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December 2, 2014

Marginal Anti-Israel Group Alters Holocaust Photo to Condemn Israel

A Facebook group called “I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists,” with over 91,000 fans, recently posted a photoshopped picture of Holocaust survivors holding signs that read “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza,” “Gaza, the world’s biggest concentration camp,” “Stop U.S. aid to Israel,” and “Break the silence on Gaza!!” Below the picture was text that stated, “Whatever happened to ‘Never again?’” [sic].i-acknowledge-apartheid-exists

The “I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists” group was founded on March 30, 2013 and its administrators frequently post images that delegitimize Israel and describe it as a “terrorist nation.” Recent posts include an image that described the State of Israel as “Nazi Israel” and another that stated “End genocide in Gaza.” Other posts ended with hashtags such as “#StopTheNazis” and “#StopIsrael.”

The group’s Communications Director, Derek Hummel, told TheRealNews.com in an April 2013 interview that the page was briefly shut down by Facebook because of complaints that were submitted by users who were offended by content that the group was posting. He added that Facebook reversed the decision shortly thereafter and that a fan of the page had written to tell them that, “an army of Jews were out to disband our Facebook page.” Hummel claimed, “the very next day, we were shut down.”

Over the years, Holocaust imagery has been used by many anti-Israel groups and individuals that look to make false comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany in an effort to cast Israel as a demonic state that is bent on exterminating the Palestinian people. Many examples of this appeared during Operation Protective Edge when participants at anti-Israel rallies and demonstrations held signs with slogans like “From Auschwitz to Palestine, My Ancestors are Crying…” and “Doesn’t the Holocaust teach us that it must never happen to anyone ever again?” In addition, participants at some of those rallies held signs showing the design of the Israeli flag with a swastika replacing the Star of David or the picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a swastika armband.

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Comparing Israelis to Nazis during a protest in front of the Holocaust Museum in Houston, January 16, 2009. Source: Jewish Herald-Voice, Houston

Protesters at anti-Israel rallies that took place during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012 also used similar rhetoric, calling for an end to “the Nazi occupation of Gaza,” describing Gaza as today’s “Warsaw Ghetto” and accusing Israel of committing a genocide and massacre of the Palestinian people. That sort of rhetoric was also used during rallies and demonstrations that followed Operation Cast Lead.

One of those examples took place in Houston where the Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace staged anti-Israel protests and demonstrations around the city. At one of those rallies, which took place outside of the Holocaust Museum in Houston, participants wore mock concentration camp prisoner uniforms and looked to charge Israel with the crime of “genocide” against the Palestinians.

Student groups have also used Holocaust imagery to condemn Israel and its supporters on many occasions. An example of this took place less than a month ago when the University of Central Florida’s Students for Justice in Palestine (UCF SJP) chapter posted a graphic on their Facebook page that showed a face with a swastika talking to what appears to be a face with an Israeli flag. The face with the swastika said, “You aren’t a real human race! DIE!” and below it was a similar picture that showed a face with an Israeli flag talking to a face with a Palestinian flag, stating, “You aren’t a real human race! DIE!” Above the image, UCF SJP wrote, “History, unfortunately, has repeated itself.”

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August 1, 2014

U.S. Anti-Israel Protests Continue In Week 3 Of Gaza War

Protests against Israel’s operations in Gaza continued this week, with at least two dozen protests taking place since Sunday and several dozen more scheduled over the weekend. A total of 206 demonstrations have taken place since Israel’s military campaign began on July 8.

See below for a roundup of what happened in select cities this week:

Sunday, July 27 – Dallas, TX: A group of protesters marched through downtown Dallas holding signs that compared Israel to Nazi Germany and others that said, “Stop the Israeli genocide” and “Dear USA, Your 9/11 is our 24/7. Sincerely, Palestine.”

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

Monday, July 28 – Seattle, WA: A demonstration in Seattle featured around 50 protesters who marched near Westlake Center holding signs with slogans such as “Gaza Holocaust Must Stop” and “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza” (written next to a picture of Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a swastika armband).

Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

 

Tuesday, July 29 – New York, NY: Norman Finkelstein, a longtime critic of Israeli policy, organized a so-called “direct action” outside the Israeli Consulate in New York. Finkelstein had announced plans for an action involving civil disobenience the day before on social media, claiming that the action would go forward only if 100 people committed to participating and getting arrested. Hours later, Finkelstein decided to go ahead with the action, even though he did not succeed in getting 100 people to signup.

Norman Finkelstein July 29, 2014

New York, NY

 

Finkelstein (the second individual in the picture above) led a group of about two dozen anti-Israel protesters who laid down on the crosswalk near the Consulate holding signs that read “End genocide” and “Stop genocide now.” The group blocked traffic from proceeding on Second Avenue and they were subsequently arrested by NYPD.

Wednesday, July 30 – Baltimore, MD: A demonstration and march sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Students for Justice in Palestine chapter included signs that said “Gaza = Warsaw Ghetto,” “Resistance is justified when people are occupied,” and “Stop arming the murderers of humanity.” Norman Finkelstein, who had been arrested a day earlier in New York City, spoke at the rally.

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD

Thursday, July 31 – West Bloomfield, MI: A demonstration was held outside the Metro Detroit Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan during an annual meeting for the Michigan chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). At the demonstration, protesters gathered with signs that read “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another” and “Israeli Occupation = Palestinian GENOCIDE: Stop US aid for Israel’s Heinous Crimes.”

One speaker at the demonstration exclaimed that “We must demand that the U.S. government…stop supporting a fascist Zionist regime!” and another claimed that the people of Gaza are living in an “open-air prison.”

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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).

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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