Protests against Israel’s operations in Gaza continued this week, with at least two dozen protests taking place since Sunday and several dozen more scheduled over the weekend. A total of 206 demonstrations have taken place since Israel’s military campaign began on July 8.
See below for a roundup of what happened in select cities this week:
Sunday, July 27 – Dallas, TX: A group of protesters marched through downtown Dallas holding signs that compared Israel to Nazi Germany and others that said, “Stop the Israeli genocide” and “Dear USA, Your 9/11 is our 24/7. Sincerely, Palestine.”
Monday, July 28 – Seattle, WA: A demonstration in Seattle featured around 50 protesters who marched near Westlake Center holding signs with slogans such as “Gaza Holocaust Must Stop” and “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza” (written next to a picture of Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a swastika armband).
Tuesday, July 29 – New York, NY: Norman Finkelstein, a longtime critic of Israeli policy, organized a so-called “direct action” outside the Israeli Consulate in New York. Finkelstein had announced plans for an action involving civil disobenience the day before on social media, claiming that the action would go forward only if 100 people committed to participating and getting arrested. Hours later, Finkelstein decided to go ahead with the action, even though he did not succeed in getting 100 people to signup.
Finkelstein (the second individual in the picture above) led a group of about two dozen anti-Israel protesters who laid down on the crosswalk near the Consulate holding signs that read “End genocide” and “Stop genocide now.” The group blocked traffic from proceeding on Second Avenue and they were subsequently arrested by NYPD.
Wednesday, July 30 – Baltimore, MD: A demonstration and march sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Students for Justice in Palestine chapter included signs that said “Gaza = Warsaw Ghetto,” “Resistance is justified when people are occupied,” and “Stop arming the murderers of humanity.” Norman Finkelstein, who had been arrested a day earlier in New York City, spoke at the rally.
Thursday, July 31 – West Bloomfield, MI: A demonstration was held outside the Metro Detroit Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan during an annual meeting for the Michigan chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). At the demonstration, protesters gathered with signs that read “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another” and “Israeli Occupation = Palestinian GENOCIDE: Stop US aid for Israel’s Heinous Crimes.”
One speaker at the demonstration exclaimed that “We must demand that the U.S. government…stop supporting a fascist Zionist regime!” and another claimed that the people of Gaza are living in an “open-air prison.”