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More Extreme Rhetoric at National Anti-Israel Protest in DC

Approx­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple took part in a demon­stra­tion against Israel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on August 2. The demon­stra­tion, billed as the “National March on the White House,” was orga­nized by ANSWER and fea­tured sev­eral speak­ers, along with anti-Semitic signs and chants sim­i­lar to those that we have seen at other recent anti-Israel demon­stra­tions.

Cor­nel West, Pro­fes­sor of Afro-American Stud­ies and Reli­gion at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, claimed that Israel is guilty of “not just occu­pa­tion, not just humil­i­a­tion, but more and more every day: anni­hi­la­tion.” He alleged that “Ben­jamin Netanyahu is a war crim­i­nal not because he’s Jew­ish, but because he has cho­sen to pro­mote occu­pa­tion and anni­hi­la­tion.” West did not speak favor­ably of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama either who he claimed “is a war crim­i­nal, not because he’s black or half African and white, but because his drones have killed 233 inno­cent chil­dren and because he facil­i­tates the killing of inno­cent Pales­tini­ans in Gaza.”

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Founder of the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR), also spoke to the crowd, insist­ing that Israel is a “ter­ror­ist state” and that AIPAC con­trols the U.S. Con­gress. He told the audi­ence “Do not accept Israeli talk­ing points. AIPAC should have its hand off the United States Con­gress. They have cor­rupted our for­eign pol­icy; they have cor­rupted our polit­i­cal leaders.”



Many of the anti-Israel demon­stra­tors shouted insults such as “Baby killers” at a small group of pro-Israel demon­stra­tors. At one point, when a pro-Israel sup­porter showed up and tried to enter the blocked-off pro-Israel area, one man shouted “We’ve got a Nazi here!” and “more pigs, more pigs!”

Ten­sions even­tu­ally became so high that the pro-Israel demon­stra­tors had to be escorted away by law enforce­ment, pre­sum­ably for their own safety. After the pro-Israel sup­port­ers were escorted out, the rally par­tic­i­pants marched around the White House and through the streets of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

An Israeli flag was also burned by par­tic­i­pants at the rally.


  • ’ Let’s Imagine ”

    In a sim­plis­tic attempt to jus­tify Israel’s Old Tes­ta­ment style slaugh­ter of the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza, Israeli apol­o­gists always seem to ask the ques­tion ” how would the United States respond if a mil­i­tant group fired thou­sands of mis­siles at its pop­u­la­tion cen­ters from Canada or Mex­ico ? ” These yam­mer­ing Zion­ists seemed to think they score heav­ily in the arena of pub­lic opin­ion with this child­ish argument.

    So let me try my own hypo­thet­i­cal ques­tion. How would Amer­i­cans react if, with the bless­ings of the great pow­ers, a huge num­ber of heav­ily armed aliens from East­ern Europe arrived on our shores and claimed our coun­try as their own by insist­ing that their god had it bequeathed it to them via their myth­i­cal patri­arch some­where back in the Bronze Age? And after defeat­ing an inept Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, they suc­ceeded in dri­ving most of the Amer­i­can peo­ple into either Canada or Mex­ico or west of the Mis­sis­sippi. And then not being sat­is­fied with the lands east of the Mis­sis­sippi, two decades later, they ini­ti­ate another war that results in their suc­cess­ful con­quest of all the ter­ri­tory west of the Mis­sis­sippi to the Pacific. And while promis­ing the Amer­i­cans west of the Mis­sis­sippi an even­tual state of their own, they nev­er­the­less begin a pro­gram of mas­sive col­o­niza­tion of these ter­ri­to­ries and also erect an apartheid bar­rier around all of their set­tle­ments. Fur­ther­more, imag­ine a small enclave in the south­west near the Mex­i­can bor­der where mil­lions of Amer­i­cans took refuge on some worth­less land. Orig­i­nally the aliens hoped to col­o­nize it, but reluc­tantly they turn it over to the Amer­i­cans to run for them­selves as a sort of city state/refugee camp/ open air prison with no pow­ers gen­er­ally asso­ci­ated with a sov­er­eign state and also reserv­ing the right to move in at any time to pro­tect their inter­ests. Fur­ther imag­ine that after the elec­tion of an Amer­ica gov­ern­ment deemed hos­tile to alien inter­ests they pro­claim a crip­pling block­ade which reduces the pop­u­la­tion to abject poverty and near star­va­tion. Not sat­is­fied with the block­ade, the aliens then unleash the full force of their mod­ern mil­i­tary on the help­less inhab­i­tants whose only way of strik­ing back is with crude rock­ets made from sewer pipe that carry a low yield explo­sive made from sugar and fer­til­izer. And finally imag­ine an alien dom­i­nated media that con­tin­ues to label the Amer­i­cans as terrorists.

    • Fanati­cism is now main­stream in the legal com­mu­nity, that it is affect­ing my divorce case:

      When a Judge (or the lawyers) loses his or her objec­tiv­ity, then the tru­ism applies:

      Every­thing is reli­gious, every­thing is political.

      Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: Send­ing me this about “The Fuck­ing Jews”

      Mr. San­tomauro: No, actu­ally, it was the oppo­site of that. It was “Fuck the Arabs” in the essay.

      San­dra Sch­poont (Attor­ney for my 11 year old son): Oh, that’s better.

      Made­lyn Jaye:: (Attor­ney for my ex-wife): Oh, that’s better.

      Steven Man­del (Attor­ney for my ex-wife): That’s better.

      Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: Oh, that’s better.

      Let­ter from The Man­del Law Firm (Steven J. Man­del) 12–9-13

      Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: “Is that [Jew­ish] agenda to dilute the Aryan race?” On page 20:


      My essay in question:

      +The Myth of the Inno­cent Civilian

      “Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper has dis­torted, invented or mis­re­mem­bered almost every sig­nif­i­cant claim and phrase. In par­tic­u­lar, ‘Jew­ish con­spir­acy’ is com­pletely false, in spirit and in word.

      “It is seri­ous and upset­ting. Rather than cor­rect a smear, Jus­tice Cooper has attempted, per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, to jus­tify one smear with another in the same direction.

      “Michael San­tomauro pro­motes the ideal of “sci­en­tific jour­nal­ism” – where the under­lay­ing evi­dence of all arti­cles is avail­able to the reader pre­cisely in order to avoid these type of dis­tor­tions. Michael San­tomauro trea­surse his strong Jew­ish sup­port just as he trea­sures the sup­port from pan-Arab democ­racy activists and oth­ers who share the hope for a just world.” –I.S.


      Michael San­tomauro

      Cell: 917–974-6367


      “An anti-Semite con­demns peo­ple for being Jews, I am not an anti-Semite.”–Michael Santomauro.

    • Ian j

      San­tomauro, your alter­nate “hypo­thet­i­cal ques­tion” of course falls flat in the face of objec­tive real­ity. Read some his­tory books to learn about the cre­ation of the mod­ern State of Israel (spoiler alert: resulted from con­sen­sus of the world com­mu­nity through legal process of the United Nations) and other actual facts instead of rely­ing on chat rooms and other dubi­ous sources– you’ll be amazed at the world of pos­si­bil­i­ties that open up for you

      • Dear Ian,

        Wrong again!

        Under inter­na­tional law ONLY the Palesti­nain peo­ple have the legal right to rec­og­nize the Zion­ist entity and its bor­ders. For Hamas this is their only play­ing card at the nego­ti­a­tion table.

        That is why Israel keeps harp­ing for recog­ni­tion from Hamas.

        Michael San­tomauro
        Face­Time: 917–974-6367

  • D. G. Williams

    I have never had any respect for Cor­nel West. He is a bigot and uses big­otry to make a name for him­self. He is not look­ing for peace.