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Dozens of Pro-Palestinian Protesters Arrested Outside Schumer’s Home

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Last year, before the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states, there were several protests outside the homes of conservative justices, though federal law supposedly prohibits such demonstrations that are aimed at influencing court outcomes.

At the time, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was asked about them, to which he responded that he didn’t have a problem with protests that were peaceful — despite the fact that federal authorities managed to thwart an assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to a May 10, 2022, report in The Hill, Schumer responded, “If protests are peaceful, yes. My house — there’s protests three, four times a week outside my house. The American way to peacefully protest is OK.”

During the interview, Schumer got a phone call from his wife, then joked with the reporter: “Maybe there’s a protest outside.”

Other than Nicholas John Roske, the man charged with the assassination attempt, there weren’t many arrests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices, though Joe Biden’s Justice Department did order a beefed-up presence involving U.S. Marshal Service officers.

But over the weekend, it’s possible that Schumer, who is Jewish, may have taken a different perspective on protests outside his home because law enforcement certainly did.

According to the New York Post, “local lawmakers were among dozens of demonstrators demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war who were arrested outside New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Brooklyn home on Friday night,” police sources said.

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The outlet added:

Hundreds of people gathered at the Grand Army Plaza for the rally, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace — a self-described anti-Zionist activist group — before marching a few blocks to the senator’s Park Slope residence and blocking the street.

“New York Jews blocking @SenSchumer’s home demanding a ceasefire NOW,” Jewish Voice for Peace Action wrote on X.

Protesters held a large banner that said “Jews say stop genocide against Palestinians” in front of Schumer’s building’s door with several police officers standing nearby.

Witnesses reported seeing police escort dozens of handcuffed protesters onto MTA buses before driving away, presumably to local police precincts to be booked.

Per the group Jewish Voice for Peace, among those arrested were “rabbis, politicians, scholars, and descendants of Holocaust survivors — ages 20 to 80.”

The Post also reported that Assembly members Zohran Kwame Mamdani (D-Queens) and Marcela Mitaynes (D-Brooklyn) were among those arrested at the rally, according to sources.

The outlet said that those who were detained will be issued summonses for blocking traffic, per sources.

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Schumer, who is the highest-elected Jewish official serving in the U.S. government, traveled to Israel over the weekend. He led a group of senators to show support for the Israeli government, according to an announcement from his office earlier on Friday, the Post said.

The outlet added: “He and the delegation will meet with Israel’s new emergency government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where they will discuss what resources the US can provide in its fight against Hamas, a spokesperson for the senator told The Post.”

Regarding the protests around the homes of Supreme Court justices last year, one reporter described one outside Kavanaugh’s home as particularly unnerving.

Douglas Blair, a news editor for The Daily Signal, said the pro-abortion protests outside Kavanaugh’s home were “one of the scariest things” he’s ever witnessed.

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In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” he labeled the protests an “attempt at intimidation” as he blasted the Biden administration for not more forcefully condemning them.

“This is an attempt at intimidation. And I think it really says a lot, too, that the Biden administration is willing to absolutely let these justices out to dry,” he said.

“They’re not going to say, ‘It’s not acceptable for you to go to somebody’s house and yell and scream. That’s not how we do it in this country,’” Blair continued.

“I did not see Justice Kavanaugh. My hope is that he wasn’t home. My hope is that he was safe with his family somewhere else because it was genuinely one of the scariest things I’ve ever witnessed,” added Blair.

Besieged Schumer, meanwhile,

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