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Jerry Seinfeld hassled by anti-Israel protesters outside Jewish community center in NYC: 'You support genocide!'
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Jerry Seinfeld hassled by anti-Israel protesters outside Jewish community center in NYC: 'You support genocide!'

A group of anti-Israel protesters hassled Jerry Seinfeld and others outside an annual Jewish event in New York City over the weekend.

On Sunday night, Seinfeld went to the 92nd Street Y, a Jewish community center in Manhattan, to attend the center's annual State of the World Jewry address. This year's address was given by former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss.

As Seinfeld was exiting the Jewish center, a crowd of anti-Israel protesters gathered round and repeatedly accused the comedian of supporting "genocide." "Genocide supporter! You support genocide!" one woman shouted.

Some protesters stood and feverishly waved Palestinian flags, while at least one person raucously blew a whistle. Nearly all of them wore masks.

Despite the group's evident hostility, Seinfeld remained "as cool as a cucumber," according to TMZ, perhaps because he was flanked by several NYPD officers. He smiled and even waved at the crowd before calmly climbing into a black SUV parked at the curb.

As his vehicle pulled away, the crowd continued to hurl invectives in his direction. "F*** you! You support genocide," a few yelled.

At least two protesters were arrested outside the community center that night, though it is unclear whether they have been charged with a crime.

Many in the anti-Israel group turned their ire on Seinfeld not only for attending the event at the community center but also perhaps because he had "an emotional meeting" in Tel Aviv a few months ago with Israelis formerly held hostage by Hamas. Seinfeld was likewise one of 700 members of the entertainment industry who signed a letter condemning the Hamas terror attacks on October 7, CNN reported.

Though Seinfeld has been ardent in his support for Israel, he was not likely the main target of the protest in NYC. Instead, those protesters had reportedly gathered to demonstrate against Weiss.

In particular, some may have been motivated by the death of Palestinian professor Refaat Alareer. Last fall, after Weiss retweeted a screenshot that appeared to show Alareer joking about an Israeli baby who had been cooked alive in an oven, Alareer claimed that if he died, he would blame his death on "Bari Weiss and her likes."

Alareer died in an Israeli strike in Gaza last December.

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

Sr. Editor, News

Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News. She has a Ph.D. in Shakespearean drama, but now enjoys writing about religion, sports, and local criminal investigations. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.
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