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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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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 17, 2014 2

More Allegations Of Genocide At Wednesday’s Anti-Israel Protests

On Wednes­day, July 16, at least seven anti-Israel demon­stra­tions were held in cities across the U.S. At these protests, com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many con­tin­ued, along with calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel and alle­ga­tions that Israel is com­mit­ting geno­cide in Gaza.

Here’s a round-up of what took place:

Dal­las, TX

A few hun­dred peo­ple attended a protest spon­sored by North Texas BDS and One Demo­c­ra­tic State hold­ing signs that read “End the geno­cide in Gaza,” “Gaza is the cur­rent day Holo­caust,” and a sign that stated “End the Mas­sacre End the Occu­pa­tion! Stand up for Human­ity” with a pic­ture beneath it show­ing an image from “the Holo­caust” and “today’s world” next to one another.

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Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion orga­nized by the regional Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Mary­land, and Vir­ginia chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine was held in front of the White House. Orga­niz­ers con­ducted a “die-in” wherein par­tic­i­pants lay on the ground and “play dead” in an effort to reen­act what is allegedly hap­pen­ing to Palestinians.

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While the orga­niz­ers read the names of all the Pales­tini­ans who have been killed dur­ing Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge thus far, about 35 peo­ple laid on the ground act­ing “dead” with fake blood smeared on their bod­ies and mock tomb­stones on top of them.

Chicago, IL

A demon­stra­tion by Jew­ish Voice for Peace that led to the arrest of five pro­test­ers was held out­side of the Boe­ing head­quar­ters yes­ter­day. At the demon­stra­tion, about 50 pro­test­ers held signs with var­i­ous mes­sages includ­ing “Yes to life. No to col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment. End the siege of Gaza,” “Israel: stop killing chil­dren,” and “End the Vio­lence: Divest from Israeli Occupation.”

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A group of the pro­test­ers also made their way inside the build­ing wear­ing blood­stained t-shirts. When secu­rity asked them to leave, they refused, and pro­test­ers out­side the build­ing led chants of “Boe­ing, Boe­ing, Blood is flow­ing” and “Boe­ing, Israel, what do you say, how many kids did you kill today?” Chicago police sub­se­quently arrested five protesters.

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