Protesters Rally in NYC Against Israeli Offensive in Gaza

Protesters gathered Monday at Union Square in New York City to demonstrate against Israel’s ongoing military operations in the Gaza Strip and to show solidarity with Palestinians.

Waving Palestinian flags, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as “Free, free Palestine” and “Gaza is watching us.” Officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) stood between two lines of steel barriers separating supporters of Palestine and Israel.

The demonstration eventually moved into the metro station, where protesters continued chanting “Gaza! Gaza!” The influx of protesters led to a temporary shutdown of the subway station. Tightening security measures, police officers arrested several demonstrators.

Israel has faced international condemnation for its continued military offensive in Gaza since an attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7 last year, despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire.

According to local health authorities, over 37,100 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, most of them women and children, and nearly 84,700 others injured. Eight months into the conflict, vast areas of Gaza remain in ruins amid a severe blockade of food, clean water, and medical supplies.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which recently ordered Tel Aviv to halt its operations in Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge before the city was invaded on May 6.–News Desk