Manuel E. Vega, a 29-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was assaulted at a pro-Hamas rally outside the White House last week, withvideo of the attack on Vega going viral on social media.
In an interview with The Algemeiner, Vega said he was standing up for Israel at the protest. He was surrounded by nearly a hundred people, with Hamas supporters punching, kicking and spitting upon him.
With the spread of the video online, Vega wanted to know if it had made its way to the White House, itself. “Has the President seen the video?” Vega asked. “If he has, why hasn’t he condemned the actions of the pro-Palestinian Hamas supporters when they attacked a marine Veteran in front of his home? A Marine Veteran practicing his constitutional right. Freedom of Speech?”
Vega said he heard an announcement for the rally on the radio and decided to go as a counter-protest. He spent the day in Lafayette Park with an American flag in one hand, and an Israeli flag in the other. The pro-Hamas supporters included Holocaust deniers, Islamists, and everything in between, he said.
“Terrorists don’t want peace,” Vega told The Algemeiner. “Israel has a right to exist. Israel has a right to defend itself.”
“Within Israel’s borders are freedom-loving people,” he said. “They love life. Hamas loves death and Hamas will never relinquish power in the Gaza Strip. Never.”
Watch the video of pro-Hamas supporters assaulting Vega in front of the White House.