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July 23, 2014 0

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 21, 2014 2

Weekend’s Anti-Israel Protests Feature More Nazi-Israel Comparisons

Over the week­end, close to 50 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. At these ral­lies, there were com­par­isons made between Israel and Nazi Ger­many and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide against the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple. At one of the ral­lies, a speaker also called for “the full lib­er­a­tion of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple and the end of the Israeli state.”

Please see below for a round-up of the protests:

July 20

Hous­ton, TX

About 75 pro­test­ers were present for a demon­stra­tion spon­sored by the Uni­ver­sity of Houston’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter. Many of the pro­test­ers held signs with slo­gans such as “Israeli geno­cide, under direct US guide,” “Israel out of Pales­tine now,” “Stop the Pales­tin­ian Holocaust/Genocide,” “The US is com­plicit in geno­cide,” and “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence, then Pales­tine deserves for us to never speak again!”

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Chicago, IL

Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers par­tic­i­pated in a march and demon­stra­tion with signs that stated “End this Holo­caust,” “I am Amer­i­can and I stand with Gaza because geno­cide is wrong!,” “It’s not self-defense it’s geno­cide.”  Another sign also showed a blood-stained Israeli flag with text that stated “Stop arm­ing the mur­der­ers of Humanity.”

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July 19

New York, NY

An anti-Israel demon­stra­tion spon­sored by Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine was held in Times Square on Sat­ur­day. This demon­stra­tion brought out a few hun­dred pro­test­ers who held signs with slo­gans like “Zionism=Fascism,” “New York­ers stand with Gaza against Israeli geno­cide,” and “His­tory repeats Itself, Nazism = Zion­ism,” (with the image of a Swastika an equal sign and the Star of David).

Yas­mine Kamel, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Inter­na­tional Social­ist Orga­ni­za­tion (ISO), addressed the crowd at the protest and called for the destruc­tion of Israel, stat­ing, “This is part of a 66 year-old occu­pa­tion; a 66 year-old his­tory of abuse, of crimes, of mur­der of chil­dren; of an occupation…We have to con­tinue to resist the Israeli occu­pa­tion beyond today and beyond this assault on Gaza. We have to work for the full lib­er­a­tion of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple and the end of the Israeli state and the return of all Pales­tin­ian refugees.”

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Fort Laud­erdale, FL

About 100 pro­test­ers demon­strated at the U.S. Fed­eral Cour­t­house at a demon­stra­tion spon­sored by Al-Awda, the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR), the National Lawyers Guild South Florida, Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Palestine-Florida, and the Broward Green Party.

Many of the pro­test­ers were hold­ing signs that read, “This is not war it’s GENOCIDE,” “One Holo­caust doesn’t jus­tify another,” “1948+1967 = PALESTINE,” and “”ISRAEL IS A TERRORIST STATE!” A num­ber of slo­gans were chanted, includ­ing “From the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea, Pales­tine will be free,” “Hey Obama shame on you! Kids are dying ‘cause of you!,” “Occu­pa­tion is a crime, from Iraq to Pales­tine!,” and “All the walls have got to go, from Iraq to Mexico!”

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July 18

Philadel­phia, PA

Approx­i­mately 100 pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the Israeli Con­sulate hold­ing signs that con­tained slo­gans such as “Israel praises Moses, but acts like Pharaoh,” “Stop Israeli Holo­caust against Pales­tini­ans,” “No more racism, No more Zion­ism, No more Fas­cism,” and “Do you think that Israel is a vic­tim? Zion­ism = Nazism” (with the Swastika and Star of David shown next to one another).

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San Diego, CA

Around 150 pro­test­ers attended a demon­stra­tion spon­sored by the San Diego chap­ter of Al-Awda. The pro­test­ers held signs with slo­gans such as “Stop Gaza geno­cide,” “This Jew does not sup­port Israel’s GENOCIDE,” and “Blam­ing Pales­tine for fir­ing rock­ets at Israel is like blam­ing a woman for punch­ing her rapist.”

Many of the pro­test­ers engaged in chants of “Netanyahu you can’t hide, we charge you with geno­cide!” “From the [Mediter­ranean] Sea to the [Jor­dan] River, Pales­tine for­ever!,” “Long live the Intifada, intifada, intifada,” and “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid has to fall!”

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May 19, 2014 2

Vassar College President To Investigate Anti-Israel Student Group Activity

In response to a series of anti-Semitic posts pub­lished on social media accounts affil­i­ated with Vassar’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter, Catharine Hill, the Pres­i­dent of Vas­sar Col­lege, announced that “the col­lege is ini­ti­at­ing a full inves­ti­ga­tion and action on the mat­ter” and that she will be ask­ing the Vas­sar Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion (VSA) to review SJP’s pre-organization sta­tus; the group is a “pre­lim­i­nary orga­ni­za­tion” on campus.vassar-sjp

Anti-Semitic and racist mes­sages allegedly dis­sem­i­nated by the Vas­sar chap­ter of SJP included an arti­cle that was reposted from The Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, a racist print pub­li­ca­tion that in its own words, hopes to “defend the racial group that cre­ated and sus­tains our civ­i­liza­tion.” Another post that appeared on Vas­sar SJP’s Tum­blr page was of a car­toon that used offen­sive Holo­caust imagery to con­demn alleged Israeli poli­cies. It depicted a so-called “Holo­caust” in Gaza, with a pile of human skulls topped with a sign that read “Gaza.”

On May 13, a day before Hill’s state­ment, Vas­sar SJP posted a state­ment on its Face­book page claim­ing that, “Up until this point, the social media plat­forms (tum­blr and twit­ter) asso­ci­ated with SJP Vassar’s name have been man­aged by one per­son and the SJP gen­eral body was not involved in deci­sions made about what was being posted.” The group also con­demned hate speech and apol­o­gized for the offen­sive posts.

Con­cern over Vas­sar SJP’s activ­ity first began in Feb­ru­ary when the group orga­nized a protest out­side of an Inter­na­tional Stud­ies class, whose pro­fes­sor co-led a trip to Israel to explore water issues as part of the course. The protest report­edly lasted for at least 30 min­utes, as stu­dents enrolled in the course attempted to enter the classroom. 

As the stu­dents tried to make their way into the class­room, the pro­test­ers called on them to drop the class because of the orga­nized trip to Israel. They also handed out fly­ers, which apart from call­ing for Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns against Israel, also claimed that “The sim­ple act of enter­ing and mov­ing within the state of Israel is a free­dom denied to over 5 mil­lion Pales­tin­ian refugees who were eth­ni­cally cleansed from their homes…The indige­nous peo­ple of Pales­tine do NOT want you to come.” 

Hill’s state­ment is an impor­tant step toward ensur­ing that Jew­ish and pro-Israel stu­dents on cam­pus are made to feel com­fort­able and that bla­tant anti-Semitism and hos­tile rhetoric will not be tol­er­ated on campus.

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