Last week, two young women were caught on the Upper East Side ripping down posters of Israeli hostages. The trend has continued, with several additional documented incidents in the neighborhood.
Soon after our initial report, East Side Feed readers provided us with images and videos of people tearing down these posters on 96th and Lexington Avenue, 76th and Madison Avenue, and 79th and First Avenue.
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On Sunday, @StopAntisemites shared a video on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, showing a man being confronted after ripping down a poster on 77th and Park Avenue.
NYC – Upper East side (77th and Park Avenue) a man is confronted after removing posters of kidnapped Israeli children being held in Gaza.
When asked why he removed them, he answers “what about the Palestinians”?
He’s told to put up children of any Palestinians if he likes but… pic.twitter.com/I1gY6Oe2Jb
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 23, 2023
Soon after the video above was shared, the man was identified as 45-year-old Marc Louvet, and the company he works (or worked) for, VanEck, put out this public statement:
We have just now been made aware of a video confronting an employee who had just torn down posters of Israeli hostages in Gaza.
In no way does VanEck endorse such actions or statements, nor do we support the actions of terrorists in any way. Such insinuations are hurtful and…
— VanEck (@vaneck_us) October 23, 2023
These incidents have been happening across the park, in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and everywhere in between. Incidents have also been recorded upstate and around the country (and world): everywhere from Florida to London.
London – women removing posters of those missing in Israel. 💔 pic.twitter.com/Ufa4u5AXtD
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 12, 2023
Quite a few folks are dealing with the consequences of their recent actions. After being exposed for ripping down posters of Israelis being held hostage by Hamas, a dentist in Florida and a doctor in Boston were fired, while many people who’ve posted hateful comments online – like this realtor in Los Angeles – have lost their jobs, too.
Far-right white supremacists have also been ‘latching onto the ‘Free Palestine’ movement,” as extremists including Jon Minadeo of the Goyim Defense League, Matthew Parrott of the Traditionalist Worker Party, Christopher Pohlhaus of the neo-Nazi Blood Tribe, and a California chapter of “White Lives Matter” have been publicly celebrating Hamas’ violence against Israel.
Antisemitism is at an all-time high in the United States. Share this with the Jewish community to let them know that they have the option of a fully funded and facilitated move to Israel! pic.twitter.com/hZ8tTUfAE0
— White Lives Matter California (@WLMCalifornia) June 30, 2023
European Heritage Association condemns in the strongest terms the 75 year illegal occupation of Palestine and the ongoing brutal war against it’s rightful occupants. The inhuman assault against the civilian population of Gaza is an international war crime. After 30 years of wars… https://t.co/RhK9uJ8vHH pic.twitter.com/ZIzVpdczQg
— White Lives Matter California (@WLMCalifornia) October 14, 2023
Last week, a swastika was drawn outside of 2nd Ave Deli, and similar incidents have taken place in NYC since.
This was scrawled outside of our offices this week.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) October 22, 2023
No, this is not Germany 1939 but NYC 2023.
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 21, 2023