Posts Tagged ‘protest’
Hamas is frustrated. Their missiles turned out to be useless, their tunnels were destroyed, they lost hundreds of terrorists, and the IDF effectively routed them both in war and now at the diplomatic table.
So to vent some of those frustrations (and to keep the populace angry), they’ve been running angry anti-Israel protests.
At this Gaza protest in Rafah, they’re burning a Jewish star for the children to watch.
The glimmer of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State, or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) may have already reached America’s shores, although U.S. citizens might not yet realize it. Dock workers at the port of Oakland have been afraid to brave the ire of Islamist protesters in California, and instead opted to stay off the job.
It appears that weeks-long planning by Palestinian Arab immigrants, their descendants and supporters who hate Israel and the Jews has paid off; the consolidated group of some 70 organizations has essentially seized control over the port in Oakland, California.
For the second day in a row, pro-Gaza protesters led by Palestinian Arab groups successfully blockaded the Piraeus, a ZIM Integrated Shipping Services vessel, at the Oakland port.
Demonstrators said they were protesting Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza. But more than 300,000 Israelis are still internally displaced by Hamas terror.
Operation Protective Edge was launched to silence the incessant rocket, missile and mortar fire that has rained down on southern Israel for years.
Several hundred Oakland protesters gathered again in a picket line Sunday after the ZIM vessel docked at about 5:30 pm. That was some 24 hours after it was forced to circle in the Pacific Ocean to avoid a mob of thousands at the same port the previous day.
A few dozen police officers monitored the picket line, according to KTVU TV, which interviewed 26-year-old Mohamed Shehk, media and communications director of the Oakland-based ‘Critical Resistance’ group.
“As a Palestinian, I have always been a strong supporter for the Palestinian cause for liberation,” Shehk told the news outlet. He added that he also supports ‘various movements of liberation around the world.’
“We will not stand for the murdering of Gazans,” he said.
The ultimate goal of the blockade, said protesters, is to stop the company from unloading at the Port of Oakland altogether. They plan similar blockades against ZIM in Tacoma and Seattle, organizers said.
The ILWU dockworkers’ union chose to honor the picket line and refused to unload the vessel. It’s not the first time; a similar blockade against ZIM was backed by the union in 2010.
Oddly, Saturday’s massive anti-Israel rally was covered only by independent bloggers and the UK-based newspaper, The Guardian. And Sunday’s blockade was covered by KTUV and KPIX. It didn’t even raise a blip on the national scene.
On Saturday, activists gathered early at a nearby transit station, the paper reported, led by 21-year-old Palestinian Sameh Ayesh, a member of the San Francisco-based Arab Youth Organization.
One of those involved in organizing the demonstration, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) executive director Lara Kiswani, said her organization was currently discussing “how to escalate our tactics.”
The paper reported that as protesters reached the port entrance, a line of police officers was standing in formation. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the mob shouted, playing on the recent news coverage of police brutality against rioting protesters in the town of Ferguson, Missouri following an lethal incident of police brutality.
Speaking with The Guardian, Shehk tried hard to link the incident to Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza. “On Twitter, we’ve seen people in Gaza tweet to protesters in Ferguson how to cope with teargas,” he said.
Gimme a break.
Readers from the UK….what do you think? Is this real or exaggerated?
“A Sainsbury’s branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said.
The goods were removed from a Sainsbury’s Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by protesters who were calling on the supermarket giant to boycott Israeli goods.
The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli protesters ‘wreaked havoc’ at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand.”
Police cancelled the permit for a left wing protest in Tel Aviv, following concern of rocket attacks from Gaza.
The left wing protesters decided to protest illegally in Rabin Square, despite the police order.
They are protesting Israel’s self defense against Hamas.
Some right-wingers ran a counter-protest.
Students at Be’er Sheva’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev are planning to “light a candle to illuminate the darkness” and fight incitement against local Arab students.
In an announcement posted on Facebook, the students cited threatening letters sent to fellow Arab students and graffiti declaring “Death to Arabs” that prompted them to schedule the demonstration of solidarity, set for 9:00 pm at the entrance to the university’s dormitories.
The move comes in the aftermath of the murder of a 16 year old Arab teen last week, and in response to the ongoing Arab violence that is spreading rapidly around the country — and sparking a growing anger by Jewish youth who are rapidly becoming sick of being victimized by Arab terror attacks.
Three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12 have yet to be caught by Palestinian Authority forces, although the alleged murderers of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir were taken into custody by Israel within days.
“All are invited, regardless of affiliation,” the announcement said. “Let’s show the public that students at Ben Gurion University have a clear stand against violence and incitement.
“Such actions undermine the most basic foundations of democracy and we must condemn them wherever they occur – especially when they occur at home, under our very noses.”
This is particularly relevant at BGU, inasmuch as the university has been extremely proactive in programs to integrate Bedouin students with Jews and others. BGU has been at the forefront of the educational system to help advance the education of Bedouin children and promote higher education in the Bedouin world. The university has the highest Bedouin-Jewish student ratio in the country.
Moreover, Jewish communities in the Negev – most of which are small are located quite far apart from each other – likewise live with the approximately 250,000 Israeli Bedouin who currently populate the Negev.
Several hundred people gathered in front of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem Wednesday evening to demonstrate over the murders of three Israeli teens and one Arab teen.
The protesters chanted, ‘End the violence and racism,’ and “Don’t let extremists dictate dialogue in Israel.’
Arabs rioted in nearly every Jerusalem neighborhood in which they live on Wednesday, violently destroying Light Rail stops, hurling rocks at Israeli police officers along with ignited fireworks, Molotov cocktails and just about anything else they could get their hands on. They lit tires on fire and sent them whirling into the roads and alleyways, and piled heaps of garbage and trash in the streets, bashing windows of cars they identified as belonging to Jews.
Likewise, Jewish teens demonstrated in other areas, with some chanting “Death to Arabs.” One in downtown Jerusalem attempted to attack an Arab worker at a local restaurant; three others attacked a Bedouin also working in the capital. All were arrested. No injuries were reported in either incident.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underlined earlier in the day that Israel is a “nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.” He urged Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich to push police to work as quickly as possible to find those responsible for the murder of 17 year old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir.