Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Jewish students extracted from Boston anti-Israel ‘die-in’
The Times of Israel ^ | July 20, 2014 | Matt Lebovic

Posted on 07/24/2014 12:35:23 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Demonstrators fell to the ground as protest leaders read names of Gaza casualties in Operation Protective Edge at rally Saturday.

BOSTON – In a corner of America’s oldest public common, some 200 anti-Israel demonstrators held a so-called “die-in” Saturday to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

For the third time in eight days, Boston police were forced to intervene when a small group of student Israel supporters was swarmed by demonstrators screaming anti-Semitic epithets and initiating physical contact, said students involved in the incident.

The two-hour “die-in” on the Boston Common climaxed when protest leaders read the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza since the fighting started. Holding signs printed with each victim’s name and age, demonstrators fell to the concrete as each corresponding name was read.

On Friday, the day before the “die-in,” more than 1,000 Israel supporters gathered in the same spot of the Boston Common to support the Jewish state’s right to self-defense. Organized by the Israeli American Council, the Friday rally featured speeches from Jewish leaders and calls to defend Israel on social media.

Staged across from the gold-domed Massachusetts State House, Saturday’s “die-in” kicked off with an hour of anti-Israel speeches. Most speakers condemned the US government’s support of Israel and the Jewish state’s alleged “war crimes” against Palestinians.

Demonstrators’ signs and T-shirts pointed to participation from a slew of “peace action” committees, local unions, international socialist and women’s groups, and far-left activist group Jewish Voice for Peace. At various points during the gathering, activists called for boycotts of Israeli products and for the US government to “defund” Israel.

During the half-hour “die-in” segment of the rally, some of the sprawled out protesters were observed smoking cigarettes and using cellphones. Others took advantage of the lull to distribute fliers ranging from “The Socialist Alternative” to “Boston Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

For the third time since last week, a handful of Jewish students with Israeli flags was surrounded by demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic epithets and – according to two of the students – a tense minute of “pushing and shoving.”

Soon after the “die-in” ended, Brett Loewenstern — a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist – entered the fray with his boyfriend, Israeli-born Avi Levi.

According to Loewenstern, he and his boyfriend’s combining of an Israeli flag with a rainbow flag – the symbol for gay rights – set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators.

Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said Loewenstern and other witnesses.

“We started to get pushed and shoved by the Israel haters, and the police came in to extract us from them,” said Loewenstern, a former contestant on American Idol who sings Israel’s national anthem at communal events.

“The policewoman was very nice and said that we were allowed to make our point but we have to do it separately from the Israel haters,” Loewenstern told the Times of Israel.

Last night, Boston’s Fox affiliate aired a clip of Loewenstern talking about “13 years of rocket attacks on Israel” and the use of Gaza schools and hospitals by Hamas to hide terror weapons.

Another media-savvy activist is Chloe Valdary, the New Orleans-based student assaulted during a protest outside Boston’s Israeli consulate last Friday. Valdary pressed assault and battery charges against her assailant with the Boston Police Department, which sent a detective from its civil rights unit to her apartment.

“Because the Anti-Defamation League filed a report, the detective came and admitted to me that the police dropped the ball,” said Valdary. “[The detective] said that the protesters should not have been allowed to swarm us like that,” she said.

According to Valdary, even one or two vocal Israel supporters “really make a difference when they come to anti-Israel rallies,” she said.

“We really do manage to disrupt them and distract them when we show up,” Valdary said. “We show up and it’s in the media, so the public sees how hate-filled and incredibly deluded these Hamas supporters are,” she said.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

Several large anti-Israel gatherings have been held in Boston since Valdary’s assault outside the Israeli consulate last week. During a gathering outside the Boston Public Library on Thursday evening, police had to protect Valdary and student activist Daniel Mael from what Valdary called “hundreds of people shouting ‘Allah is great.’”

On Tuesday evening, anti-Israel demonstrators will gather in Copley Square for a “mass march” against Israel’s “collective punishment of Palestinians,” according to fliers handed out on Saturday. Joining veteran groups opposed to “Israel’s impunity” will be several chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: islam; israel; massachusetts

1 posted on 07/24/2014 12:35:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

eggs......


2 posted on 07/24/2014 12:40:13 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Clueless idiots.


3 posted on 07/24/2014 12:42:06 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Should brought one of these:

 photo speedup-1.jpg

4 posted on 07/24/2014 12:56:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

One is allowed to protest and march and speak out all you want, but violence and assaults are not allowed. Anyone who resorts to attacking in any physical way should be arrested and tried for violently and physically attacking people (or property, too).

I don’t care what they protest, because if I’m not interested, I won’t listen or engage. It’s the violence and physically attacking that must always be stopped.


5 posted on 07/24/2014 12:58:59 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Extracted”? Is that what the Liberal, all encompassing Academic environment has come to?

“Free Palestine” (Kill all the Jews) protests?

We are witnessing the loss of tolerance and the ascent of Islam in America and in the West.
More and more physical attacks on Jews is occurring. Will there be “Krystalnacht” soon and maybe some book burnings? Will the West look the other way? Again?

Dark days ahead...

6 posted on 07/24/2014 1:18:17 AM PDT by Netz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Star Traveler

” It’s the violence and physically attacking that must always be stopped.”
Actually maybe there’s not enough ? There is no push-back in this country anymore , no consequences , no down sides . All these Muz think ( and know) they can just about get away with whatever they want to do. The average American is so fearful of ‘the law’ and especially ‘lawyers’ that they are cowed into passive complacency . While our country slips into uncontested chaos . There are some things worth fighting for , worth fighting in the streets for . And hey ,guess what ? There’s a whole hell of a lot more of US than them ....It’s time to get up up off the sofas and get with the business of restoring America to what it should be , and not a pussy-whipped wimp nation of simpering tolerant gandhis .


7 posted on 07/24/2014 1:19:56 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet; laplata
and initiating physical contact, said students involved in the incident

Lap, see what we were talking about in private mail? Their side is going to initiate physical contact once too often, and start something they can't finish.

8 posted on 07/24/2014 1:20:26 AM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero plays a fiddle, while Obama plays Minnesota Fats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Netz

screw the pro-Arab protestors , it’s we who are tolerating the intolerable . This has to end . There has to be a cost for this kind of behavior in our society . Especially by so-called ‘immigrants ‘ They have paid no American dues to demand such a voice . Everything has been handed them on a silver plate by the increasingly liberal Giverment . To hell with them .


9 posted on 07/24/2014 1:22:20 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: LeoWindhorse
You are 100% right. The problem is with the decision makers and media. The Arabs have a festering grievances up their ____holes from time immemorial. They are always angry and revolting but contribute nothing to the world except more hatred and violence. The West is losing from lack of will and leadership, Obama in the forefront, I mean rear-front. Obama and his administration is like a bad, long episode of F-Troop and the entire free world is suffering terrible. Israel is in the trenches in that fight and seems to be the ONLY country doing anything about it. Israel also remembers when Obama told them, “I've got your back”. What a pathetic joke.
10 posted on 07/24/2014 1:42:36 AM PDT by Netz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Soon after the “die-in” ended, Brett Loewenstern — a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist – entered the fray with his boyfriend, Israeli-born Avi Levi. According to Loewenstern, he and his boyfriend’s combining of an Israeli flag with a rainbow flag – the symbol for gay rights – set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators.

Lovely. So the Sodomites violating Jewish law are the ones needing police protection.

11 posted on 07/24/2014 2:44:16 AM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ten bucks says that every last one of the bums who were “dying” were atheist “Jews”.Boston’s filthy with them.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 4:42:22 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative

Or actual "Palestinians" acting as commissars to make sure everyone was sufficiently anti-Semitic. What I love is the self-loathing Jews and other non-Arab peacecreeps wearing the kuffiyeh in a non-ironic fashion.

13 posted on 07/24/2014 4:49:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

Their side is going to initiate physical contact once too often, and start something they can’t finish.


Yes, without a doubt. And it could come at any time.


14 posted on 07/24/2014 9:03:47 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

JINO: Jewish In Name Only


15 posted on 07/24/2014 9:06:57 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: montag813

It’s actually not a bad tactic: provoke the Israel haters’ in a way that also demonstrates just how anti-gay they are. Creates a big and unpleasant cunnundrum for the Libs.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT by tanknetter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The student idiots are too young to remember the 1972 Olympics.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 9:27:54 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: aimhigh

Or Lod Airport, or Entebbe......


18 posted on 07/24/2014 9:29:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Netz

Thanks !


19 posted on 07/24/2014 12:02:03 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
comment self deleted, to save the mods the trouble.
20 posted on 07/24/2014 12:25:05 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

..................

21 posted on 07/24/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Morons.


22 posted on 07/24/2014 12:28:55 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: laplata
JINO: Jewish In Name Only

LOL. There really are all sorts of different INOs aren't there?

23 posted on 07/24/2014 4:24:37 PM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero plays a fiddle, while Obama plays Minnesota Fats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

JINO: Jewish In Name Only
__
LOL. There really are all sorts of different INOs aren’t there?
>>

That’s for sure. What’s an American? AINO, I suppose.


24 posted on 07/24/2014 4:28:39 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson