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July 21, 2014

Weekend’s Anti-Israel Protests Feature More Nazi-Israel Comparisons

Over the weekend, close to 50 anti-Israel demonstrations were held across the United States to protest Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. At these rallies, there were comparisons made between Israel and Nazi Germany and allegations that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people. At one of the rallies, a speaker also called for “the full liberation of the Palestinian people and the end of the Israeli state.”

Please see below for a round-up of the protests:

July 20

Houston, TX

About 75 protesters were present for a demonstration sponsored by the University of Houston’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter. Many of the protesters held signs with slogans such as “Israeli genocide, under direct US guide,” “Israel out of Palestine now,” “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust/Genocide,” “The US is complicit in genocide,” and “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence, then Palestine deserves for us to never speak again!”

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Chicago, IL

Several hundred protesters participated in a march and demonstration with signs that stated “End this Holocaust,” “I am American and I stand with Gaza because genocide is wrong!,” “It’s not self-defense it’s genocide.”  Another sign also showed a blood-stained Israeli flag with text that stated “Stop arming the murderers of Humanity.”

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July 19

New York, NY

An anti-Israel demonstration sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine was held in Times Square on Saturday. This demonstration brought out a few hundred protesters who held signs with slogans like “Zionism=Fascism,” “New Yorkers stand with Gaza against Israeli genocide,” and “History repeats Itself, Nazism = Zionism,” (with the image of a Swastika an equal sign and the Star of David).

Yasmine Kamel, a representative from the International Socialist Organization (ISO), addressed the crowd at the protest and called for the destruction of Israel, stating, “This is part of a 66 year-old occupation; a 66 year-old history of abuse, of crimes, of murder of children; of an occupation…We have to continue to resist the Israeli occupation beyond today and beyond this assault on Gaza. We have to work for the full liberation of the Palestinian people and the end of the Israeli state and the return of all Palestinian refugees.”

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

About 100 protesters demonstrated at the U.S. Federal Courthouse at a demonstration sponsored by Al-Awda, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the National Lawyers Guild South Florida, Students for Justice in Palestine-Florida, and the Broward Green Party.

Many of the protesters were holding signs that read, “This is not war it’s GENOCIDE,” “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another,” “1948+1967 = PALESTINE,” and “”ISRAEL IS A TERRORIST STATE!” A number of slogans were chanted, including “From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine will be free,” “Hey Obama shame on you! Kids are dying ‘cause of you!,” “Occupation is a crime, from Iraq to Palestine!,” and “All the walls have got to go, from Iraq to Mexico!”

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July 18

Philadelphia, PA

Approximately 100 protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate holding signs that contained slogans such as “Israel praises Moses, but acts like Pharaoh,” “Stop Israeli Holocaust against Palestinians,” “No more racism, No more Zionism, No more Fascism,” and “Do you think that Israel is a victim? Zionism = Nazism” (with the Swastika and Star of David shown next to one another).

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San Diego, CA

Around 150 protesters attended a demonstration sponsored by the San Diego chapter of Al-Awda. The protesters held signs with slogans such as “Stop Gaza genocide,” “This Jew does not support Israel’s GENOCIDE,” and “Blaming Palestine for firing rockets at Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist.”

Many of the protesters engaged in chants of “Netanyahu you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!” “From the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River, Palestine forever!,” “Long live the Intifada, intifada, intifada,” and “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid has to fall!”

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July 16, 2014

VIDEO: Disturbing Attacks on Israel at U.S. Rallies

ADL has been reporting daily on the extreme vitriol that has characterized many of the anti-Israel rallies taking place across the United States since the start of Israel’s military operations to thwart Hamas rocket attacks last week.

Here’s a short video showcasing the hateful and offensive messages that regularly appear at these demonstrations:

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September 18, 2013

San Diego State SJP Launches Recruitment Effort Comparing Israel To Nazi Germany

The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at San Diego State University (SDSU) recently unveiled an online slideshow and ad campaign to advocate for the Palestinian cause and recruit new members to join SJP which “enables you as a student to act on the truth.”sjp-sdsu-right-side-campaign

The campaign, “The Right Side: A Guide to the Moral High Ground,” repeatedly compares Israeli policy to the Holocaust, including analogizing a supporter of modern-day Israel to a “grandson of a Nazi” and claiming that the international community’s willful ignorance of Israel’s transgressions is comparable to the Europeans’ obliviousness of the horrors of the Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s.

The recruiting tool – which is available on SJP’s website as a slideshow and has been displayed on flyers around campus – is rife with extreme propaganda and claims that Israel is guilty of apartheid and “war crimes” against the Palestinian people. It further alleges that American politicians turn a blind eye to these injustices because they “receiv[e] money in exchange of a political stance.” One of the slides even repeats UN Rapporteur Richard Falk’s infamous line: “Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment with Palestinians with the criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not.”

The first slide, titled “The Racist Grandpa,” claims that “no grandson of a Nazi, or a KKK clansman or a supporter of apartheid in South Africa can be proud of their grandfather. The last thing you want to be is that racist grandpa in the future.” The slide then warns: “Today, many of us could be racist grandpas or grandmas in the future if we continue to let ourselves be fooled by politicians, lobbyists and the media” with regard to Israel.  

The web page featuring the slideshow also contains images of well-known figures who have expressed anti-Israel views in recent years, including Alice Walker, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, former president Jimmy Carter and Lupe Fiasco, a rapper who is critical of Israel.

The SJP chapter at SDSU is very active on campus and has existed since at least 2009. In the past year, the group has sponsored speaking appearances by Norman Finkelstein, a for­mer pro­fes­sor at DePaul Uni­ver­sity and noted critic of Israeli policy, and organized events with Mexican student groups like MEChA that sought to compare the U.S.-Mexico border fence to the security fence in the West Bank.  The group refuses to dialogue or meet with the pro-Israel organization on campus, Aztecs for Israel, an anti-Israel tactic predicated on a rejection of “normalization” of the pro-Israel position.

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