A masked anti-Israel protestor was caught on video spitting on a banner bearing the word ‘Jewish’ outside the NYU library on Thursday.
The incident occurred during a rally calling on the university to scrap its study abroad program in Israel over the strikes in Gaza – but it is not clear if the man is affiliated with NYU and police kept him away from the main protest.
The video was shared by StopAntisemitism on X, formerly Twitter, with the caption: ‘NYC – a masked man at NYU’s library is seen tearing off the “Jewish” from his sign, throwing it down, and spitting onto it.
‘This is nothing short of horrifying Nazi like rhetoric of 1933 Germany.’
One photo showed the protestor being kept away from the main protest by police officers
The man spat on the sign on the floor before raising his fist and walking away
The man, wearing a black ski mask and leather gloves with a large silver cross dangling from his neck was carrying a huge sign reading ‘Jewish White Supremacy’.
In the video, he tears the word ‘Jewish’ from the placard, throws it on the floor and spits on it.
One onlooker called him a ‘coward’ and told him to ‘take the mask off’, at which point he pulled down the mask and spit on the sign a second time.
Someone shouted: ‘Do it on me, I’m Jewish.’
Another person shouted: ‘You’re ruining their protest by doing this.’
One said: ‘Your own mother is ashamed of you. Your ancestors are ashamed of you.’
The man then raised his fist in the air and someone said: ‘You’re a neo Nazi, you’ve got to stop it.’
He then picked up his sign and left, he is not thought to be affiliated with NYU.
The man tore the word Jewish from his sign and spat on it – police kept him away from the rest of the protest.
At the main student protest, around 100 students and faculty gathered to call on NYU to shut down its study abroad program in Tel Aviv and divest from companies supporting Israeli war efforts.
Some protestors carried signs reading ‘Shut down NYU Tel Aviv’ while chanting ‘shut down sites where students are banned, Tel Aviv is stolen land.’
Around 20 counter-protestors gathered to the side, waving Israeli flags and holding up posters featuring the faces of Israeli hostages.
NYU spokesperson John Beckman told the independent student newspaper, Washington Square News, that the university has no intentions of closing its study away program in Israel.
He said: ‘As to the demands from the demonstrators that NYU close the NYU Tel Aviv site — the university rejects those demands. NYU is fully committed to the continued presence of the NYU Tel Aviv program, and the university believes that calls for academic boycotts are at odds with the fundamental tenets of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas.’
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