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August 1, 2014

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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July 23, 2014

Day 16 Of Anti-Israel Protests In U.S.

On Tuesday, July 22, demonstrations against Israel took place in seven cities in the United States, including Boston, Chicago and Seattle. As in the previous two weeks, these demonstrations featured messages comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and accusations of Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.

Below are summaries of some of yesterday’s demonstrations:

Boston, MA

A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Copley Square for a rally sponsored by several anti-Israel groups, including the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and several Boston-area Students for Justice in Palestine chapters. Protesters held signs that read “From Auschwitz to Palestine, My Ancestors are crying… SHAME!,” “Not even the Holocaust gives you the right to do this!,” “The blood is on your hands (written on the image of an Israeli flag with blood-stained handprints), and “Jewish terrorist state” (accompanied by an image of American and Israeli hands being shaken with blood pouring out).

From Auschwitz to Palestine my ancestors are crying

The protesters also conducted a “die-in” outside the Massachusetts State House. A representative from Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, spoke to the crowd and said, “The State of Israel in no way represents world Jewry and all its crimes are not condoned by the Jewish religion…We all, including Jewish people, are suffering from this criminal state of Israel.”

Chicago, IL

A few hundred people attended a counter-protest of a pro-Israel rally outside the Israeli Consulate. The protest, which was organized by the US Palestinian Community Network, featured a die-in. At one point, many of the protesters shouted  – “Racists, go home!,” referring to the crowd of Israel supporters.

Well done Israel - Hitler would be proud

Many of the protesters held signs with slogans such as “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence then Palestine deserves to never speak again,” “Zionism is Nazism,” “One Holocaust does not justify another! Netanyahu is a war criminal” (written next to a picture of Netanyahu’s face with an equal sign, and a Swastika), “Stop doing what Hitler did to you,” and “Well Done Israel, Hitler Would Be Proud” (written next to the image of an Israeli flag with a Swastika replacing the Star of David).

Seattle, WA

Three anti-Israel demonstrations took place in Seattle, including one scheduled to coincide with the arrival of President Barack Obama who was in town for scheduled fundraisers. Protesters positioned themselves outside one fundraiser held signs that read “A government that backs criminal oppression is oppressive,” “Genocide is not justice,” “Stop Israeli state terrorism,” and “Boycott Israeli apartheid.”  

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July 9, 2014

White Supremacist “Mantra” Literature Appears In Seattle Neighborhood

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Postcard front

Residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle recently found themselves the recipients of a white supremacist literature distribution. Someone had gone up and down streets in the area on June 30, placing racist postcards on the windshields of cars parked along the street.

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Postcard back

The postcards were designed to exploit gay pride events held in Seattle the previous weekend, including the 40th annual Seattle Pride Parade and Seattle PrideFest 2014, the latter held only a few blocks from where the postcards were distributed. The postcard fronts featured a rainbow image, the word “Seattle,” and the phrases “Rainbow Pride” and “40 YEARS of fabulous,” the latter a reference to the parade.

However, the back of the postcards was starkly different, displaying in large letters the white supremacist slogan “’Diversity’ is a code word for white genocide.” The postcard text claimed anti-racists are “anti-white” and that they support non-whites “pour[ing] into EVERY White country” to intermarry with whites, thus extinguishing the white race. The pride-related front was simply camouflage for the racist message on the back.

This message was not random but rather the standard language used by white supremacist supporters of the “Mantra.” The “Mantra” is a white supremacist propaganda campaign based on the idea of endlessly repeating certain language and select slogans in the hopes that whites will eventually be receptive to them. The two most common slogans associated with the “Mantra” are “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white” and “Diversity is a code word for white genocide,” both of which appear on the Seattle postcards.

In recent years, white supremacist use of “Mantra”-style propaganda has steadily increased, as racist activists display it on billboards, on freeway overpasses, as graffiti, and across the Internet. Just a few days after the Seattle incident, several white supremacists in Portland, Oregon, picketed the offices of an organization devoted to helping immigrants and refugees, displaying signs and banners that repeated the “Mantra” slogans.

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