Demonstrators Take to the Streets against the Massacres in Gaza

Demonstrators Take to the Streets against the Massacres in Gaza

Jakarta, Indonesia

Around a thousand of Chileans also took to the streets of the country’s capital to protest against the ongoing violence. The demonstrators carried banners with photos of the conflict’s victims. There are about 350,000 Chileans of Palestinian descent living in Chile, making it one of the largest such communities outside of the Arab world.

Chile

Crowds also gathered in the Netherlands’ capital Amsterdam to protest the Gaza assault. The demonstrators were holding posters which read, “No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel.”

Amsterdam, Netherlands’

In London, thousands also rallied in support of the Palestinian people outside the Israeli embassy, condemning the British government’s stance on the issue. Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said protesters aimed to demonstrate they were “vehemently opposed” to the Foreign Office’s position. The crowds waved Palestinian flags, sang “Gaza we will never let you die”, branding Israel a “terror state.” There was a significant police presence in the area of the protest, with the road leading to the Israeli embassy blocked by barriers and a gate.

London

London, U.K.

Protesters outside the Israeli embassy in London on Friday

In Israel itself, hundreds also protested against the Operation Pillar of Defense, calling on the government to reach an immediate ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. The demonstrators named the military operation an “election campaign”for Netanyahu, chanting slogans against the “occupation.”

Israel

Israeli soldiers stand watch as Palestinian and Israelis from the movement of Combatants for Peace take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes.(AFP Photo / Musa Al-Shaer)

Rome

Tunisia

Egypt

Jordan… Sheikh Hammam Saed, the head of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest political party, lambasted Arab leaders for failing to lend support to Hamas.

Berlin, Germany Protestors, including rabbis, denounce Zionism and call for a free Palestine in the name of Judaism.

Published on Jul 15, 2014

This brave young American Jew in his travels to Israel decides to make a stand at a Jewish Festival.

Who is he, and who is seeing to his welfare, rights, and safe return?

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San Francisco

Across the United States and around the world, people have been taking to the streets to oppose the heightened Israeli repression in the West Bank and bombing campaign in Gaza. Below are series of reports from just some of the protests that have taken place across the country. Upcoming actions will be listed on the ANSWER homepage as they are scheduled.

New York City, N.Y.

On July 9, thousands of supporters of Palestine gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to demand an end to the U.S. funded airstrikes that have been pummeling Palestine and demand that U.S. media provide accurate coverage of Israeli terror. This occurred at the same time that the death toll increased in Gaza on the second day of Israel’s airstrike offensive.

Chicago

In the opening rally, the crowd increased with each passing minute, holding signs that stated, “Palestine has no navy, no air force, and no army. This is not war, this is a genocide! #freepalestine.” Constrained to police barricades, the people in the back of the crowd maintained high energy levels through chanting “Free, Free Palestine, Free, Free Gaza.” Across the street there was a much smaller pro-Israel rally of about 150 people.

The crowd’s militancy grew as it set to march towards News Corp, home of the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News. The chants also became bolder as the people cried, “Resistance is justified when people are occupied” and “Not another nickel, not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes!” The police were armed and ready with plastic cuffs as they followed the crowd, whose energy could not be contained to the sidewalks. The march ended at the News Corp building with a closing rally.

Liberation News interviewed Hana Ali about the conflict and the U.S. role. She explained the urgency in informing people about Palestine because “the conflict has been going on for so long and there is a lot of injustice being perpetuated towards the Palestinians.” Ali continued, “I know that the U.S. would never restore justice to Palestine, so realistically, I think the U.S. should remove itself completely from the situation because Israel is clearly an apartheid state.”

San Francisco, Calif.

As Israeli bombs began yet again to rain down on Gaza, a spirited crowd gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco on Monday to demand an end to Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinian people, an end to U.S. aid to Israel, freedom for Palestinian political prisoners, and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The crowd at the Consulate swelled as people got off from work, with Palestinian-American youth forming the largest contingent. Back-and-forth call-and-response chanting from two sides of the street echoed in the urban canyon, forcing a tiny group of opponents waving Israeli and U.S. flags to remain silent, holding signs with the laughable claim that “Israel wants peace.” In one of the few speeches given during the rally, Richard Becker, Western regional coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, noted that the signs would be accurate if they only changed one letter – “Israel wants a piece of Palestine, and another piece, and another piece.” Dr. Hatem Bazian, a lecturer at UC Berkeley and a well-respected Palestinian solidarity activist, also spoke.

Albuquerque

The crowd at the Consulate swelled as people got off from work, with Palestinian-American youth forming the largest contingent. Back-and-forth call-and-response chanting from two sides of the street echoed in the urban canyon, forcing a tiny group of opponents waving Israeli and U.S. flags to remain silent, holding signs with the laughable claim that “Israel wants peace.” In one of the few speeches given during the rally, Richard Becker, Western regional coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, noted that the signs would be accurate if they only changed one letter – “Israel wants a piece of Palestine, and another piece, and another piece.” Dr. Hatem Bazian, a lecturer at UC Berkeley and a well-respected Palestinian solidarity activist, also spoke.

After almost two hours of steady chanting, the crowd, which had swelled to 400 people, took to the streets of downtown San Francisco for a 1 1/2-mile march. Pedestrians and cars along the way not only heard a constant cry of “Free, free Palestine” and “Stop killing children,” but were treated to the sight of a giant Palestinian flag being carried through the street. The flag took 20 people to carry it and was more than a full lane wide. The march ended at San Francisco’s iconic Union Square with more chanting. As a grand finale, some activists dangled a Palestinian flag from the rooftop of the huge Macy’s store across the street.

The rally and march were sponsored by a broad coalition of Bay Area groups, including the ANSWER Coalition, AROC-Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Coalition for Palestinian Rights (San Francisco), Palestine Youth Movement, Code Pink Women for Peace, East Bay Arab Cultural Center, Free Palestine Movement, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, International Solidarity Movement, Middle East Children’s Alliance, United Holy Land Fund, and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network.

Chicago, Ill.

Hundreds of protestors gathered at Water Tower Plaza in Chicago June 5 to condemn the escalation of violence being perpetrated against Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli military in recent weeks.

As the crowd gathered, including busloads of people from the surrounding suburbs, several heartfelt speeches were given, one by a young woman with Students for Justice in Palestine and Depaul Divest who criticized the U.S. complicity in the violence, saying, “Israel is able to act with impunity because of the political and economic support of the U.S.”

New York City

As the crowd gathered, including busloads of people from the surrounding suburbs, several heartfelt speeches were given, one by a young woman with Students for Justice in Palestine and Depaul Divest who criticized the U.S. complicity in the violence, saying, “Israel is able to act with impunity because of the political and economic support of the U.S.”

Another speech was given by a young man who had recently come to the United States from Palestine. He called on the crowd to continue taking action: “We will not win any sympathy from the media or the government unless we continue taking to the streets and demand justice!”

These sentiments and others were reflected by many of the youthful crowd in attendance. Nader, 22, voiced his frustration with the biased media coverage, “Palestinians are fighting for their lives with rocks against bullets and bombs and somehow we’re labeled as the terrorists.” Dureshahwar, 22, a young woman in attendance, talked about why she and her friends had come: “We want to raise awareness. The world only knows half the story. What little coverage there is here in the U.S. only dehumanizes Palestinians.”

After the speeches, the large crowd marched loudly and spiritedly through the streets, holding signs and waving Palestinian flags. Chants included “Not another nickel not another dime, No more money for Israel’s crimes!” and “We will not be silenced!”

The march ended in front of the Tribune building. A touching poem, written by the brother of the 16-year-old Palestinian youth Mohammad Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and killed by several Israeli men, was read. The poem was written from the point of view of his murdered brother. One touching line read, “Tell my people to stay as I’ve known them, strong in the face of injustice and oppression.”

Sacramento, Calif.

16-year old Mohammad AbuKhdeir was standing outside of his family home in Jerusalem one evening just like any other night. The daily fast for Ramadan was about to end and he was waiting to break fast with friends and family, and to pray together. Three men pulled up in a car and asked for directions. AbuKhdeir gave them directions but before he could react the men pulled him into the car and sped off. They beat, stabbed and set the young boy on fire. His body was found in a Jerusalem forest hours later.

Abu-Khdeir had many family members in California and on July 3 the family spoke out at a Sacramento press conference and community gathering.

The family explained that to add insult to injury the Israeli police supposedly investigating the killing demanded the family sign an affidavit claiming the killing was only the result of a family dispute or they would not release the body. The family refused to sign and were thus denied the body for days and could not hold a proper burial. The family and participants in the gathering called for justice, and they called for peace and for change.

The Israeli men who committed this horrific murder have not yet been brought to justice and if the Israeli government has its way they won’t. As horrible as this crime was the men were only one part of the bigger wave of terror Israel is unleashing on the Palestinian people using the killing of three Israeli settler youth as a pretext. The Israeli military, police, and armed racist gangs have been inflicting a collective punishment (illegal in international law) of raids, mass arrests, beatings, and bombings on the Palestinians.

Abu-Khdeir’s murderers were carrying out the very vengeance Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alluded to in his statement which said in part: “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created.’; neither has vengeance for the blood of three pure youths, who were on their way home to meet their parents, who will not see them anymore. Hamas is responsible – and Hamas will pay”.

Netanyahu is only exploiting the killings of the three young settlers in order to further his own Zionist agenda of occupation and genocide with the full backing of U.S. imperialism. Israel and U.S. imperialism are the true enemy of peace. We must all stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of these attacks until we win justice.

San Jose, Calif.

More than a hundred protesters gathered on short notice July 4 at a busy intersection in San José, Calif., to protest the brutal killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in occupied Palestine. Thousands of Palestinians had mourned and demonstrated their outrage at the funeral for the teen held in east Jerusalem earlier the same day.

Albuquerque, N.M.

The University of New Mexico chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine initiated an emergency protest in Albuquerque on July 5 to condemn the latest round of attacks by the Israeli military against the people of Palestine. Activists, including organizers from ANSWER New Mexico, gathered at the intersection of Tulane & Central, which is the site of weekly pickets that call for an end to all U.S. funding to Israel.

Family of murdered Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdeir holds a press conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Family of murdered Palestinian Mohammad AbuKhdeir holds a press conference in Sacramento, Calif.

The protest today in Albuquerque called for the U.S. government to stop the $3.15 billion annual handout to the Israeli apartheid government, and also to put a stop the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
While U.S. mainstream media has provided non-stop coverage of the three Israeli youth that were killed, they never mention the daily raids, air strikes, murdered youth, kidnappings, and imprisonment of the Palestinian people which have taken place under the Israeli occupation.

Sacramento, Calif.

16-year old Mohammad AbuKhdeir was standing outside of his family home in Jerusalem one evening just like any other night. The daily fast for Ramadan was about to end and he was waiting to break fast with friends and family, and to pray together. Three men pulled up in a car and asked for directions. AbuKhdeir gave them directions but before he could react the men pulled him into the car and sped off. They beat, stabbed and set the young boy on fire. His body was found in a Jerusalem forest hours later.

AbuKhdeir had many family members in California and on July 3 the family spoke out at a Sacramento press conference and community gathering.

San Jose, Calif.

More than a hundred protesters gathered on short notice July 4 at a busy intersection in San José, Calif., to protest the brutal killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in occupied Palestine. Thousands of Palestinians had mourned and demonstrated their outrage at the funeral for the teen held in east Jerusalem earlier the same day.

Albuquerque, N.M.

The University of New Mexico chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine initiated an emergency protest in Albuquerque on July 5 to condemn the latest round of attacks by the Israeli military against the people of Palestine. Activists, including organizers from ANSWER New Mexico, gathered at the intersection of Tulane & Central, which is the site of weekly pickets that call for an end to all U.S. funding to Israel.

Seattle, Wash.

Seattle

Saturday, July 5 saw a spirited protest in downtown Seattle in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Organized by Voices for Palestine, the protest lasted for two hours. The mostly young, Arab and Muslim participants chanted energetically and waved flags and signs on both sides of Pine Street near Westlake Park.

Josh, an Iraq war veteran, told Liberation News that he came out to the protest because “I support the rights of the Palestinians to be free.”

Los Angeles, Calif.

On July 8, over 300 people rallied outside the Israeli Consulate against the collective punishment of the Palestinian people, and the latest massacre currently being inflicted on the people of Gaza. It was the largest showing of solidarity with Palestine to happen in LA in several years.

As Israel continues its murderous assault on civilians in Gaza, we will remain prepared for more actions soon.

In addition to being in the streets, ANSWER will be holding a special community forum on understanding the aims of the U.S. government and Israel in Palestine and the entire region–and how to build successful resistance to those aims.

45,000 Descend on London to Protest at Israel’s Actions in Gaza

An estimated 45,000 people attended the march for Gaza in London, according to the Metropolitan Police. – Gareth Platt

An estimated 45,000 people marched through London from the Israeli Embassy to Parliament Square, via Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, according to figures released by the Metropolitan Police.

As an extended 16-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took place in Gaza, crowds in London set up chants of: “Free Palestine!” and “Shame on you, Israel!”

One of the organisers, Ali Amir said, “Before we even started, we had 30,000 people and more and more people have joined the march.

“We have things to say. First of all, we are British and our government cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in Israel. You have innocent civilians being killed. Babies and women, and the government isn’t doing anything.

“I have a lot of friends in Gaza right now, and their life is hell. One of my friends, Hameez, volunteered for the ambulance service. After the Israelis bombed his town … he had to remove his parents’ bodies.”

The protest in London comes as Israel and Hamas observe a 16-hour ceasefire. – Gareth Platt

Jannat al Karmi, whose family are in Palestine, said of the people in Gaza: “It’s difficult for them, especially right now because it’s Ramadan, they’re fasting. There’s no water, no light, there’s bombing happening all around them. At all points they have to risk their lives, they go to sleep not knowing whether they will wake up. Instead of waiting to break their fast, they are waiting to die.

“Israel is telling people to evacuate hospitals. How do you evacuate a hospital with all the injured people? It’s terrible.”

Guardian columnist Owen Jones was at the protest, and spoke out about the continuing conflict:

“This is not a war, this is a massacre. Their oppressors would not treat their dogs like this, let alone their own children.”

Baroness Jenny Tonge, a life peer in the House of Lords, also spoke to the crowd. she described Israel as a “rogue state,” adding that “we can no longer consider Israel a Jewish state, because Jews don’t act like Israel.”

One protester, Assad Ullah, has friends in Gaza. He told IBTimes UK that the atmosphere is “a mix of fear and anxiety. They know the world is watching them. It’s a really uncomfortable situation for the families. Some have relatives outside Gaza who want to go back and help, but can’t.

“They all sleep in the same room together, because if they get bombed, they all want to go together, whether they live or die, they want to go together.”

Further events protesting about events happening in Gaza were taking place across the UK, including Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Newcastle.

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