Pamela Geller reported yesterday on the growing tensions in the U.S. over the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There were incidents in both Los Angeles and Boston. I am condensing both accounts into one report so you can get a picture of what is going on here at home. -Dean Garrison, Editor
VIDEO: Violent Muslims beat Jews with sticks at large pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles, DHS fires weapon at attackers
Jihad in America.
Perhaps the UJA -LA will ban other pro-Israel voices so as not to upset the annihilationists.
Anyone or any Jew who thinks he is safe because he or she is in America or Canada or Europe, etc. is sadly mistaken and hopelessly misinformed. We are seeing this violence everywhere — ghastly attacks on Jews across the world: San Francisco, Boston, Australia, Berlin, New York, Chicago, The Hague, Morocco, London, Paris (and more in France) and Malmo.
Things got so hot in LA, the Journal reports a gun was fired at the truck by a Department of Homeland Security officer who was at the scene, according to Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security officer fired his weapon during the rally at the Federal Building in Westwood on Sunday.
Police in riot gear respond to attacks on Jews at pro-Iisrael rally. The LA Times calls these clashes.
It’s only going to get worse, as Islamic supremacist armies continue to conquer whole swaths of the Middle East and Africa as Western countries import whole Muslim communities from jihad nations.
Large pro-Israel rally in LA marred by violence
Four Palestinian activists allegedly beat Israel supporters with sticks at end of thousand-strong demonstration,” elly Hartog, TOA, July 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Some 1,200 Israel supporters flocked to a community solidarity rally outside the Los Angeles Federal building in West Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Though largely peaceful, the demonstration’s conclusion was marred by violence when four Palestinian activists allegedly beat pro-Israel demonstrators with sticks, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
At the demonstration’s start, pro-Israel demonstrators wrapped in American and Israeli flags and holding banners aloft cheered and chanted as cars drove by honking their horns in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against the ongoing Hamas rocket launches into the country. As the day wore on, the numbers swelled until three corners of the busy intersection were flanked with a sea of blue and white.Initially only a small contingent of around 25 Palestinian supporters waving a Palestinian flag passed through the Israeli phalanx to the opposite side of the street, where their numbers eventually swelled to some 200.
This first confrontation between the two groups was brief but uneventful, with hundreds of Israel supporters chanting “Am Yisrael Chai” (“The People of Israel Live”) while uniformed Los Angeles police kept them a safe distance apart.
However, as the rally was drawing to a close, the relative peace was shattered when a pickup truck carrying four men holding Palestinian flags and long wooden sticks arrived. The men, reportedly Palestinian citizens residing in Orange Country, California, allegedly attacked the pro-Israel demonstrators, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
The Journal reports a gun was fired at the truck by a Department of Homeland Security officer who was at the scene, according to Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division. Later Sunday evening, the Journal updated its original story and wrote the four men were handcuffed and being held by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
On the first day of the operation in Gaza on July 8, a man bearing a “Middle Eastern appearance” pepper-sprayed a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street, the group said. “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die,” the man screamed at her, according to the BNVCA report. Inshallah, indeed.
And this is just the beginning …
We are seeing this violence everywhere — ghastly attacks on Jews across the world: San Francisco, Los Angeles (where the Department of Homeland Security officer had to fire his weapon to stop the Muslim mob), Australia, Berlin, New York, Chicago, The Hague, Morocco, London, Paris (and more in France) and Malmo.
Here’s what happened in the city of Boston, the city of the jihad bombing, the city that allows vicious anti-Israel posters on buses and subways but refused to run our pro-Israel savage ad.
On July 11, a pro-Hamas woman attacked pro-Israel Chloe Valdary at a rally in Boston, grabbing her camera and scuffling with her. Watch that incident:
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BOSTON – A protest outside Israel’s consular offices in downtown Boston turned ugly Friday when 100 anti-Israel demonstrators “swarmed” some dozen Israel supporters.
Surrounded by pro-Palestinian activists chanting “Jesus killers” and “drop dead,” several pro-Israel students claimed they were “physically assaulted” by the protesters at the rally’s close.
Whereas the pro-Israel supporters were mainly university students, the anti-Israel crowd was largely female, and older, accompanied by a dozen children holding signs and helping chant about “Israeli apartheid” and “war crimes.”
Post-rally, the pro-Israel students immediately took to social media, exposing what they say Israel activists around the US face – to varying degrees – when they decide to publicly support the Jewish state.
Organized by activist Adam Akkad and Jewish Voice for Peace’s local chapter, the demonstrators protested the Israel Defense Force’s current Operation Protective Edge, but made no reference to the hundreds of Hamas rockets targeting Israeli civilians, or the use of Gaza civilians as human shields for Hamas.
“There were eleven of us here, and that was not enough,” said Aviva Malveira, a recent Boston University graduate who was among the Israel supporters swarmed by protesters.
Wrapped in a large Israeli flag and wearing dark sunglasses, Malveira stood in the middle of what she called a “tiny pro-Israel island,” surrounded by screaming protesters. She and other supporters sang the Israeli national anthem “HaTikvah” and Hebrew song “Oseh Shalom” (“Make Peace”), which Malveira said further inflamed the protesters.
“Some phones were knocked out of our hands, Israeli flags were yanked, and a whole lot of disgusting things were shouted at us,” said Malveira, who now works for StandWithUs, a pro-Israel PR outfit.
The incident took place as anti-Israel protesters ended their demonstration outside the consulate and headed to the Boston Common for another rally. As protesters crossed the street outside the consulate, they surrounded the Israel supporters standing between them and the adjacent Public Garden.
After several minutes of hurled insults and physical contact, police officers intervened to restore order.
“School may not be in session, but Israel-haters take no breaks,” said Malveira. “I think the Boston [Jewish] community needs to do a lot more in terms of rallies and public support – actual mobilizing – instead of hiding online or limiting their support to synagogue vigils,” she said.
One of the assaulted students – Chloe Valdary, a University of New Orleans senior – pressed charges on Saturday at the Boston Police Department against a woman related to the incident.
“There were several cops who literally did nothing,” wrote Valdary on her Facebook page after the protest. She also posted videos and photos of the “disturbing” incident, the first of which she has faced in Boston.
“They surrounded us, they swarmed us,” said Valdary, who is in Boston for the summer as a fellow with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA).
“I looked each and every one of them in the eyes,” she wrote. “And I could tell that they’re confused by me because I’m black. But they are such cowards. While they were chanting at me, I was just smiling at them,” Valdary wrote.
Though fewer than a dozen student activists were present, they ran the political spectrum of campus Israel activism from J-Street U to traditional Zionist groups.
“I thought it was important to talk to these anti-Semites and hypocrites, who say they care about the Palestinians,” said Raphael Fils, a Boston University junior.
Last month, Fils founded JUMP, a campus Israel advocacy group willing to partner across the pro-Israel spectrum, said Fils.
“It was scary and I did not feel safe,” said Fils of Friday’s incident. “I don’t understand how these people are pro-Palestinian when they defend Hamas using their own children as human shields. That’s not pro-Palestinian,” he said.
Among the Israel supporters, several young Jewish communal professionals encouraged students to stand their ground and come up with their own chants and banners.
“They said some nasty things, like calling us Jesus killers, asking how many babies we had each murdered, telling us we would burn,” said Samantha Mandeles, a former student activist who now trains students in Israel advocacy for CAMERA.