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New York politicians condemn protests outside Nova exhibit as Jew-hatred

“It is sick that anyone should show up at an exhibit like this to protest,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams visits the exhibit commemorating the hundreds of innocent people massacred at the Nova Music Festival on Oct. 7 in Israel. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams visits the exhibit commemorating the hundreds of innocent people massacred at the Nova Music Festival on Oct. 7 in Israel. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were among the New York City politicians who issued statements on Tuesday condemning protests the day before outside the Nova music festival exhibit in the city’s financial district as antisemitic.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer described visiting the exhibit on Friday and his disgust at seeing images from Monday’s protest, which included explicitly pro-Hamas messages.

“It is sick that anyone should show up at an exhibit like this to protest,” said the senator. “The protest and the vitriolic rhetoric outside the Nova exhibit were nothing short of despicable, inhumane and antisemitic.”

“Antisemitism, like what occurred outside the Nova music festival exhibition, has no place in our city, in our state or in America,” he said.

The exhibit describes itself as “an in-depth remembrance of the brutal Oct. 7 attack” that “sets out to recreate an event dedicated to peace and love that was brutally cut short by Hamas’s attack on Israel from Gaza on that fateful day.”

Its organizer announced that the show, which was scheduled to close this week, will remain open until June 22 due to “overwhelming demand.”

Adams issued a three-minute video on social media saying that he had a “moral obligation” to speak out after seeing a video of a protester saying, “I wish Hitler was still here, he would have wiped all of you out.”

“These are reprehensible and foul comments,” said the mayor. “I and every New Yorker who stands for peace stands united against them.”

Adams promised to arrest any protesters who break the law and said that since Oct. 8, the New York City Police Department has made more than 2,850 arrests at Israel and Gaza-related protests.

Chuck Schumer Nova exhibit
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) visits the Nova exhibit in New York City on Jun 7, 2024. Credit: Office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Other New York politicians who condemned the protests on Monday and Tuesday included House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y) and Reps. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), representing the full spectrum of opinion about Israel from staunch supporters of the Jewish state to some of its fiercest critics.

Schumer’s office told JNS that his remarks were not coordinated with any of the other statements and that he decided to speak in the Senate after learning about the protests.

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