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News :: War and Militarism
Anti-Zionist Protest at the Israeli Consulate
18 Jan 2009
On Friday, January 16th a march and rally was held to protest the ongoing genocide by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Approximately 300 people gathered in front of 20 Park Plaza, home of the Israeli consulate, to express their outrage and revulsion at Israel's massacre of the Palestinian people.
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On Friday, January 16th a march and rally was held to protest the ongoing genocide by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Approximately 300 people gathered in front of 20 Park Plaza, home of the Israeli consulate, to express their outrage and revulsion at Israel's massacre of the Palestinian people.

For over two weeks the Israel "Defense" Force has been deploying advanced military weapons against a helpless civilian population while blockading Gaza against any relief or escape. White phosphorus and experimental high-density explosives, as well as conventional missiles, bombs and artillery have been used on one of the most densely populated cities in the world in defiance of the Geneva Convention, international treaties and basic morality. The result has been a humanitarian crisis. Hospitals are overflowing with wounded, many of them with horrible, untreatable burns from white phosphorus. Starvation and malnutrition are rampant. Over a thousand Palestinians have been killed and many more wounded. Israel has so far rejected all calls for withdrawal.

The protest on the 16th followed the usual pattern of rally-speeches-march. After nearly an hour of marching up and down the sidewalk chanting and holding signs a short open mike session was held. Despite the fact that the crowd was made up almost entirely of liberals and socialists, the Zionists inside did not dare to come out and confront it. Instead, a pair of offensive notes came fluttering down from above telling protesters to "go back where they came from." One Palestinian woman took the microphone to reply that she would love to do just that, if
only Israel wasn't occupying her home. Another speaker suggested that the Zionists should return to their own countries of origin. That was pretty much the high point of the evening. After the open mike session everyone marched to the State House, keeping carefully to the sidewalk, to protest governor Deval Patrick's appearance at a pro-Israel event. From there it was on to the JFK Federal Building for more chanting and speeches, after which I left.

Protests across the Atlantic have been hundreds of times larger and far less peaceful than in Boston. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of Athens, Madrid and London, among other cities, to demand that Israel withdraw from Gaza. In England protesters vandalized an arms factory in Brighton that makes parts for Israeli missiles. In Greece, the government refused permission for an arms shipment destined for Israel to use the port of Astakos for fear of reigniting the anarchist-driven insurgency that erupted in December.

Meanwhile in Boston, the protest on the 16th attracted only 15 cops on bicycles, with another 10 or so in cars and on foot. Even this was probably overkill. Media attention was similarly muted, with only a single cameraman from a local TV station observed, and no mention in the next day's papers. No one was arrested. This depressing trend will surely continue until local activists find the courage to do more than carry signs and march on the sidewalk. Remember, it's not civil disobedience if you do everything they tell you.

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