Anti-Israel protesters targeted actor Alec Baldwin on Monday evening when the “30 Rock” star suddenly appeared during a demonstration after hundreds of agitators streamed into Penn Station and Grand Central Station during a fiery demonstration where they told Israel to “go to hell.”
Hundreds of protesters targeted major transit hubs in the Big Apple, with some criticizing Baldwin and his “tank” career while chanting harsh slogans against Israel and President Biden during the protest against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza against Hamas.
Baldwin was walking near the demonstration near West 29th Street when demonstrators saw him and rushed towards him, accusing him of supporting Israel.
A group berated Baldwin when police officers stood between the group and the comedian who was standing in front of the door.
Baldwin had no problem responding to them but was quickly met with the anger of the protesters.
One of the men shouted at Baldwin: “Shut your fucking mouth, you have no fucking shame.”
When asked if he condemned Israel, Baldwin replied: “No, I support peace in Gaza.”
“Go yourself,” the man shouted.
The confrontation ended when Baldwin was able to enter the door that was waiting in front of him.
“By the way, your career is falling apart,” the man shouted as the door closed.
The clashes came shortly after the protesters arrived at the Moynihan train hall at Penn Station. The police initially thwarted their efforts to gain entry by placing barricades around the entrances to the massive train station. Even real riders were turned away from some entrances.
As protesters gathered outside Moynihan, an organizer urged fellow demonstrators to “find a way in” and said, “We need to get past these pigs,” before hordes of protesters rushed into the train hall.
They chanted “ceasefire now” as they ran down the hall.
Annoyed passengers stood with their bags waiting for the incoming trains.
Donna Pritchard, of Utica, said that although she was concerned about not hearing when the train would arrive, the protest did not bother her.
“As long as it’s peaceful I’m fine. I have a 4-hour train delay anyway, so I have nothing better to do. As long as it’s peaceful I’m fine,” Pritchard, 63, said:
After waving Palestinian flags and demonstrating in the center of the hall, the demonstrators returned to the street, where at least one man was arrested at the corner of West 29th Street and Seventh Avenue.
It was not immediately clear what led to the arrest.
Before protesters entered Pennsylvania, Nardeen Kiswani, one of the organizers of the Within Our Lives protest, encouraged demonstrators to express their support for Palestine on the city’s subway system.
“On the subway cars, we can make noise, we can be loud — you never know who you’re going to teach that day,” she said.
“Any chance we get, whether it’s underground, above ground, at a protest, on a train, wherever we are, we will declare that there is genocide being carried out using American-made weapons paid for with our tax dollars.”
Earlier in the day, demonstrators entered the main hall of Grand Central Station chanting in support of the Palestinians, According to NBC 4.
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Both Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad warned of “potential access restrictions” inside and outside Grand Central due to the demonstrations. The city’s emergency notification system also advised people to expect traffic delays near Grand Central and to use alternate routes.
Between marches at Grand Central and Pennsylvania, protesters briefly descended outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the middle of 42nd Street.
Among the signs raised were, “USA loves genocide” and “Zionism is terrorism,” while demonstrators chanted, “Israel, go to hell” and “Joe Biden, what are you saying? How many children did you kill today?”
Pro-Palestinian protests have rocked Gotham City over the past two months since Hamas militants killed 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped more than 200, prompting the Jewish state to launch a military offensive in Gaza.
Nearly 20,000 Palestinians were killed, according to the Hamas-backed Gaza Ministry of Health.
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