Anti-Israel protests are taking place the world over; even in Israel. Protesters often praise terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah; in Ramallah, they called for him to bomb Tel Aviv.
A stormy protest against Israel’s anti-Hizbullah campaign in Lebanon took place in front of the American consulate in eastern Jerusalem on Tuesday morning. Five protesters were arrested when the demonstration, which included tens of Jewish and Arab participants, turned violent.
Arab protesters at the event chanted slogans in praise of Hizbullah and its warlord-leader, Hassan Nasrallah. A police spokesperson said that officers were attacked by the crowd when they moved in to detain the event’s organizer.
Also on Tuesday, Muslim protesters outside the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, called on their government to send them to the Middle East to fight the Israelis and Americans. Several of the participants were carrying toy machine-guns and fake suicide belts. Police confiscated some of the accessories.
Allawi Usman, a leader of the protest called the US and Israel “the enemies of Islam,” saying that the demonstrators want to “help our brothers and sisters there who are being killed and ravaged by [them].”
In Ramallah, at a rally on Tuesday organized by the Fatah faction, participants carried Hizbullah flags and chanted for Nasrallah to bomb Tel Aviv. Members of the crowd also burned American and Israeli flags. Fatah is led by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (“Abu Mazen”) and is the main rival to Hamas for legislative control of the PA.
Hani Al-Hassan, a former PA minister, warned the crowd that Israel would soon attack in Judea and Samaria, as well. “I know what I am talking about,” he said.
On Monday, dozens of anti-Israel demonstrators protested near the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. Carrying signs that said “Murderers,” “Death to Israel” and “Stop the Slaughter,” the protesters decried Israel’s ongoing military offensive against the Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Protests last week included a joint Arab-Jewish protest against the war in besieged Haifa on Tuesday. Hearing about the protest on television and the radio, outraged Haifa residents left their bomb shelters to hold a stormy counter-protest.
Last Thursday, Indian left-wing and communist party representatives led an anti-Israel demonstration in New Delhi. The event, which included an abortive march on the Israeli Embassy, was organized by the Indian Committee Against Israeli Aggression. Scores of leftist activists, intellectuals, artists and prominent personalities took part.
Speaking at the rally, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), Prakash Karat, called for an Indian boycott of Israel. “India is the largest consumer of Israeli arms today. So it is the responsibility of our government to stop buying arms from a nation which is devastating both Lebanon and Palestine.” he said.
Among the other anti-Israel protests that have been held worldwide were those in Montreal and Toronto in Canada; in London, Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield and Eastbourne (picketing the visiting Israeli tennis team) in the United Kingdom; and in San Diego (at the local JCC across from a pro-Israel event), Springfield, Massachusetts and at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.
Among the groups sponsoring the anti-Israel protests have been the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, the Canadian Arab Federation, the Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, the Muslim Unity Group of Toronto, UK Muslim organizations, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Stop the War Coalition, the Association Des Jeunes Libanais Musulmans, the Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) organization, the Canadian Muslim Forum, the Pittsburgh Organizing Group, Anti-Racist Action, the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Muslim Association of Britain, the British Muslim Initiative, UK Lebanese organizations, the International Socialist Organization and the International Action Center.
Two simultaneous anti-Israel events organized by the communist ANSWER Coalition, the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation are scheduled for August 12, 2006 in Washington DC and in San Francisco, California. The DC protest will be held near the White House, while the San Francisco event will be held at the Civic Center.