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Exclusive Interviews: Anti-Israel ‘Peacenik’ and Assaulted Israeli

The anti-Israel movement in a snapshot: A young woman who was writing a message of peace for Israel was physically and verbally assaulted, and thrown out of a public park, by people who claim to be, and are referred to by the mass media, as "peaceful," "non-violent," "free speech" activists.

Am Yisrael Chai written under Freedom to Speak, led to 3/13/13 assault on an Israeli woman in Oakland

Am Yisrael Chai written under Freedom to Speak, led to 3/13/13 assault on an Israeli woman in Oakland
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“The ultimate goal of the leadership of groups like the International Solidarity Movement is the complete elimination of Israel,” David

International Solidarity Movement banner in Oakland Park, March 13, 2013

International Solidarity Movement banner in Oakland Park, March 13, 2013

told The Jewish Press.  “There are many people involved with the group – maybe Tristan was one of those – who are naive and are indoctrinated by the leaders to believe that Israel is the root of all the problems in the Middle East, and if only Israel was gone it would usher in a new golden age of humanism.”

David pointed out that one of the people in another one of the videos from the March 13 Oakland event was Paul Larudee, a leader in the ISM and Free Gaza Movement, who “…recognize[s] that violence is necessary and it is permissible for oppressed and occupied people to use armed resistance and we recognize their right to do so.” Larudee has been involved with several well-publicized efforts to defeat the blockade of Gaza, supports Hamas, and obtained official approval from the United Nations for his nongovernmental organization, the Free Palestine Movement, which is a pro-Hamas group.

TRISTAN ANDERSON AND NI’ILIN PROTEST

Silverman is the girlfriend of Tristan Anderson.  Anderson was severely wounded in 2009 as he stood in solidarity with Arab Palestinians who regularly protest the security fence Israel has built to deter terrorism.  This protest took place in the Arab town of

Ni'ilin village, the green line shows the 1949 Armistice line, the red line is the separation fence, the blue areas are Jewish towns, the yellow areas are Arab towns

Ni’ilin village, the green line shows the 1949 Armistice line, the red line is the separation fence, the blue areas are Jewish towns, the yellow areas are Arab towns

Ni’ilin.  The security fence, as can be seen in the map, runs mostly along the 1949 Armistice lines (the “Auschwitz Borders, as Abba Eban described them) but jut into the disputed territories in certain locations so as to protect Jewish majority towns from terrorism.  Most of Ni’ilim is outside of the fence, but a small portion of it falls within.  Anderson came to Israel to visit Silverman, whom he had first met as a fellow protester at the IMF and World Bank protests in 2000, in Washington, D.C.  The IMF protest was organized by the anarchist group A16.

Anderson told an interviewer two years ago about his life prior to his injuries: “Sometimes it’s solidarity, sometimes it’s like we’ve all got to fight against something. I did everything there is to do: bicycle activism, gardening activism, anti-globalization activism, [US political prisoner] Mumia [abu Jamal] activism, tree-sitting.”  Mumia abu Jamal is a convicted murderer who killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. And in 2009, Anderson went to the Middle East to be with Silverman.

IRONIES ABOUND

Not only did Silverman physically assault Channa on March 13, but the ISM/Occupy Oakland event on the day of the assault was to protest

Gabrielle Silverman, mug shot from Oct 9, 2012, San Francisco Police Dept.

Gabrielle Silverman, mug shot from Oct 9, 2012, San Francisco Police Dept.

the devastating injury of her boyfriend caused by the throwing of a non-lethal weapon, yet Silverman was arrested just a few months ago when she and others in a militant anarchist group did what?  Hurled “non-lethal” (but potentially lethal nonetheless, just like tear gas canisters) projectiles at police and other people.

Further irony: the message Channa wrote for which she was attacked?  A message of peace: “Am Yisrael Chai” – The Jewish People Live.  Yet another irony: Channa, when attacked violently and verbally and removed from a public place, was writing her message right below the clearly marked message, in bold letters: FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND ASSEMBLE. And a final one: the park, the public space from which Channa was ejected by Silverman and her comrades, was named for a legitimate civil rights activist but was renamed to “honor” a convicted felon, now considered a martyr because he was killed while resisting arrest.

WARNING: EXTREMELY FOUL LANGUAGE IS AUDIBLE ON THIS VIDEO

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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20 Responses to “Exclusive Interviews: Anti-Israel ‘Peacenik’ and Assaulted Israeli”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    The Alameda County DA, Nancy O'Malley, should prosecute Silverman to the fullest extent of the law. She has prosecuted protesters in the past when they became violent; hopefully this will be no different.

  2. H Fragman Abramson says:

    The ISM is violent and criminal. This org was responsible for aiding, abetting and sheltering known terrorists during the second Arab war of terror. They are also the same people who encouraged Rachel Corrie to throw herself in front of a moving bulldozer. They consistently provoke others with the intent of inciting violence. Silverman and her cadre of criminals should be prosecuted for violating the civil rights of Channa, et al.

  3. The People's Republic of Berkeley claims to be the center of the "free speech movement" but since the 60s they have opposed free speech and demanded that only those that agree with their fascist viewpoint be allowed to speak.

  4. The People's Republic of Berkeley claims to be the center of the "free speech movement" but since the 60s they have opposed free speech and demanded that only those that agree with their fascist viewpoint be allowed to speak.

  5. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    Am Y'Israel Chai! if those violent witches don't like it, let them come and get me. AM Y'ISRAEL CHAI! The Jewish People Live!

  6. I WILL BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL IN MANALAPAN, MONDAY NIGHT APRIL 8 AT 7:30 and will not participate in the interfaith program. ALL ARE INVITED. I AM SPEAKING FREE OF CHARGE. The Imam said he would join with me declaring that here in America there is no room for Muslims callings Jews apes and for the destruction of the Jewish people as Morsi of Egypt did. This promise to me was never fulfilled. MY AGREEING FOR THE IMAM TO LEAVE BEFORE HATIKVAH WAS BASED ON HIS FULFILLING THIS PROMISE.

    I have resigned from the Metuchen-Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association due to this. For you who are new, to the association, I served as President and Vice President in the past and chaired many programs. It hurts me greatly that I had to make this decision. I wish you all the best of success. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. I love the snapshot this article provides of the two sides of this war on the Jews and the Jewish state.

    The only thing that troubles me is that the article says that Silverman's boyfriend was injured as he "stood in solidarity" with various Arabs. I don't know what that means, but it sounds a lot more virtuous than anything I can imagine the guy actually did. I wish the article used more objective language or made clear that it was quoting some ridiculous ISM press release.

  8. I love the snapshot this article provides of the two sides of this war on the Jews and the Jewish state.

    The only thing that troubles me is that the article says that Silverman's boyfriend was injured as he "stood in solidarity" with various Arabs. I don't know what that means, but it sounds a lot more virtuous than anything I can imagine the guy actually did. I wish the article used more objective language or made clear that it was quoting some ridiculous ISM press release.

  9. Linda Feldman says:

    Regardless of his past, Oscar Grant was the victim of careless police action and despite his priors, did not deserve to be shot in the back. The despicable and criminal actions of those who assaulted Channa L. stand on their own disgusting and hypocritical merits and did not need the Ms. Marcus's editorial slant on the Oscar Grant affair to further illustrate the point.

    Ms. Silverman should be prosecuted for her assault on Channa L.

    Am Y'israel Chai!

  10. Ethan Perks says:

    These "non violent" types only expect non violence of others, not themselves.

  11. This video was extremely disturbing. It pains me to learn that a Jewish young woman (Silverman) could be so misguided as to attack another person, let alone another Jew. Her foul language and behavior are symptomatic of what has become "free expression" but only for those who espouse their sick point of view.

  12. Bill Bilek says:

    1) Why have charges not been pressed against these criminals for assault and battery, especially in view of the clear evidence on the video?

    2) This underlines the need for the pro-Israel community in America and Europe to (re)activate some form of self-defense movement that would stand up to bullies and criminals, if the police or other legitimate authorities refuse to provide protection.

  13. 80% of american students cannot read at grade level. in oakland, it's likely 100%.

  14. Since Silverman claims to be against violence, bullying and preventing freedom of assembly yet is a violent bully in preventing freedom of assembly and speech to those she disagrees with? This clearly shows that she IS NOT against.

  15. Since Silverman claim's to be against violence, bullying and supression of freedom of thought and assembly her actions, being violent, bullying and against freedom of assembly and speech for those she disagrees with expose her hypocrisy. She is clearly NOT concerned with justice for the Palestinians but is just anti-Israel.

  16. I am the person that has filmed the attack on Hannah and then an interviewed her. Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpZYMQVO9aw.
    It is highly symbolic that this girl was attacked just for stating a message of peace wishing long life to the Jewish people.

  17. I am the person that has filmed the attack on Hannah and then an interviewed her. Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpZYMQVO9aw.
    It is highly symbolic that this girl was attacked just for stating a message of peace wishing long life to the Jewish people.

  18. Great video!
    Thanks Daniel Wencel.

  19. from san francisco – right on, channa. resist this nonsense and provocation wherever it happens. עם ישראל חי.

  20. from san francisco – right on, channa. resist this nonsense and provocation wherever it happens. עם ישראל חי.

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