NY apartment windows draped in Confederate, Israeli flags irk neighbors
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NY apartment windows draped in Confederate, Israeli flags irk neighbors

Residents say the flags have covered apartment for over a year, but gained new meaning after Charlottesville violence

This file photo taken on July 8, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a Confederate flag over his face during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)
This file photo taken on July 8, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a Confederate flag over his face during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)

Neighbors on Wednesday tossed rocks at the windows of a New York City apartment draped in Confederate Flags as well as smaller American and Israeli ones.

The flags have been hanging at 43-year-old William Green’s Eighth St. apartment in the East Village for over a year, but recent violence surrounding a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend re-ignited frustration over the Confederate symbol, neighbors told the New York Daily News.

In addition to the stones thrown at the resident’s windows, passers-by shouted insults at Green, who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years, the report said.

“It’s disrespectful, it’s disrespecting the whole neighborhood,” neighbor Mary C. told the Daily News. “It’s not about hating him or trying to hurt him… but we need to sit him down and let him know in this neighborhood it’s not a good idea.”

“I’ve seen him open the window, open up the screen, and yell N-word, S-word,” Paul Bakija, another East Village resident, said. “When Trump came, he put the halogen lights and blared it.”

However, Mike Schweinsberg, head of an East Village block association, told the Daily News that calls Green’s eviction were not appropriate. “This is not someone whose intent is to inflame passions or anything like that… He is a mental health concern.”

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