A pro-Palestinian mob beat a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) staffer at an event in Skokie, Illinois, on Sunday.
Video shows the protesters beating Peter Christos and a co-worker as they were helping a lost, elderly Jewish couple navigate the crowded event, Christos said, according to Newsweek.
“This is our TPUSA staffer, Peter Christos, who is Christian, not Jewish,” Conservative commentator and TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk wrote on X.
“Yesterday, he was violently attacked while he and another TPUSA staffer were trying to escort an elderly Jewish couple away from a pro-Israel rally. On the way to their cars, they encountered pro-Hamas supporters who assaulted them, punched them repeatedly, and hit them with a flag pole before cops could pull them away to safety.”
Christos said he was “punched repeatedly, kicked in the head, and hit with a flagpole,” the outlet reported. Video shows demonstrators dressed in black become physically aggressive as police address the scene. Many wore hoods, masks and held Palestinian flags.
Christos captured the attack on his own phone camera, which Kirk also posted on X. The other TPUSA staffer victimized by the mob remains unidentified.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 23, 2023
Several pro-Palestinian protests have taken place across the U.S. following Hamas’ terror attacks initiated against Israel on Oct. 7. Hundreds of Israelis have been murdered and Hamas has taken several hostages since the initial attack.
U.S. Capitol Police arrested protesters at the House of Representatives Cannon Building on Wednesday after hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators demanded an end to the violence in the Gaza Strip. In New York, anti-Israel protesters clashed with cops Saturday night when a demonstration descended into disarray.
Yesterday in Skokie, myself & @TPUSA coworker were violently attacked by Pro-Hamas protestors while trying to escort a lost, elderly Jewish couple to the Pro-Israel event.
I was punched repeatedly, kicked in the head, and hit with a flagpole.
This is being Pro-Israel in 2023. pic.twitter.com/IYRePuiPxX
— Peter Christos (@peterchristos) October 23, 2023