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News :: Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Gaza Rally Outside Israeli Consulate
31 Dec 2008
On the fourth day of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, hundreds of Bostonians turned out to a rally to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The rally, which was organized by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, took place in front of the office building that houses the Israeli Consulate’s office in Boston’s Back Bay. The spirited rally was followed by a boisterous march from the Israeli Consulate to Copley Square, where preparations for Boston’s First Night were underway.

RELATED: AUDIO report about protest at Israeli Consulate, broadcasted on WMBR, 88.1FM:

RESOURCE: web site Gaza Siege, created by a local activist, for more information about Gaza:

The Boston area has seen several highly visible demonstrations since the bombing began, including Sunday outside Park St. station, and Monday evening at Roxbury Crossing and Harvard Square in Cambridge. There was also a rally outside Sen. John Kerry’s downtown office Monday afternoon. But the demonstration Tuesday at the consulate was the largest yet, with approximately 200 people in attendance, and there appeared to be a broad cross-section of the activist community there.

With strong winds blowing several large Palestinian flags into the cold night sky, a picket line formed across the street from the consulate’s office. As dozens pro-Israeli counter-demonstrators gathered in front of the door to the consulate, the pro-Palestinian group started chanting “Occupation is a crime, from Iraq to Palestine!” and “Not another nickel, not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes!” A large police presence was visible from the outset, separating the two groups.

On a day when the death toll in Gaza neared 400, and with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declaring, “We are currently at the first stage of the operation,” it’s clear that a sustained campaign of resistance against Israel’s crimes is needed. Anyone interested in learning more about the issues and getting involved can visit

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Setting the Record Straight
31 Dec 2008
A Report from one of the participants in the Pro-Israel counter-protest.

Just back from a very solid showing of 150 - 200 hearty souls braving the cold and standing strong
for Israel before the consulate with Israel and American flags. "Hey Hey Ho Ho Hamas Has Go To Go", "No Terror. No Hamas" and
"Stop Your Terror. Stop Your Bombs. There'll Be Peace When Hamas Is Gone" rang out from our crowd across the street
to less than 100 anti-Israel protesters. Not a lot of car traffic but many passing by were supportive of the good guys.
I heard Fox News was out as well.

We concluded with Am Yisrael Chai, HaTikva, a wonderful American Star Spangled Banner (causing even more distress among our foes), and Oseh Shalom Bimromav. Just great ruach. And after 1.5 hours it was the other side that blinked first
and exited stage left.

They started this protest - We finished it. Hamas started this war - and the IDF will finish it
(with more care than any other military in the world to prevent civilian losses)
Palestinian Human Rights Demonstration
31 Dec 2008
Palestinian Human Rights Demonstration