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
Detroit: Stop the attacks on Gaza — Stand up for Palestine! July 13, 2014
Photos by Kris Hamel
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of Palestinians and supporters protest against City Council’s grotesque “New York Stands with Israel” press conference at City Hall, July 14, 2014.
Photos by Caleb Maupin
The New York City Council is planning a press conference on Monday titled “New York Stands With Israel.”
As we witness Israel’s continuous occupation and terrorism against innocent people in Palestine since 1948, and following the latest Israeli assaults and massacres against Palestinians in Gaza, New Yorkers refuse to have the city council speak on their behalf in supporting Israel’s atrocities in the past week where more than 156 of Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.
Please invite friends and family, share this event, and post about in social media with this hashtag: #NY4Palestine!
Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day Saturday as it vowed no let-up in its bombing raid which has killed more than 120 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
Defiant fighters from Gaza responded by firing five more rockets towards Israeli occupied territories, as Hamas rejected international calls to surrender, insisting Israel must end its assault.
Speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv on Friday, Netanyahu said he would not end the assault until he achieved his goal of stopping the Hamas fire.
Ismail Haniya, Gaza’s former premier and the most senior Hamas official in the coastal enclave, ruled out any halt to hostilities.
"(Israel) is the one that started this aggression and it must stop, because we are (simply) defending ourselves," he said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he expected a political decision on a possible ground invasion by Sunday.
Tunisia marches in solidarity with Palestine, July 10, 2014.
Via Myassar Atyani
“The United States and the European Union are deeply complicit in the Israeli war crimes currently being committed against the Palestinian people in Gaza. In fact, they are directly responsible for the death and destruction being rained down upon our people by Zionist war planes,” said Comrade Khaled Barakat, in an interview on July 11 with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine website regarding the occupation state’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza.
“This is not the first time that Israel commits war crimes against Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, dropping US-made bombs on innocent civilians in their homes, which up until now have killed over 100 Palestinians, destroyed over 400 homes and injured hundreds of men, women and children, targeting civil institutions and infrastructure, schools, health care facilities and even livestock farms,” said Barakat.
“The United States seeks to claim that it is some sort of ‘mediator’ in Palestine, reiterating its decades-long lie of being an ‘honest broker.’ In reality, United States weapons, funds and political support are the mechanisms that supply and oil the killing machine attacking our people. The U.S. can never claim to be a ‘mediator’ while it is US-made F-16 airplanes shooting US-made missiles and bombs into the homes of Palestinian families,” said Barakat.
Furthermore, he noted, “Obama is just as guilty – if not more so – than Netanyahu. Hollande, Cameron and Merkel are active participants in the war crimes against our people.”