(watch in High Quality..it’s a bit better…it was a rainy night)
This time, a picture was worth several dozen shoes.
At least 150 pro-Palestinian New Yorkers rallied against Mayor Bloomberg for his recent trip to Israel and unfettered support of that country in the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza.
The protesters, gathering outside City hall, tossed the old shoes at a portrait of Bloomberg they carried along.
“The mayor of New York is going to Israel to support this terrorism, this genocide against Palestinians in Gaza,” said Raja Abdulhaq, who represented a group called Break the Siege on Gaza.
Larris Jamal, a Brooklyn resident who immigrated from Palestine, said the mayor should either stay neutral or side with the Palestinians because “international law” is on their side.
At the end of the protest, the marchers went to Foley Square – carrying Bloomberg’s picture pierced with shoes and chanting, “Bloomberg, Bloomberg, shame on you.”
Police who guard City Hall were expecting a larger, more rambunctious protest, and said they set up barriers for 5,000 demonstrators.