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July 15, 2014 16

Anti-Israel Protesters Call Israel “The Enemy of Humanity”

On Mon­day, July 14, 2014, there were at least five dif­fer­ent anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the United States to protest Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. The Mon­day ral­lies fea­tured signs claim­ing that Israel is “the enemy of human­ity” and oth­ers that alleged that Israel is respon­si­ble for genocide.

Below is a round-up on some of the protests held on Monday:

Santa Cruz, CA

A few dozen pro­test­ers turned out in Santa Cruz for a rally spon­sored by the Palestine-Israel Action Com­mit­tee. The pro­test­ers were hold­ing signs that stated “End all aid to Israel!” “Boy­cott Geno­cide Boy­cott Israel,” and “What Jew­ish Law Per­mits the Killing of Inno­cent Chil­dren?”
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Cleve­land, OH

There were hun­dreds of pro­test­ers present at a demon­stra­tion at Pub­lic Square. The demon­stra­tion, which was spon­sored by the Cleve­land Al-Awda chap­ter, fea­tured signs that stated “Jesus was Pales­tin­ian,” “Israel is not an ally to the U.S. It is the enemy of human­ity,” and “Stop the Geno­cide.”
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Min­neapo­lis, MN

The demon­stra­tion in Min­neapo­lis, which was spon­sored by the Min­nesota Coali­tion for Pales­tin­ian Rights, included chants of “From the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea, Pales­tine will be free!” In addi­tion, signs such as “End Col­lec­tive Pun­ish­ment of Pales­tini­ans” and “Stop Fund­ing Israeli ter­ror­ism” were visible.

A speaker at the rally also stated in Ara­bic that “Vic­tory is near and lib­erty and jus­tice are on the way. [Israeli Prime Min­is­ter] Netanyahu and [Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent] Mah­moud Abbas are the same thing. They are both dirty dogs. But soon we will lib­er­ate you from these dev­ils.”
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New York, NY

Twenty pro­test­ers showed up at a pro-Israel press con­fer­ence car­ry­ing signs that stated “New York­ers Stand With Gaza Against Israeli Geno­cide,” “Israel = Ku Klux Klan,” and “Pales­tini­ans are Free­dom Fight­ers.” As speak­ers from the press con­fer­ence, includ­ing elected offi­cials, attempted to deliver their speeches, the pro­test­ers led chants of “Stop bomb­ing Gaza now” and “Free, free Pales­tine!” to the point where the speak­ers could not be heard clearly.
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July 14, 2014 1

Disturbing Online Messages Say #HitlerWasRight

The pop­u­lar­ity of some dis­turb­ing Hitler-related hash­tags on Twit­ter has grown in reac­tion to “Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge,” Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket attacks from Hamas and other ter­ror­ist groups in Gaza.HitlerWasRight-hitler-gaza-israel-twitter-hashtag

Many of these responses have included the hash­tags #Hitler­Was­Right and #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong, such as:

  • “World needs another Hitler! #Hitler­Was­Right #SavePales­tine #SaveGaza”
  • “#Hitler­Was­Right but he did one thing wrong he let other Jews to live, and they are mas­sacring #Pales­tini­ans today”
  • “#Hitler­Was­Right #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong we need a clone of #hitler for #jews #Israel @IsraeliPM”

This online out­pour­ing of anti-Semitism ini­tially appeared in the con­text of the recent series of Nazi and Holo­caust ref­er­ences that flooded social media after Germany’s 7–1 vic­tory over Brazil in the World Cup semi­fi­nals. Some of those wish­ing to protest Israel’s oper­a­tion in Gaza have pig­gy­backed on this phe­nom­e­non, ref­er­enc­ing both Germany’s World Cup vic­tory and Gaza in their #Hitler­Was­Right and #Hitler­Did­Noth­ing­Wrong tweets:

  • “Ger­many won the World Cup– Israel has won mur­der, destruc­tion and dis­as­ter. #iSup­port­Gaza #Hitler­Was­Right? He did what Israel does now”
  • “I am sup­port­ing #Ger­many because #Hitler­Was­Right he killed jews with this rea­son #GAZA #Gaza­Un­der­At­tack #WorldCuptFinal2014Brazil”
  • “2014 FIFA World Cup CHAMPIONS! ***GERMANY*** #Pray­ForGaza #Hitler­Was­Right #Jew­sAre­Hu­manEn­emy #JewsAreRealTerrorist”

Invok­ing Hitler and Nazi Ger­many to demo­nize Israel is not lim­ited to social media. Bla­tantly offen­sive com­par­isons have appeared at a num­ber of anti-Israel protests in the U.S. Below are just a few examples:

  • At a protest orga­nized by the Mil­wau­kee Pales­tin­ian Sol­i­dar­ity Coali­tion, one young woman held a sign that read, “Don’t Do To Pales­tini­ans What Hitler Did To You.”
  • At a pro­test­ in Cleve­land, one sign depicted Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu with a Hitler mus­tache and a Nazi flag jux­ta­posed with an Israeli flag.
  • At a rally in front of the Israeli Con­sulate in Chicago, among the many signs were sev­eral that accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing a Holo­caust: “End the Pales­tine Holo­caust,” “It was Wrong in Auschwitz, it is Wrong in Gaza!” and “Gaza Concentration/Starvation Camp, Designed, Man­u­fac­tured, Fre­quently Bombed and Man­aged By Israel.”    

A recent ADL poll of anti-Semitic atti­tudes in 100 coun­tries found that knowl­edge about the Holo­caust varies widely depend­ing on the coun­try. In the sur­vey, 54 per­cent of those polled glob­ally responded affir­ma­tively when asked if they had heard about the Holo­caust in Europe dur­ing World War II. Another 35 per­cent of those polled indi­cated they had no knowl­edge of the Holo­caust, and 10 per­cent responded “don’t know.”

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July 14, 2014 0

Longtime Anti-Immigrant Activists Behind Murrieta Protests

Start­ing in late June 2014, anti-immigrant activists in Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia, have pre­vented buses car­ry­ing migrants flee­ing vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­ica from enter­ing the town’s bor­der patrol pro­cess­ing cen­ter. The protests have gar­nered national and inter­na­tional atten­tion due to the extreme rhetoric and ugly cli­mate sur­round­ing them. Numer­ous anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment flocked to Mur­ri­eta from all over South­ern Cal­i­for­nia to par­tic­i­pate. Some of these pro­test­ers are closely tied to extreme ele­ments of the anti-immigrant move­ment and have a his­tory of big­oted statements.murrieta-immigration

As we have seen with sim­i­lar protests in Vas­sar, Michi­gan, estab­lished anti-immigrant groups and long­time anti-immigrant activists are play­ing a cru­cial role in the protests in both states. In Mur­ri­eta and Vas­sar, anti-immigrant activists closely tied to the largest anti-immigrant groups in the coun­try such as the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) and Num­ber­sUSA are help­ing to spread their mes­sage of big­otry and xeno­pho­bia in an attempt to cre­ative a cli­mate of fear around this human­i­tar­ian crisis.

Click here to read more about the anti-immigrant activists behind the Mur­ri­eta protests.

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