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July 17, 2014

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.

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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.”

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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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July 11, 2014

“Don’t Do To Palestinians What Hitler Did To You”

On Thursday, July 10, anti-Israel protests took place in Cleveland, Knoxville and Milwaukee. At least 25 rallies are scheduled to take place in many major U.S. cities this weekend.

Here are photos from these demonstrations:

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Protesters in Cleveland, OH held signs accusing Israel of collective punishment, killing Palestinian children and engaging in “terrorism.” One sign depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Hitler mustache and a swastika juxtaposed with a Star of David. Another accused AIPAC of subverting American interests in favor of Israel.

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A protest called “Stand Up for Palestine” in Knoxville featured signs that called for an end to aid to the “racist state of Israel” and an accusation that Israel is committing a so-called “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

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At a protest organized by the Milwaukee Palestinian Solidarity Coalition, demonstrators accused Israel of “war crimes” and “genocide.” One young woman held a sign that read, “Don’t Do To Palestinians What Hitler Did To You.”

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August 7, 2013

Extreme Anti-Israel Rhetoric Marks Al Quds Day Protests Across U.S.

In commemoration of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest typically held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan, large anti-Israel rallies took place in cities across the U.S. on August 2.  The day is used to call for the liberation of Al Quds, which means Jerusalem in Arabic.

These rallies are notorious for their virulent rhetoric against the state of Israel, includ­ing, at times, anti-Semitic allegations about Jews and Israelis. Speakers at this year’s protests in the U.S. accused Israel of perpetrating atrocities against Palestinians comparable to the Nazi Holocaust, rejected Israel’s right to exist and expressed opposition to the renewed peace talks taking place between Israel and the Palestinians.

The following is a summary of some of the Al Quds Day rallies:

Houston, Texas

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Al Quds Day protester at Houston rally

A large rally was held downtown with signs and banners that read, “Children Are Buried Alive, Holocaust Is Revived” and “Stop Palestinian Genocide: End Zionist Apartheid.” Protesters also led chants of “U.S. money is the cause, it’s another Holocaust” and “U.S. weapons go away. Stop the killing right away.”

Washington D.C.

An activist affiliated with CODEPINK, a group that seeks to reduce U.S. support for Israel, named Tighe Barry told those gathered at an Al Quds Day rally that “there’s a Holocaust going on in Palestine.” Barry charged that there is a “Zionist impression” in the American education system and relayed that he had requested that a teacher in his child’s school “teach about all the holocausts” as part of a course on the Nazi Holocaust. When the teacher refused, Barry said he offered to teach the class himself and miss work in order to “talk about these other holocausts that are taking place like the Nakba.”

San Jose, California

The Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA) held an Al Quds Day rally on its premises featuring talks on the conditions various Shiite communities face. A member of the congregation, Zaki Hussain, gave a slideshow presentation titled, “Should Shia Muslims Support Palestine?” in which Israeli policies were likened to Nazi persecutions. Hussain told the audience that as Shia Muslims and followers of the teachings of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini they have a responsibility to defend the Palestinians even though the Palestinians are Sunni Muslims.

New York City

Approximately 200 people gathered at a rally in Times Square where several speakers lambasted the existence of the state of Israel and the renewed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Bill Doares from the International Action Center described Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, as “the leader of the resistance.” He summed up a recent speech by Nasrallah by saying, “as long as Israel exists, it’ll be the threat to the existence of Lebanon and its neighbors. So it is simple, one state in all of Palestine for all people.”

Ben Becker, a national organizer for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), used his time at the podium to condemn the latest peace negotiations, describing them as “nothing but a farce” and claiming that “they’re attempts to get some Palestinians to negotiate away those sovereign and national rights.” Fatin Jarara, an activist with the anti-Israel group Al-Awda NY, expressly rejected Israel’s right to exist: “Palestinians in the diaspora reject unequivocally any compromise over an inch of historic Palestine. Not just Jerusalem, not just the West Bank, not just Gaza.”

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Neteuri Karta member at Times Square Quds Day rally

In addition to these inflammatory speeches, signs at the rally read, “Israel (crossed out), Much Worse Than the Nazis” (with a Swastika on it), Stop Palestinian Genocide: End Zionist Apartheid and “No New Negotiations! Palestine is NOT FOR SALE.”

The protests in the U.S. echoed what was said by international figures at demonstrations in the Middle East, including Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, and Nasrallah.

In Iran, where International Al Quds Day was established in 1979 by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ahmadinejad derided peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, claiming that the Israelis seek the “domination and plundering of the world and humanity” and that “today, all political leaders are Zionists.”

Nasrallah, in a rare appearance at a rally in southern Beirut, said, “Israel’s demise is a national Lebanese interest” and pledged that Hezbollah would never “abandon Palestine.”

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