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
Friday 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!”
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
that 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
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.”
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
Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Dallas for a protest on Sunday after
noon 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.