- Andrew Giuliani claimed NYPD told him NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio banned the force from protecting pro-Israel demonstrators on Sunday afternoon
- ‘We will not be intimidated, we will not back down and we will ALWAYS STAND with our Israeli brothers and sisters! Rally ON!’ Giuliani tweeted on Sunday
- A rally attendee who works for Nikki Haley’s advocacy group claimed there was a smaller-than-expected turnout due to pressure to cancel the event
- There has been a rise in anti-Semitic attacks and sentiments as the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated this month
- NYPD and Mayor de Blasio’s office have not responded to a request on whether the police force was ordered to steer clear of the pro-Israel demonstration
Andrew Giuliani claimed Sunday that the New York Police Department informed him they were ordered by Mayor Bill de Blasio to not provide protection for pro-Israel demonstrators at a rally in Times Square.
‘We have been told by NYPD that they have been told by the @NYCMayor Office not to protect the pro-Israel rally in Times Square @3pm,’ Giuliani wrote on Twitter.
‘We will not be intimidated, we will not back down and we will ALWAYS STAND with our Israeli brothers and sisters! Rally ON!’ he continued.
Both the NYPD and mayor’s office have not yet weighed in to DailyMail.com on the claim.
Large demonstrations – from both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian sides – have broken out in New York City in recent weeks as the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated leading to several days of attacks between the two.
In recent days there has been a rise in anti-Semitic attacks and sentiments.
A 29-year-old Jewish man was heading to a pro-Israel rally last week when a gang of pro-Palestinian demonstrators assaulted him in Midtown Manhattan.
Video of the event was caught where the yarmulke-wearing man was shown being punched and pummeled to the pavement as they yelled anti-Semitic epithets, including they were going to ‘kill him and Israel.’
‘I turned around to try to figure out what was going on and the next thing I knew I was surrounded by a whole crowd of people who proceeded to physically attack me, beat me, kick me, punch me, hit me with crutches, hit me with flag poles,’ he told DailyMail.com Friday afternoon after being released from Bellevue Hospital.
The Times Square rally on Sunday appeared to be much smaller than others, apparently due to pressure on Jewish leaders to cancel.
‘Small pro-Israel rally starting up in Times Square!’ wrote Twitter user Kassy Dillon, who worked for Stand For America, which was founded by Nikki Haley to ‘promote freedom at home and strength abroad.’
‘It was supposed to be a lot bigger but the mayor put immense pressure on Jewish community leaders and a few groups helping organize cancelled but there are still others showing up,’ Dillon wrote of the rally along with an image of her and some other rally-goers holding up the Israeli flag.
This week, Israel and Hamas announced a ceasefire – marking it a win for their respective sides.
More than 250 people have died as a result of the conflict and thousands others were injured. There is also tens of millions in destruction from bombings.
Donald Trump lauded himself as the most pro-Israel president in history, formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital and working toward peace deals in the Middle East. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married her husband Jared Kushner.
Joe Biden’s administration, on the other hand, has found itself in a predicament between maintaining a pro-Israel stance and appeasing the progressive branch of the Democratic Party who feel the U.S. needs to do more to help Palestinians.
On Friday, Biden said he is committed to the ‘two-state’ solution.
About 13 per cent of the population of New York City is Jewish, which is the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel.
Giuliani, the son of former NYC Mayor and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, announced May 18 that he is launching a primary bid to be the Republican candidate in the 2022 gubernatorial race in New York.
It’s not yet clear if current embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo will run for a fourth term.
GOP Representative Lee Zeldin has already announced a primary run for the seat, and has already garnered a lot of support from local Republicans in New York.