Palestinian Supporters, Jon Stewart Dis Mayor


A pro-Palestinian demonstration was held at City Hall yesterday, WCBS reports, and part of the entertainment was a chance to throw shoes at a picture of Michael Bloomberg. The larger point was to criticize Bloomberg for his implication that New York supported Israel in its conflict with Gaza. “He doesn’t speak for all New Yorkers,” said councilman Charles Barron, who also demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Barron said that people who felt similarly should not “be afraid to stand up and say that Israel is wrong.”

Our Mayor’s bizarre Gaza analogy — “If you’re in your apartment and some emotionally disturbed person is banging on your door… do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?” — was mocked by Jon Stewart, who replied, ” I guess it depends if I forced that guy to live in my hallway and go through checkpoints every time he has to take a shit.”


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 8, 2009


Archive Highlights