At least two business owners operating on the Upper West Side were recently called out for ripping down posters of Israelis being held hostage by Hamas.
In a video shared widely, including on the ILTUWS Instagram page, the man who operates a Halal cart on 80th and Broadway was filmed smiling and giving a thumbs up after reportedly being spotted ripping down posters.
“I observed 20 minutes ago, this man who sells coffee on the corner of 80th and Broadway, right near Zabar’s, I observed him pulling down these posters. These posters were of children who were abducted, and kidnapped, and taken by Hamas. When I asked him he said he didn’t care. He supports terror. Please do not support this man. This man is on 80th and Broadway. He thinks this is a joke. Little children were murdered and he ripped these posters down. Please do not support this man.”
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The owners of Excellence Barber Shop, which has two locations that are both on the Upper West Side – 2265 Broadway (between 81st and 82nd streets) and 473 Amsterdam Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd streets) – were also photographed standing by a street sign, with one of the men holding crumpled up posters.
Beyond small business owners, a number of semi-high profile New Yorkers have recently been caught in the act.
Victoria Ruiz is a public defender who was outed by @StopAntisemitism after being spotted ripping down posters. When contacted by the NY Post, her employer, New York County Defender Services, apologized for her actions but did not let her go.
“It has come to our attention that one of our attorneys, Victoria Ruiz, recently attended a public vigil solely in her capacity as a private citizen,” an office spokesperson told the publication. “Some of her actions at the event have drawn sharp criticism and we strongly condemn them as highly insensitive. Ms. Ruiz has apologized to those who were hurt or confused by her actions. After an internal review, and a pledge by all involved to do better, we accept this apology and now refocus on the vigorous pursuit of our mission: achieving justice and dignity for every individual we represent.”
NYC – New York County public defender Victoria Ruiz caught removing posters of Israeli children kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) November 5, 2023