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Mayor Adams donates $5K of own money for info on ‘coward’ anti-Israel protesters who defaced WWI memorial: ‘I love America’

A livid Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday contributed $5,000 of his own money towards the reward being supplied for data resulting in the bust of the anti-Israel “cowards’’ who defaced a neighborhood battle memorial.

“In spite of the unpopular notion, I’m going to say it, ‘I love America,’” Adams said at a press conference held in front of the historic Central Park World War I monument — which a mob spray-painted and plastered with anti-Israel stickers the night before.

“We cannot remain silent when our symbols of freedom are desecrated by individuals who clearly hate our country and way of life,” he said. “I am not going to remain silent because our silence gives the belief that everything is OK.

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Anti-Israel protesters’ defacement of a historic Central Park tribute to Americans who died in World War I has infuriated New Yorkers, together with Mayor Eric Adams. G.N.Miller/NYPost

“The similar rights that they’re calling for — they’re desecrating the lives of folks who have fought for them,’’ he mentioned of the protesters. “I need to present all New Yorkers that our metropolis is not going to tolerate chaos and dysfunction.

“I’m not simply placing my money the place my mouth is. I’m going to place my money the place my coronary heart is.’’

The mayor mentioned he was donating the money in honor of his 19-year-old “Uncle Joe,’’ who died within the Vietnam War.

The money was added to $10,000 from Crime Stoppers for a complete of $15,000 for data resulting in the arrest and conviction of these behind the heinous vandalism, which included the burning of an American flag.

The mayor, flanked by some of his high police brass and metropolis commissioners, mentioned fliers have been being distributed within the space with photographs of the criminals, who have been half of an enormous violent demonstration towards Israel’s battle in Gaza.

The mob was minimize off by cops earlier than it might attain the close by Metropolitan Museum of Art and disrupt the star-studded Met Gala being held there — so it turned its sights on the 107th Infantry Memorial and one other Civil War-era statue within the park. Park employees cleaned off the graffiti Tuesday.

Zach Iscol, a former Marine, Iraqi War vet and the town’s present commissioner of Emergency Management, emotionally spoke about taking his son to Normandy in France final yr for the 79th anniversary of the storming of its seashores throughout World War II.

Iscol mentioned that on his approach to Tuesday’s press convention, he printed out some of the names of the younger males who died in World War I.

“I thought of my battalion. … We misplaced 33 Marines in fight, over half our battalion, 576 Marines, have been wounded. … I take into consideration what we owe them,’’ he mentioned.

City Veterans Services Commissioner Lt. Col. James Hendon added, “What is bitter in its irony is that every one who sacrificed and all who died would sacrifice and die once more as a way to shield the rights and freedoms of the very folks who burned this flag and vandalized this monument.’’

Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy

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