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July 29, 2014 11

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

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New York, NY

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July 23, 2014 0

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).

From Auschwitz to Palestine my ancestors are crying

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.

Well done Israel - Hitler would be proud

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 17, 2014 2

More Allegations Of Genocide At Wednesday’s Anti-Israel Protests

On Wednes­day, July 16, at least seven anti-Israel demon­stra­tions were held in cities across the U.S. At these protests, com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many con­tin­ued, along with calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide in Gaza.

Here’s a round-up of what took place:

Dal­las, TX

A few hun­dred peo­ple attended a protest spon­sored by North Texas BDS and One Demo­c­ra­tic State hold­ing signs that read “End the geno­cide in Gaza,” “Gaza is the cur­rent day Holo­caust,” and a sign that stated “End the Mas­sacre End the Occu­pa­tion! Stand up for Human­ity” with a pic­ture beneath it show­ing an image from “the Holo­caust” and “today’s world” next to one another.

Gaza is the current day Holocaust - From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion orga­nized by the regional Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Mary­land, and Vir­ginia chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine was held in front of the White House. Orga­niz­ers con­ducted a “die-in” wherein par­tic­i­pants lay on the ground and “play dead” in an effort to reen­act what is allegedly hap­pen­ing to Palestinians.

Die-in and Neteuri Karta

While the orga­niz­ers read the names of all the Pales­tini­ans who have been killed dur­ing Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge thus far, about 35 peo­ple laid on the ground act­ing “dead” with fake blood smeared on their bod­ies and mock tomb­stones on top of them.

Chicago, IL

A demon­stra­tion by Jew­ish Voice for Peace that led to the arrest of five pro­test­ers was held out­side of the Boe­ing head­quar­ters yes­ter­day. At the demon­stra­tion, about 50 pro­test­ers held signs with var­i­ous mes­sages includ­ing “Yes to life. No to col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment. End the siege of Gaza,” “Israel: stop killing chil­dren,” and “End the Vio­lence: Divest from Israeli Occupation.”

arrested activists Boeing blood

A group of the pro­test­ers also made their way inside the build­ing wear­ing blood­stained t-shirts. When secu­rity asked them to leave, they refused, and pro­test­ers out­side the build­ing led chants of “Boe­ing, Boe­ing, Blood is flow­ing” and “Boe­ing, Israel, what do you say, how many kids did you kill today?” Chicago police sub­se­quently arrested five protesters.

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