New York City sees protesters for Israel-Gaza ceasefire hold mock funeral

New York, New York - Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of New York City on Thursday, staging a mock funeral in a demonstration against Israel's continued heavy bombardment of the besieged Gaza strip.

Activists gathered in New York City on Thursday in front of 500 baby dolls wrapped in white cloth, in remembrance of children killed in the Gaza Strip amid Israel's war with Hamas.
Activists gathered in New York City on Thursday in front of 500 baby dolls wrapped in white cloth, in remembrance of children killed in the Gaza Strip amid Israel's war with Hamas.  © CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Holding banners demanding an immediate ceasefire, the activists gathered in Manhattan's Bryant Park, while some briefly stood in the middle of busy Sixth Avenue in the heart of New York's Midtown district.

Women shrouded in black held hundreds of baby dolls swaddled in white cloths to represent the toll the fighting has taken on children in the coastal territory.

The mock funeral procession headed to New York's iconic Times Square, where the protest continued with giant billboard advertisements as a backdrop.

Joke of the Day for April 21, 2024: Get your funny on
Joke of the Day Joke of the Day for April 21, 2024: Get your funny on

"Today's action is to draw attention to the fact that, as of now, almost 10,000 children, just children alone, not counting everybody, not counting all Palestinians, have been killed... in Gaza," said archivist Grace Lile (64).

New York City protests over Israel and Gaza war continue

Over one thousand people participate in a silent march and protest in midtown Manhattan against the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza on December 28, 2023 in New York City. The action, which was organized partly by elderly Jewish groups, included the carrying of hundreds of small effigies representing some of the thou
Over one thousand people participate in a silent march and protest in midtown Manhattan against the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza on December 28, 2023 in New York City. The action, which was organized partly by elderly Jewish groups, included the carrying of hundreds of small effigies representing some of the thou  © SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The war, which started with Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel, has devastated much of northern Gaza, and the bombardment and fighting has intensified, especially in the southern city of Khan Yunis.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in retaliation for the October 7 attack, which left about 1,140 people dead, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

Israel's relentless aerial bombardment and ground invasion have killed at least 21,320 people, mostly women and children, according to Hamas-run Gaza's health ministry.

New York City has seen dozens of protests since the October 7 attack and Israel's military response, with both pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel demonstrators taking to the streets.

Cover photo: Collage: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP & SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

More on Israel-Gaza War: