A mob of pro-Palestinian supporters attacked two Turning Point USA workers and violently beat a Christian man who was escorting an elderly Jewish couple in Skokie, Illinois, on Sunday.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the violent attacks against the Turning Point USA workers occurred as pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli rallies took place at the same time on Sunday near Chicago.
Peter Christos, a Turning Point USA employee, posted a video on X, formerly Twitter, that identified him as the man being violently attacked by pro-Palestinian supporters.
“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,” he said. “I was punched repeatedly, kicked in the head, and hit with a flagpole. This is being Pro-Israel in 2023.”
Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, also confirmed on social media that the man being violently attacked by pro-Palestinian supporters in the video was Christos.
In a post on X, Kirk shared a video posted by Stop Antisemitism, writing, “This is our @TPUSA staffer, Peter Christos, who is Christian, not Jewish. 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.”
Like Christos, Kirk explained that as the two Turning Point USA workers were walking to their cars, “pro-Hamas supporters” encountered them, “assaulted them, punched them repeatedly, and hit them with a flag pole” prior to the police escorting them to safety.
“All of these thugs need to be arrested and charged with hate crimes,” Kirk stated.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the mob’s attack on Christos and his co-worker while the two Turning Point USA employees were escorting an elderly Jewish couple was just one of multiple incidents that occurred outside the Lincolnwood Town Center, where a “Standing with Israel” rally was being held.
NBC5 Chicago reported that about 200 pro-Palestinian protestors gathered outside Sunday’s “Standing with Israel” event. Near the same place where the Turning Point USA employees were assaulted, an unnamed 39-year-old man was arrested by police for firing a gun “in self-defense” near pro-Palestinian protestors on Sunday.