Two Queens assemblymembers were arrested Friday during a protest in Brooklyn.
Queens Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani said he and Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes of Sunset Park were both arrested for disorderly conduct after they joined protesters, who were blocking traffic outside the Brooklyn home of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
What You Need To Know
- Queens Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani and Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes were arrested Friday while protesting and blocking traffic outside the home of Senate Majority Chuck Schumer
- Mamdani was issued a summons and is facing two counts of disorderly conduct and is due in court Nov. 1
- Police say 57 people involved in Friday’s protest by Schumer’s home were taken into custody
“So many of the New Yorkers who were there were people who had lost loved ones in the horrific attacks the prior Saturday,” said Mamdani. “And they were making it explicit that their grief should not be used as a justification to kill more innocent civilians. That war crimes can not beget war crimes.”
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Police say 57 people who were involved in the Brooklyn protest were taken into custody.
Mamdani says he was in police custody for four hours and that he is set to face a judge on Nov. 1 for two counts of disorderly conduct.
Despite that, he says he would gladly participate in future protests, to urge world leaders to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. This, after the United Nations and World Health Organization criticized an order by the Israeli military to evacuate 1.1 million people from the North of Gaza as unsafe.
“We are looking at imminent genocide and if it means that us in New York City have to get out and make it clear that we don’t stand for this then we have to do everything in our power because now is not the time to be silent,” he said.
Najla Khass, of Staten Island, says she was proud to be among the peaceful protesters Friday at a pro-Palestine rally in Times Square.
But she mentioned that during the rally, she received a horrific message from a relative who was trying to escape Gaza.
“At 4 o’clock while I was at the protest,” she said. “Saying, ‘We are safe. Don’t worry, but once we left the house and followed orders. we were hit on the streets.’ How does that make sense to us here, living in peace and harmony?”
Khass shared the video of her uncle’s home, which was destroyed by war.
She admits while she and her immediate family were lucky to escape to America more than 30 years ago; she is gravely concerned for the safety of members of her extended family, who have limited access to water, food and communication.
“What it is we are asking is for these human beings, these Palestinians to live a normal life,” said Khass. “What is it that is so hard to comprehend? A human being is asking another human being, please let us live. This is not a hard request. It’s not. You want a ceasefire? Is that what you think the solution is? Then that’s fine. Ceasefire. But then what?”