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Demonstrators at Anti-Israel Rallies: “Gaza is the Real Holocaust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

Vir­u­lent anti-Israel protests were held in at least two dozen cities across the United States yes­ter­day. The demon­stra­tions were orga­nized to protest Israeli air strikes against Hamas and ter­ror­ist infra­struc­ture in Gaza in an ongo­ing effort to defend Israel’s civil­ian pop­u­la­tion against the con­tin­u­ous bar­rage of indis­crim­i­nate deadly rocket fire from Gaza which now extends to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Many of the demon­stra­tions were marked by extreme and anti-Semitic mes­sages. Signs that com­pared Israel to Nazi Ger­many and expressed sup­port for “armed resis­tance” in Gaza were wide­spread. Below is a sam­pling of the demonstrations:

New York: Approx­i­mately 1,000 indi­vid­u­als attended a rally to “Protest Israeli crimes in Gaza” out­side the Israeli Con­sulate. Signs held at the demon­stra­tion read, “Pales­tini­ans are free­dom fight­ers;”  “Stop Israeli geno­cide in Gaza;” “Resistance is jus­ti­fied when peo­ple are occu­pied;” “Long live the Intifada;” “With our soul and our blood we will redeem you, Pales­tine;” and “Gaza is Today’s War­saw Ghetto.”

One after the other, dif­fer­ent speak­ers took turns con­demn­ing Israel using Holo­caust analo­gies, prais­ing “armed resis­tance,” and call­ing for “Pales­tine to be free, from the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea.” One speaker said, “Speak­ing of resis­tance, do you guys think resis­tance equals ter­ror­ism?” The crowd shouted, “No!!!” Another speaker claimed that “Gaza is the War­saw Ghetto of today. Sixty years ago when the Jew­ish peo­ple in the War­saw Ghetto fought back against the Nazi war machine, today it is the peo­ple of Gaza and Pales­tine who are fight­ing for free­dom against a war machine that is no bet­ter than that of the Nazis.”

The speak­ers at the rally rep­re­sented a num­ber of groups, includ­ing Al-Awda, the Arab Mus­lim Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion, New York Uni­ver­sity and Hunter College’s chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, Mus­lim Amer­i­can Society, ANSWER, and more (see below for videos of the event).

Los Ange­les: Sev­eral dozen stu­dents protested on UCLA’s cam­pus hold­ing signs that read, “From the River to the sea Pales­tine will be free,” “This Israeli Jew­ish Grand­daugh­ter of a Holo­caust Sur­vivor is against the Mas­sacre of Gaza,” “Blow­ing up chil­dren ≠ self –defense” and “Respect Exis­tence or Expect Resis­tance.” Another sign, which read “93% effec­tive mis­sile defense Iron Dome paid for by $250 M in US tax $,” seemed to be upset with the Israeli defense sys­tem that pre­vents rock­ets from land­ing on Israeli civil­ians. Stu­dents also chanted, “Free, Free Pales­tine; Long live the intifada” and “Israel is a ter­ror­ist state.”

Chicago: Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers held signs that read “Gaza is the Real Holo­caust,” “Con­demn Gaza Geno­cide,”  “Divest from Israel’s Crimes,” and “Stop Israel’s Slaugh­ter in Gaza.” One per­son held a sign that showed the Star of David = Swastika. The rally was held in Pru­den­tial Plaza out­side Pres­i­dent Obama’s cam­paign head­quar­ters. It was spon­sored by sev­eral Chicago-based orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Chicago Move­ment for Pales­tin­ian Rights, the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Group and Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine – Chicago. It was also endorsed by nearly 20 other orga­ni­za­tions, including 8 area chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine and the Chicago chap­ter of Jew­ish Voice for Peace.

Boston: Pro­test­ers chanted “Resis­tance is Jus­ti­fied When Peo­ple are Occu­pied” and “Pales­tine will be free, from the river to the sea.” “Long live Intifada, Intifada, Intifada!” A large ban­ner that read “Jews for Intifada” was held by sev­eral activists at the front of the crowd as they marched towards the Israeli Con­sulate in down­town Boston. The rally was spon­sored by Jew­ish Voice for Peace, CODEPINK, the United National Anti­war Coali­tion, and Occupy-Boston. A sign that read, “Un-Occupy Pales­tine” was also on display.

Videos from the anti-Israel demon­stra­tion in New York City:


  • Fabe Oxman

    It is remark­able that the ADL does not find video evi­dence nec­es­sary, or that it con­sid­ers the fol­low­ing mes­sage to be anti-Semitic: “This Israeli Jew­ish Grand­daugh­ter of a Holo­caust Sur­vivor is against the Mas­sacre of Gaza,” (or most of the other mes­sages, for that mat­ter). No Amer­i­can orga­ni­za­tion has done more to cheapen anti-Semitism or dilute the power of the Holo­caust than the ADL — none — and now we see them con­tinue to do so by exploit­ing Jew­ish trauma in defense of Israeli brutality.

  • Jef­frey Rosen retired NYPD

    I’m won­der­ing who all these demon­stra­tors voted for last Tues­day. Cer­tainly not Romney.

  • Lou Skudt

    I don’t think Hitler wouldn’t have approved of that Star of David equals Swastika sign.….Just sayin.

  • Jef­frey Rosen retired NYPD

    Do these idiots even know that Israel is not occu­py­ing Gaza and there’s no Jew­ish set­tle­ments in Gaza? Israel gave back Gaza to the Pales­tini­ans in 2005 for “peace”.

    • Ascher

      Wow! What a grate­ful act! Unde­scrib­able… When do they give back the whole land that had been stolen? Neva eva…

  • Amy

    We need to start demon­strat­ing in sup­port of Israel!

  • Dima

    The fact remains that Gaza has been turned into an open air prison under Israeli block­ade and the peo­ple of Gaza face an over­whelm­ing Israeli mil­i­tary assault . ADL skips the prior Israeli attacks and provo­ca­tions, not men­tion­ing Israeli’s assas­si­na­tion of Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari after he had agreed to a truce. ADL presents pro­pa­ganda directly from the Israeli gov­ern­ment, ignor­ing or white­wash­ing the killing of Pales­tini­ans, then goes into a rage when pro­tes­tors say things ADL deems inflam­ma­tory. DId ADL con­demn Nyetanyahu’s inflam­ma­tory Holo­caust rhetoric or Benny Morris’s sug­ges­tion that Israel use nuclear weapons on Iran? Has ADL con­demned Sharon’s son’s calls to flat­ten all of Gaza? To ask ques­tions like these is to answer them.

  • Lusia

    Israel didn’t ever send on rocket on the civil­ians. Hamas is the one who kills his own chil­dren and every day try to kill Jew­ish kids. They the one who pun­ished for the crime and protest again the teror­rists not against Israel. The one who sup­port them guilty as them. Hitler was sup­ported 22million peo­ple among them were 6 mil­lion Jews! Shame on you who demon­stred against Israel you the one who are new nazi!

  • Renee

    The Israelis should have reacted to the Quas­sam mis­siles months ago in lieu of tol­er­at­ing them falling on Israeli ter­ri­tory and its cit­i­zens for almost two years now. Wait­ing for the Pales­tin­ian Arab rejec­tion­ists to bor­row thou­sands of the much more effec­tive Iran­ian Fajr-5 SAMS to accom­plish extreme dam­age on the Jew­ish peo­ple is out­ra­geous and intol­er­a­ble and only aids the ene­mies of the Jew­ish peo­ple. If Israel had reacted con­sis­tently with each bar­rage of mis­siles, no mat­ter how beneign the dam­age, every­one with­out excep­tion would have been able to make the link. By wait­ing until the sit­u­a­tion became intol­er­a­ble for the Israeli peo­ple, both Arabs and Jews, only fur­ther fuels the rejec­tion­ists and Arab polit­i­cal Islamists and their supporters.

  • Renee

    Back in the 1970s, one would see the Mogan David sign = the Swatz­sticker sign at the uni­ver­si­ties in Paris, France. In fact, the Arab stu­dents at the French uni­ver­si­ties would cover entire walls in build­ings at the French uni­ver­si­ties, over­whelm­ing the uni­ver­sity offi­cials’ abil­ity to clean the walls and/or repaint the walls in a timely fash­ion. The French uni­ver­sity offi­cials warned the Amer­i­can Jew­ish stu­dents to be extremely care­ful, because there were con­tin­u­ous stab­bings and rapes of the Jew­ish stu­dents by the Arabs. What is hap­pen­ing now in the United States is a direct result of the influx of Arab Mus­lims immi­grants from the Mid­dle East­ern region. As these immi­grants are fur­ther assi­m­il­i­ated, things will quiet down. It just means wad­ing it out for another fif­teen to twenty years or so. As the U.S. mil­i­tary fur­ther engages in the region just like the Euro­peans did, there will be more and more Arab immi­grants to the U.S. Hey, if you can’t stom­ach the Arab anti-Semitism, you should not have voted the Repub­li­cans (GOP), start­ing with Rea­gan and end­ing with the junior Bush. The Jew­ish Democ­rats warned you what would hap­pen, but you didn’t lis­ten, because you are so stingy toward your fel­low Amer­i­cans (yelling “social­ism” each time you are expected to rec­i­p­ro­cate by pay­ing your fair share of taxes). 9/11 would never have hap­pened, if you lis­tened to us. You were warned over and over and over again. Now, you must deal with it just like your Jew­ish broth­ers and sis­ters have repeat­edly dealt with it in places like France. I would sug­gest con­fer­ring with your broth­ers and sis­ters in France, because most Amer­i­can Jews are just begin­ners, when it comes to Arab anti-Semitism. I would sug­gest mak­ing appoint­ments to speak with your French Jew­ish coun­ter­parts in lieu of just cry­ing about the Arab anti-Semitism in Amer­i­can streets.