A City Council meeting to vote on commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps was interrupted this morning by pro-Palestinian activists—who were angry with Council members over a separate matter. And because this is Israel/Palestine, things of course descended into complete chaos, rhetoric and vitriol. You can hearing some of the protest below, during which activists shout "Palestinian lives matter!"

"Shame on them for hating Jews," said Councilman David Greenfield, according to JP Updates. "But I’m pleased, because we can stop pretending that this is about Israel. What we saw here was blatant antisemitism, good old fashioned antisemitism...They were angry, you know why? Because Hitler did not finish the job."

It seems that the incident had very little to do with the Holocaust commemoration vote at hand: activists were protesting a planned trip to Israel next year by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 14 other Council members.

After five minutes or so of yelling, the 40+ protesters were taken outside; they were not allowed to talk to the press.

According to JP Updates, Councilman Cory Johnson called the demonstration "incredibly disrespectful and offensive. Simply awful." Mark-Viverito shook Greenfield's hand in support after the incident. Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich took the mic to state that “to be pro Israel you don’t have to be Jewish. Israel is a vibrant democracy and I’m proud to go back to Israel again. I will not be intimidated by the hecklers. I will not sit here and allow people to attack the Jews.” Ulrich said.

Some activists dispute the timing of the incident: