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September 22, 2014 2

Ferguson = Gaza: The Continued Invocation Of A False Comparison

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Vigil for Gaza at the Col­lege of Staten Island

While Gaza and Fer­gu­son no longer dom­i­nate the head­lines, these unre­lated events con­tinue to be con­nected by a num­ber of groups and indi­vid­u­als in an attempt to bring atten­tion to their activism.

In addi­tion to pre­vi­ously reported exam­ples, more recent anti-Israel events con­tinue to link the con­flict in Gaza to the Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri shoot­ing and its after­math, couch­ing hos­til­ity towards Israel in social jus­tice terms in an attempt to appeal to a broader base of support.

Recent exam­ples of anti-Israel events that draw par­al­lels between Fer­gu­son and Gaza include:

  • Exis­tence is Resis­tance and the Cam­paign to Bring Mumia Home are adver­tis­ing an event sched­uled for Octo­ber 11 at the Mal­colm X and Betty Shabazz Cen­ter in north­ern Man­hat­tan to address “the global sys­tems that oppress us, from Fer­gu­son to Gaza.” The event will fea­ture speak­ers such as Remi Kanazi, an orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber of the US Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel (USACBI).
  • A panel dis­cus­sion titled “From Fer­gu­son to Pales­tine: Con­nect­ing Strug­gles” is sched­uled to take place at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas-Austin on Sep­tem­ber 24 accord­ing to the event’s Face­book page. The event, spon­sored by the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Com­mit­tee, will fea­ture at least two UT-Austin professors.
  • The City Uni­ver­sity of New York (CUNY) Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter is host­ing a panel dis­cus­sion at the CUNY Grad­u­ate Cen­ter titled “CUNY Stands for Jus­tice: From Fer­gu­son to Pales­tine” on Sep­tem­ber 22 fea­tur­ing “an evening of poetry, speak­ers, and dis­cus­sion around repres­sion and resis­tance from Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri to Gaza, Pales­tine,” accord­ing to event flyers.

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    SJP “die-in” at Brook­lyn College

  • The Col­lege of Staten Island SJP chap­ter hosted a vigil for Gaza on Sep­tem­ber 17 at which the group adver­tised on Face­book that it would “read the names of the lives lost, give speeches, and stand in sol­i­dar­ity from Fer­gu­son to Pales­tine…” The group also stated that it shares the anger of those in Fer­gu­son because “Pales­tini­ans know what it means to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity.”
  • Accord­ing to a post on an anti-Israel Face­book page, mem­bers of the Direct Action Front for Pales­tine attended protests in Fer­gu­son and spoke to peo­ple there about Gaza. On Sep­tem­ber 8, it held a meet­ing in Brook­lyn, New York to share what they “learned in Ferguson…to become more effec­tive in our resistance…”
  • Mem­bers of the Inter­na­tional Jew­ish Anti-Zionist Net­work (IJAN) protested out­side ADL’s San Fran­cisco office on Sep­tem­ber 3 with a ban­ner that read “From Oak­land to Fer­gu­son to Pales­tine, The US and Israel, A Deadly com­bi­na­tion” and “Stop police brutality…Stop the ADL.” IJAN is a coali­tion formed in 2008 that seeks to facil­i­tate global anti-Israel activ­ity on the part of anti-Zionist Jews.
  • On Face­book, Brook­lyn Col­lege SJP adver­tised a Sep­tem­ber 2 “die-in” on the Brook­lyn Col­lege cam­pus to “raise aware­ness about israel’s [sic] lat­est mas­sacre” and to remem­ber “all the vic­tims of white supremacy and insti­tu­tion­al­ized racism in the U.S., the lat­est being #Mike­Brown and #EricGarner.”

Events link­ing Fer­gu­son and Gaza have also been orga­nized by some uni­ver­sity depart­ments. At UCLA, the Law School’s Crit­i­cal Race Stud­ies Depart­ment spon­sored a Sep­tem­ber 18 event called “From Gaza to Fer­gu­son,” which accord­ing to pub­lic­ity mate­ri­als, explored “the rela­tion­ship between race, the rise of mil­i­ta­rized polic­ing and the response to dis­sent in the United States and con­sider its impli­ca­tions in a global con­text.” The panel included Hedy Epstein, a Holo­caust sur­vivor who has com­pared the Israeli treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans to the Nazi treat­ment of Jews.

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July 25, 2014 17

Anti-Semitism On Display: Two Weeks of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests

In the 15 days of protests against Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza, there have been a total of 134 anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the U.S. Many of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured anti-Semitism with many com­par­isons made between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many. In addi­tion, some of the ral­lies have fea­tured con­tent in sup­port of Hamas and over­all Pales­tin­ian “resistance.”

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1. Cal­i­for­nia

The state with the most anti-Israel demon­stra­tions was Cal­i­for­nia where there were 19 dif­fer­ent protests held in cities such as Los Ange­les, San Diego, San Fran­cisco, Chico, and Santa Cruz. Quite a few of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured signs that com­pared the State of Israel to Nazi Ger­many. In San Fran­cisco an Israeli flag was burned. In Los Ange­les, a demon­stra­tor held a sign that read “That Jew-Jew Lame shit I ain’t with it Israel you bet­ter quit it Gaza-za #FreePalestine.”

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2. New York

Ten anti-Israel demon­stra­tions have taken place in New York State in cities such as New York, Syra­cuse, and Buf­falo. At these demon­stra­tions, some par­tic­i­pants held up anti-Semitic signs and cer­tain speak­ers called for the destruc­tion of the State of Israel and defended the ter­ror­ist group Hamas.

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3. Ohio and Washington

In Ohio and Wash­ing­ton State, there were nine sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities includ­ing Cleve­land, Toledo, Seat­tle and Olympia. In both states, pro­test­ers held anti-Semitic signs that made com­par­isons between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many and alleged Israeli con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. “Die-ins” were also held in both states.

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4. Texas

Eight anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place in cities such as San Anto­nio, Hous­ton, Austin, and Dal­las. Pro­test­ers held signs that read “They’re both the same” (writ­ten next to pic­tures of Adolf Hitler, an equals sign, and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu), “We’re see­ing Israel’s incre­men­tal geno­cide in the Gaza ghetto,” and “End the Pales­tine Holocaust.”

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5. Florida and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Seven sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place across Florida and in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Pro­test­ers attended these demon­stra­tions hold­ing signs that read “Adolf Netanyahu Hitler,” “One Holo­caust doesn’t jus­tify another!,” and “Gaza is the real Holo­caust.” A sign that read, “Blam­ing Hamas 4 fir­ing rock­ets @ Israel is like blam­ing a woman 4 hit­ting her rapist” appeared in Miami.

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6. Penn­syl­va­nia and Massachusetts

There were six anti-Israel protests held in both Penn­syl­va­nia and Mass­a­chu­setts in cities such as Philadel­phia, Pitts­burgh, and Boston. At these demon­stra­tions, par­tic­i­pants were seen with signs that read “Not even the Holo­caust gives you the right to do this!” and “Do you think that Israel is a vic­tim? Zion­ism = Nazism.” The sign “Blam­ing Hamas for fir­ing rock­ets is like Blam­ing a woman who punches her RAPIST” also appeared at a rally in Philadelphia.

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July 10, 2014 3

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

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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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