A Jewish bakery in New York was vandalized Friday afternoon after someone spray-painted “Free Gaza” on the window and smashed the window of a nearby bank.
The graffiti on the window of Breads Bakery, near Sixth Avenue and 49th Street, appeared in bright orange letters.
Additional photos show a man sweeping up broken glass in front of the Simon & Schuster building, where another window, this time belonging to First Republic Bank, appeared to have been smashed.
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The vandals struck before several pro-Palestinian protests were planned in the Big Apple.
The graffiti also reminded passersby of the rise of anti-Semitism in New York and around the world.
Pro-Palestinian protesters blocked traffic on the Boston and San Francisco bridges during rush hour on Thursday, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as Israel continues to target Hamas leaders over a months after the militant group invaded Israel and massacred civilians.
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The protest slowed traffic on a bridge linking Boston to Cambridge, and members of the group were seen holding signs reading “Let Gaza live,” before unfurling a banner on the road that read: “Jews say: stop fire now. “
The previous night, a violent demonstration by pro-Palestinian supporters had broken out outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., with demonstrators becoming increasingly violent as they called for an immediate ceasefire in the war ongoing between Israel and Hamas.
And just last week, the entire barista staff at an Upper East Side coffee shop quit over the owner’s support for Israel.
Caffè Aronne owner Aaron Daham told FOX 5 in New York that the store displays Israeli flags at all of its locations, as well as removal signs. But those actions upset the team, Daham said, and people were unwilling to be part of the support.
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Leaving the store short-staffed, local businesses and competitors stepped in to help when the owner announced plans to donate a portion of his profits to help Israel.
Israel vowed to eliminate Hamas after the militant group launched its October 7 surprise attack, in which at least 1,200 people died in Israel and about 240 were taken back into captivity by militants in Gaza.
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More than 11,200 Palestinians were killed since the start of the war, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.
Stephen Sorace of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.
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