Daily Israel Report

Anti-Israel Protest in Boston: Occupy Boston, Not Palestine

Small group of Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine demonstrate against U.S. aid to Israel.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 10/19/2011, 11:00 PM

Taking advantage of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have hit the world in recent weeks, a group of about 40 people from the Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine joined together on Tuesday for an anti-Israel rally and march in Boston.

The Daily Free Press, a student newspaper at Boston University, reported that the demonstration, entitled ‘Occupy Boston — Not Palestine,’ protested U.S. support of Israeli military presence in “Palestine.”

One of the organizers of the demonstration, Anna Shenk, told the Daily Free Press that she came to give presence and voice to the “Palestinians.”

“I lived in Jordan for two years, working to provide food and clothing to Palestinian refugees,” Shenk said. “I learned firsthand what being chased out of your home does to you, no matter who you are, and it’s outrageous.”

She seemingly was uninformed about the fact that Jordan, as well as other Arab countries, refused to grant citizenship to these Arabs and their descendants who had left Israel in 1948 after being promised by their leaders that they would return to take over Jewish homes after Israel was destroyed. 

As an excuse for the protest, the group argued that the U.S. spends more than $8 million in taxes on military aid and support to Israel per day. Israel, however, is the only staunch ally the USA has and the only stable democracy in the entire Middle East, although the USA aids Egypt and Pakistan in comparable, if not greater, amounts.

Protest participant Nancy Murray said that the “occupation of Palestine” has gone on for far too long.

“Americans, open your eyes,” she said. “It’s because of your tax dollars that Israel occupies Palestine. We pay $8 million in military aid for Israel to do whatever the hell it wants.”

Murray added, “We need to build houses in the U.S. instead of destroying houses in Palestine. The occupation has gone on for so long because the U.S. vetoed 41 valid UN Security Council resolutions. They’ve given Israel the green light to abuse human rights.”

The houses destroyed in Judea and Samaria in recent years have been Jewish ones, however, while illegal Arab building is untouched.

Some protesters at the demonstration said they were concerned with the issue of violating human rights. One demonstrator, Anne Glick, accused Israel of violating human rights by building a fence to keep in the Palestinian Authority Arabs.

“What the U.S. is doing is taking away human rights,” Glick told the Daily Free Press. “The U.S. has to stop giving aid to Israel. $8 million of our tax dollars every day go to stop the Palestinians from living correctly.”

Glick failed to mention the endless murderous terror attacks originating from the Arab side, which is what forced Israel to build the fence in the first place.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Occupy Wall Street protests were also used by some to bring up the anti-Semitic age-old “Jewish Conspiracy” theme.

One protester claimed that “the people who run Wall Street are guilty of crimes against humanity. A small ethnic group consists of…almost all bankers on Wall Street are Jewish.

“There is a conspiracy in this country, and Jews control the media, the finances…. The Jews represent two percent of the population…and have pooled their money together to take control of Americans finances….Almost all of the federal judges are Jewish.”

The protester also charged that both the Democratic and Republican parties based their campaigns to “appease Jewish Americans because Jewish money controls American politics….It is a conspiracy that everyone is afraid to talk about.”

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