Violence erupts at protest of CUNY grad speaker Linda Sarsour

A raucous rally against CUNY’s School of Public Health’s commencement speaker ended in violence Thursday when demonstrators clashed with counter-protesters.

The scuffle broke out after an unlikely band of protesters — including conservative provocateur Pam Geller, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos — blasted CUNY’s decision to select civil-rights activist Linda Sarsour.

A small group of demonstrators chanting “Make America Great Again” surrounded and roughed up 19-year-old counter-protester Heather Morris.

“They tried hitting me with their fists, their sticks, whatever they found,” Morris said after the fracas on E. 42nd St. at Second Ave.

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“They’re a bunch of Nazis…They probably targeted me because I’m young and I’m brown, too.”

No arrests were made.

An outcry broke out in April after CUNY announced that it tapped Sarsour, a city activist who some accuse of being anti-Semitic, to be its June commencement speaker.

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind speaks with (l.) Pamela Geller at a rally in front of CUNY on E. 42nd St. and 3rd Ave. over CUNY’s choice of Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker on Thursday.

(Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

Sarsour’s profile has risen in recent months as she organized the Women’s March in Washington.

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She has also led a number of city protests against police brutality and helped raise thousands of dollars to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.

But Sarsour has also been criticized for denouncing Zionism and tweeting a photo of a young boy with rocks in each hand facing Israeli police, along with the words “the definition of courage.”

“Why would CUNY have a commencement speaker who supports terrorism and believes in throwing rocks?” Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said at the Thursday rally.

Geller expressed a similar sentiment.

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“I wanna say a prayer for CUNY chancellor James Milliken that he rights this terrible wrong,” said Geller, best known for trying to run a series of controversial subway ads ripping radical Islam.

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Protestors hold signs against Sarsour at a rally in front of CUNY on East 42nd St. and 3rd Ave.

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Gavin McInnes (c.) attends the rally at CUNY.

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A police officer attempts to break up a fight between a demonstrator.

A police officer attempts to break up a fight between a demonstrator.

(LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

A demonstrator who had been protesting against CUNY’s decision to allow Linda Sarsour, a liberal, Palestinian-American political activist, to speak at this year’s commencement grabs an anti-Trump demonstrator during a scuffle.

A demonstrator who had been protesting against CUNY’s decision to allow Linda Sarsour, a liberal, Palestinian-American political activist, to speak at this year’s commencement grabs an anti-Trump demonstrator during a scuffle.

(LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

“That he would invite a pro-terror, vicious anti-Semite to keynote the commencement address this year is obscene and profane.”

Yiannopoulos, not surprisingly, launched an even more scathing attack on Sarsour.

“Linda Sarsour is a Sharia-loving, terrorist-embracing, Jew-hating, ticking time bomb,” said the former Breitbart editor who lost his job after suggesting that he supported pedophilia.

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Anti-Trump demonstrators (l.) grapple over a U.S. flag during a protest against CUNY’s decision to allow Linda Sarsour to speak at this year’s commencement.

Anti-Trump demonstrators (l.) grapple over a U.S. flag during a protest against CUNY’s decision to allow Linda Sarsour to speak at this year’s commencement.

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Several CUNY professors have come forward to resist the calls to replace Sarsour — saying that bowing to the critics would “conflict with the First Amendment and the principles of academic freedom.”

A CUNY spokesman used similar language in defending the decision Thursday.

“Some, who object to Ms. Sarsour’s positions, have called on CUNY to rescind the invitation,” the rep said. “To take such actions at a public university would violate the First Amendment as well as the principles of academic freedom.”

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