Anti-Israel vandal arrested after his own father reports him to police

The 16-year-old is alleged to have part in the ‘desecration’ of a First World War memorial


'This isn’t simply juvenile hijinks': a pro-Palestine protestor writes Gaza on a First World War memorial near Central Park (Photo: Alex Kent/Getty Images)

A teenage protester who vandalised a New York First World War memorial during an anti-Israel “day of rage” was handed into the police by his own father.

Photographs of the activist, who has not been named, were shared by Kaz Daughtry, the deputy commisioner of the city’s police department.

He said the “despicable vandalism” would not go unpunished.

“One of the culprits was placed in handcuffs today thanks to the World’s Greatest Detectives,” Daughtry added.

"This isn’t simply juvenile hijinks, it’s an act of desecration that undermines the freedoms our heroes fought and died for.

According to the New York Post, the 16-year-old was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony, and making graffiti after his father dobbed him in.

The pro-Palestine activist is alleged to have defaced the 107th Infantry Memorial during a protest earlier this week.

Riot police clashed with protesters on Monday in New York as dozens of anti-Israel demonstrators were reportedly arrested and others burnt the American flag.

Some anti-Israel campaigners among the 1,000-strong crowd are said to have placed Palestine flags on the memorial.

The word “Gaza” was spraypainted onto its base.

The protesters had attempted to rally outside the Met Gala, an annual celebration of fashion attended by celebrities.

Carrying signs reading “no Met Gala while bombs drop in Gaza” and “no celebration without liberation” they were diverted towards Central Park, however.

Almost 30 anti-Israel protesters were arrested close to the nearby Met Museum.

Speaking to the New York Post, locals condemned the demonstrators for vandalising the First World War memorial.

“These people are just nuts and violent,” said Michael Skol.

“Burning the flag is anti-American. It’s stupid. It definitively doesn’t help Palestinians or the peace process. These are people who are not in the tradition of believing America is a good place. It’s disgusting.”

Ron Zucher added: “It’s horrible to treat a World War One memorial the way they did. It breaks your heart.”

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