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Today the Day of Rage demonstrations are taking place in cities all over the world, demanding immediate sanctions on Israel. We’re expecting reports to start rolling in, here’s our first one.

Nineteen-year-old student and activist Barnaby Raine has been organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism” in London. And his speech at today’s Day of Rage demonstration in London is a knock out. Excerpts:

I am proud to stand here today as a Jewish boy from North London in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

I’m not here today in spite of Jewish history. I’m here because of Jewish history. ..

I’m here today because my great grandparents knew what it meant to be excluded and to be the victims of racism. They knew what it was like to be booted out of their homes and turned into refugees…

[To BBC] Is that a conflict? When people flee for their lives to United Nations shelters, and then Israel attacks the United Nations shelters, is that a conflict? (No!). No no no BBC this is not a conflict, this is a massacre…

I am 19 years old. What future awaits the 19 year olds of Gaza?..

Let’s put sanctions on Israel until this barbarism ends.

So I just want to leave you with one important quote. In the early 20th century, people all over the world from all backgrounds who stood for the oppressed might have declared, I too am a Jew. When apartheid besmirched the earth people might have said I too am a black South African. Well today people from all backgrounds, from all walks of life, all over the world, come together and say in our thousands, in our millions, We are all Palestinian.

(Hat top Ofer Neiman)

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is a mom, a human rights activist, and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area and likes to garden. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. amigo on August 9, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Annie, 10,000 in Dublin.Will try to get you photos same method as last time.

    • annie on August 9, 2014, 5:13 pm

      ok, i am starting to update that post now. we so need dublin photos and i’ve failed in that regard. please send asap. i want large crowds. dublin has really been having awesome protests.

      • amigo on August 9, 2014, 7:47 pm

        Annie I just sent photo to your e.mail address.It took a long long time to load the image so one will have to do.
        Hope you get it.

      • Sycamores on August 10, 2014, 1:47 pm

        Hi Amigo

        Trevor Hogan the former ruby player passionate speech
        really impressive

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH4YwKPW3sc

        look at the size of the crowd when the camera pans at the 4:37 mark and again at 10:20

      • amigo on August 10, 2014, 4:47 pm

        Hi Sycamores. It was truly inspiring.I was over to the right hand side near the big tree so had a really good spot .

        And I will be there every weekend as long as it takes.One has to stand up and be counted.

      • annie on August 10, 2014, 8:32 pm

        sycamores, it’s a great video. i saw it last night and tweeted it, and him, and ask him for the transcript. have not heard from him yet. should have gotten it up today anyway. oh well.

  2. Baldur on August 9, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Now there is a glimmer of hope. We need more of that in this dark hour.

    • ezra greenberg on August 10, 2014, 12:13 pm

      If “Progressive Lefties” would just come down from their self righteousness high, perhaps they could discern the folly of their ways. The current carnage is almost 100% self inflicted. All Hamas has to do is stop the rockets, and there would be no need for the retaliation and the regrettable loss of life. Appropriating the phrase “We are all Jews” for the Palestinians is thus doubly offensive and inapplicable.

      As I have said before, and I will say again since it is worth repeating, the Israelis would love to help the Palestinians prosper and be free. But it is hard to help people who want to kill you. Hamas is an Islamo fascist genocidal regime, just look at their Charter. They engage in child abuse everyday with their poisonous propoganda against Jews, and their death cult fixation that they drum into the minds of innocent little children.

      Me thinks Progressive Lefties would do a great service if they started agitating against the real monsters in this world: Isis, Hamas, Hizbollah, Boko Horan, etc. The Jews just want to live in peace without the constant threat of extermination.

      • adele on August 10, 2014, 2:51 pm

        Ezra,
        how has Israel tried to help the Palestinians exactly? Evidence? Time after time, all Israel has ever done is try to obliterate all iterations of Palestinian resistance to occupation and land theft. Hamas is just the latest iteration.

      • Mooser on August 10, 2014, 3:45 pm

        “Appropriating the phrase “We are all Jews” for the Palestinians is thus doubly offensive and inapplicable.”

        You got a trademark, a marcas registrata, a copyright on the word Jew, ezra? Well, do ya’ punk? Then I guess you don’t have much of a say in how it’s used. You seem to like the word when it can be used to your advantage.

      • amigo on August 10, 2014, 4:50 pm

        Ezra, we are all Jews but not zionists.

        “The Jews just want to live in peace without the constant threat of extermination.” ezra

        You sure got a strange way of showing it.

  3. John B on August 9, 2014, 3:44 pm

    Thanks for that, Annie!

    The demo in London was truly amazing;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28715052

    I could only attend the first hour of the march; it was a huge success, as demonstrated by the images posted on the BBC website.

    What the BBC report does not say – just how many ordinary people came along, those who were appealed and outraged by what they witnessed on TV and social media. I talked to those around me. Normally, people here don’t care that much about wars in faraway places… So, to me, it was really significant to see such a wide participation!

  4. bilal a on August 9, 2014, 3:52 pm

    You have to get to the root cause of the Palestine conflict, the irrational violent hatred of Jews hence mosques and schools are primary targets:

    “UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said that one must seek the “root cause” of the Israel-Hamas conflict so as to enable us to resolve it. However politically incorrect it may be to say so, this culture of hatred – this genocidal anti-Semitism – is the root cause and has fueled the ongoing Hamas terrorist war of attrition…A crucial point oft ignored: Palestinian society in Gaza must be freed from the cynical and oppressive culture of hate and incitement. This not only constitutes a standing threat to Israel, but undermines the development of authentic Palestinian self-determination, as in the cruel deployment of Palestinian child labour in the terror tunnels. No peaceful solution will be possible if massive resources continue to be poured into state-controlled media, mosques, refugee camps, training camps, and educational systems that serve the sole purpose of demonizing Israel and the Jewish people, and inciting to war against them.”

    Read more: Gaza: The road not yet taken | Irwin Cotler | The Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/gaza-the-road-not-yet-travelled/#ixzz39vTZV53w

    Mosques destroyed amid renewed violence in Gaza
    http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/09/mosques-destroyed-amid-renewed-violence-in-gaza/

    • philweiss on August 9, 2014, 4:09 pm

      So you’re justifying any target that’s Muslim?

      • tokyobk on August 9, 2014, 4:14 pm

        Sarcasm, I think. Other Bilal:

        “The Gaza-ans should change their religion to devil worship if they want any goodies parachuted in from Obama”

        [though is that true that Yazidi are “devil worshippers”? and should they not be helped?]

        “The dead in Gaza , low IQ people who don’t even own a pencil, deserve to be dead, just like the kids in Hiroshima (leading celebrity Joan Rivers)”

      • Mooser on August 9, 2014, 5:18 pm

        bilal a’s posts can be cryptic, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish quoted material.

      • Citizen on August 9, 2014, 6:20 pm

        Doesn’t look cryptic to me. Bilal a says the root cause of the Palestine conflict is jew-hatred, and he follows up with a quote from UN CG saying the same thing.

      • Citizen on August 9, 2014, 6:33 pm

        I didn’t have much time to research this, but I did find this:

        “My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict, so we are not back to the same situation in another six months or a year,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv.

        “We must address these underlying issues – including mutual recognition, occupation, despair and the denial of dignity – so people do not feel they have to resort to violence as a means of expressing their grievances.”

        http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48324#.U-afbVbEPwI

        The Cotler article just says Ban said we need to look at the root cause. The rest of his article is chuck full of misleading information. Cutler actually says:

        “UN Secretary General Ban ii-moon said that one must seek the “root cause” of the Israel-Hamas conflict so as to enable us to resolve it.” Then Cutler adds his own interpretation of the root cause in his subsequent sentence: “However politically incorrect it may be to say so, this culture of hatred – this genocidal anti-Semitism – is the root cause and has fueled the ongoing Hamas terrorist war of attrition.”

        Read more: Gaza: The road not yet taken | Irwin Cotler | The Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/gaza-the-road-not-yet-travelled/#ixzz39wB4Poky

      • jon s on August 10, 2014, 4:55 am

        I posted a comment which included data on Hamas rocket attacks. The comment didn’t pass moderation. I would understand disputing the accuracy of the data. But, hey, not to be allowed to even present the data?How does that violate comments policy?

      • Mooser on August 10, 2014, 10:10 am

        ” But, hey, not to be allowed to even present the data?How does that violate comments policy?”

        It’s because nobody likes you. I told you you were presenting yourself in a most unattractive fashion, and now you see what happens. Try and be nicer.

    • mijj on August 9, 2014, 4:31 pm

      > “Palestinian society in Gaza must be freed from the cynical and oppressive culture of hate and incitement”

      .. you’re not being clear. I take it you mean that if Israel is removed there would be no cynical and oppressive culture of hate and incitement inflicted upon the Palestinians.

      PS: i wonder if the Jews in the camps had an irrational violent hatred of Nazis.

    • Daniel Rich on August 9, 2014, 6:38 pm

      @ libel bilal a,

      Q: the irrational violent hatred of Jews

      R: If you’re referring to the ones rationalizing the deaths of 1,800 lives, that hatred loses its irrationality, don’t you think so?

    • pjdude on August 9, 2014, 10:25 pm

      its not irrational to hate people that think your a threat for merely existing

      • Daniel Rich on August 9, 2014, 11:04 pm

        @ pjdude

        Q: its not irrational to hate people that think your a threat for merely existing

        R: That sums up the life of your average Palestinian… in one sentence.

        Encore, encore, encore…

    • tear-stained uzi on August 9, 2014, 11:06 pm

      Wow, bilal, you really got people spun up with that one. As of this post, only tokyobk seems to have been reading carefully. Citizen’s right that Cotler simply sets up his nonsense argument with the Ban quote, then launches into full-on Israeli Jewish eternal victimhood fetish.

      I wish these delusional nutters writing op-eds in the Israeli press would get wider circulation among Western readers. Twitter has been great for that reason during Operation Defective Wedgie, as the hasbara goon squad has been turning off vast numbers of the ignorant/noncommittal and Lib-Zio folks with their unhinged racist hate-tweets. Hasbara Central’s been astoundingly sloppy lately; in their desperation to “get Israel’s message out,” they’ve unleashed their fresh recruits before they’ve even finished basic training. Big mistake, and the self-inflicted damage will be enduring.

      • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 10:31 am

        +1, or more. Especially about the tweets. Really unhinged stuff. Flailing.

      • Mooser on August 10, 2014, 3:33 pm

        I’ve more than once had a hard time interpreting the intent of bilil a’s posts. They can be, I think, a bit confusing at times.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on August 10, 2014, 10:08 am

      Do you have any self consciousness about your own deep racism toward non-Jews in Palestine? I am so tired of Israeli apologists only moaning about anti Jewish sentiment. What about Jewish supremacism? What about policies that incite hatred? The lack of self awareness among some Zionists is shocking. Look in the mirror buddy.

  5. MHughes976 on August 9, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I was at the London demo, though I did not hear that particular speech – I did hear thanks being given for the Jewish people who support the Palestinian cause. The event was very well attended and gave me a glimmer of hope.

  6. Blownaway on August 9, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Obama and Cameron todays supported Israels right to defend itself (but not Palestine) and called on both sides to minimize civilian casualties. Looks like the Palestinians listened zero Israeli civilians and the Israelis have not…now whats the penalty?

    • michelle on August 10, 2014, 4:35 am

      .
      between the lines
      it sounds like once again
      the Palestines are being
      blamed for their own deaths
      human shields just asking for it and all that nonsense
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

  7. eGuard on August 9, 2014, 4:47 pm

    I’ll never hear the BBC say “conflict” again without doubting their integrity. (Actually, they pronounce it khan-flict; it’s a class thing too)

  8. ramzijaber on August 9, 2014, 5:13 pm

    God bless you all!

    Indeed, we are all Palestinians. WE ARE GAZA!!

    Keep hope alive, we shall overcome. 1S1P1V, no other way.

  9. jayn0t on August 9, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Hate to be a nattering nabob of negativism, but I’m not so impressed with these protests. In my experience, they are tightly controlled and harmless. More importantly, I totally reject the argument of Barnaby Raine and numerous other “Jews against Zionism”. In a nutshell, this argument says that a strong sense of Jewish identity leads logically to opposing the worst excesses of Zionism, because Zionism is racist, and Jews have suffered from racism in the past. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t follow at all, and that’s why it’s so completely ineffective. If it were true, it would be possible to persuade Zionists not to be Zionists on the grounds that it’s against Jewish interests.

    • tear-stained uzi on August 9, 2014, 11:22 pm

      I agree with your logic that you won’t convince Zionists that what they’re doing is against Judaism, but I interpret the protesters’ argument as more aimed at the internal struggle for the ‘soul’ of Judaism, to wrest it from the clutches of the aggressive ‘New Jews’ of the colonialist-supremacist state occupying Palestine.

      I wish them all the best in their struggle.

    • Bob_Salad on August 9, 2014, 11:47 pm

      Just as well that the vast majority of those attending the protests aren’t Jewish then, else we’d never get out of bed in the morning.

    • Devils Advocate on August 10, 2014, 2:02 am

      Some, indeed many, Jews opposed Zionism for precisely that reason and still do

    • 4LibertynJustice on August 10, 2014, 7:06 am

      By your reasoning you should also be able to explain to a scientologist the fallacy of their beliefs using logic, as the philosophy is clearly illogical. However people born into and or raised with cultist beliefs like the Zionists have their heads too far up their own ass to listen to reason. You can’t talk sense to a psychopath, unfortunately that’s just the way it is.

  10. jayn0t on August 9, 2014, 6:26 pm

    “At a protest outside the Israeli Embassy last Friday, one guy had a placard drawing comparisons between the Nazis and Israel. Palestine Solidarity Campaign stewards asked for my help in persuading him to take it down, and he did. I think the PSC is taking active steps to stop this kind of thing featuring in the marches.”

    Says it all.

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.609470

  11. adele on August 9, 2014, 6:27 pm

    Incredibly moving…..I hope that the Palestinians in Gaza all see this to give them a glimmer of hope too.

  12. eGuard on August 9, 2014, 6:27 pm

    What if he were not Jewish?

  13. Daniel Rich on August 9, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Sean Insanity Hannity is in Israel, so all will be well soon… ain’t that so, BiBi?

    • Marnie on August 10, 2014, 4:02 am

      Yes, he’s here to help the war effort, real front-line stuff. Maybe blow up some tunnels, capture some terrorists for the faux news fans back in the untied snakes of america. Russell Brand is brilliant! It was great how he broke down the hannity segment! When crybaby hannity decided it was over (Geraldo was getting too independent in his thought processes), he picked up a football! Are we supposed to take this seriously? Mr. Brand was eloquent in his take on the football. Poor little Sean; it was the only thing he could grasp (the pigskin, not the situation). What a dick.

      • Atlantaiconoclast on August 10, 2014, 10:15 am

        As an American, sadly, he represents a huge number of people. The Christian Zionists here in the South are worse than the Zionist Jews. They HATE Islam so much, that they can’t bring themselves to have any empathy for the Palestinians. I guess its not enough that 10 per cent of Palestinians are Christian. They are seriously unhinged about “standing with Israel.”

      • Marnie on August 10, 2014, 2:32 pm

        I have a lot of reservations about the evangelicals doggish devotion to the state of israel. They are taking the “bless those who bless israel and curse those who curse israel” (paraphrasing) as if it speaks to the present time?

      • Daniel Rich on August 11, 2014, 2:20 am

        @ Marnie,

        Q: Geraldo.

        R: I have never been a fan of this man, but credit’s due where credit is due. He spoke out against the disproportionate crimes against humanity on Hannity and another show [couple of women vehemently defending the Apartheid State’s ‘right to defend itself’]. I respect any wo/man who has the guts to sidestep mainstream MSM. The rest sounded as if they’re living in the Apartheid State.

  14. Citizen on August 9, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Looks to me like the big support for the Palestinian comes from Iran, S America, and S Africa–in that order.

    Twitter is just packed with protest pics from around the world. London’s was very impressive–the Brit main media must not be as controlled as in USA. Ireland was pretty impressive too, considering the size of that country. OTH, I didn’t see any protests from Canada or Mexico, or Australia or NZ. But I looked for about an hour.

    • Djinn on August 9, 2014, 10:06 pm

      Protests in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane and a number of smaller cities. Kim Bullimore, who I beleive has written for Mondoweiss in the past has a number of photos on her blog of the Melbourne protest.

      We ended up at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade sticking the names of the dead to the walls. Well the hubby did, by the time we got there all the walls & windows in my arms reach were taken.

      http://livefromoccupiedpalestine.blogspot.com.au

      • Daniel Rich on August 9, 2014, 11:07 pm

        @ Djinn,

        Q: … sticking the names of the dead to the walls.

        R: Thank you. I like that angle, very much. Well done.

  15. Les on August 9, 2014, 7:49 pm

    The Observer view on Gaza and Israel’s international reputation

    Those who have Israel’s best interests at heart and expect better of it may feel in certain respects it is the loser in this violent futility

    Observer editorial
    The Observer, Saturday 9 August 2014

    The resumption of hostilities in Gaza, following the expiry of the latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after the Palestinian group restarted its rocket attacks, is as unsurprising as it is dismaying. The idea that either side achieved or decided anything of lasting importance or substance during more than a month of horrific violence is fatuous.

    Israel’s military says it has killed 900 Hamas fighters, destroyed 3,000 rockets and unearthed 32 tunnels. But thousands of rockets remain intact and, judging by its latest statements, Hamas is more determined than ever to use them and all other means at its disposal to continue fighting. The human cost, principally to the civilians of Gaza, whose suffering Hamas appears to cynically exploit, is thus likely to rise from the current totals of approximately 1,900 dead and many more injured. Four hundred children have been killed. An estimated 30% of Gaza’s 1.8 million people is internally displaced. This great distress is not justified by, nor does it facilitate, any long-term Palestinian political objective. Hamas, like Israel, cannot “win” this war, any more than either side won previous confrontations in 2012 and 2008. But both believe they must not be perceived to “lose”. And so the fighting goes on, destructive, foolish, immoral and pointless. For all their antagonistic braggadocio, all that Israel and Hamas have established is a balance of impotence.

    Yet against this backdrop of violent futility arises the uncomfortable thought – for Israel’s leaders but also for those who have the country’s best interests at heart and expect better of it – that, in certain key respects, Israel is already the loser. Its prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, initially held the line following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    The former commando’s restraint was sadly short-lived. Netanyahu insists, above all else, on Israeli citizens’ right to live in peace and security. But this latest bout undercuts that aim. It has re-emphasised Israel’s vulnerability – with 64 soldiers and three civilians killed – and its inability, as in the 2006 conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon, to vanquish its opponent militarily. Rockets continue to threaten southern Israel and beyond; Hamas is not disarmed. In contrast, Israel’s disregard for the safety of Arab civilians has shocked and alienated an international audience.

    It may be that Israelis, inured to periodic outburst of bloodletting with the Palestinians, have yet to realise the damage this latest episode is doing to the country’s international reputation. It is not merely soft-hearted Europeans or people in Muslim countries, watching the blanket coverage on television or social media, who express outrage. The fury at what is seen as disproportionate Israeli behaviour has registered forcibly in the habitually insouciant US. Netanyahu’s relationship with Barack Obama’s White House has sunk to a new low. This rift is not a mere political blip.

    A gradual sea change may be under way, especially among younger generations, in America. Netanyahu and other Israelis who take US goodwill for granted on numerous fronts should take a longer view.

    Israel’s assault on Gaza has other wider consequences injurious to its interests and those of its allies. One disturbing outcome has been the sharp upsurge in antisemitic attacks in France, Germany and elsewhere. Racists are responsible for their racism, and cannot use Israel as an excuse. But Gaza has stirred up a scum of unmistakable anti-Jewish prejudice that, even if peripheral, is feeding dangerously on the repulsion felt by many ordinary people towards the suffering of civilians in Gaza. Likewise, the excesses of the Gaza operation do a disservice to the wider, shared objective of curbing Islamist extremism in Iraq, Syria and the Maghreb. For their part, Arab states have failed miserably in either offering help to Palestinians in the short term, or seeking to eliminate increasingly vile forms of extremism within their borders.

    Israel’s leaders complain of western double standards discriminating against their country. But it works both ways. It is clear that more and more people across the world – justifiably or not – are asking why western governments may assert a moral and legal right to mount air strikes in defence of embattled women and children dying in the mountains of northern Iraq, but should simultaneously ignore the plight of those buried under rubble in Gaza. With Israel’s latest, often indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, that question gets harder and harder to answer.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/10/observer-editorial-gaza-israels-international-reputation

  16. joer on August 9, 2014, 8:20 pm

    I just saw that Obama ordered the bombing of ISIS in Iraq to free a besieged civilian population. I wonder if these protests will inspire him to bomb the Jewish separatists besieging civilians in Palestine…actually, I wouldn’t like that…I’m tired of America bombing everywhere.

    • Walid on August 10, 2014, 3:25 pm

      joer, don’t be tricked by Obama’s stated intentions. His attack on ISIS did not come about because this week ISIS killed 500 Yazidis and dumped and buried them in a common pit, some of them still alive and have taken 300 Yazidi women as sex slaves; it’s because ISIS is now 40 km from taking over the capital Irbil and the Kurdish oil in the north. When oil is involved, the US doesn’t fool around. ISIS now has control over the lives of 6 million people in Iraq and Syria and it still hadn’t impressed Obama but now that oil is involved, it’s a different ball game.

      The heart-wrenching plea of the woman Member of Parliament with English subtitles, from a couple of days back:

  17. Blownaway on August 9, 2014, 8:26 pm

    B.S! Netanyahu showed restraint after the kidnaping? Tell that to the more than 500 Palestinians arrested or the dozens of homes destroyed or the dead Palestinians subjected to a search that he knew all along was futile. But what really bothers me most is that this editorial doesn’t lament dead Palestinians of all ages…but what the effect on Israel is. What racist tripe

  18. Pixel on August 9, 2014, 9:59 pm

    .
    I think it’s inspiring.

    This kid “gets it”.

  19. ohiojoes on August 10, 2014, 12:03 am

    News in New York tonight reported “dozens of protestors” marched outside the UN.
    Fro the footage it looked like dozens was right. The world seems to have moved on to Iraq.

    • Bob_Salad on August 10, 2014, 12:21 pm

      I was there and can confirm that I certainly wasn’t one among ‘dozens’. Difficult to estimate the true head count, but prior to the march starting, everyone congregated on W.58th St. and I’d say there must have been around 2/3,000.

      That being said, given that there are close to 20,000,000 living in the NYC metropolitan area, the NYC turnouts have been disappointing, especially if we consider the NYC Muslim population is estimated at 600,000+. Couple that with high university population and NY has the potential for much higher demonstration levels.

      Street marches are great, but I’m wondering if a static demo in a large public space like Central Park would draw more people in. Not sure the organizers would be able to get a permit though and I’m sure the Central Park Conservancy would have something to say about it.

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 3:03 pm

        “The world seems to have moved on to Iraq.”

        Not in Cape Town, ohiojoes, where demonstrators were anywhere between a minimum of 50,000 to 150,000. For London, from the Independent:

        “… Arranged by a compendium of anti-war campaigners and religious organisations, the march, from the BBC’s headquarters near Oxford Circus to Hyde Park, was claimed by organisers to have had as many as 150,000 in attendance.”

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 3:10 pm

        One is about to start in Celebration Square, Mississauga. Expected crowd of about 5,000. One held yesterday in Toronto’s Dundas Square, a silent flashmob via FB had a low turnout of a few hundred.

  20. Walid on August 10, 2014, 3:39 am

    In Qatar, 3000 gathered in solidarity with Gaza at the Katara Cultural Village for musical performances and speeches. About $20 million were raised for Gaza to repair its water infrastructure. Half the amount was donated by 5 of Qatar’s state owned corporations. Of course, once hostilities end, Qatar would be funding Gaza’s reconstruction in the hundreds of millions. One can only hope that Israel doesn’t get a penny out of the reconstruction as it always did in the past. It’s absurd that Israel would stand to make money on the reconstruction of that which it had destroyed. But then again, Israel’s existence is itself an absurdity.

    • Marnie on August 10, 2014, 4:07 am

      You know they’re going to levy some kind of “gift tax”.

      • Bumblebye on August 10, 2014, 10:01 am

        @Marnie
        Yup – they’ll swipe a percentage of building materials to pass on free for the construction of more shtetlments in the West Bank.

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 10:53 am

        Like the costs billed to the Gazans on the goods Israelis had confiscated from the Gaza-bound freedom ships; transportation charges, storage fees, handling fees and rerouting fees and most probably admin fees on the stuff they didn’t steal it outright.

    • 4LibertynJustice on August 10, 2014, 7:15 am

      The majority of US aid to Gaza usually ends up either empowering Israel to justify more attacks or further construction of structures which contribute to Palestinian oppression like military checkpoints or segregated public roads.

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  22. anthonybellchambers on August 10, 2014, 7:02 am

    British arms in Gaza: a call for David Cameron to resign

    As both the US-Israel lobby and the British government continue to fund and arm the indiscriminate killing of yet more civilians in Gaza, (mostly women and children), Christians, Muslims and Jews are asking themselves how it is possible to legitimise the slaughter of so many innocent people on the specious grounds of collateral damage.

    It is abundantly clear to most people that this is an odious attempt to fulfil the political agenda of the American-Israel lobby in Washington that requires the ethnic cleansing of both Gaza and the West Bank in order to achieve the aim of Netanyahu’s Likud Party’s charter for a ‘Greater Israel’.

    Its strategy is twofold: to abort the establishment of an independent Palestinian state by the continuation of illegal settlements in the West Bank – and by keeping 1.8 million Gazans at just above subsistence level by an illegal blockade of essential supplies including the prohibition on the movement of people and goods by air, sea and road, now in its seventh year.

    This is in many respects a more violently repressive regime against an indigenous people than was the abhorrent apartheid one in South Africa. Yet, David Cameron appears more influenced by the CFI Israel lobby in Westminster than by principles of democracy, legality, morality or decency.

    The brutality of the IDF against a civilian population in Gaza is anathema to all decent people of whatever ethnic background. The killing of over 1000 totally innocent men, women and children is clearly a war crime and no attempt to avoid responsibility for this act, should be allowed to succeed.

    In the circumstances, the Prime Minister should consider his position as the leader of a democratic nation that fought two World Wars against fascism to retain our democratic freedoms that led to our obligations under the Geneva Conventions negotiated in the aftermath of WWII in 1949.

    Now that this government has apparently colluded in the violation of these conventions, by supplying arms and equipment to the IDF plus its refusal to condemn the killings, David Cameron should now stand aside to make way for a statesman who will uphold Britain’s democratic values of justice and its compliance with international law and who will prohibit the sale of arms to a state that deliberately targets civilians in order to achieve its political objectives. ________________________________________
    London – Sunday 10/08/2014

    • Walid on August 10, 2014, 4:02 pm

      “… Washington that requires the ethnic cleansing of both Gaza and the West Bank in order to achieve the aim of Netanyahu’s Likud Party’s charter for a ‘Greater Israel’.”

      I don’t think it’s about ethnic cleansing as its mission on the WB is practically complete and as to Gaza, it has no interest in it other that to put it into the good hands of Abbas to turn it into what some in Israel refer to as “Finns”. To do that, Hamas has to be taken out of the picture and then it would become clear sailing for Israel.

      • anthonybellchambers on August 10, 2014, 4:52 pm

        Read the Likud charter. No Palestinian state west of the Jordan. All Arabs to be transferred to adjacent territories. That ‘s ethnic cleansing! And that refers to both Gaza and WB.

        The Greater Israel project encompasses ALL the land from Eilat in the South to the Golan in the North; then West to the Mediterranean and East to the Jordan and EVERYTHING in between these points.

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 10:37 pm

        Anthony, they can’t be that stupid to go on with the cleansing of another 4 or 5 million Palestinians. Their last stop appears to be finishing emptying Jerusalem of most of its Arabs and to keep holding on to a good part of the Jordan Valley and the Golan. Ideological charters come and go and get changed along the way without much fanfare; look at the PLO’s and Hamas’ that neither has prevented them from cozying-up to the Zionists or at least trying to in the case of Hamas with its proposed multi-year hudna .

      • anthonybellchambers on August 11, 2014, 1:13 am

        I wonder if you’re right, Walid. My impression is of a very active intention to implement the still current Likud charter – one to which Netanyahu is still committed. And don’t forget that Netanyahu is a supporter, as was his father, of fundamentalist Zionism that believes inter alia in inherent superiority over all Goyim. That is possibly the most dangerous element of Likud philosophy and one postulated today by the US Israel lobby as it increasingly and overtly manipulates the will of congress to its own agenda with the consequent dangerous weakening of democratic government.

      • Citizen on August 10, 2014, 11:24 pm

        @ Walid
        Why “Finns”? How do they relate Findland, the history of Finland, or its geography, or the people there to Gaza/Gaza dweller? Any source or context? Does the reference refer to the activities of The Finnish Institute In The Middle East?

  23. RobertB on August 10, 2014, 8:40 am

    9 August 2014: The biggest ever UK demonstration for Gaza

    “We said it would be the UK’s biggest demonstration for Gaza ever and it was. On Saturday 9 August, 150,000 marched from BBC Broadcasting House to Hyde Park, passing the US Embassy on the way.
    So many people turned up that when the front of the march reached Hyde Park, the back still had not left the BBC. We marched to demand an end to Israel’s barbaric assault on Gaza, to call on the British government to implement an immediate embargo on arms sales to Israel, and to show Palestinians facing Israel’s war crimes that they are not alone.

    http://stopwar.org.uk/resources/reports/9-august-2014-the-biggest-ever-uk-demonstration-for-gaza

    • annie on August 10, 2014, 8:39 pm

      and cape town was more than that…i think i read over 200,000. and yemen, look at yemen. http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html

    • Kay24 on August 10, 2014, 9:57 pm

      Wow, I am impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of all these people in the UK.
      It must be nice to live in a nation and know your criticism of Israel is not going to be drowned out by your media, leaders and even your government.
      The numbers are awesome. Good luck to all who marched.

  24. just on August 10, 2014, 9:09 am

    Colonel Larry Wilkerson on MSNBC is stunning.

    Finally a sane voice is allowed back on tv.

    • Walid on August 10, 2014, 10:11 am

      Just, you deserve a break, especially recorded for you 4 days ago by the Haifa cinema photographer Palestinian-Israeli Firas Khoury:

      • just on August 10, 2014, 10:24 am

        ok.?!!?

      • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 10:36 am

        Thanks, Walid. Hilarious!

        Was that real?

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 10:59 am

        A parody, ritzl, it reminds you of the lying scumbag Regev. Film maker Firas Khoury is also the interviewer in the sketch. He said it was his contribution to the Gaza effort. He is now working on another one about the use of human shields.

        Firas Khoury
        Country: Palestine [PS]
        Films: The Flag (National day) – Director, Writer
        Biography:
        Firas Khoury
        Born in 1982, Director and Screenwriter Firas Khoury is a Palestinian Israeli citizen. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Film School.
        He wrote and directed several short films: Islamic (2005), Asi & Gil (2006), and Hit Man (2006). He co-wrote and was first Assistant Director on the short film Music from the heart – a Hebrew–Arabic musical.
        Seven Days in Deir Bulus (42 mins, 2007) is Firas Khoury’s directorial debut. Suffir / Yellow Mums (32 mins, 2010) is his second short film. The two films won international awards and were sold to TV channels around the world

      • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 11:19 am

        Thanks again, Walid. I guess it’s a sign of the times that I had to ask. Too perfect…

      • Marnie on August 10, 2014, 1:20 pm

        Too much like real life.

      • annie on August 10, 2014, 8:43 pm

        it’s comedy! it took me a minute to figure that out. because mark regev could pass as comedy too, if it wasn’t horrific reality.

  25. globalconsciousness on August 10, 2014, 2:18 pm

    “I was petitioning in Dalston, east London, for Gaza recently, when an elderly lady stopped to sign the petition to lift the blockade and for sanctions against Israel.
    An agitated young man in a kippah rushed up and started repeatedly screaming “You should be ashamed of yourself!” at her before he stormed off.
    “Ignore him,” she said calmly. “He’s my grandson.”
    Not every Jewish person is a Zionist – even in the same family. It’s not anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist.” London – From the letters section of the Independent august 2014

    • adele on August 10, 2014, 2:45 pm

      that’s a great story!

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 10:47 pm

        We keep reading how young American Jews are not enthusiastically getting on the Zionist bus as their elders did, which is reason to be hopeful. But this London story is saying the very opposite, are things that different in the UK or are we misreading what’s happening in the US?

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