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July 25, 2014

Anti-Semitism On Display: Two Weeks of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests

In the 15 days of protests against Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza, there have been a total of 134 anti-Israel demonstrations held in cities throughout the U.S. Many of these demonstrations featured anti-Semitism with many comparisons made between the State of Israel and Nazi Germany. In addition, some of the rallies have featured content in support of Hamas and overall Palestinian “resistance.”

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1. California

The state with the most anti-Israel demonstrations was California where there were 19 different protests held in cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chico, and Santa Cruz. Quite a few of these demonstrations featured signs that compared the State of Israel to Nazi Germany. In San Francisco an Israeli flag was burned. In Los Angeles, a demonstrator held a sign that read “That Jew-Jew Lame shit I ain’t with it Israel you better quit it Gaza-za #FreePalestine.”

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2. New York

Ten anti-Israel demonstrations have taken place in New York State in cities such as New York, Syracuse, and Buffalo. At these demonstrations, some participants held up anti-Semitic signs and certain speakers called for the destruction of the State of Israel and defended the terrorist group Hamas.

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3. Ohio and Washington

In Ohio and Washington State, there were nine separate anti-Israel demonstrations held in cities including Cleveland, Toledo, Seattle and Olympia. In both states, protesters held anti-Semitic signs that made comparisons between the State of Israel and Nazi Germany and alleged Israeli control over the American government. “Die-ins” were also held in both states.

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4. Texas

Eight anti-Israel demonstrations took place in cities such as San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas. Protesters held signs that read “They’re both the same” (written next to pictures of Adolf Hitler, an equals sign, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), “We’re seeing Israel’s incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto,” and “End the Palestine Holocaust.”

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5. Florida and Washington, D.C.

Seven separate anti-Israel demonstrations took place across Florida and in Washington, D.C. Protesters attended these demonstrations holding signs that read “Adolf Netanyahu Hitler,” “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another!,” and “Gaza is the real Holocaust.” A sign that read, “Blaming Hamas 4 firing rockets @ Israel is like blaming a woman 4 hitting her rapist” appeared in Miami.

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6. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts

There were six anti-Israel protests held in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Boston. At these demonstrations, participants were seen with signs that read “Not even the Holocaust gives you the right to do this!” and “Do you think that Israel is a victim? Zionism = Nazism.” The sign “Blaming Hamas for firing rockets is like Blaming a woman who punches her RAPIST” also appeared at a rally in Philadelphia.

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July 23, 2014

Day 16 Of Anti-Israel Protests In U.S.

On Tuesday, July 22, demonstrations against Israel took place in seven cities in the United States, including Boston, Chicago and Seattle. As in the previous two weeks, these demonstrations featured messages comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and accusations of Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.

Below are summaries of some of yesterday’s demonstrations:

Boston, MA

A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Copley Square for a rally sponsored by several anti-Israel groups, including the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and several Boston-area Students for Justice in Palestine chapters. Protesters held signs that read “From Auschwitz to Palestine, My Ancestors are crying… SHAME!,” “Not even the Holocaust gives you the right to do this!,” “The blood is on your hands (written on the image of an Israeli flag with blood-stained handprints), and “Jewish terrorist state” (accompanied by an image of American and Israeli hands being shaken with blood pouring out).

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The protesters also conducted a “die-in” outside the Massachusetts State House. A representative from Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, spoke to the crowd and said, “The State of Israel in no way represents world Jewry and all its crimes are not condoned by the Jewish religion…We all, including Jewish people, are suffering from this criminal state of Israel.”

Chicago, IL

A few hundred people attended a counter-protest of a pro-Israel rally outside the Israeli Consulate. The protest, which was organized by the US Palestinian Community Network, featured a die-in. At one point, many of the protesters shouted  – “Racists, go home!,” referring to the crowd of Israel supporters.

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Many of the protesters held signs with slogans such as “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence then Palestine deserves to never speak again,” “Zionism is Nazism,” “One Holocaust does not justify another! Netanyahu is a war criminal” (written next to a picture of Netanyahu’s face with an equal sign, and a Swastika), “Stop doing what Hitler did to you,” and “Well Done Israel, Hitler Would Be Proud” (written next to the image of an Israeli flag with a Swastika replacing the Star of David).

Seattle, WA

Three anti-Israel demonstrations took place in Seattle, including one scheduled to coincide with the arrival of President Barack Obama who was in town for scheduled fundraisers. Protesters positioned themselves outside one fundraiser held signs that read “A government that backs criminal oppression is oppressive,” “Genocide is not justice,” “Stop Israeli state terrorism,” and “Boycott Israeli apartheid.”  

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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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