Protesters attempted to disrupt the Menorah in the D event in downtown Detroit Thursday with chants of “ceasefire now.”

Jewish Michiganders and supporters gathered at Campus Martius to light the giant menorah amid increased security after pro-Hamas protesters have continued to agitate in the Metro Detroit region since the terrorist group’s attack on Israel October 7.

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They couldn’t let the opportunity to harass Jews go by Thursday:

Ella Ben-Ami held a poster of her parents, who were seized by Hamas terrorists two months ago. She traveled from Israel to Detroit to participate in the event and honor her parents.

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Agitators could be heard shouting “ceasefire now” as she spoke.

“On the morning of October 7th, we heard a lot of missiles,” Ben-Ami told Fox 2 before the event. “It’s usual, we weren’t scared. But then there was a message we need to stay in the shelter because there is a terrorist.

“We were in the shelter and I spoke with my mom and dad. Then, they said there were terrorists inside the home, and they’re breaking a lot of stuff and making a mess.”

Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov of Chabad spoke and they attempted to overwhelm him, as well:

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D) was not going to be deterred by the agitators, shouting her remarks:

“America is a place for the Jewish people,” she said, as audible boos could be heard.

There was heightened security at the event due to ongoing protests and intimidation tactics by Hamas supporters in the region.

Detroit Homeland Security and Detroit Police had the Wayne County sheriff’s department and Michigan State Police on standby, according to WWJ.