The leader of an anti-Israel protest in New York City Wednesday asserted that the United States government is “much worse” than Hamas when asked if she would characterize the group as a terrorist organization.
“Do you think of Hamas as a terrorist organization?” a reporter for TheBlaze asked protest leader Lana Povitz, who represents Jewish Voices for Peace.
“I think of the United States government as a terrorist organization,” she responded.
“What’s worse: Hamas or the United States government?” the reporter asked.
“The United States government is much worse,” Povitz said.
The anti-Israel activist said that Hamas is “not my favorite,” adding that her “first fight isn’t with them.” When asked who her first fight is with, Povitz answered, “The U.S. government because they are funding Israel.”
Another protester, who identified as Chris, told TheBlaze talking about Hamas was a “difficult situation to speak on.”
“I understand what happened years ago but it seems they are turning a little more political,” he said.
“Do you condemn them as a terrorist organization?” our reporter asked.
“I’m not really educated enough to say,” he answered.
Hamas, who has often been condemned for using human shields during armed conflicts and targeting Israeli civilians with rockets, has been characterized as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government since 1997.
The third protester interviewed in the video, who gave the name of Anne, was asked what her opinion is on Hamas as well. She gave a long pause and then responded that “they are definitely not angels.”
When the reporter asked Anne if she would call them terrorists, she stuttered, seeming undecided of what the correct answer is, but stuck with, “It would depend on how terrorism is defined,” before quickly excusing herself back into the crowd of protesters.