Hundreds Show up to ‘Millions March for Palestine’

People participate in a demonstration during the rain to demand that Israel end its war in Gaza and agree to a cease-fire, in New York City on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/TNS)

NEW YORK (New York Daily News/TNS/Hamodia) — Although it was originally billed as “Millions March for Palestine,” only a few hundred protesters showed up in the rain to oppose Israel’s war in Gaza against the Hamas terror group at a rally in Manhattan on Saturday calling for a cease-fire.

The protest, billed by organizers as a “global day of action,” gathered in Washington Square Park around 1 p.m. in the rain.

Many protesters left the park and were marching up Sixth Avenue by around 3 p.m., followed closely by police.

As the march reached Bryant Park in Midtown, police arrested several protesters, according to video posted online. It wasn’t clear what sparked the arrests.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry announced that several demonstrators were arrested as they blocked an NYPD Emergency Services Unit vehicle that was on its way to investigate a report of a bomb in a nearby vehicle.

In Washington, D.C., protesters shut down streets near the Israeli Embassy.

Israeli officials “have more or less accepted” a six-week cease-fire proposal, according to a senior U.S. official with the Biden administration, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Similar pro-Palestinian protests in the city have drawn New York Police Department enforcement in recent weeks. Police made a number of arrests when President Joe Biden visited Rockefeller Center last Monday.

In January, activists shut down the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges and the Holland Tunnel entrance, snarling traffic.

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