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July 14, 2014 4

Calls for Violence & Nazi Comparisons Mark Weekend Anti-Israel Rallies

Over the week­end, close to 30 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. The week­end ral­lies were rife with com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many, calls for an end of U.S. aid to Israel, and claims that Israel indis­crim­i­nately mur­ders Pales­tin­ian children.

Here’s a round-up:

July 11, 2014

 New York City

Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers attended an anti-Israel rally at Union Square in New York City on Nazi-Swastika - All of Israel is occupied signsFri­day with signs that called for the destruc­tion of Israel and com­pared Israel to Nazi Ger­many. The rally, which was spon­sored by Adalah-NY, brought out pro­test­ers who held signs stat­ing that “All of Israel is Occu­pied Ter­ri­tory!” and “Down with the State of Israel! Free­dom for the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple!” (The text of the sign was fol­lowed by a Star of David next to a swastika).

After pro­test­ers chanted “Resis­tance is jus­ti­fied when peo­ple are occu­pied!,” and “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes,” the orga­niz­ers led the crowd to a Max Bren­ner choco­late bar where they called for a boy­cott of the estab­lish­ment because of its alleged ties to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The action lasted out­side of Max Bren­ner for approx­i­mately ten min­utes, as pro­test­ers led chants such as “We are left with no other action! Boy­cott, Divest, and Sanction!”

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion spon­sored by the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion attracted sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers to the front of the Israeli Embassy.

One speaker who addressed the crowd, who was intro­duced as Tareq from Pales­tine, claimed Zionist Nazi - Israel 4th Reich - Netanyahu Der Fuhrerthat the rea­son why Hamas, the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion that runs Gaza, exists is because “you peo­ple con­tin­u­ously take land, con­tin­u­ously. We are not the greedy; we are not the ones with the prob­lem. It is you, it is the Zion­ist move­ment, it is the Zion­ist regime run­ning Israel!”

He also legit­imized ter­ror­ism against Israeli civil­ians, say­ing “We must not hand­cuff our broth­ers and sis­ters in Pales­tine and dic­tate the way that they resist colo­nial domination…Now is that time again! Okay, so let’s stand up and start talk­ing about this in our work­place again! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing the word mar­tyr and sha­heed [mar­tyr] for the beau­ti­ful words that they are! Let’s start glo­ri­fy­ing our sha­heeds [martyrs]!”

 July 12, 2014

Tempe, Ari­zona

Approx­i­mately 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered in Tempe, Ari­zona for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs call­ing for a boy­cott of Israel and at least one sign com­par­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza to a Holo­caust, which read, “One Holo­caust Does Not Jus­tify Another.” Other signs read “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “AIPAC is hold­ing Con­gress hostage.”

Port­land, OregonStop the Palestinian Holocaust 2

More than a hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Port­land for a demon­stra­tion that fea­tured signs claim­ing that Israel is “baby killers” and oth­ers that alleged that there is a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” tak­ing place. While at the rally, pro­test­ers led a num­ber of chants that included “Free, free Gaza. Free, free Pales­tine!” “Long live the Intifada! Intifada Intifada!”

July 13, 2014

Dal­las, TX

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in down­town Dal­las for a protest on Sun­day afterZionist criminals end the Palestine Holocaustnoon that fea­tured calls for vio­lence against Israel and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide and a “Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust” in Gaza.

An Arabic-language chant heard at the rally, “Idrab idrab Tel-Aviv!,” which means “Hit, Hit Tel Aviv,” is a direct call for vio­lence and sup­port for Hamas rocket attacks.

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August 7, 2013 10

Extreme Anti-Israel Rhetoric Marks Al Quds Day Protests Across U.S.

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest typ­i­cally held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan, large anti-Israel ral­lies took place in cities across the U.S. on August 2.  The day is used to call for the lib­er­a­tion of Al Quds, which means Jerusalem in Arabic.

These ral­lies are noto­ri­ous for their vir­u­lent rhetoric against the state of Israel, includ­ing, at times, anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions about Jews and Israelis. Speak­ers at this year’s protests in the U.S. accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing atroc­i­ties against Pales­tini­ans com­pa­ra­ble to the Nazi Holo­caust, rejected Israel’s right to exist and expressed oppo­si­tion to the renewed peace talks tak­ing place between Israel and the Palestinians.

The fol­low­ing is a sum­mary of some of the Al Quds Day rallies:

Hous­ton, Texas

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Al Quds Day pro­tester at Hous­ton rally

A large rally was held down­town with signs and ban­ners that read, “Chil­dren Are Buried Alive, Holo­caust Is Revived” and “Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide: End Zion­ist Apartheid.” Pro­test­ers also led chants of “U.S. money is the cause, it’s another Holo­caust” and “U.S. weapons go away. Stop the killing right away.”

Wash­ing­ton D.C.

An activist affil­i­ated with CODEPINK, a group that seeks to reduce U.S. sup­port for Israel, named Tighe Barry told those gath­ered at an Al Quds Day rally that “there’s a Holo­caust going on in Pales­tine.” Barry charged that there is a “Zion­ist impres­sion” in the Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion sys­tem and relayed that he had requested that a teacher in his child’s school “teach about all the holo­causts” as part of a course on the Nazi Holo­caust. When the teacher refused, Barry said he offered to teach the class him­self and miss work in order to “talk about these other holo­causts that are tak­ing place like the Nakba.”

San Jose, California

The Shia Asso­ci­a­tion of Bay Area (SABA) held an Al Quds Day rally on its premises fea­tur­ing talks on the con­di­tions var­i­ous Shi­ite com­mu­ni­ties face. A mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion, Zaki Hus­sain, gave a slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion titled, “Should Shia Mus­lims Sup­port Pales­tine?” in which Israeli poli­cies were likened to Nazi per­se­cu­tions. Hus­sain told the audi­ence that as Shia Mus­lims and fol­low­ers of the teach­ings of Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini they have a respon­si­bil­ity to defend the Pales­tini­ans even though the Pales­tini­ans are Sunni Muslims.

New York City

Approx­i­mately 200 peo­ple gath­ered at a rally in Times Square where sev­eral speak­ers lam­basted the exis­tence of the state of Israel and the renewed peace nego­ti­a­tions between Israel and the Pales­tini­ans. Bill Doares from the Inter­na­tional Action Cen­ter described Has­san Nas­ral­lah, the leader of the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah, as “the leader of the resis­tance.” He summed up a recent speech by Nas­ral­lah by say­ing, “as long as Israel exists, it’ll be the threat to the exis­tence of Lebanon and its neigh­bors. So it is sim­ple, one state in all of Pales­tine for all people.”

Ben Becker, a national orga­nizer for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), used his time at the podium to con­demn the lat­est peace nego­ti­a­tions, describ­ing them as “noth­ing but a farce” and claim­ing that “they’re attempts to get some Pales­tini­ans to nego­ti­ate away those sov­er­eign and national rights.” Fatin Jarara, an activist with the anti-Israel group Al-Awda NY, expressly rejected Israel’s right to exist: “Pales­tini­ans in the dias­pora reject unequiv­o­cally any com­pro­mise over an inch of his­toric Pales­tine. Not just Jerusalem, not just the West Bank, not just Gaza.”

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Neteuri Karta mem­ber at Times Square Quds Day rally

In addi­tion to these inflam­ma­tory speeches, signs at the rally read, “Israel (crossed out), Much Worse Than the Nazis” (with a Swastika on it), Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide: End Zion­ist Apartheid and “No New Nego­ti­a­tions! Pales­tine is NOT FOR SALE.”

The protests in the U.S. echoed what was said by inter­na­tional fig­ures at demon­stra­tions in the Mid­dle East, includ­ing Iran’s for­mer pres­i­dent, Mah­moud Ahmad­i­na­jad, and Nasrallah.

In Iran, where Inter­na­tional Al Quds Day was estab­lished in 1979 by the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini, Ahmadine­jad derided peace talks between Israeli and Pales­tin­ian lead­ers, claim­ing that the Israelis seek the “dom­i­na­tion and plun­der­ing of the world and human­ity” and that “today, all polit­i­cal lead­ers are Zionists.”

Nas­ral­lah, in a rare appear­ance at a rally in south­ern Beirut, said, “Israel’s demise is a national Lebanese inter­est” and pledged that Hezbol­lah would never “aban­don Palestine.”

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