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News :: DNC : Human Rights : International : Organizing
Palestinians, Orthodox Jews, and others protest IOF
21 Apr 2004
Modified: 01:19:08 AM
Palestinian rights activists were joined by Anti-Zionist orthodox Jews on Harvard St in Brookline, MA outside of Congregation Kehillath Israel yesterday to condemn Israel's assassination of leader Dr. al-Rantissi. The site was chosen to protest a talk by Israeli Occupying Forces General Doron Almog being presented inside.
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Palestinian rights activists were joined by Anti-Zionist orthodox Jews on Harvard St in Brookline, MA outside of Congregation Kehillath Israel yesterday, April 20, to condemn Israel's assassination of leader Dr. al-Rantissi. The site was chosen to protest a talk by Israeli Occupying Forces General Doron Almog being presented inside.

Protesters held Palestinian flags and placards reading “Zionsim is Racism” and “Judiaism rejects Zionism.” Chants included “Sharon and Almog you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!”, “Doron Almog? War criminal!”, “Globalize the Intifada!”, and “F-16s will not bring peace! Assassinations will not bring peace!” Around 15-20 Palestinian rights activists began the protest at 6:30pm amidst a heavy law-enforcement presence. There were several police vehicles in the area, roughly 10 uniformed officers visible and several undercover. One undercover officer was observed putting on his badge (#142) just after photographing each of the demonstrators The Brookline Police are the same law enforcement agency that broke up a protest against “Israel Day” nearly three years prior by making a false arrest of Palestinian activist Amer Jubran. Documents received through Freedom of Information Act(FOIA)requests after that case show that the police were informing on demonstration activities to the Israeli consulate and that with no provocation the command was given to "Arrest Amer Jubran and clear the demo." A phoney assualt charge lodged by a Zionist was used as the pretext. It is reasonable to wonder if this protest sparked similar cooperation with the Israeli consulate, even as US citizens and residents would expect that local law enforcement in the US would not be fingering them to a foreign government that carries out assassinations against activists.

The group of protesters was joined by a contingent of around 10 orthodox Jews from the Naturei Karta who traveled several hours from NY state to attend the protest. When the Neturei Karta group attempted to join the rest of the protesters, police tried to block their passage. Bewildered police, after being educated of the fact that not all Jews are Zionists, finally allowed them to pass and join the protest.

One woman passing by interrogated Rabbi Weiss of the Neturei Karta. “How can you stand here with Palestinians?” she asked. He attempted to explain to her that there are Jewish Palestinians, but she claimed this was simply false. He further attempted to explain to her that the Jews and the Muslims had lived together in peace in Palestine until around 100 years ago when atheist Herzel's Zionism movement began, but she was not interested in rational discourse. She moved on to rave at another protester.

On April 17, Israeli occupying forces assassinated Dr. Abdul 'Aziz al-Rantissi, leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip. The attack also killed two of Dr. al-Rantissi's bodyguards, and wounded four civilian bystanders. This assassination came less than one month following the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader and founder of Hamas, who was assassinated by Israeli occupying forces on 22 March 2004.

Dr. al-Rantissi had survived an assassination attempt carried out by Israeli occupying forces on 10 June 2003. The attack left 2 Palestinian civilians dead and injured 30 others, including a number of children, and Dr. al-Rantissi's son.

Both attacks occurred only days after summit meetings between US and Israeli leaders -- the Aqaba Summit in June 2003 and the the April 14 meeting of Bush and Sharon in Washington. Bush is believed to have given the green light for the assassination plan in his meeting with Sharon. It's hard not to see the lines of a joint US-Israeli plan for suppressing Palestinian resistance by relentlessly targeting the leadership of the more active organizations struggling for liberation and Palestinian self-defense, and by collective punishment against civilians.

This is now the policy of the US government in it's own occupation of Iraq--a policy worked out with the help of Israeli military advisers. This was the policy of both governments in the occupation of Lebanon, until resistance forces drove out the US in 1984 and finally Israel in 2000. It is a policy that is ultimately doomed in the face of a growing regional struggle to liberate the land from foreign occupation and colonial settlement. Those at the protest wondered how many more casualties will be added to the list before this program of terror is ended?

The title of IOF General Doron Almog's talk was "Israel's War on Terrorism: The View from the Front." One anti-Zionist who attended the talk said it was essentially story after story of graphic detail of victims of martyr attacks of Jews in occupied Palestine and no mention of the genocide that Palestinians continue to face ever since the first wave of terror with the creation of the apartheid Zionist state in 1948. Almog is seen by Palestinians as an expert on terrorizing Palestinians. He was appointed as Major General of the IOF's Southern Command and is the person responsible for the majority of the acts of violence committed against the Palestinians in Gaza since October of 2000. He was appointed as the overseer of the success of the Apartheid Wall being built in the West Bank and is responsible for the murder of hundreds of Palestinians, demolishing thousands of homes and authorizing the use of shooting to kill as a so-called “method of survival” for the Israeli occupational forces.

The protest was called by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, a group that formed in the summer of 2002 to bring a clear voice of justice for Palestine to the discussion around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
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Brookline's Finest

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Officer #142

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#142 resumed photographing after getting the nod from his captain that it was ok that his cover was blown.

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The photo above was taken at another protest called by Al-Awda against the assassination of al-Rantissi in NYC last Sunday, April 18. Photo taken from the Neturei Karta website. More photos from that Demo can be found on here

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Re: Palestinians, Orthodox Jews, and others protest IOF
22 Apr 2004
by D.Weaver • Monday April 19, 2004 at 04:34 PM

In granting Sharon and Israeli settlers the right to annex Palistinian territory, Bush is acting the same as Balfour did in 1917. Those who do not own give a free, generous gift to those who are not entitled. The West Bank including East Jerusalem,and Gaza are under illegal & oppressive Israeli occupation that has been allowed to stand for 37 years in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions. Full Israeli withdrawal is an imperative requiring no negotiations.
Bush's statement,"Major Israeli population centres make it
"unreasonable to expect a full and complete return to the pre-war borders" is a license for renewed Israeli expansionism in neighboring Arab territories to create new realities. The settlements are illegal and stand in defiance of Sec. Council resoution 465 of 1980 and the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Armistice lines of 1949 are themselves illegal and are in violation of UN resoution 181 of 1947.
The right of return of Palestinians to their homes, which Bush chooses to annul is an inalienable right affirmed in the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and repeated UN resoutions.

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