and posts protest banners and maps multiple times a day. 

The map itself was titled ‘From Palestine to NYC – Globalize the Intifada.’ The term intifada relates directly to the Palestine uprising against Israel when they occupied the West Bank of the Gaza Strip in 1987. 

The group also posted another map to its social media page on Wednesday that remains on its Instagram page. 

This map was titled ‘Funding Colonization: Tax Exempt Zionist “Charities” Funding Settler Organizations in Palestine’. It went on to list and pinpoint specific Israel locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey.

A pro-Palestine protestor is seen being restrained by NYPD

A pro-Palestine protestor is seen being restrained by NYPD

Protesters read names of those killed in Gaza from a paper called 'The New York Crimes

Protesters read names of those killed in Gaza from a paper called ‘The New York Crimes

Politicians across New York City have responded to the threatening ‘direct action’ map on social media. 

Councilman Keith Powers took to X (formally known as Twitter) and said: ‘This is an unacceptable invitation to senseless violence. I strongly condemn it & have reached out to local NYPD.’ 

‘Coded calls for violence against Jews are proliferating on social media,’ Democratic Representative Ritchie Torres said on X along with a picture of the map. 

Revered Joseph Potasnik, the executive vice president of the NY Board of Rabbis, told The Post: ‘Intifadas are targeted attacks on Jews. The hatred of the heart leads to hatred of the hands.’  

Wolpalestine also posted a flyer on Thursday about a planned march on Saturday in the Bay Bridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. 

NYPD officers are seen confronting some of the protesters outside Grand Central station

NYPD officers are seen confronting some of the protesters outside Grand Central station

Hundreds of NYC high school students and teachers walked out and marched at Bryant Park

Hundreds of NYC high school students and teachers walked out and marched at Bryant Park

They have called it ‘Flood Brooklyn for Gaza’ and requested that attendees bring flags, keffiyehs and masks. 

‘In the meantime, spread this like wildfire,’ the post said. 

On November 9, a pro-Palestine group stormed the New York Times building as they criticized the news outlet’s coverage of the war. 

Demonstrators took over the lobby of the building as they waved flags and held up ‘Ceasefire now’ sings. They then went on to read off names of those killed in Gaza from a paper called ‘The New York Crimes.’

Earlier that day, New York City high school students, parents and teachers participated in a walkout protest calling for a ceasefire. 

Organized by groups such as Teachers Unite, NYC Educators for Palestine and Palestinian Youth Movement, the students walked out of class and gathered at Bryant Park.

Crowds chanted, ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,’ a phrase used to call for a Palestinian takeover of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which includes Israel.

‘We’ve called on people to walk out of work. We have called on people to walk out of their schools. Many people have responded to that call,’ said Munir Marwan of the Palestinian Youth Movement to CBS New York.

The group is calling for a ceasefire and an end to what they called Israeli genocide. 

Palestinians search for casualties at the Magazi Refugee Camp in central Gaza

Palestinians search for casualties at the Magazi Refugee Camp in central Gaza

Israel military vehicles and heavy smoke inside the Gaza Strip

Israel military vehicles and heavy smoke inside the Gaza Strip

Israeli forces have continued to pound Gaza for weeks

Israeli forces have continued to pound Gaza for weeks

The following day, a mob of masked pro-Palestinian protesters attempted to storm Grand Central station as they kicked in the door and cracked the glass.

Though they failed to make it into the closed station that typically sees 750,000 people pass through daily, the NYPD warned people to avoid the area. 

It has been just over a month since Hamas launched their surprise attack that killed 1,400 Israelis and seized about 240 hostages in the worst attack in the country’s history. 

On Wednesday, President Biden said he had made it clear to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a two-state solution was the only answer to resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict and said Hamas committed war crimes by storing weapons in a tunnel under a Gaza hospital.

Israel has long accused Hamas of hiding its forces among civilian targets. Hamas officials have said more than 10,000 have died in Israel’s campaign, although the White House says it cannot verify the figure.



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