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Anti-Semitism On Display: Two Weeks of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests

In the 15 days of protests against Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza, there have been a total of 134 anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the U.S. Many of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured anti-Semitism with many com­par­isons made between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many. In addi­tion, some of the ral­lies have fea­tured con­tent in sup­port of Hamas and over­all Pales­tin­ian “resistance.”



1. Cal­i­for­nia

The state with the most anti-Israel demon­stra­tions was Cal­i­for­nia where there were 19 dif­fer­ent protests held in cities such as Los Ange­les, San Diego, San Fran­cisco, Chico, and Santa Cruz. Quite a few of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured signs that com­pared the State of Israel to Nazi Ger­many. In San Fran­cisco an Israeli flag was burned. In Los Ange­les, a demon­stra­tor held a sign that read “That Jew-Jew Lame shit I ain’t with it Israel you bet­ter quit it Gaza-za #FreePalestine.”





2. New York

Ten anti-Israel demon­stra­tions have taken place in New York State in cities such as New York, Syra­cuse, and Buf­falo. At these demon­stra­tions, some par­tic­i­pants held up anti-Semitic signs and cer­tain speak­ers called for the destruc­tion of the State of Israel and defended the ter­ror­ist group Hamas.



3. Ohio and Washington

In Ohio and Wash­ing­ton State, there were nine sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities includ­ing Cleve­land, Toledo, Seat­tle and Olympia. In both states, pro­test­ers held anti-Semitic signs that made com­par­isons between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many and alleged Israeli con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. “Die-ins” were also held in both states.




4. Texas

Eight anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place in cities such as San Anto­nio, Hous­ton, Austin, and Dal­las. Pro­test­ers held signs that read “They’re both the same” (writ­ten next to pic­tures of Adolf Hitler, an equals sign, and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu), “We’re see­ing Israel’s incre­men­tal geno­cide in the Gaza ghetto,” and “End the Pales­tine Holocaust.”



5. Florida and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Seven sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place across Florida and in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Pro­test­ers attended these demon­stra­tions hold­ing signs that read “Adolf Netanyahu Hitler,” “One Holo­caust doesn’t jus­tify another!,” and “Gaza is the real Holo­caust.” A sign that read, “Blam­ing Hamas 4 fir­ing rock­ets @ Israel is like blam­ing a woman 4 hit­ting her rapist” appeared in Miami.





6. Penn­syl­va­nia and Massachusetts

There were six anti-Israel protests held in both Penn­syl­va­nia and Mass­a­chu­setts in cities such as Philadel­phia, Pitts­burgh, and Boston. At these demon­stra­tions, par­tic­i­pants were seen with signs that read “Not even the Holo­caust gives you the right to do this!” and “Do you think that Israel is a vic­tim? Zion­ism = Nazism.” The sign “Blam­ing Hamas for fir­ing rock­ets is like Blam­ing a woman who punches her RAPIST” also appeared at a rally in Philadelphia.




  • Brian D. Harvey

    Thank you for doc­u­ment­ing the national inci­dents of anti-Israel demon­stra­tions in a tele­graphic and infor­ma­tive man­ner with pho­tographs as evidence.

  • Peedeecee

    It’s not anti-Semitism: it’s anti-Zionism. Anti-brutality. Anti-warmongering. Anti-apartheid. And many of the demon­stra­tions — tak­ing place all over the world — are by, or involve, a lot of Jews.

    • shiningstars122

      It is clear this is the pro­pa­ganda play to sway US pub­lic opin­ion. Now it is ” “ter­ror tun­nels”. I mean it is work­ing on Israel pubic opin­ion. Netanyahu’s approval rat­ings were drop­ping and look? He is up now.
      The man knows how to rule…not that I agree with any­thing he does.

      I guess Ralph Nader is a aniti-Semite as well? I mean he is from Connecticut…

      • robert­sklar

        If it was all of that, there would 100 times the num­ber protesting

        ISIS and the mur­der of Pales­tini­ans in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. This is pure Islamic pro­pa­ganda intended to take the atten­tion away form the ISIS caliphate.

        • shiningstars122

          They are two very sep­a­rate issues but both could meld together into an even greater cri­sis, for all par­ties involved, if the ISIL is not stopped now.

          I am equally as appalled by the atroc­i­ties you men­tioned. If Israel con­sid­ered taken advan­tage of the pos­i­tive aspects of the Arab Spring, instead of com­pletely ignor­ing it, they could have fos­tered a two state peace solu­tion that would both ensure Israel and Palestine’s safety and sovereignty…now who knows what will unfold in the com­ing months?

          The one thing we can be sure of is that more death and suf­fer­ing will occur in the Mid­dle east and if ISIL over­runs Iraq… then you bet­ter really worry about Israel’s real security.

          • robert­sklar

            You say that you are equally appalled by the inten­tional mur­der of tens of thou­sands of Yazedis, Chris­tians, Kurds, and Shia for no other rea­son than that they are not Sunni as you are by the unin­ten­tional killing of 1000 civil­ians caused by Hamas inten­tion­ally using civil­ians as human shields. Okay, that is your opin­ion. But please do not use Israel as an excuse for your unfath­omable tol­er­ance of genocide.

            • shiningstars122

              I am not sure how you came to that conclusion?

              It ironic, or painfully sad, that Bibi was slump­ing in pop­u­lar­ity before this recent ” mow­ing of the lawn”. His admin­is­tra­tion knew of these ter­ror tun­nels for a year but chose not to do any­thing,.
              They could have sim­ply blew up the parts that were in Israel but instead this was used to increase his pop­u­lar­ity and rally pub­lic opin­ion for this recent “action”.

              Hey it hap­pens to all great democracies.

              I think once all the facts on the ground are known Bibi will not be remem­bered as the hero nor the peacemaker.

  • finnja

    So, Naomi Wolf is an anti-semite now? Who knew.

  • Fly­ing Goat

    “Stop killing peo­ple”… Such an anti-semitic message.

  • shiningstars122

    Shalom, motherf**ks! That means both of you Israel and Hamas. OK start shoot­ing the flam­ing arrows of pro­pa­ganda at me
    I might as well throw in USA, Rus­sia, Ukri­ane, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, ISIS, Afghanistan, Semolina, The Ara­bian Penin­sula, China, North Korea, Mex­ico. Hell there is at least 25 war­ring con­flicts occur­ring world­wide right now. Am I still an Anti-Semite?

  • Colorado_Resident

    Am Yis­roel Chai !

    • robert­sklar

      amen v’amen

  • Rayane

    Protest­ing against the killing of geno­cide is not anti-Semitic.

    • robert­sklar

      Geno­cide is what is Islam is doing to Yazides in Iraq. Wake up!!!!!!
      1500 or more a day are being murdered.

  • Andrew K.

    As an Amer­i­can Jew, I have to say that some of the lan­guage and even edi­to­ri­als com­ing out of Israel have been very trou­bling. Argu­ing against geno­cide or the forced relo­ca­tion of an eth­nic peo­ple is not,antisemitism, it is speak­ing out against the Jew­ish peo­ple becom­ing the thing they hate.

    • robert­sklar

      And how do you pro­pose to pre­vent 2000 mil­i­tants enter­ing Israel from Gaza to mur­der 6000 Israelis where Hamas uses woman and chil­dren to shield the mil­i­tants guard­ing the tunnels????

  • annie500

    Where are the hate crimes laws now? Kick these bar­bar­ians out of this Coun­try NOW.