Pro Hamas protesters vow to close JFK as police vow crackdown

Pro-Hamas protesters vow to close JFK as police vow crackdown – New York Post


Published January 27, 2024, 11:26 a.m. ET

Waves of Hamas-loving protesters plan to stream through John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday, repeating the devastation they wreaked there on New Year's Day.

“Flood JFK for Gaza,” said an advertisement for the event shared online this week. The phrase “flood” is a direct reference to Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, Hamas’ name for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel that killed at least 1,200 people.

“Bring flags, keffiyeh, signs and banners and decorate your cars,” the banner continued, urging troublemakers to gather outside the Terminal 4 arrivals area.

The New York Police Department, which had previously taken an indifferent stance toward the riots and allowed wanton chaos to result in little, said this time it would be tough on agitators.

A Hamas supporter in New York City Getty Images Hamas supporters have vowed to disrupt JFK Airport again. X/NYPDDaughtry Protesters planned to clog the streets around JFK Airport. Getty Images The NYPD has vowed a crackdown after months of inaction. NYPD

“Are you trying to close an airport? You'll be the one who gets shut down! We respect peaceful protest, but will not tolerate lawlessness,” warned NYPD Assistant Commissioner Kaz Daughtry an X contribution Friday. “The NYPD stands ready to ensure our airports are operational and that hard-working New Yorkers traveling on vacation are not inconvenienced.”

NYPD Patrol Chief John Chell echoed those calls also on X. “Don’t flood our highways and harass our hard-working, tax-paying New Yorkers. If you do that, we will try to flood our jail cells with you and take your car!”

Since Hamas' Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel, New York City has been flooded with demonstrations in support of the terrorists, holding almost daily demonstrations on college campuses – such as NYU and Columbia – and disrupting the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Christmas Parade tree lighting.

Hamas-loving demonstrators vowed to make JDK Terminal 4 the scene of the action. Getty Images Pro-Hamas protesters have disrupted a litany of events in the city since October 7. SARAH YENESEL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Despite daily – often anti-Semitic – rallies, the city administration has so far made no significant efforts to address the unrest.

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