Luca Lewis: “The people of Israel and Palestine are both amazing human beings who deserve to live in peace together. I have many friends in both countries and all they wish for is peace and happiness. … I personally believe there is wrong in both sides. However this constant promotion of violence is getting out of hand.”
By Michael Lewis
Red Bulls reserve goalkeeper Luca Lewis found himself in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through no fault of his own.
According to reports by WNBC (Channel 4) and Newsweek, Lewis said Friday he was threatened by men holding knives who asked if he was Jewish.
In an Instagram post, Lewis said that a group of six to eight Palestinian confronted him and a friend while they were walking in New York City Thursday night.
Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in Times Square in New York City.
Lewis said someone from the group asked him where he was from. “New York,” he responded.
Then someone else asked if he was Jewish.
“I paused for a moment in confusion and thought about it, [then] I saw them withdrawing knives,” Lewis wrote on Instagram. “I obviously said no. The guy looked at me with such disgust in his eyes and said ‘Good.’ ”
As Lewis began to walk away, he said that he felt angry and that he should say something.
“What if I was Jewish?” he asked.
“The group of men walk up to my face and the same guy says ‘I’ll beat the f*ckin sh*t out of you and kill you,,” Lewis wrote on Instagram. “As I was face to face with this guy I told him ‘What is the need for that.’ He started charging at me but a few women who were with the group screamed at him to stop and to let it go.”
People who appear “visibly” Jewish must be scared to walk around the city at night, Lewis wrote. The goalkeeper grew up in Italy and New York.
“The people of Israel and Palestine are both amazing human beings who deserve to live in peace together,” Lewis wrote. “I have many friends in both countries and all they wish for is peace and happiness…. I personally believe there is wrong in both sides. However this constant promotion of violence is getting out of hand.”
Lewis, 20, played with Red Bulls II in the USL Championship last year. He signed a Major League contract with Red Bulls Dec. 11, 2020. The 6-2, 187-lb. goalkeeper has yet to play with the Red Bulls.