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Photos: Al Quds Day 2014 in the United States

On Fri­day, anti-Israel demon­stra­tions were held in honor of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. Al Quds means Jerusalem in Ara­bic and is used to protest Jerusalem’s sta­tus as the cap­i­tal of Israel and instead call for Jerusalem to be a Mus­lim city.

These ral­lies are often some of the more extreme protests against Israel that take place through­out the year. Here’s a vir­tual snap­shot of this year’s protests in the United States:

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

You had the Holocaust don't make another one on us

Chicago, IL

stepping on Israeli flag

Hous­ton, TX


New York, NY

  • Brian D. Harvey

    Thank you for the pho­tographs as evidence.

    • Leonardo Ortiz

      of what?

      • Brian D. Harvey

        Which his­tor­i­cal terms do you need trans­lated from Eng­lish into Span­ish: “Nazis,” “Zion­ists,” or “Holo­caust” in terms of their his­tor­i­cal con­texts? Haven’t you learned your his­tor­i­cal les­son? Haven’t you vis­ited the Holo­caust Memo­r­ial Museum in Wash­ing­ton, DC? The Amer­i­can Her­itage Dic­tio­nary of the Eng­lish Lan­guage offers the fol­low­ing three def­i­n­i­tions: (1) (rare) a sac­ri­fi­cial offer­ing that is con­sumed entirely by flames; burnt offer­ing; (2) great or total destruc­tion by fire; a con­fla­gra­tion; and (3) any wide­spread destruc­tion. See syn­onyms at “disaster.”

        • Leonardo Ortiz

          I can read and speak a cou­ple of lan­guages includ­ing span­ish and eng­lish. But appar­ently you don´t. Please read they same def­i­n­i­tion you wrote and see some pic­tures of Gaza. Then tell me how that doesn´t apply word by word.

          • Brian D. Harvey

            I am a mod­ern lin­guist (Oxford edu­cated), with pro­fi­cien­cies in Russ­ian, Ger­man, and French. Why don’t you be civil and pro­vide your def­i­n­i­tion of “Holo­caust” in Span­ish? Don’t you know how to engage in a polite debate instead of tak­ing sides? If you ONLY look at pic­tures of Gaza you are not see­ing the broader pic­ture. That is the only way to reach con­sen­sus and bipar­ti­san­ship. With all due respect.

            • Leonardo Ortiz

              “Broader pic­ture”

              What broader pic­ture? The fact that zion­ism is by def­i­n­i­tion racist?, the fact that the Gaza has been in a block­age for sev­eral years now? the fact that the 3 mur­dered kids weren´t mur­dered by Hamas? the fact that on aver­age every 4 days israel kills 1 pales­tin­ian child since 2000? the fact that israel youth sing on the streets that gazans should be drowned in the ocean? the fact that over 1000 civil­ians have been killed so far by the israeli army? the fact that irgun (a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion) was the basis of the likud party and the cur­rent israel army?

              What broader pic­ture would you like to discuss?

              Btw, this is the def­i­n­i­tion of holo­caust in span­ish: Gran matanza de per­sonas, espe­cial­mente la que tiene como fin exter­mi­nar un grupo social por motivos de raza, religión o política.

              Which basi­cally defines word by word what the israel army is doing to the Gazans.

              btw # 2: I saw pic­tures of israel, peo­ple drink­ing beer and cheer­ing every time a bomb blew up a Gaza build­ing with who knows how many peo­ple inside.
              Is that the “broader pic­ture” that you wanted to discuss?

              • Brian D. Harvey

                Leonardo: Many thanks for the Span­ish def­i­n­i­tion (dic­tio­nary source?), with empha­sis on “exter­mi­nar un groupo social por motivos de raza, reli­gion o polit­ica.” Point well taken. To me, EVERYONE is doing this glob­ally. Israelis and Pales­tini­ans. Sudanese. Con­golese. Ukraini­ans and Rus­sians. Every­one is look­ing for ancient car­to­graphic “cen­ters” of origin–Orthodox, Catholic, Protes­tant, Judaic, Mus­lim, Bosn­ian, Ser­bian, Croa­t­ian, or oth­er­wise. Do you agree on the “pat­tern” of ret­ri­bu­tion and set­tling of scores and eth­nic and reli­gious enclaves since the end of the Cold War? It is like the Span­ish Civil War in the 1930s with the Lin­coln Brigade and so forth. What do you think about the author of these words: “He who does not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it”? Best, Brian

                • Leonardo Ortiz

                  1) Source RAE.
                  2) “EVERYONE is doing this glob­ally”… Well THEY SHOULDN´T oth­er­wise my sons (and yours) won’t have a future. Some peo­ple actu­ally did dif­fer­ent: Ghandi, Man­dela, groups in Colom­bia, Luther King, etc. 3) I won’t stand with any­thing or use any excuse to mur­der children.

                  4) Pat­terns repeat them­selves because that is how the human mind works, my field of work is human reli­a­bil­ity and our main func­tion is to look for those pat­terns and some times use them an other times change them.

                  5) The author and many oth­ers that said it before (includ­ing Simon Boli­var, who said it pub­licly far before WWII) were right.

                  6) Speak­ing of Simon Boli­var, there are so many great ideas that it’s dif­fi­cult to select, but I like this one:
                  “Un pueblo igno­rante es un instru­mento ciego de su propia destruc­ción: la ambi­ción, la intriga abu­san de la incredul­i­dad y de la inex­pe­ri­en­cia de los hom­bres ajenos de todo conocimiento político, económico o civil; adop­tan como real­i­dades las que son puras ilu­siones; toman la licen­cia por la lib­er­tad, la traición por el patri­o­tismo, la ven­ganza por la jus­ti­cia. Un pueblo per­ver­tido si alcanza su lib­er­tad muy pronto vuelve a perderla.“
                  Trans­late the best part: Adopt as real­ity things that are pure illu­sions: take licences as lib­erty, betrayal as patri­o­tism, REVENGE as JUSTICE.

                  And that is all I see: Revenge, and as usual, against the defenseless.

                  So if you actu­ally care about the future of Israel, you have to be against this non­sense, this mad­ness, that human geno­cide, because it will only lead to more destruction.

                • Brian D. Harvey

                  BRAVO, well enu­mer­ated, Leonardo! But as to your last point tak­ing sides, we have to agree to dis­agree. Who pro­voked whom? We might NEVER know now because the ter­ri­to­r­ial dis­pute wreaks of recrim­i­na­tion on all sides, yes? But you are right about those who took a dif­fer­ent path–list King, Man­dela, and Ghandi. I agree with you there. Respect­fully, Brian PS: Thanks for the long quote from Boli­var, whom I must read in trans­la­tion, I hope, not lost.

        • Leonardo Ortiz

          Btw, what would you make of:
          “Death sen­tence for left­ists & Arabs“
          “Death to these fuck­ing Arabs“
          “I wish a painful death to Arabs”

          “From the bot­tom of my heart, I wish for Arabs to be torched“
          “In the end there will be no more Arabs, God will­ing“
          “I spit on you, you stink­ing Arabs“
          “We wage war so this will be our land with­out any Arabs“
          “Hat­ing Arabs isn’t racism it’s a com­mand­ment from God“
          “Arabs may you be par­a­lyzed & die with great suffering!”

          “Kill them already, Arabs are whores”

          “Arabs are not human, they’re beasts”

          “Kill Arab chil­dren so there won’t be a next generation”

          You can find more here:

          • Those quotes were col­lected by David Sheen, He is or was a reporter for Haaretz, the Israeli news source. He has an inter­est­ing YouTube chan­nel, Blue Pil­grim­age, that includes, by the way, his inter­view, done as an Haaretz reporter, with Abra­ham Fox­man, He also has quite a num­ber of videos that doc­u­ment and report on the Israeli pub­lic and gov­ern­ment response to the 60,000 or so African asy­lum seek­ers in Israel.