A gunman was dragged away after firing shots into a crowd during a pro-Palestinian demonstration aimed at countering a “Stand with Israel” march in a heavily Jewish community of an Illinois city on Sunday.
About 200 protesters showed up for a dueling march at the event in the city of Skokie in support of Israel in the wake of the shocking Hamas terror attack on Oct. 7, chanting slogans such as “Shame on you.”
The plan was to hold the protest outside a kosher supermarket, but police kept out anyone who didn’t have a ticket.
A man was confronted by members of the rally at a shopping center across the street from the protest.
Suddenly he pulled out a gun and started firing it into the air. The shooter, who has yet to be identified, was immediately arrested. No one was injured, he said Fox 32.
A gunman was dragged away after firing shots into a crowd during a pro-Palestinian demonstration aimed at countering a “Stand with Israel” march in an Illinois city on Sunday.
There was also a collision at the site of the protest, which is still under investigation. CBS Chicago reported.
The crash victim was released at the scene and not transported for medical care.
Another person was taken into custody for allegedly pepper-spraying at least fifteen people, including a police officer.
Two civilians and the police officer were slightly injured. A second person was arrested in connection with the spraying but was eventually released NBC Chicago.
All three incidents are being investigated by police.
The pro-Palestinian protesters were initially headed to a march in Chicago, but decided instead to counter the pro-Israel protest in Skokie, which not long ago was a city whose majority population was Jewish and 28 percent of the population was still Jewish. Jewish faith.
The purpose of the original pro-Israel protest was to increase peace and participation between different groups of religions.
“As people of faith, we all preach a message, and hopefully we preach a message of peace, and we should encourage peaceful coexistence regardless of our religious background,” said Justin Kron of Hope In The Holy Lands.
“We live in a country where there should be plurality of beliefs and where we stand united, especially in times of pain, suffering and tragedy. That’s why we’re here tonight.’
The original pro-Israel event was held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center’s Alison Pure-Slovin largely agreed with the counter-protest.
About 200 demonstrators showed up for a dueling march at the event in the city of Skokie in support of Israel in the aftermath of the shocking Hamas terror attack on October 7.
A man was confronted by members of the rally at a shopping center across the street from the protest. Suddenly he pulled out a gun and started firing it into the air. The shooter, who has yet to be identified, was immediately arrested
It was a controversial protest in the city, which is about 15 miles north of Chicago, when at least 15 people, including a police officer, were hit with pepper spray.
The original pro-Israel event was held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center’s Alison Pure-Slovin worried about some supporting Hamas instead of the Palestinians.
“I have no problem with people saying they want to stand up for the Palestinian people, but by standing up for Hamas and terrorism you are not standing up for the Palestinian people.”
Pure-Slovin ultimately said that as long as they were peaceful, the protesters had the right to be heard.
Harem Abudayyeh, national chairman of the American Palestinian Community Network, said they just want to be heard but believe Israel is guilty of war crimes and called them “Zionist organizations.”
“The reason we decided to come here today is in response to the demonstration there,” he said.
The original pro-Israel event was held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, where more than 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators came to protest
The pro-Palestinian protesters were initially headed to a march in Chicago, but instead decided to counter the pro-Israel protest in Skokie.
“But we are here to say that the people there, the Zionist organizations that are organizing that rally, if at this time, now, today in history, you hold a rally in support of Israel, essentially you are holding a rally in support of war crimes, in support of genocide, in support of the murder of Palestinian people.”
Yesterday, Israel claimed in Gaza that the humanitarian situation was “under control”, despite the death toll now exceeding 4,600 – more than three times the number of Israelis killed by Hamas.
Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the occupied territory yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the region since October 7 to 91, the Hamas-led Palestinian Health Ministry said.
It came as Israeli President Isaac Herzog told Sky News that Hamas carried instructions on how to make chemical weapons when they carried out their October 7 massacre. He said documents found on the bodies of dead fighters in Kibbutz Be’eri were “official Al-Israel.” Qaeda material showing how to build a weapon with cyanide.