Pro Palestinians chanting “burn it down” in reference to the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
Recently, a video has gone viral on the social media platform X claims that pro-Palestinian protesters chanted "Burn it down," referring to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading. Contrary to the alleged chant of "Burn it down," the protesters were actually shouting "Shut it down," referring to the Christmas tree that had been set up and lit at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Pro-Gaza Demonstrations in New York
Journalist Julio Rosas attended the pro-Gaza demonstration held at the Rockefeller Center in New York around midnight of November 30. He shared the original video with the caption, “The ‘Flood the Tree Lighting for Gaza’ protest is starting out in front of Fox News’ HQ in NYC. Crowd chants, ‘Shut it down!’”
NYPD Calls for Elevated Vigilance During Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
The New York Post reported that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) issued a warning for elevated vigilance during this year's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. This precaution was taken due to pro-Palestinian protesters announcing their intention to "flood" the iconic event in support of Gaza.
According to the newspaper, the notice coincided with an announcement from the Palestinian-led community organization Within Our Lifetime, responsible for several several recent demonstrations in the city, revealing their plans to disrupt the tree lighting festivities.
Symbolism of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The time-honored tradition of adorned Christmas trees was brought to the United States by German immigrants in the late 18th century. By the mid-19th century, it had become a widespread practice within a significant portion of American society. Its transition to public spaces in 1923, marked by President Calvin Coolidge lighting the inaugural national Christmas tree, has since evolved into a cherished annual event.
A decade later, New York City lit up its first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Today, the lighting festivities of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree attract tens of thousands of celebrants annually.