May 23, 2024

Ban on ‘deceptive’ mask wearing pushed after violent campus takeovers by cloaked agitators

“If you’re truly out there for peaceful assembly, then there’s no reason to cover your face,” Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Reilly said.

Ban on ‘deceptive’ mask wearing pushed after violent campus takeovers by cloaked agitators

It’s time to bring back a pre-COVID law forbidding groups from wearing face masks in public spaces, activists and officials are saying.

It’s time to bring back a pre-COVID law forbidding groups of masked people from gathering together in public, activists and officials insist.

A nearly 200-year-old law that made it illegal to be disguised in public was repealed in 2020, to allow mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the virus.

But face coverings have recently made a comeback as part of the de-facto uniform of pro-Palestine protesters on college campuses.

“While the right to peaceful assembly and free speech are core to our national values, the deceptive use of masks and other facial covering pose a significant risk to public safety,” said Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Reilly.

“This is now being used as a tool that those who are looking to wreak havoc are utilizing,” Reilly told The Post. “If you’re truly out there for peaceful assembly, then there’s no reason to cover your face. For those that cover their face, their intentions are to do something that is not peaceful.”

Reilly, a former NYPD lieutenant, introduced legislation to amend the law, making it a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail or up to one year if there is injury to another person or theft or damage of property.

It wouldn’t apply to religious coverings, he noted.

State Sen. Steven Rhoades is co-sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

Louis Turco, president of the NYPD Lieutenants Benevolent Association, said it would “prevent criminals from hiding their appearance while committing crimes.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt recently took to X to call for a ban of full face masks on campus.

“Masks that cover the entire face have no bearing on COVID or free speech and should be banned,” he said.

Violent protesters last week occupied Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall, many clad in ski masks, full-face keffiyehs, N-95s and hoods.

Pro-terror demonstrators have admitted the practice is to prevent “doxxing,” or having their identities revealed, over their activism.

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Major US law firm sues Students for Justice in Palestine for alleged support of Hamas ‘terrorist activities’

Nine survivors of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on southern Israel brought a federal lawsuit pointing arguing that National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) are working in the United States “as collaborators and propagandists for Hamas.”

Major US law firm sues Students for Justice in Palestine for alleged support of Hamas ‘terrorist activities’

A major U.S. firm brought a case against Students for Justice in Palestine for allegedly being a “propaganda and recruiting wing” of Hamas

Nine survivors of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on southern Israel brought a federal lawsuit pointing to the escalating nationwide college protests broiling with antisemitism, arguing that National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) and its parent organization are working in the United States “as collaborators and propagandists for Hamas.”

Through NSJP, AJP Educational Foundation Inc. – also known as American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) – allegedly “uses propaganda to intimidate, convince, and recruit uninformed, misguided, and impressionable college students to serve as foot soldiers for Hamas on campus and beyond,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

The litigation, brought by major U.S. and global law firm Greenberg Traurig, alleges AMP “serves as Hamas’s propaganda division in the United States” and “was founded from the ashes of disbanded organizations created by senior Hamas officials after those organizations and related individuals were found criminally and civilly liable for providing material support to Hamas and other affiliated terrorist groups.”

In 2010, AMP expanded its operation to American college campuses when it founded NSJP “to control hundreds of Students for Justice in Palestine (‘SJP’) chapters across the country,” the lawsuit says.

“This case is not about independent political advocacy. It is about organizations whose very creation was intended to provide continuous, systematic, and substantial assistance to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and its allies,” the complaint states.

The filing alleges that by using “threats, violence, and vocal support for ‘globalizing’ attacks against Jews and anyone who dares to support them,” the organizations “have intentionally instigated a mass culture of fear, threats, violence, and overt hatred to intimidate politicians and institutions for Hamas’s substantial benefit.”

The complaint also alleges that at the time it was filed, “AMP and NSJP are – among other things – coordinating the occupation of dozens of college campuses across the country to ‘force’ the American government and academia to bend to Hamas’s will.”

Fox News Digital reached out to AMP and NSJP for comment on Thursday but did not immediately hear back.

The plaintiffs in the case are U.S. citizens Maya Parizer, Adin Gess, Noach Newman, Natalie Sanandaji, Yoni Diller, David Bromberg and Lior Bar, and Israelis Ariel Ein-Gal and Hagar Almog.

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The lawsuit brought on their behalf accuses the organizations of violating the Antiterrorism Act and the Alien Tort Statute and seeks compensatory damages for the Oct. 7, 2023, attacks.

“It is time that Hamas and all of its agents, like AMP and NSJP, be held responsible for their horrific actions,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement. “We want to go on record to expose these groups for the terrorists they are and make certain that they are stopped from operating in the United States and other countries they infiltrate.”

“Since Oct. 7, our country has witnessed a shocking rise in antisemitism, verbal and physical threats against Jews on our campuses and in our streets, vandalism, blockades, economic disruption, illegal encampments, and hostile takeovers of academic buildings – largely and concertedly directed by Hamas and its collaborators, American Muslims for Palestine and National Students for Justice in Palestine,” Scott J. Bornstein, senior vice president of Greenberg Traurig, said. “Until now, they have seemingly operated in a world without consequence. With this lawsuit, we will hold Hamas’s collaborators accountable for their actions and show them and those in sympathy with them that no one is above, or beyond, the rule of law. As the son of one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, I am proud to be part of the team seeking vindication for our clients.”

The complaint states that the day after Hamas slaughtered 1,200 people and took 240 others hostage, NSJP and AMP were “prepared and responded to Hamas’s ‘call for mass mobilization’ by disseminating a manifesto and plan of attack (‘NSJP Toolkit’) which includes materials that appear to have been created before the attack.”

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