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August 21, 2014

Anti-Zionist Group Targets Jewish Institutions

Over the past two weeks, demonstrators from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the largest Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States, have entered Jewish institution buildings to directly confront the leaders of major American Jewish organizations over their support for Operation Protective Edge.

On four separate occasions, members of JVP made their way into buildings belonging to Jewish institutions and began to protest inside. Their goal in getting inside the buildings was to hand deliver an open letter calling the institutional Jewish community’s support for Operation Protective Edge “painful” and “a betrayal of our [Jewish] history and values.”

1. New York City (August 20) – Members of JVP’s New York City chapter entered the UJA-Federation offices in Manhattan. One of the protesters, who live-tweeted from the demonstration, wrote “Occupying UJA federation office in NYC now.” The protesters eventually moved their demonstration to the sidewalk outside of the building.

2. Denver (August 19) – The Front Range JVP chapter led a group of protesters into the JEWISHcolorado building in Denver. Inside the building, protesters attempted to deliver their petition to JEWISHcolorado’s President and CEO Doug Seserman. After their request was denied, they moved the demonstration to the building’s lobby and then eventually outside of the building after 911 was reportedly called.

3. Durham (August 12) – A small group of protesters from JVP’s North Carolina chapter interrupted the “Community Gathering in Support of Israel and Peace,” which was sponsored by the Jewish Federations of Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill. While a speaker was delivering a presentation, members of the group interrupted his speech, unfolded a large banner and began to make demands from institutional Jewish leadership about their stance on Operation Protective Edge.

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JVP members at the Philadelphia Jewish Federation building

4. Philadelphia (August 8) – Protesters from JVP’s Philadelphia chapter made their way into the Jewish Federation offices in Philadelphia. After gaining entrance, they demanded to meet with the Federation’s CEO Naomi Adler. After being told that they would not receive an appointment, a small portion of the group refused to leave the building and continued to protest inside, reportedly leading to their arrest.

Six other protests have also taken place outside of Jewish institutions over the past month, although various groups such as Al-Awda and the newly-founded If Not Now, When?, have organized those. No attempts were made to enter the Jewish institutions in those cases, but like JVP, the protesters called on the Jewish community to condemn Operation Protective Edge.

At least 25 other protests have taken place outside of buildings affiliated with Israel or Israeli companies. At one of those demonstrations, members of JVP and Jews Say No! made their way into the offices of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF). Once inside, the demonstrators began to protest and conducted a “die-in.” Nine protestors were reportedly arrested.

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July 21, 2014

Weekend’s Anti-Israel Protests Feature More Nazi-Israel Comparisons

Over the weekend, close to 50 anti-Israel demonstrations were held across the United States to protest Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. At these rallies, there were comparisons made between Israel and Nazi Germany and allegations that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people. At one of the rallies, a speaker also called for “the full liberation of the Palestinian people and the end of the Israeli state.”

Please see below for a round-up of the protests:

July 20

Houston, TX

About 75 protesters were present for a demonstration sponsored by the University of Houston’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter. Many of the protesters held signs with slogans such as “Israeli genocide, under direct US guide,” “Israel out of Palestine now,” “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust/Genocide,” “The US is complicit in genocide,” and “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence, then Palestine deserves for us to never speak again!”

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Chicago, IL

Several hundred protesters participated in a march and demonstration with signs that stated “End this Holocaust,” “I am American and I stand with Gaza because genocide is wrong!,” “It’s not self-defense it’s genocide.”  Another sign also showed a blood-stained Israeli flag with text that stated “Stop arming the murderers of Humanity.”

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July 19

New York, NY

An anti-Israel demonstration sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine was held in Times Square on Saturday. This demonstration brought out a few hundred protesters who held signs with slogans like “Zionism=Fascism,” “New Yorkers stand with Gaza against Israeli genocide,” and “History repeats Itself, Nazism = Zionism,” (with the image of a Swastika an equal sign and the Star of David).

Yasmine Kamel, a representative from the International Socialist Organization (ISO), addressed the crowd at the protest and called for the destruction of Israel, stating, “This is part of a 66 year-old occupation; a 66 year-old history of abuse, of crimes, of murder of children; of an occupation…We have to continue to resist the Israeli occupation beyond today and beyond this assault on Gaza. We have to work for the full liberation of the Palestinian people and the end of the Israeli state and the return of all Palestinian refugees.”

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

About 100 protesters demonstrated at the U.S. Federal Courthouse at a demonstration sponsored by Al-Awda, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the National Lawyers Guild South Florida, Students for Justice in Palestine-Florida, and the Broward Green Party.

Many of the protesters were holding signs that read, “This is not war it’s GENOCIDE,” “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another,” “1948+1967 = PALESTINE,” and “”ISRAEL IS A TERRORIST STATE!” A number of slogans were chanted, including “From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine will be free,” “Hey Obama shame on you! Kids are dying ‘cause of you!,” “Occupation is a crime, from Iraq to Palestine!,” and “All the walls have got to go, from Iraq to Mexico!”

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July 18

Philadelphia, PA

Approximately 100 protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate holding signs that contained slogans such as “Israel praises Moses, but acts like Pharaoh,” “Stop Israeli Holocaust against Palestinians,” “No more racism, No more Zionism, No more Fascism,” and “Do you think that Israel is a victim? Zionism = Nazism” (with the Swastika and Star of David shown next to one another).

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San Diego, CA

Around 150 protesters attended a demonstration sponsored by the San Diego chapter of Al-Awda. The protesters held signs with slogans such as “Stop Gaza genocide,” “This Jew does not support Israel’s GENOCIDE,” and “Blaming Palestine for firing rockets at Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist.”

Many of the protesters engaged in chants of “Netanyahu you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!” “From the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River, Palestine forever!,” “Long live the Intifada, intifada, intifada,” and “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid has to fall!”

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July 18, 2014

Speaker At NYC Rally Defends Hamas, Warns of “Destruction” to Israel

New York, NY

Among the demonstrations that took place in cities across the country yesterday, a protest in New York City’s Times Square featured particularly extreme rhetoric against Israel and its supporters here in the U.S.

The above startling video shows a speaker addressing the crowd to defend the acThe world stopped Nazism, apartheid The world must stop Zionismtions of Hamas in the name of “freedom” and to warn that Allah will “bring destruction” upon supporters of Israel. The speaker’s comments were met with loud applause from the crowd.

Signs at this Al-Awda sponsored rally, which was attended by several hundred people, read, “Stop Israel, Free Gaza, Stop Netanyahu GENOCIDE in Palestine,” “The World Stopped Nazism, Apartheid. The World Must Stop Zionism,” and “End the Palestinian Holocaust.” Chants such as “With our blood and soul, we will redeem you, Palestine,” “Intifada, Intifada, Long Live the Intifada,” and “Resistance is justified, when people are occupied” were repeatedly heard.

South Bend, IN

A few dozen protesters gathered outside of St. Joseph County Courthouse in South Bend, Indiana, with signs that said “Genocide Is Not Justice,” “This Is Not War This Is Genocide,” and “I Can’t Believe We’re Still Protesting This. 66 Years.” Many of the protesters also engaged in chants of “From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” and “End the Siege of Gaza Now!”

Boston, MA

Protesters at Copley Square held signs that read “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free,” and “Israel Stop the Killing Now. #Boston4Gaza.”

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