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Workers at Israeli consulate in NYC sent home amid protests outside building

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

NEW YORK — Due to safety reasons, the staff at Israel’s UN Mission and Consulate in New York were ordered to head home early before dueling protests regarding escalations in Israel and Gaza began outside the Manhattan building, a spokesman for the consulate tells The Times of Israel.

Over a dozen pro-Palestinian activists have gathered outside the building after invitations for “an emergency rally for Palestine” were disseminated on social media. A handful of pro-Israel activists organized a counter-protest. The sides are separated by a large police presence.

Another pro-Israel rally is scheduled for tomorrow evening at Times Square.

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