Pro-Palestinian Arab demonstrators gather in New York
Pro-Palestinian Arab demonstrators gather in New YorkREUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of New York for a solidarity protest with Gaza and the Hamas terror group.

The protesters concentrated in the Rockefeller Center area where the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony was set to take place, according to the New York Post.

The protesters started altercations with police and shouted the slogan, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

The protest became violent and included waving Palestinian Authority flags. One protester displayed a sign with a swastika, which compared the IDF to the Nazi regime. Some other protesters confronted the one with the swastika, and succeeded in suppressing him.

The protest comes as preparations are underway for the rapidly approaching Christmas holiday, which brings many tourists to the city each year.

Jamie Fry, 42, who flew in from the United Kingdom to watch the tree-lighting spectacle said the protest was “very annoying.” “I had planned my holiday around this event, being a big fan of Christmas. Now I’m walled in by a bunch of terrorist-loving a–holes calling for intifada," she told the NYP.