Charlie Kirk says TPUSA staffers crushed by ‘Hamas supporters’

Radio discuss present host Charlie Kirk, who based the American conservative group Turning Level USA (TPUSA), stated one of many group’s staffers was attacked by “pro-Hamas supporters” in Skokie, Illinois, over the weekend.

Round 5 p.m. on Sunday, a pro-Israel occasion was being held on the Ateres Ayala occasion area on Touhy Avenue within the Chicago suburb when roughly 200 pro-Palestine protesters confirmed up for a counter-rally, Skokie police informed native media.

The occasions descended into chaos with stories of a gunshot and a Chicago police officer and two civilians needing therapy for minor accidents after somebody discharged pepper spray, in line with the Skokie Police Division (SPD). Kirk stated his TPUSA staffers have been caught within the violence.

Founder and government director of Turning Level USA Charlie Kirk speaks on the opening of the Turning Level Motion convention on July 15, 2023 in West Palm Seashore, Florida. Kirk stated one of many TPUSA staffers was attacked by “pro-Hamas supporters” exterior of an occasion in Skokie, Illinois, on October 22, 2023.
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Newsweek reached out by way of e mail on Monday to SPD for remark.

Kirk stated in a publish on X, previously Twitter, that two TPUSA staffers have been serving to escort an aged Jewish couple from the pro-Israel rally once they have been “violently attacked” by pro-Hamas supporters.

The conservative commentator, responding to a video of the altercation shared on X by StopAntisemitism, recognized one of many TPUSA staffers as Peter Christos and stated he’s not Jewish.

Kirk known as for these concerned within the assault to be charged with hate crimes.

“That is our @TPUSA staffer, Peter Christos, who’s Christian, not Jewish,” Kirk said in the post on X. “Yesterday, he was violently attacked whereas he and one other TPUSA staffer have been making an attempt to escort an aged Jewish couple away from a pro-Israel rally. On the best way to their vehicles, they encountered pro-Hamas supporters who assaulted them, punched them repeatedly, and hit them with a flag pole earlier than cops might pull them away to security. All of those thugs have to be arrested and charged with hate crimes.

Christos additionally posted in regards to the incident on X, saying he was “punched repeatedly, kicked within the head, and hit with a flagpole.”

“Yesterday in Skokie, myself & @TPUSA coworker have been violently attacked by Professional-Hamas protestors whereas making an attempt to escort a misplaced, aged Jewish couple to the Professional-Israel occasion,” Christos said in the post. “I used to be punched repeatedly, kicked within the head, and hit with a flagpole. That is being Professional-Israel in 2023.”

The opposite TPUSA staffer was not recognized within the social media posts by Kirk and Christos.

Newsweek reached out by way of e mail and the TPUSA web site on Monday to achieve Kirk and Christos for remark.

The violence on the Skokie occasions comes as Israel has intensified its strikes on the Gaza Strip and prepares for a floor assault. Saturday marked two weeks of preventing between Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants and Israeli forces following shock assaults on Israel on October 7.

As of Monday, over 1,400 folks in Israel have died, the Related Press reported, along with greater than 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated his nation is “at conflict” and has reduce off meals, gasoline, electrical energy, and drugs provides to Gaza, house to an estimated 2.3 million folks.