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July 10, 2014

Anti-Israel Protests Call For “Death to Israel” & “Resistance”


A sign at a rally in New York on July 9, 2014

Several dozen protests and demonstrations expressing opposition to Israel’s military operations against Hamas in Gaza are taking place in cities across the United States this week.

While organizers sometimes promote their protests as a demonstration against “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians” – as The New York Times even did yesterday when it highlighted a planned demonstration that took place in New York in its “New York Today” column – more often than not, these protests devolve into outright hate fests against Israel, rife with calls of support for violence, comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany and claims that Israel wantonly murders Palestinian children.

Following an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza and Israel’s commencement of “Operation Protective Edge,” initiated in order to reduce the threat of attacks against Israeli civilians, more than a dozen rallies have taken place in American cities. Below is a sampling of what occurred at some of these rallies:

July 9, 2014

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More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Israeli Consulate bearing signs comparing Israel to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Germany, as well as signs legitimizing violent resistance against Israel. At various points during the rally, protesters in the crowd led chants of “Death to Israel” and “Khaibar, Khaibar ya Yahud, jaysh Muhammad sawfa ya’ud,” which translates to “Oh Khaiber, Khaiber, oh you Jews, the army of Muhammad shall return.” The anti-Semitic slogan evokes an Islamic story of an alleged battle between the prophet Muhammad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the subjugation of the Jews of Arabia.

Several dozen members of Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, were also in attendance, holding placards that called for an end to the Jewish state and “Zionist terrorism.” The spokesperson for the group, Yisroel Dovid Weiss, addressed the crowd in an attempt to absolve Jews from Israel’s alleged crimes, arguing that until the advent of Zionism, Jews and Muslims lived peacefully together. He also led chants of “Zionism No, The State of Israel Must Go.” Another speaker warned the crowd to avoid dialogue with anyone who supports Israel, saying “No for Normalization!” He further praised the fact that Gaza is “fighting back” and led the crowd in chants of “When People are Occupied, Resistance is Justified.”

Chicago, IL

A rally drew several hundred protesters to the Israeli Consulate in Chicago after wChicago July 1hich protesters marched to the Federal Plaza, chanting, “Hey Israel what do you say, how many kids have you killed today?” and “Long Live Intifada. Intifada, Intifada!” Included among the many signs were several that accused Israel of perpetrating a Holocaust: “End the Palestine Holocaust,” “It was Wrong in Auschwitz, it is Wrong in Gaza!” and “Gaza Concentration/Starvation Camp, Designed, Manufactured, Frequently Bombed and Managed By Israel.”

July 8, 2014

Los Angeles, CA

Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate on Tuesday afternoon to call for an end to Israel’s alleged “collective punishment” of Palestinians. Some of the protesters helAnti-Israel protest LA July 8, 2014d graphic images of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was recently killed by Jewish extremists. Protesters condemned the “Bloodthirsty Zionists” and one individual held a sign that depicted a large swastika painted over a Star of David that read, “I believe Yahoo ordered the murder of three Israelites.” Yahoo is a reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and refers to the conspiracy theory that Israel orchestrated the murders of three Israeli teenagers in order to launch attacks against Hamas. Another woman wore a t-shirt bearing an image of Anne Frank with a keffiyah wrapped around her neck, an offensive attempt to claim that one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust would have supported the Palestinian agenda.

 July 7, 2014

San Francisco, CA

A protest in San Francisco, which took place a day before “Operation Protective Edge” formally began, featured several hundred protesters who chanted “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” “With our soul and our blood we will redeem you, Palestine,” and “Intifada! Intifada! We support the intifada!” One protester was also recorded in a video of the demonstration shouting “There is no f***ing State of Israel.”

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November 19, 2012

“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

Over the weekend, more than two dozen anti-Israel protests were held in cities across the United States. Below is a round-up of the extreme messages and signs that were on display at just a small sampling of these demonstrations.


New Haven, CT

Approximately two dozen protesters gathered outside the New Haven courthouse and then proceeded to march in downtown New Haven. An activist with the ANSWER Coalition addressed the crowd first and said, “We’re here to say to people that Israel should be ended once and for all.” She also advocated for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and encouraged the crowd to fight “U.S. imperialism.” Protesters engaged in chants of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!,” “Long live Intifada!,” and “Viva, Viva Palestina.” They held signs that read, “Resist Zionism and Imperialism” and “Israel – Guilty of war crimes.”

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About 150 people gathered outside the United States Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale holding signs that read “This isn’t war, this is genocide,” “Stop the new Holocaust,” and “Apartheid+occupation=Israel.” Other signs read “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust by Israel,” “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence… Then Palestine deserves to never speak again,” and “The genocide goes on. Gaza needs your voice NOW.”

Activists at the rally chanted a variety of slogans including “Hey hey, ho ho, this occupation has gotta go!” “From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine will be free!” and “Gaza will never die! Free, free Gaza!” A participant at the protest wore a t-shirt that said “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust by Israel.”

Austin, TX

Activists demonstrated outside the Texas Capitol building for a rally called “Austin stands with Gaza.” Signs at the rally included “Israel is killing children in Gaza, stop U.S. complicity,” “Zionism is racism,” “Zionism is theft and anti-Semitic terror,” and “Stop Israeli terrorism!” In addition, a young child at the rally held a sign that said “Children like me are being killed with your tax dollars.”

Chants at the rally included “Netanyahu go to Hell, USA of Israel,” “Self-defense is a lie, what they do is genocide!” “The Palestinians are oppressed, boycott, sanctions, divest!” and “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls of have got to go.” The latest chant refers to an increased effort by anti-Israel activists to link the Palestinian struggle with immigrant issues in the U.S. and the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

San Francisco, CA

Approximately 100 protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate for the third straight day. Signs were held that said “Stop U.S.-Israeli genocide,” “Free Palestine, support the right of return,” and “Stop Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Cut off all U.S. Aid.”

Following the demonstration outside of the Consulate, activists marched to Union Square chanting various slogans including “Long live the intifada, intifada, intifada,” “No peace, no state,” “While you’re shopping bombs are dropping,” and “not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes!”


Washington, D.C.

Protesters gathered at the Israeli Embassy holding signs that read, “Obama Grow a Spine End the Genocide in Palestine! Quit Being Israel’s Puppet,” “G-d’s ‘Chosen People’ Guilty of War Crimes,” “Is Washington Under Israeli Occupation?” and “Crucify Him, Crucify Them…Israel’s Policy,” which seemed to suggest that Israel was responsible for Jesus’s death. Other signs that were printed by some of the anti-Israel organizations that coordinated the rally read, “Stop Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza” and “End the Siege on Gaza.”

Press TV, an English-language Iranian news station, interviewed some of the protesters who used extreme and inaccurate language to condemn Israel, including describing Gaza as a “land prison” and claiming that Israel “massacred thousands of civilians” in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.  

New York

Approximately 500 people demonstrators gathered in Times Square holding signs that read “Israel is a terrorist state” and “Judaism Yes! Zionism No! State of Israel Must Go.” The latter sign was held by a member of Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist organization that is a fixture at anti-Israel rallies in New York and Washington, D.C. A separate protester who was interviewed by FarsNews, an official Iranian agency, said that Israel is able to “get away with it” because of the U.S.: “America is the real terrorist state and as long as America unconditionally supports Israel, the blood of Palestinians will continue to be shed.”

San Diego

An anti-Israel protest to counter a pro-Israel event was organized by the Al-Awda chapter in San Diego. After the event ended, the leader of the group posted a message on Facebook thanking people for attending the protest. The  activist, Zahi Damuni, wrote that participants in the pro-Israel rally were a “lot of obnoxious racist people” and that the counter-protest “dampened the celebration of the carnage that their Zionist racist state is committing.” He also called for all of Palestine to be free “from the River to the Sea,” which is a call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

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