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Black Friday Protesters Advocate Palestinian Uprising Amidst Shopping Chaos

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On the day that traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday shopping frenzy, Black Friday took on a different hue this year across multiple cities in the United States. 

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters gathered in bustling areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, aiming to disrupt the shopping bonanza and raise their voices for Palestinian rights.

In Lower Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, chants of “There is only one solution: Intifada revolution!” echoed as demonstrators voiced their solidarity with Palestine. 

The call for an intifada, a civil uprising, has gained momentum within these protests following the horrific October 7 attack, which claimed the lives of over 1,200 individuals, including innocent children and infants.

Amidst the fervor, the protesters rallied attendees to reject Black Friday by boycotting businesses, disrupting shoppers, and shouting slogans like From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free, invoking controversy with its connotations.

Reports estimated around 2,000 protesters in one area, while another 1,000-2,000 gathered near Macy’s flagship store, causing disruptions not just in commerce but also in the regular flow of life in these areas.

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On the day that traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday shopping frenzy, Black Friday took on a different hue this year across multiple cities in the United States.

Los Angeles witnessed a similar fervent gathering at The Grove, a bustling shopping district, where the protesters aimed to emphasize that business would not carry on as usual until Palestine gained freedom. 

Police presence was notable as the demonstrators marched through the area, causing disruptions in traffic and garnering attention to their cause.

Boston saw dozens of protesters congregating outside the Puma flagship store, criticizing the company for its association with Israel. Specifically, their ties to Israel’s national soccer teams and the provision of branded equipment for international competitions were highlighted as points of contention.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was disrupted the day before by protesters chanting “Palestine will be free” and even attaching themselves to the street to raise attention to their cause. These Black Friday protests were a response to that demonstration.

The intensity and persistence of these protests reflect the growing momentum and dedication among certain groups advocating for Palestinian rights, choosing key shopping events as platforms to amplify their message, albeit sparking controversy and debate in the process.

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