A group of people have held a rally in New York to protest the recent escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinians, Press TV reports.
The demonstrators representing many communities, including a number of university campuses, gathered near the Israeli mission to the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday.
Waving Palestinian flags and carrying anti-Israel banners, the crowd denounced Tel Aviv’s wave of aggression across the occupied Palestinian territories and expressed support for the Palestinian resistance front.
Lina from Students for Justice in Palestine slammed the horrific nature of the recent killing by Israelis of 19-year old Palestinian Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun in the occupied West Bank.
“His body was literally abused and kicked by illegal Israeli settlers, who laughed and shouted ” anti-Arab slogans, she said.
Earlier on October 4, Israeli police officers shot dead the Palestinian teenager near the Damascus Gate of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, claiming that he had attempted to stab an Israeli settler with a knife.
This is while a video of the moments leading to his death shows him running toward an Israeli police patrol as a group of Israeli settlers are chasing him.
Speaking to the crowd, a representative of Jews Against Israeli Apartheid also said the recent incident represented Israel’s desperation in the face of Palestinian resistance front.
Palestinian Americans and Muslims were joined by New York City residents who oppose Israel and question the US media’s official narrative about terrorism.
Referring to the increasing number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, a New Yorker said “We want to know that who the terrorists are. Just follow the body count. The body count will tell you who the terrorists are.”
Israeli forces and Palestinians have been clashing at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound for weeks now.
Israel has applied sweeping restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound since August 26. The site is Islam’s third holiest after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. It is also highly respected by Jews and Christians.