Jewish group speaks out against Palestinian flag on Manhattan Bridge

Posted at 9:54 PM, Aug 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-21 21:54:16-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Jewish group wants city leaders to condemn a politically charged banner that showed up on the Manhattan Bridge during a Pro-Palestinian march.

The Anti-Defamation League denounced Wednesday's demonstration and the giant "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" banner as an attempt to "delegitimize Israel."

The banner appeared as hundreds of people marched Wednesday on the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge. It was taken back up a short time later.

The BDS movement is an international effort against Israel over the Gaza settlements.

Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Evan Bernstein says there's no place in New York City for the movement's "fervently anti-Israel message."

He says the BDS message blocks any chance at productive discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Police say no one's been arrested in connection with the banner display.

An investigation is continuing.