An enormous Palestinian flag was unfurled from the south side of the Manhattan Bridge earlier this evening as protesters marched across the nearby Brooklyn Bridge to protest Israeli attacks in Gaza. The flag, which bore writing that read “Boycott, Divest, Sanction,” hung from the bridge for at least 30 minutes before it was removed.
The march began in Brooklyn at Cadmen Plaza and was bound for NYPD headquarters, where, organizers say, a demonstration would draw “attention to the unequivocal support of Israel by NYC’s political elite, despite overwhelming condemnation from the international community… connecting Palestinian resistance to Israeli aggression to recent struggles in the U.S. against highly militarized police departments. Many of these same police departments have trained and shared ‘tactics’ with the Israeli government, including the New York City and St. Louis, Missouri Police Departments, most recently on display in Ferguson, Missouri.”
Photos by Josmar Trujillo
Today, Judge Paul D. Borman removed himself from the case of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. Earlier this month, the judge stridently denied a defense motion calling on him to step down. The motion claimed that his life-long support for the state of Israel—whose arrest, torture, and conviction of Odeh for alleged Jerusalem bombings in 1969 is at issue in this case—would not allow for a fair trial.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine praises the direct actions taken by various groups around the world to shut down the operations of the war machine assaulting the Palestinian people, and calls for increasing and escalating these actions everywhere the occupier and its supporters are present.
The Front commended the multiple direct actions around the world targeting Israeli embassies, consulates, institutions and corporations, including the 2-day occupation of an Elbit arms factory outside Birmingham, UK; the blockade of the Israeli embassy in The Hague; the shutdown of El Al’s ticket counter in Athens; popular de-shelving and removal of Israeli products in Ireland; and actions in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Albuquerque in the United States at Israeli missions and consulates, Bank Leumi, Israel Discount Bank, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, as well as a upcoming blockade of an Israeli ZIM Ship in Oakland, California. These actions come amid a flurry of die-ins and sit-ins in parliamentary and government offices across Europe, North America and around the world, and demonstrations in Paris and elsewhere taking the streets, defying police and government repression to stand with Palestine.
Comrade Khaled Barakat said, in a message to the solidarity movements with Palestine around the world, that “These actions are part of the Palestinian, Arab and international resistance to the Israeli massacres against our people. They illustrate that the people of the world are fed up with the images they have seen for the past month – of children torn apart and innocent Palestinians besieged and bombarded. This has been the Palestinian reality for over 66 years – and the people of the world are saying, ‘Enough!’ We want to see more of these direct actions, such as occupying Israeli and U.S. embassies and consulates, shutting down war profiteers and occupation corporations, and civil disobedience actions in cities around the world. These actions make clear that Palestinians are not alone, and that the people of the world are putting their own bodies on the line because they will no longer tolerate the illegitimate occupation state’s actions.”
“The impact of these direct actions is felt in every Palestinian heart in Gaza. They are heard and felt by every Palestinian fighter in Gaza who emerges from the tunnels of resistance, that the people of conscience of the world stand with our just struggle for liberation,” said Barakat.
Barakat noted that “while the colonial and settler colonial governments of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the European Union are engaged in an imperialist campaign to liquidate the Palestinian people and their cause, hundreds of thousands of people in these countries have taken to the streets to stand with Palestine and denounce the bloody complicity of these powers, the sponsors of the racist settler colonial project in Palestine. What drives individuals and groups to occupy an Israeli embassy or shut down an Israeli weapons factory is their deep sense of justice, and their outrage at the injustices inflicted upon the Palestinian people.”
Flag of Palestine on the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, in solidarity with Gaza.
Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack.
The activists demanded that the FIDF stop funding the Israeli army. FIDF is a multi-millionaire dollar non-profit organization that collects funds to send to the Israeli military. Signs taped to the JVP and JSN members read: “Jews say no to the ground invasion of Gaza.”
The demonstrators were arrested by dozens of New York Police Department members—including members of the Counter-Terror Unit–when they refused to leave the premises. They are expected to be charged with criminal trespassing. The demonstrators were taken to a precinct in Manhattan.
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Four children were killed in Gaza City Wednesday, medics said, in Israeli shelling witnessed by AFP journalists.
All four were on the beach when the attack took place, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with several injured children taking refuge at a nearby hotel where journalists were staying.
Logroño, La Rioja autonomous community, Spain: Protest in solidarity with Gaza against Israeli war crimes, July 14, 2014.
Via Communist Youth Collective (CJC) - La Rioja
Statement Re: Use of Deadly Force By Federal Law Enforcement at Protest Outside the Westwood Federal Building on Sunday, July 13, 2014:
We represent a diverse group of Palestinian, Christian, Jewish and non-religious organizations and individuals involved in organizing a series of peaceful protests in response to the escalating violence by Israel against the Palestinian people.
At this writing, the death toll from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza had reached 185 people — all of them Palestinians — with at least 1,385 wounded, according to Palestinian health authorities.
The casualty list — nearly all civilians —represents a lopsided war on the Gazan people since no Israelis have been killed. Yesterday, there was also a lopsided reaction, this time from a US Federal Protective Service officer who opened fire into a truck holding Arab-Americans. This use of deadly force could have easily resulted in a casualty.
• By firing that shot, something rarely seen in this country, the officer endangered the lives of demonstrators on both sides. Once law enforcement uses deadly force, no one is safe in exercising their first amendment rights.
• Law enforcement will likely scapegoat the arrested Arab-American demonstrators and will create whatever testimony necessary to blame the demonstrators for the officers’ over reaction. Any evidence they produce will be suspect, as they need to deflect the enormous life threatening gravity of their own action in order to avoid further community condemnation.
• Law enforcement has shown obvious bias in their choice of arresting and scapegoating the Arab-American demonstrators. The incident was instigated by pro-Israeli demonstrators who used force to steal a flag from the arrested protesters. Again they stereotype the Arab-Americans as violent, while excusing the behavior of the Israeli supporters, who instigated and encouraged the incident with their violent behavior while being protected by the police.
It’s clear that Palestine is the victim and Israel is the aggressor. What our demonstrators suffered is the most modest of assaults while the death and destruction raining upon the citizens of Gaza, most of whom are women and young children, is a nightmare that anyone with good conscience insists be stopped.
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Istanbul, Turkey: Mass demonstration against Israeli war crimes in Gaza, occupied Palestine, July 13, 2014
Via Abbas Falasteen Hamideh