Anti-Israel mob calls for violence outside N.Y. exhibit in memory of Nova festival victims

Israelis visit an exhibition of objects collected from the Nova party massacre in Tel Aviv on Dec. 28, 2023. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

(JNS) — A mob of protesters chanting “intifada revolution” on June 10 rallied outside a New York city exhibit memorializing the hundreds of victims of Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on the Nova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im in southern Israel.

The crowd lit flares and waved Palestinian flags, along with one associated with the Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, in front of the Nova Music Festival Exhibition on Wall Street during what was billed by organizers as a “citywide day of rage for Gaza,” according to video from the scene.

The demonstration, organized by the pro-Palestinian group Within Our Lifetime, began in the city’s Union Square, where some protesters unfurled a “Long live October 7th” banner, referring to the Hamas massacre that killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and saw about 250 others abducted to Gaza.

One of the exhibit’s organizers, music mogul Scooter Braun, condemned the demonstration.

“I don’t understand why protesting a memorial for innocent music lovers who were raped and butchered and kidnapped helps,” he wrote on social media. “Go see the @novaexhibition and see the truth instead of standing outside listening to yourself.”

The exhibition, which honors the memory of the 364 people killed at the festival, will run until June 22.

The protest comes just days after a similar anti-Israel rally was held outside the White House, featuring banners calling for jihad and martyrdom. One protester, in a Hamas headband, carried a bloodied face mask representing U.S. President Joe Biden.