Less than five days after Councilman David Greenfield slammed pro-Palestinian protesters who heckled the City Council’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the impromptu response has gone viral and was viewed well over one million times by viewers across the globe.
Last Thursday afternoon, dozens of pro-Palestine protesters seated in the Council gallery waited through nearly an entire session of the Council’s meeting to time their attack for the memorial for the 1.1 million victims of Auschwitz.
While the Holocaust memorial resolution was being discussed, the protesters unfurled a Palestinian flag and started heckling lawmakers by name, yelling about the Council’s upcoming trip to Israel.
Greenfield, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, delivered an impassioned address on what he felt was the real regret of the protesters: that “Hitler didn’t finish the job.”
“He only wiped out half of my family,” he said. “And only by the grace of G-d is the other half — me, the grandchild — still alive today.”
Greenfield’s three-minute response has been viewed over one million times and was replayed on the nationally syndicated “The Mark Levin Show.”
Many of Greenfield’s colleagues also condemned the protesters.
“At a time when the Council was voting on a resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,” Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito said in a statement to Hamodia, “this outburst was offensive, outrageous and counter to the values of the City Council.”