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July 14, 2014 4

Calls for Violence & Nazi Comparisons Mark Weekend Anti-Israel Rallies

Over the week­end, close to 30 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. The week­end ral­lies were rife with com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many, calls for an end of U.S. aid to Israel, and claims that Israel indis­crim­i­nately mur­ders Pales­tin­ian children.

Here’s a round-up:

July 11, 2014

 New York City

Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers attended an anti-Israel rally at Union Square in New York City on Nazi-Swastika - All of Israel is occupied signsFri­day with signs that called for the destruc­tion of Israel and com­pared Israel to Nazi Ger­many. The rally, which was spon­sored by Adalah-NY, brought out pro­test­ers who held signs stat­ing that “All of Israel is Occu­pied Ter­ri­tory!” and “Down with the State of Israel! Free­dom for the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple!” (The text of the sign was fol­lowed by a Star of David next to a swastika).

After pro­test­ers chanted “Resis­tance is jus­ti­fied when peo­ple are occu­pied!,” and “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes,” the orga­niz­ers led the crowd to a Max Bren­ner choco­late bar where they called for a boy­cott of the estab­lish­ment because of its alleged ties to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The action lasted out­side of Max Bren­ner for approx­i­mately ten min­utes, as pro­test­ers led chants such as “We are left with no other action! Boy­cott, Divest, and Sanction!”

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion spon­sored by the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion attracted sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers to the front of the Israeli Embassy.

One speaker who addressed the crowd, who was intro­duced as Tareq from Pales­tine, claimed Zionist Nazi - Israel 4th Reich - Netanyahu Der Fuhrerthat the rea­son why Hamas, the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion that runs Gaza, exists is because “you peo­ple con­tin­u­ously take land, con­tin­u­ously. We are not the greedy; we are not the ones with the prob­lem. It is you, it is the Zion­ist move­ment, it is the Zion­ist regime run­ning Israel!”

He also legit­imized ter­ror­ism against Israeli civil­ians, say­ing “We must not hand­cuff our broth­ers and sis­ters in Pales­tine and dic­tate the way that they resist colo­nial domination…Now is that time again! Okay, so let’s stand up and start talk­ing about this in our work­place again! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing the word mar­tyr and sha­heed [mar­tyr] for the beau­ti­ful words that they are! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing our sha­heeds [martyrs]!”

 July 12, 2014

Tempe, Ari­zona

Approx­i­mately 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered in Tempe, Ari­zona for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs call­ing for a boy­cott of Israel and at least one sign com­par­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza to a Holo­caust, which read, “One Holo­caust Does Not Jus­tify Another.” Other signs read “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “AIPAC is hold­ing Con­gress hostage.”

Port­land, OregonStop the Palestinian Holocaust 2

More than a hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Port­land for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs claim­ing that Israel is “baby killers” and oth­ers that alleged that there is a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” tak­ing place. While at the rally, pro­test­ers led a num­ber of chants that included “Free, free Gaza. Free, free Pales­tine!” “Long live the Intifada! Intifada Intifada!”

July 13, 2014

Dal­las, TX

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Dal­las for a protest on Sun­day afterZionist criminals end the Palestine Holocaustnoon that fea­tured calls for vio­lence against Israel and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide and a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” in Gaza.

An Arabic-language chant heard at the rally, “Idrab idrab Tel-Aviv!,” which means “Hit, Hit Tel Aviv,” is a direct call for vio­lence and sup­port for Hamas rocket attacks.

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December 31, 2013 3

International New York Times Op-Ed Blames Israel and International Community for “Coming Intifada”

On Decem­ber 25, 2013, the Inter­na­tional New York Times ran an op-ed by Ali Jar­bawi, a for­mer Pales­tin­ian Author­ity gov­ern­ment min­is­ter and cur­rent con­tribut­ing opin­ion writer for the Times, titled “The Com­ing Intifada.” As evi­denced by its title, the premise of Mr. Jarbawi’s piece is that a vio­lent Pales­tin­ian intifada (Ara­bic for “upris­ing”) is loom­ing beneath the sur­face and could explode some­time in the near future. Most telling in Mr. Jarbawi’s piece is the absence of any sup­port or even men­tion of mov­ing for­ward with negotiations.

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Mr. Jar­bawi writes that despite the appear­ance of nor­mal­ity for West Bank and Gaza Pales­tini­ans, “no one should be sur­prised if a new intifada erupts in the next few months.” He claims there are four fac­tors con­tribut­ing to this: an unful­filled hope for a Pales­tin­ian state, Israeli “vio­la­tions” against Pales­tini­ans (of which he includes the scur­rilous charge of “Judaiz­ing Jerusalem”), finan­cial chal­lenges fac­ing the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity, and the events of the Arab Spring.

While Mr. Jar­bawi goes to great lengths to blame many non-Palestinians – with a heavy focus being Israel — for what he warns is the com­ing intifada, he assigns no respon­si­bil­ity for the chal­lenges fac­ing Pales­tini­ans to the Pales­tini­ans them­selves. Attack­ing Israel for the fail­ures of the 20-plus years of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, he makes no men­tion of the numer­ous Israeli offers – includ­ing from Ehud Barak at Camp David in 2000 and from Ehud Olmert to Mah­moud Abbas in 2008 – rejected by the Pales­tini­ans. He also over­looks the repeated state­ments by Israeli lead­ers call­ing on their Pales­tin­ian coun­ter­parts to return to the nego­ti­at­ing table, which went unheeded until Sec­re­tary Kerry’s ini­tia­tives this past summer.

He fur­ther absolves the Pales­tini­ans of any respon­si­bil­ity for their finan­cial predica­ment by fail­ing to men­tion reports of ram­pant cor­rup­tion within the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity, and instead attacks Arab, Euro­pean and other inter­na­tional donors for not offer­ing suf­fi­cient aid.

Per­haps most dis­turbingly, how­ever, is Mr. Jarbawi’s claim that Israel is “Judaiz­ing Jerusalem.” The term “Judai­sa­tion” is fre­quently used by those who dis­miss the 4,000 year-old Jew­ish con­nec­tion to the land of Israel, and implies that Jews have no his­tor­i­cal right to a pres­ence in modern-day Israel. Stat­ing, as Mr. Jar­bawi does, that Israel is attempt­ing to “impose its pres­ence in the Al Aqsa mosque” fur­ther ignores the millennia-old reli­gious con­nec­tion to Judaism’s holi­est site, which shares this tiny piece of real estate, the Tem­ple Mount.

All this speaks to an ele­ment of self-deception on the part of the Pales­tini­ans at best, and, at worst, lays a foun­da­tion to jus­tify Pales­tin­ian vio­lence. By refus­ing to acknowl­edge com­plic­ity in the polit­i­cal and finan­cial predica­ment they find them­selves in, Mr. Jar­bawi and his Pales­tin­ian col­leagues delude them­selves into believ­ing that vio­lence is a jus­ti­fi­able reac­tion to their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. They seek to con­vince oth­ers that their cur­rent approach towards Israel, includ­ing threats of vio­lence, are accept­able, and it is incum­bent entirely upon Israel and the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity to change their posi­tions towards the Pales­tini­ans in order to resolve the conflict.

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November 20, 2012 3

“End the Nazi Occupation in Gaza”: A Round-Up Of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests On November 19

Close to two dozen anti-Israel ral­lies took place across the United States on Mon­day, from Greens­boro to Gainesville, Seat­tle to Santa Cruz. Nearly half of Monday’s demon­stra­tions occurred on uni­ver­sity and col­lege cam­puses, an indi­ca­tion of how student-driven the anti-Israel reac­tion is to the lat­est round of vio­lence tak­ing place in the Mid­dle East.

Below is a sam­pling of yesterday’s anti-Israel protests:

New Brunswick, NJ

At Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity, a state uni­ver­sity with more than 50,000 stu­dents, a rally orga­nized by Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine drew approx­i­mately 150 demon­stra­tors to Brower Com­mons. One of the signs dis­played by stu­dents read, “It would be my great­est sad­ness to see Zion­ists do to Pales­tini­ans much of what Nazis did to Jews.” Demon­stra­tors also chanted “Intifada, Intifada” dur­ing the evening protest.

At least four rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist orga­ni­za­tion, par­tic­i­pated in and spoke at the rally. Jew­ish anti-Zionist groups often view their role as “pro­tect­ing” the anti-Israel move­ment from alle­ga­tions of anti-Semitism. It seemed to work here. Shortly after the protest ended, sev­eral stu­dents expressed how happy they were to have the Neturei Karta rep­re­sen­ta­tives, with one stu­dent not­ing, “I’m tired of being crit­i­cized as an anti-Semite for hav­ing crit­i­cal views of Israel, when in fact I have no qualms with our Jew­ish broth­ers and sis­ters, but rather an apartheid nation.”

San Fran­cisco, CA

A rally out­side the Israeli Con­sulate drew activists from Jew­ish Voice for Peace who held ban­ners and signs that read “The Siege of Gaza Betrays Jew­ish Val­ues” and “Israelis Against War and Apartheid.”

Chicago, IL

More than 300 demon­stra­tors ral­lied out­side a Fed­eral Build­ing in Chicago and then pro­ceeded to march to Daley Plaza, chant­ing “From the river to the sea, Pales­tine will be free.” Speak­ers alleged that Israel is a “ter­ror­ist state,” a “bru­tal killing machine” and that Jerusalem is “occu­pied.” One young woman held a sign that read, “End the Nazi Occu­pa­tion in Gaza!” The same sign also showed the Israeli flag with a large red swastika drawn over it and the words “real ter­ror­ists.” The rally attracted the sup­port of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine, Chicago Move­ment for Pales­tin­ian Rights, Coun­cil of Islamic Orga­ni­za­tions of Greater Chicago, Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Group, US Pales­tin­ian Com­mu­nity Net­work and Jew­ish Voice for Peace.

Ithaca, NY

Anti-Israel stu­dents at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity squared off against pro-Israel stu­dents who were hold­ing a rally to sup­port Israel’s actions and then marched across cam­pus chant­ing, “Hey Netanyahu, what do you say, how many kids did you kill today?” “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israel’s apartheid’s got to fall” and “When peo­ple are occu­pied, resis­tance is jus­ti­fied.” The rally, called “Sol­i­dar­ity from Ithaca to Gaza,” was heav­ily attended by Jew­ish anti-Zionists, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Jew­ish Voice for Peace-Ithaca who held signs that read, “Jew­ish Voice for Peace Says Divest From the Occu­pa­tion” and “I am another Jew opposed to Israeli attacks on civilians.”

Tal­la­has­see, FL

The Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine chap­ter at Florida State Uni­ver­sity orga­nized a protest that drew sev­eral dozen stu­dents. The stu­dents held signs that read, “Resist Zion­ism and Impe­ri­al­ism,” “Sup­port Peace, Defend Gaza” and “Denounc­ing Israel’s War Crimes is not Anti-Semitic.” One of the lead­ers of SJP was inter­viewed by local media and said, “We’re out here because Pales­tini­ans are being bru­tal­ized, are being bombed, are being killed every sin­gle day with Amer­i­can tax dol­lars and we think that’s inher­ently wrong.” He also apol­o­gized for Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism, say­ing it is the result of how “mis­er­able and hope­less” the Pales­tini­ans feel and pre­dicted that the “extrem­ism” will only end when the sit­u­a­tion for Pales­tini­ans improves.

For infor­ma­tion about other anti-Israel protests that have taken place since the start of Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense, please see these pre­vi­ous posts:

“Israel should be Ended Once and For All,” “Cru­cify Him, Cru­cify Them…Israel’s Pol­icy:” A Round-Up of Anti-Israel Protests in the U.S., Novem­ber 17–18

Demon­stra­tors at Anti-Israel Ral­lies: “Gaza is the Real Holo­caust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

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