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August 21, 2014 0

Anti-Zionist Group Targets Jewish Institutions

Over the past two weeks, demon­stra­tors from Jew­ish Voice for Peace (JVP), the largest Jew­ish anti-Zionist group in the United States, have entered Jew­ish insti­tu­tion build­ings to directly con­front the lead­ers of major Amer­i­can Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions over their sup­port for Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

On four sep­a­rate occa­sions, mem­bers of JVP made their way into build­ings belong­ing to Jew­ish insti­tu­tions and began to protest inside. Their goal in get­ting inside the build­ings was to hand deliver an open let­ter call­ing the insti­tu­tional Jew­ish community’s sup­port for Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge “painful” and “a betrayal of our [Jew­ish] his­tory and values.”

1. New York City (August 20) – Mem­bers of JVP’s New York City chap­ter entered the UJA-Federation offices in Man­hat­tan. One of the pro­test­ers, who live-tweeted from the demon­stra­tion, wrote “Occu­py­ing UJA fed­er­a­tion office in NYC now.” The pro­test­ers even­tu­ally moved their demon­stra­tion to the side­walk out­side of the building.

2. Den­ver (August 19) – The Front Range JVP chap­ter led a group of pro­test­ers into the JEW­ISH­col­orado build­ing in Den­ver. Inside the build­ing, pro­test­ers attempted to deliver their peti­tion to JEWISHcolorado’s Pres­i­dent and CEO Doug Seser­man. After their request was denied, they moved the demon­stra­tion to the building’s lobby and then even­tu­ally out­side of the build­ing after 911 was report­edly called.

3. Durham (August 12) – A small group of pro­test­ers from JVP’s North Car­olina chap­ter inter­rupted the “Com­mu­nity Gath­er­ing in Sup­port of Israel and Peace,” which was spon­sored by the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tions of Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill. While a speaker was deliv­er­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, mem­bers of the group inter­rupted his speech, unfolded a large ban­ner and began to make demands from insti­tu­tional Jew­ish lead­er­ship about their stance on Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

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JVP mem­bers at the Philadel­phia Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion building

4. Philadel­phia (August 8) – Pro­test­ers from JVP’s Philadel­phia chap­ter made their way into the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion offices in Philadel­phia. After gain­ing entrance, they demanded to meet with the Federation’s CEO Naomi Adler. After being told that they would not receive an appoint­ment, a small por­tion of the group refused to leave the build­ing and con­tin­ued to protest inside, report­edly lead­ing to their arrest.

Six other protests have also taken place out­side of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions over the past month, although var­i­ous groups such as Al-Awda and the newly-founded If Not Now, When?, have orga­nized those. No attempts were made to enter the Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in those cases, but like JVP, the pro­test­ers called on the Jew­ish com­mu­nity to con­demn Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

At least 25 other protests have taken place out­side of build­ings affil­i­ated with Israel or Israeli com­pa­nies. At one of those demon­stra­tions, mem­bers of JVP and Jews Say No! made their way into the offices of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF). Once inside, the demon­stra­tors began to protest and con­ducted a “die-in.” Nine pro­tes­tors were report­edly arrested.

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August 6, 2014 5

More Extreme Rhetoric at National Anti-Israel Protest in DC

Approx­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple took part in a demon­stra­tion against Israel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on August 2. The demon­stra­tion, billed as the “National March on the White House,” was orga­nized by ANSWER and fea­tured sev­eral speak­ers, along with anti-Semitic signs and chants sim­i­lar to those that we have seen at other recent anti-Israel demon­stra­tions.

Cor­nel West, Pro­fes­sor of Afro-American Stud­ies and Reli­gion at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, claimed that Israel is guilty of “not just occu­pa­tion, not just humil­i­a­tion, but more and more every day: anni­hi­la­tion.” He alleged that “Ben­jamin Netanyahu is a war crim­i­nal not because he’s Jew­ish, but because he has cho­sen to pro­mote occu­pa­tion and anni­hi­la­tion.” West did not speak favor­ably of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama either who he claimed “is a war crim­i­nal, not because he’s black or half African and white, but because his drones have killed 233 inno­cent chil­dren and because he facil­i­tates the killing of inno­cent Pales­tini­ans in Gaza.”

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Founder of the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR), also spoke to the crowd, insist­ing that Israel is a “ter­ror­ist state” and that AIPAC con­trols the U.S. Con­gress. He told the audi­ence “Do not accept Israeli talk­ing points. AIPAC should have its hand off the United States Con­gress. They have cor­rupted our for­eign pol­icy; they have cor­rupted our polit­i­cal leaders.”

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Many of the anti-Israel demon­stra­tors shouted insults such as “Baby killers” at a small group of pro-Israel demon­stra­tors. At one point, when a pro-Israel sup­porter showed up and tried to enter the blocked-off pro-Israel area, one man shouted “We’ve got a Nazi here!” and “more pigs, more pigs!”

Ten­sions even­tu­ally became so high that the pro-Israel demon­stra­tors had to be escorted away by law enforce­ment, pre­sum­ably for their own safety. After the pro-Israel sup­port­ers were escorted out, the rally par­tic­i­pants marched around the White House and through the streets of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

An Israeli flag was also burned by par­tic­i­pants at the rally.

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August 1, 2014 2

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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