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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.