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Anti-Israel Demonstrations Call for Boycott of Israel

On Mon­day, July 21, there were at least four anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held through­out the U.S. At these protests, demon­stra­tors held signs with slo­gans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “Stop Israeli occu­pa­tion and apartheid,” while other pro­test­ers spoke out at a local City Coun­cil meet­ing to call for a boy­cott of Israel.

Here’s a round-up of what took place:

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion against the Chris­tians United for Israel Wash­ing­ton Sum­mit, orga­nized by CODEPINK and the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Metro Jew­ish Voice for Peace chap­ter, brought out about 50 demon­stra­tors hold­ing signs with slo­gans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?,” “Rap­ture thru death of Pales­tini­ans???,” “Thou shalt not!! Kill #FreeGaza,” and “Netanyahu War Criminal.”

As atten­dees of the con­fer­ence walked inside to attend the evening pro­gram fea­tur­ing Israel’s Ambas­sador to the United States Ron Der­mer, the pro­test­ers chanted slo­gans and deliv­ered speeches. One pro­tester remarked to atten­dees, “Where in the Scrip­tures does Jesus say kill the chil­dren from the air? Where does he say bomb the hos­pi­tal? Where does he say blow up entire fam­i­lies? Where does he say engage in tor­ture? Cru­elty has noth­ing to do with Christianity.”

In addi­tion, some of the pro­test­ers made their way into the event and heck­led Ambas­sador Der­mer dur­ing his speech by scream­ing “free Pales­tine” five times. Those pro­test­ers were report­edly removed from the session.

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Port­land, OR

Fewer than 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the office of U.S. Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden to con­duct a “die-in.” Some of the par­tic­i­pants laid on the ground with mock tomb­stones placed on top of them, while oth­ers held signs call­ing for boy­cott, divest­ment, and sanc­tions and an end of aid to Israel.

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Ann Arbor, MI

Three peo­ple report­edly spoke to the City Coun­cil yes­ter­day and urged them to hold a pub­lic hear­ing on a boy­cott of Israel. One of the speak­ers, Mozh­gan Sav­abieas­fa­hani, report­edly told the City Coun­cil that Israel is an “out­law state” and that they have been mur­der­ing Pales­tini­ans “since the begin­ning.” By the end of her com­ments, chants erupted to “Boy­cott Israel, Stop bomb­ing Gaza!”

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  • Brian D. Harvey

    Until June 1995 I worked at The Abra­ham Fund, based in Man­hat­tan. This non­profit revolves around the mis­sion of fos­ter­ing coex­is­tence between Jews and Arabs in the State of Israel based on a shared ances­tor. It would be good for every­one to fol­low this char­i­ta­ble suit at this unnec­es­sary junc­ture in time.

  • June

    Israel is defend­ing it’s cit­i­zen, who were attcked bru­taly by Hamas send­ing hun­dreds of mis­siles towards our cities and com­mu­ni­ties. Teh Israeli is try­ing to min­i­mize harm­ing the pop­u­la­tion, there­fore 32 Israeli sol­diers died so far. But it is impos­si­ble not to harm pop­u­la­tion, while Hamas lead­ers are hid­ing behind women and chil­dren, send­ing mis­siles from inside schools, play­grounds and hos­pi­tals. If you really want to save the Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, dis­arm Hamas and don’t let them build ter­ror tun­nels and hold thou­sands of mis­siles all aim­ing inn­cent cit­i­zens in Israel. The blood of these poor chil­dren is on the hands of Hamas, a terro organization.