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Anti-Israel Protests in South America

Over the past ten days, there have been sev­eral anti-Israel demon­stra­tions through­out Latin Amer­ica protest­ing Israel’s mil­i­tary action in Gaza, known as Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge, some with mes­sag­ing that crossed the line into anti-Semitism. At protests, signs com­par­ing Israel to the Nazis were seen, par­tic­i­pants spoke about Israel com­mit­ting geno­cide and eth­nic cleans­ing against Pales­tini­ans in Gaza, and calls were issued on gov­ern­ments to break rela­tions with Israel.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argen­tin­ian Com­mit­tee of Sol­i­dar­ity with Pales­tine orga­nized a protest out­side the Israeli Embassy where dozens of social, polit­i­cal, human rights and stu­dent groups par­tic­i­pated. Tilda Rabi, Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Argentine-Palestinian Enti­ties, requested that the Argen­tin­ian gov­ern­ment break rela­tions with the Israeli gov­ern­ment, remove Israel from the Free Trade Agree­ment with MERCOSUR, and stated that Argentina can­not be an accom­plice to Israel’s “war crimes”.

In La Paz, Bolivia, a demon­stra­tion took place on July 11, where Israeli flags were burned and pro­tes­tors were over­heard say­ing “Enough with the geno­cide, Zion­ist State of Israel, for your polit­i­cal inter­ests. They killed thou­sands of inno­cent people…”

In San­ti­ago, Chile, a “We Are Pales­tine” protest took place on Sat­ur­day, July 19th where a num­ber of groups protested in front of the Israeli and United States embassies. Omar Salame, Pres­i­dent of the Union of Pales­tin­ian Stu­dents in Chile, said “Pales­tin­ian peo­ple are a vic­tim of geno­cide,” and Chafik Lasen, Pres­i­dent of the group “Pales­tine For All” said “Pales­tini­ans, we are suf­fer­ing from geno­cide by the ter­ror­ist state of Israel, the largest ter­ror­ist state in the world.” Signs read­ing “Sion­ismo (Zion­ism) = Nazism” were dis­played at the demon­stra­tion. Mem­bers of the Chilean Jew­ish com­mu­nity report expe­ri­enc­ing harassment.

In Arau­ca­nia, Chile, Romina Tuma, the daugh­ter of Sen­a­tor Euge­nio Tuma, led an anti-Israel protest where around 200 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated. The protest used the slo­gan “End the Mas­sacre Against the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple,” and Tuma said that Israelis “are geno­ci­dal.” Israeli flags with a swastika and signs say­ing “Zion­ism = Nazism” were vis­i­ble at the protest. In addi­tion, pro­tes­tors put red paint on an Israeli flag and later burned it.

  • Brian D. Harvey

    I am lost. Where are Amer­i­can for­eign poli­cies in South Amer­i­can? Why has this hatred been allowed to drift aim­lessly and glob­ally for so long like a can­cer, with the dan­ger of reach­ing a crescendo and elim­i­nat­ing all of us?

    • Car­olyn Koppel

      I think that dis­like of Jews and Israel is gen­er­a­tional. It is always there, sim­mer­ing, And it is here in the US, too. It is hard to imag­ine a Jew­ish fam­ily mov­ing next door to Rom­ney, or Boehner, although they pro­fess to be staunch sup­port­ers of Israel. And I believe that anti­semi­tisum isn’t drift­ing aim­lessly glob­ally. It was always there. I also feel that a large per­cent­age of “Haters” prob­a­bly never met a Jew­ish per­son. It’s not the Jew­ish peo­ple who are to be feared. Rad­i­cal Islam is infil­trat­ing pop­u­la­tions all over the world. But we all know that. Don’t we?

      • Brian D. Harvey

        You are RIGHT, Car­olyn! I concur.

        • Car­olyn Koppel

          Shalom to you and yours Brian. Be well.

          • Brian D. Harvey

            Peace, Car­olyn. The tele­vi­sion bugs me. Shalom.

      • Leonardo Ortiz

        No you are wrong. We as latin amer­i­can are no strangers to forced dis­place­ment, racism (from peo­ple like you), mas­sive civil­ian deaths, so we CARE, we see our­selves in the suf­fer­ing of the pales­tini­ans and spe­cially gaza peo­ple.
        That is called empa­thy. Remem­ber? is that thing that led Mex­i­can offi­cials to help jew­ish peo­ple out of nazy ger­many. You should try it, appar­ently you for­got what is to be human.

        • Brian D. Harvey

          I am sorry that you do not rec­og­nize hatred at your heart.

          • Car­olyn Koppel

            And now the Chi­nese have hacked into their com­put­ers and have stolen the plans for “The Iron Dome.”

            • Brian D. Harvey

              BRAVO, Car­olyn!

              • Car­olyn Koppel

                <3!

          • Leonardo Ortiz

            I’m sorry that your hate toward peo­ple that haven´t done any­thing to you has erased your morals.

            • Brian D. Harvey

              Define “morals” in Span­ish and I will see if I can trans­late your inten­tion here. The Amer­i­can Her­itage Dic­tio­nary of the Eng­lish Lan­guage offers the fol­low­ing: “Rules or habits of con­duct, espe­cially sex­ual con­duct, with ref­er­ence to stan­dards of right and wrong: a woman of loose morals.”

        • Car­olyn Koppel

          You are assum­ing too much about me. My son-in-law is a jour­nal­ist who just returned to Jerusalem from Gaza. His reports are heart­break­ing. The 4 chil­dren killed on the beach, were only yards from him. Many of the jour­nal­ists would go out every day, to watch them play soc­cer. Please under­stand that present day Israelis are chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of Holo­caust sur­vivors. They pledged “Never Again,” to their new land. That tiny coun­try has been attacked from the begin­ning. After the kid­nap­ping and mur­ders of the 3 boys, enough was enough. Hamas and the PLO have been send­ing rock­ets, sui­cide bombers, bomb­ing bus sta­tions, blow­ing up busses for years. I am very human. I will also say that I under­stand your point of view. But you aren’t try­ing to under­stand mine. So we will agree to disagree.

          • Leonardo Ortiz

            1) I made assump­tions because of your com­ments. There is no rea­son to believe what you just wrote.
            2) “Please under­stand that present day Israelis are chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of Holo­caust sur­vivors.” That is not true in the major­ity of the cases. But it’s irrel­e­vant.
            3) “They pledged “Never Again,””.

            That is the point: Tell me how killing civil­ians can be jus­ti­fied if that pledge has any truth on it. I can´t get that into my head. It’s so hor­ren­dous I can’t find words.
            4) “After the kid­nap­ping and mur­ders of the 3 boys, enough was enough”.

            And the years of Gaza block­ade? and the fact that they don´t have med­i­cines, fuel, their water is unhealthy, their kids die from water trans­mit­ted dis­eases?. You are pick­ing a point that make no sense. Before those 3 teenagers, israel had killed 2 teens on cam­era. You can read the truth here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/who-was-behind-the-kidnapping-of-three-israeli-teens-and-why
            5) “Hamas and the PLO have been send­ing rock­ets, sui­cide bombers, bomb­ing bus sta­tions, blow­ing up buses for years“
            That is not true. Before the kid­nap­ping there were close to 0 inci­dents. Check the actual num­bers and see for your­self, don´t take my word, do your own hw. If is for his­toric data, we would still be dis­cussing how irgun mur­dered hun­dreds of civil­ians and mil­i­tary, some of them, the same that help them get out of nazi Ger­many.
            6) “But you aren’t try­ing to under­stand mine. So we will agree to dis­agree.“
            It’s dif­fi­cult to accept your “fear” your “enough is enough” when I see peo­ple drink­ing beer and cheer­ing because bombs kill gazans and the so called “ter­ror­ist” have to run in fear to pro­tect their chil­dren.
            When the “civ­i­lized” point of view is a semi naked woman or man with the words “i stand with idf” and the “ter­ror­ist” is a pale wounded mother try­ing to save their only daugh­ter from get­ting killed.….
            Sorry my brain just can´t deal with that.

            • Car­olyn Koppel

              Leonardo, there are plenty of rea­sons to believe what I wrote, how­ever, I really don’t care about what you choose to believe or not believe. Go ahead and ques­tion my moral­ity, or any­thing else, so far as it goes. Com­ing from your closed mind, it is a com­pli­ment. Israel has made sure that the Gazans have med­ical care for years. A new hos­pi­tal was just com­pleted for them in Jerusalem. So please just give it up con­cern­ing my state­ments. And search out the truth on your own. I have bet­ter things to do, and choose to not waste my valu­able time with you.

    • Leonardo Ortiz

      And since latin amer­ica has to com­ply with what­ever the us wants?
      We don´t want another mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship backed by the us.
      Get a hold of your­self.
      We can think for ourselves.