Skip to comments.Jewish students extracted from Boston anti-Israel ‘die-in’
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 Americas oldest public common, some 200 anti-Israel demonstrators held a so-called die-in Saturday to protest Israels 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 victims 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 states 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, Saturdays die-in kicked off with an hour of anti-Israel speeches. Most speakers condemned the US governments support of Israel and the Jewish states 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 womens 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 boyfriends 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 Israels 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, Bostons 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 Bostons 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 its in the media, so the public sees how hate-filled and incredibly deluded these Hamas supporters are, she said.
Several large anti-Israel gatherings have been held in Boston since Valdarys 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 Israels collective punishment of Palestinians, according to fliers handed out on Saturday. Joining veteran groups opposed to Israels impunity will be several chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine.
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.
“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...
” Its 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 .
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.
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 .
Lovely. So the Sodomites violating Jewish law are the ones needing police protection.
Ten bucks says that every last one of the bums who were “dying” were atheist “Jews”.Boston’s filthy with them.
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.
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.
JINO: Jewish In Name Only
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.
The student idiots are too young to remember the 1972 Olympics.
Or Lod Airport, or Entebbe......