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Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Inspired by and in solidarity with the demonstration against American Israeli Political Action Committee in DC I turned out in the rain to demonstrate against an AIPAC event at Boston University on Sept 26.

Their were 4 Israeli politicians speaking about how great their "democracy" was and I, having spent two summers in occupied refugee camps and 3 weeks in an Israeli jail system full of Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, thought I should turn out to keep them honest.
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I sent out a last minute email (below) and got some calls from my affinity group saying a few friends would try and stop by later to see if their was anything left of me.

I got to the multi-million dollar Hillel club hall early and stood out front with my flag and sign and did a little flyering.

Someone from the place tried to tell me I couldnt stand on the side walk because it was private property. Isrealis will take everything, I thought to my self, but just made a case for the side walk being public space.

The BU cops showed up to try and get me to leave. Then they tried to get my ID by saying all kinds of stupid and illegal stuff.

After 20 minutes of hassling me a meathead sargent showed up and ripped the "FREE PALESTINE OCCUPATION IS TERRORISM" sign out of my hands, tore it up and took it to his cruiser (plate BUPD9 supr 599).

He pulled out his cuffs got in my face. He flipped out, threatened me and said he was going to take me down for disorderly conduct.

I said he couldn’t arrest me for DC if I was engaged in political free speech and started howling "Murder, Murder" at the top of my lungs to make the point, and because I was in a jam. I had just called him Saddam for stealing my sign so it was touch and go on where I would be sleeping tonight.

The cop tore two more signs out of my hands after a tug of war. Fortunately a large crowd gathered and an exchange student named Felix from Cologne stepped up to stand by me and snap photos. He doubled the numbers and diffused the situation with chit chat and soon called in friends who brought Oreos, mountain dew and dry socks.

You are my hero Felix! Without you I would have been toast.

On of the many Zionists who gathered to do the broken record fallacy song or hurl insults at me claimed I said I might run into the building and blow myself up. He later apologized if he had "misheard" me which was a first so don’t say there are no miracles.

His rumor had already made it around the ultra elite tower of persecution and I was grilled extensively by onlookers. I explained the usual storm of bomber and bus comments justice for Palestine folks get.

A couple of BU student reporters showed up to compete with the video cop for my mug shot.

I had some great conversations with a few folks and did some sparring with punk Zionist kids and arrogant elder snobs before saying good night.

The sign stealing sergeant’s car stalked me home on the train so I stood in a subway full of commuters giving him the bird at every stop till he slinked back to his spider hole.

I really want my signs back so if you're able, please call the honchos at BU and ask them about the 3 "FREE PALESTINE" signs violently stolen by BUPD9 (supervisor 599) Monday night. Thank you.

Pete

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Re: Report and fotos of AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
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BUPD confronts Hillel protester By Caitlin O'Neil
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
http://www.dailyfreepress.com
Media Credit: Maggie Mastricola
Newton resident Peter, who refused to give his last name, protests outside Hillel House holding a Palestinian flag Monday night.

The Boston University Police Department dispatched more than five officers in response to a man outside the Hillel House, located on Bay State Road, Monday night waving a Palestinian flag and protesting the presence of an Israeli state in Palestine.

The protester, who would only identify himself as Peter, a 35-year-old Newton resident, said the speeches of four Israeli youth political leaders inside Hillel that night spurred his demonstration.

He said Israel's presence in Palestine and the United States' support of the Israeli state conflict with democratic principles.

"I'm here tonight peacefully protesting against the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israeli forces and the lack of democracy in Israel and the U.S.," he said.

The protester claimed BUPD officers physically assaulted him by ripping the signs from his hand and throwing them into one of the three cruisers parked outside Hillel House.

College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Felix Nautsch said he saw the incident.

"I was on my way to dinner with friends," he said. "I stopped because I was interested in seeing whether they would let him stay or not."
Nautsch said he saw police officers forcefully remove the signs and tell the protester several different reasons why he could not protest outside Hillel.

"The kept changing their story as to why he couldn't be here and threatening to arrest him," he said. "I saw them grab his signs and rip them."

CAS junior Jonathan Aghion, who was inside Hillel when the protest began, said an onlooker ran inside during the speeches to inform people of the protester's presence outside the building.

"I was inside and had no idea that anything was going on until some came in all flustered about a protester outside," he said. "I went outside to see what was going on and saw this guy waving a flag."

Hillel House administrators and BUPD officers at the scene refused to comment.
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Here is the original action call.

Diverse Voices from Israel's Young Political Leaders
7:30 pm Boston University Hillel House
213 Bay State Road, 4th Floor

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have continued their aggression on the Gaza Strip for the third day. On Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 September 2005, IOF launched 10 aerial attacks that extra-judicially killed four Palestinians, injured at least twenty others and destroyed a number of civilian facilities. On Monday morning, 26 September 2005, IOF launched five new aerial attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, which destroyed or damaged a number of houses and
workshops and injured three Palestinian civilians,
including two women.

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4204.shtml

Today in washington is the big AIPAC protest and
lo and behold AIPAC is sponsoring an event right here in boston tonight(monday). The Israelis are rounding up hundreds of youth, launching waves of
assissinations and shelling gaza with heavy artillary
and F-16s right now. Do you care? Be there!

AIPAC's Young Leaders Council Presents:
Democracy in the Jewish State: Triumphs and Tensions
Diverse Voices from Israel's Young Political Leaders
7:30 pm Boston University Hillel House
213 Bay State Road, 4th Floor near Kenmore Square

A panel discussion by four Israeli young political
leaders.

This event is co-sponsored by: Boston University
Hillel Graduates Student Society, Combined Jewish
Philanthropies Young Leadership Division, Jewish
Community Relations Council of Greater Boston,
Consulate General of Israel to New England,
USD/Hagshama. In Partnership with: Havurah on the Hill, Jewish Interaction, ADL Voices to the Future, GesherCity Boston. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lili Aram at laram (at) aipac.org or 617-457-8712.

FREE SPEACH? DEMOCRACY?
Boston University * Dr. Robert A. Brown President 617-353-2200 rabrown (at) bu.edu
Dr. Nancy K. Baker Assistant to the President 617-353-2466 nbaker (at) bu.edu
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Why the hell is a one-person protest center-column news? It sucks that this individual was harassed by BU cops.

It's also not surprising, as cops will always target individuals. That's why that whole solidarity and power-in-numbers thing gets emphasized...Does Pete think that he was uniquely targeted, or does he recognize that others are too?

And I have to say, comments like "His rumor had already made it around the ultra elite tower of persecution" make me wonder how much of a persecution complex this dude has.

And saying. "Isrealis will take everything" after cops try to force you off a sidewalk?? Dude, have you been to a protest before? It ain't about Israelis--it's about cops and the structure of private property under capitalism. Keep some focus.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
This posting is just done by a sad little individual that is upset the the Jews are no longer going to take shit anymore.

Never Again will the Jews go meakly into the showers.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Pete, it is sad that you are so filled with prejudice and hate that you actaully believe the lie. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if you believed that the "Protocals of the Elders of Zion" was in fact a true testament.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
so... "the Jews" is an acceptable term when we're talking about how "they" are going to kick butt from now on, while we all know it's not OK to say that "the Jews" are up to something? hmmm... and red phoenix, i bet you really believe that "the muslims" pulled off 9-11 with no help from their friends in the Bush administration?
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
go pete. you rock.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Wait--

As with any identity group, one who speaks from the group has a lot more authority to refer to it than one from outside the group. Just as it's okay for someone queer to say "Queers are fed up with being bashed" but it's not okay for a straight person to say "Queers always dress very nicely."
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Way to go Pete!! Let me know when you plan to protest again!
Pete Rocks!!
27 Sep 2005
This guy showing up by himself is bigger news than 50 coming out because when we more of us have this kind of courage then maybe the world will actually change a little.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
Good for you, man. Takes courage to stand up to these people.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
27 Sep 2005
I'm a straight person and I say "Queers always dress very nicely."
It takes balls to do something like this....
28 Sep 2005
And now we're talking and thinking about the issue....good protest!

That's news worthy to me.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
28 Sep 2005
I love it when we get Zionists *and* anti-Semites posting comments.

guh
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
29 Sep 2005
it's damn difficult to stage any sort o' protest, let alone one by yourself.
those old zionists are completely absorbed in that rightous jewish Israel shit...everything gotta turn into "oh well you're agaist Israel, what are you, a nazi?" when they're the one that've been bombing the hell out of palestinian towns for thirty years...

but zionist...punks??!?!?!?!?

at a conference??!?!?!?!?!?!?

Israel isn't a democracy, it's an opressive theocracy, even to non palestinians. It's no surprise the US supports them.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
29 Sep 2005
This is great, but appalling you had to bear your cross alone, rather kike Palestinians themselves allegorically... but really, can't you let us know next time when you sniff something like this out, so more of us can triple, quadruple, etc. the numbers? What's lacking around here and what's being "discouraged" by such intimidative responses is greater participation and organization. You're on the right track but face it, Palestinian supporters do a crap job organizing. As long as it's solitary voices crying in the wilderness, it won't get anywhere. There's strength in numbers. The next time, let everyone know ahead of time, all the isolated interest needs to pull together.
^
29 Sep 2005
haha you said kike ^
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
30 Sep 2005
As with any identity group, one who speaks from the group has a lot more authority to refer to it than one from outside the group.

That's fine, but my point is that since there are in fact Jews who feel very strongly and militantly Jewish, and moreover are effective organizers, we can't jump to the conclusion that people who criticize such unified action as being the same as someone who goes around saying the jews do this and the jews do that. yet too often critics of pro-Israel (not even simply Jewish) lobby groups are intentionally cowed by the insinuation that they are raving mad anti-semites who believe the protocols, etc. I just think people should consider how vulnerable this very important debate is to malicious baiting. The whole idea of "Jews starting to kick butt" as a justification for Israel's behavior as a state is a deliberate misrepresentation of Zionism as Judaism, which, as groups like the Torah-true Jews will attest to (they believe God will restore Israel on his own and that trying to make it happen is heretical), is simply not true.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
30 Sep 2005
Sorry, I meant "not going to take shit anymore" not "going to kick butt", which was my own original paraphrasing...
Therapy
30 Sep 2005
Pete. I say this with the utmost compassion. You need to seek out therapy soon. I mean really aggressive therapy - the kind where they have to lock you up and teach you about self preservation. Standing in the rain by yourself is ... well...stupid. It was good of the police in the picture to try to offer you shelter, but apparently you think you are smart enough to stand in the rain....alone. Remember...cold and flu season is upon us.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
02 Oct 2005
well, the way its going in isreal, i'd say the folks running things there WILL be going again to showers- except THIS time they'll be OPERATING them. Please get a clue- i'm jewish, and I hate what isreal's doing. and I hate hillel, which is for RICH families-- which my family is NOT.isreal is the Big Lie-- what a disgrace! nothing makes me more ashamed of my own background than the state of isreal--

and pete-- you are wonderfuly brave!
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
02 Oct 2005
awww. . . . . part of my family is jewish, also, miriam, and its never good to be ashamed. what does it accomplish, shame? YOU'RE not the inhumane bastards who run isreal, and kill palestinians daily, and beat up their children and build fucked up walls and make their lives miserable. after all. you haven't done any of that have you? isreal is a situation where one group of people have been given a huge amount of power over another group of people by yet a third group of people who are more powerful than either. and the sickitude and human rights disasters FLOW from that point. if you're an american citizan, does that mean you really wanna be like charlie manson? if you're italian, ashamed of musolini? such classifications are so very dangerous. . . . we're all just individuals with influences, really--

you've heard of that experiment they did in a calfironia prison? they locked a bunch of hard core PEACE activists up together. . .. half were "guards" and half were "prisoners". They had to stop teh experiment half way through, because the "guards" got so horribley out of control. . .. . its human. its foul and needs to be solved, but anyone in a position of power is capable of it.

isreal is a disaster. . . . . and pete, you rock for going out there alone affter no one showed up. . . even if it was ill-advised. . . . . . heh. beautious. . . . . . . . . makes me think i oughta have a parade. . . . .
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
02 Oct 2005
well, the way its going in isreal, i'd say the folks running things there WILL be going again to showers- except THIS time they'll be OPERATING them. Please get a clue- i'm jewish, and I hate what isreal's doing. and I hate hillel, which is for RICH families-- which my family is NOT.isreal is the Big Lie-- what a disgrace! nothing makes me more ashamed of my own background than the state of isreal--

and pete-- you are wonderfuly brave!
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
02 Oct 2005
yes, and the U.S. was pretty well established on stolen land as well, subsequently worked by slaves they stole from Africa. the story of governments throughout history is full of injustice. whereas we could all be working now to correct the errors of our ancestors, who can really be bothered? it's a lot easier to pretend there's nothing to be done at this point and continue to enjoy the advantages we inherited over "those other people" you think mo=st people are going to return their trust fund when they find out how their family made the money in the first place?
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
04 Oct 2005
"Israel isn't a democracy, it's an opressive theocracy, even to non palestinians."

Israel is far from a theocracy. It's the most democratic country in the region and that is not only due to the variety of political parties represented in the Knesset (parliament), it's also due to the strength of Israeli civil society. What other Middle Eastern country has free trade unions, a free press, and a wide variety of NGOs and other political organizations that are free to criticize the government without fear that they will be thrown in jail. And Israel is the most religiously tollerant country in the region as well. Have you ever been to Israel? I have, and let me tell you there is no lack of mosques in the country.

"This is great, but appalling you had to bear your cross alone, rather kike Palestinians themselves allegorically"

Alone? The Palestinians? Please! They've had the support of the Muslim world for over 50 years. Who do you think pays the families of the sucide bombers? Who do you think produces the vast majority of the pro-Palestinian propaganda?
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
04 Oct 2005
"most democratic"? dude, how many isrealis do you know? i know a few folks who were drafted into their military, and would beg to differ. . . . also someone who they threatened to forcibely institutionalize because she wanted to divorce her abusive husband.And those are JEWISH isrealiis!

Before we even get to the palestinians who get killed and beat up and messed over in every possible way, every day. Isreal is a disgrace. What a horribley warped, destroyed, and messed up situation! Just because Saudi Arabia treats its women like crap and Iraq and Iran have been subjected to decades of (US -authored) dictatorships and the taliban and so forth and so on- sure thats all pretty- how did you put it? "undemocratic"?-

but that doesn't make it okay for Isreal to just kill a few palestinians every day. . . . its just not okay, ever. For anyone. Even if the United States government DOES love them to death. The whole situation in the middle east is all just manipulation-- by the french, the british, the United States-- Isreal is a way for the united states to have an easier time manipulating things.so the people who run it are fantastically corrupt and power happy and RACIST against the palestinians. because we've given them permission to be. its disgusting. the whole things is just disgusting. god, man, what do you think, people go out and suicide bomb things for the hell of it? what kind of desparation and horror would YOU have to see before you got so twisted up- before huge droves of people get so twisted up- that you think thats a good idea? think about it, man- think about what would drive YOU over that edge. Takes more than propoganda, thats for sure. Try watching an isrealii(or ANY) soldier take your baby and smash its head open on the wall- that happend to a woman i met last year. Another friend of mine went there and saw Isrealii soldiers firing automatic weapons at TEN year olds.

I suppose you're gonna tell me next that apatheid south africa in the eighties was the second most "democratic" place on earth? And how 'bout that christopher columbus- gee its his day soon- what a democratic guy! Why, he democratically killed every single native dweller he found the first island he landed on! Wow, how 'bout taht "democracy"!
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
06 Oct 2005
"This posting is just done by a sad little individual that is upset the the Jews are no longer going to take shit anymore. Never Again will the Jews go meakly into the showers."

ok, now... i'm jewish, and i am appalled by israel's illegal occupation of palestine. just because someone opposes the actions of the israeli government does NOT make them anti semitic... just as opposing the actions of our government does not make one anti american.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
07 Oct 2005
hey pete,
good job. sometimes, you just have to challenge something when you see it, even if there's no time to plan. good job standing up to the cops, they are lying bastards. anyway, it's good practice.

whoever said : "Alone? The Palestinians? Please! They've had the support of the Muslim world for over 50 years."
- what the fuck are you talking about? you mean like the support israel gets from the united states? oh yeah, i guess palestine DOES get billions of dollars in aid in mostly military hardware that they use to striip the israelis of all their rights and human dignity. And those f-16's and
Apache helicopters that those "muslim" countries give to them, the better to assert their dominance over poor, weak israel. wait what am I saying? "palestine" doesn't even exist anymore! it's not a "country," it's just a 'territory' full of bloodthirsty maniac terrorists. and what a threat it is, what with all those nuclear weapons and all.

and to "huh?"
who said: "And I have to say, comments like "His rumor had already made it around the ultra elite tower of persecution" make me wonder how much of a persecution complex this dude has.

And saying. "Isrealis will take everything" after cops try to force you off a sidewalk?? Dude, have you been to a protest before? It ain't about Israelis--it's about cops and the structure of private property under capitalism. Keep some focus."

Yeah, cops are about enforcing private property, and they are also about enforcing the dominant power structure. (. . . thinking, wheels turning . . . ) . .Israel and its sycophants among the US elite are a significant feature of the dominant power structure in the US. AND, i think his comments were a little tongue in cheek. . . gotta keep some humor in all this, you know?

finally, "huh?", pete pointed out that he has "spent two summers in occupied refugee camps and 3 weeks in an Israeli jail system full of Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike," and you ask if he's ever been to a protest? He needs to stay "focused." Do you think those palestinians on hunger strike should be more focused on the structural problems of capitalism and the police state? why don't you stop obsessing about your own issues and consider someone else's for once?

pete, you are an inspiration. if you can do it, maybe i can. maybe next time, i won't wait for a crowd to join me before i stand up for something.

free palestine.
Re: solo AIPAC Protest
12 Oct 2005
Zionests and Nazi Anti-Semites alike love folks like "pete" because he is a smelly red herring, and a bullshit artist/ coptool working to divide the Peace movement in Boston.
The issue is real, but please dont believe the hype of a self-aggrandising shithead. Somebody deport "Pete" back to Alaska - or his parents in Newton. Reassign him to spy on activists and disrupt things somewhere else, just get this guy out of the area.
Re: Report and fotos of AIPAC Protest @ BU
12 Oct 2005
I think your nose may be confused, it seeems you could be overwhelmed by your own personal scent. I smell in your words maybe a little yellow with a solid splash of green. What could you be so afraid of that would cause you to respond so sophmorically and destructivley? And please... feel free to share YOUR name and photos.
Re: Report and fotos of AIPAC Protest @ BU
12 Oct 2005
I think your nose may be confused, it seeems you could be overwhelmed by your own personal scent. I smell in your words maybe a little yellow with a solid splash of green. What could you be so afraid of that would cause you to respond so sophmorically and destructivley? And please... feel free to share YOUR name and photos.
The colors are blue and white
21 Oct 2005
"Zionests and Nazi Anti-Semites alike love folks like "pete" because he is a smelly red herring, and a bullshit artist/ coptool"
-Thats called snitch jacketing or trying to destroy the reputation of good organizers or activists.

"working to divide the Peace movement in Boston."
zionists and authoritarians in "the movement" know that as soon as we come in from the streets we will call them out as gatekeepers, racists and interlopers.

"The issue is real, but please dont believe the hype"
sure Palestine is being wiped off the map, so what? why hurry up resisting it after all they are just....
"a self-aggrandising shithead."
Yassir Arrafat
"Somebody deport"....."disrupt things somewhere else, just get this guy out of the area."
Thats the bottom line of the zionists business plan. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
The zionists spies are on indymedia
26 Oct 2005
I am a Jew and hate the terrible damage done to all decent Jews by the zionist extremists who have given us a very bad image.I wish the government would prosecute more zionist spies in America.AIPAC and other groups are filled with spies.They don't care about our laws and will stop at nothing to steal our military and corporate classified information.For more on the zionist spies in America check out www.lewisnews.com.
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
26 Oct 2005
it's a sad situation, that of isreal and palestine; however, the day when a man can no longer peacefully protest is sadder still. i think that part of the problem is that many people are under-educated about the history of isreal. and the base of this problem is the education system in the US and the fact that we have been allied with isreal. basically, the land that was inhabited by palestine for a long time was "given" to jews by great britain, who had no right to this land.
how would you feel if a larger more powerful country were to "give" boston to another group of people and they tried to change all the laws and make us leave, even though we have been living here peacefully......
Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
03 Dec 2005
Then I would probably feel like a native american.

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Re: Report and photos of solo AIPAC Protest @ BU
22 May 2006
live the jews alone