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Rantz: Anti-Israel protesters had plan to disrupt New Year’s Space Needle show

Dec 31, 2023, 2:30 PM | Updated: Jan 2, 2024, 4:32 pm

Image: Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Cent...

Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Center in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (Photo: Jason Rantz, KTTH AM 770)

(Photo: Jason Rantz, KTTH AM 770)

Antisemites threatened to disrupt the New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration at the Space Needle in Seattle.

According to social media posts, including a Facebook event page, fringe Senate candidate and Sound Transit contractor Aria Rey Ursa, activist Heather Yingling, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee of Seattle organized the pro-Hamas rally. Activists were asked to bring their “keffiyehs, flags, and protest signs/banners to the Space Needle for NYE and end 2023 in solidarity with Palestine!”

An accompanying rally called “Shut it Down! for Palestine” is also being organized by anti-Zionists and is part of an international call to “free Palestine.”

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Seattle Police are ready

Though only around 70 people RSVPed to the event via Facebook, hundreds of antisemites have consistently gathered in downtown Seattle every Saturday since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack against Israel.

The activists have defended the terrorist group Hamas, claiming that they’re resistance fighters, while downplaying or justifying the rape, kidnap, and murder of innocent Jews. The hate rallies frequently amplify calls to wipe Israel off the map.

If even a fraction of the Saturday rallygoers show up, they can significantly disrupt the fireworks celebration. It’s why Seattle Police are ready to intervene.

According to a police source, the department is adamant about avoiding a repeat of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Last month, activists disrupted the event, angering the crowd. Seattle Police are tasked with keeping the antisemitic protesters away from the fireworks and the KING 5 broadcast.

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