New York, NY – Demonstrators Protest Israeli Military Offensives

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    Palestinian Rally

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    New York, NY – Hundreds of demonstrators in front of Israel’s mission to the United Nations yesterday protested the country’s military action in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.


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    Yisroel Dovid Weiss
    Yisroel Dovid Weiss
    17 years ago

    A report in the “Arab American News”

    Ten thousand rally for Lebanon, Palestine

    DEARBORN – The largest Arab American rally in ten years took place here on Tuesday to condemn Israeli aggression against Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, as well as to call out a U.S. government that is seen by the local community as caring more about Israeli interests than its own people’s.

    Over 10,000 people took part in the rally. Starting near Schaefer on Warren and walking West on the East-bound lanes, the crowd turned South on Schaefer and spread out to cover all four North and South-bound lanes.

    The rally was originally planned to end at City Hall, but organizers decided to take the crowd to a large nearby park. That was due to construction work along the way as well as because the sheer numbers of people who came would have been difficult to control.
    Flying hundreds of American, Palestinian and Lebanese flags, the crowd, made up of Muslims, Christians and Jews, insisted that its problem lay not with Judaism but with Zionism as a “secular, politically-racist ideology.”

    The last Dearborn rally that was so well-attended took place in 1996, also as a protest against the Israelis when the people of Qana were massacred. In each case, Israeli aggression struck close to home, feelings that clearly simmered in the crowd even now, as one sign noted, “Peres, you killed my two children in Qana!”

    What was the goal behind holding the rally? “We want to see an effect that resonates with our government officials and fellow citizens,” said Bilal Dabaja, a member of the Arab American Political Action Committee and a University of Michigan at Dearborn student, between leading chants on his bull-horn.
    “We all want to stop the Israeli oppression,” added Lenora Prater, an African American from Detroit, as she sat under a tree on Warren Avenue. “I’m pleased with the turnout.”
    As the crowd continued down the road, thundering cries of “Israel out of Lebanon!” “Down, down Israel!” and “Death to Israel!” rang out. As the rally continued its move down Schaefer, more and more people came running. They were joining in from back alley-ways, jumping out of cars and sprinting down sidewalks to take part in the rally.
    “Other than our own leaders, Israel pulls us together like no one else can,” said Abed Hammoud as he helped lead the rally down the road. Hammoud is chairman of the Congress of Arab American Organizations (CAAO).

    The rally’s frontline was made up of an interfaith group of rabbis, priests and imams. They all made it clear that there was no room for the Israelis to target the Lebanese people by destroying their civilian infrastructure.
    “I think this is the best way, that we walk together as Muslims, Christians and Jews against injustice. This is the best way to ensure that Muhammed, Jesus and Moses are happy with us,” said Husham Al-Hussainy, imam of the Karbalaa Islamic Center in Dearborn.
    “There is no human life that is more valuable than another,” added Reverend Rani Abdel Masseih from Church of the Magnificent Life.
    “The Zionists have created a situation where there is an endless situation of bloodshed. The root cause of all this suffering is the state of Israel,” said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta International, a Jewish group opposing Zionism as being against Judaism.
    “Hamas and Hizbullah don’t want to throw the Jews into the sea, they simply want to claim their right to their land.
    “I flew in from New York and nobody knew what our political position was at the rally. These Muslims simply saw us as very religious Jews. They could have mistreated us but nobody did,” added Weiss, responding to accusations by some media outlets that the protest was a violent one.
    “Can I stop crying?” asked Suehaila Amen, when asked what she thought about the rally. “We put so much time into making this event a success.”

    Amen, a Lebanese American Heritage Club (LAHC) and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) Board Officer noted, “It’s amazing and emotionally overwhelming to see people from all walks of life here. We have not only Lebanese, but Iraqis and Yemenis. We have not only Arab Americans but also Latinos and African Americans. People came from far away as Toledo to be here.”

    Turning East at Hemlock and walking for another block, the crowd filled up a large park that organizers had prepared. Pulsing with energy and waving their flags, the crowd pumped their fists in the air and continued to shout, “Out, out Israel! Down, down Israel!”

    Osama Siblani, said from the erected stage, “We ask the government of Saudi Arabia to stop fuelling Israeli planes that are killing our children.” The crowd booed loudly at the mention of the Saudi government.
    “How do you define terrorism? By killing innocent people to change policies? This is what Israel is doing, this is terror,” Siblani shouted to the cheering crowd, adding that the “Israelis bomb others from the air because they are afraid to fight bravely on the ground, face to face.”

    Several speakers noted that the U.S. has already “made a mess” of Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza, and continuing that trend with the destruction of the Lebanon was not the way to “win the hearts and minds of the people.”
    “It is with a heavy heart that I say two communities are facing destruction. I say that the excuse that this is self-defense [for Israel] is appalling, disgusting and sickening,” said Rana Abbas, Deputy Director of ADC-Michigan.
    “The U.S. and Israel have decided what are human rights depending on what side of a border you fall on. … My people, this is not a time to be scared, this is the time to speak up and let your cries be heard,” she said, to cheers from the crowd. Hammoud added, “Mr. Bush, stop the crimes, Lebanon is being destroyed in the name of self-defense. Stop killing innocent people, American citizens are under fire!”
    “I see right now that there is an effort to silence this community or drive it into hiding by accusing this community of harboring Hizbullah sleeper cells. This is a bunch of crap. We are not going to stand by and be exposed to this type of political harassment,” said Siblani in a press conference at the LAHC in Dearborn the following day.

    Siblani added that Arab Americans had the right to protest peacefully just like the pro-Israeli community and was fully prepared to spread its message across America at the grass roots level if the media continued to ignore the suffering in the Middle East.
    Town hall meetings will be held every night at the LAHC at 7 p.m. to update attendees on the crisis and the community response. The LAHC is located at 4337 Maple Road in Dearborn.

    dave
    dave
    17 years ago

    who is the founder of this group, y”msvz. they are rodfim, moridin velo maalin. i would never call the hatzalah, if i see one of them in a tzoroh.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    אויב ווילט איר מוחה זיין אויף די שרעקליכע בזיון וחילול השם דאן ריפט אריין די ראש הכופרים

    אין געט איבער אייער מחאה

    hashem help those men
    hashem help those men
    17 years ago

    this is why they have war

    i am telling you that those men that are in the pictures are the men that walk in the street trying not to look and the women and now the are standing right on the side f two women and the man is stuck in the middle

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    THIS GUY ON THE SHOULDER. IS A DRUG ABUSER. HIS WIFE DIVORCED HIM , HIS KIDS DONT WANT TO KNOW OF HIM,,YOUR TALKING ABOUT A FEW MESHUGAYIM. DONT GET TO EXCITED OVER THESE IDIOTS

    The Chainik Hocker
    The Chainik Hocker
    17 years ago

    Someone needs to explain to these Neturei Karta crazies that while smoking on Shabbos is bad, murdering Yiden at random is a lot worse.

    I volunteer to explain it to them. Can someone lend me a baseball bat?

    Hiemish
    Hiemish
    17 years ago

    Neturie Karta is run by a guy named Mr. David Wiess of Monsey NY, as one cop put it to me at the Israel Day Parade that all these guys who call themselves Neturie Karta look like zombies they litterly do not look to and stare very normal.

    Just look at the picture which normal person sits on a guys soldier in Middle of Manhattan?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    Why can’t antbody make them QUIET FOREVER???

    Any way possable!!!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    I really can’t believe that no one has broken their legs or worse yet! The Chillul Hashem, the Chutzpeh to go and dance with the enemy!! If they would have been at the times of
    Hitler, they would have gone over to kiss him!!Geshulten zulin zei zahn!!!!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    Does anyone know the history of how these lunatics started as a movement? You should witness the actual protesting – it’s nothing short of blood – curtling!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    THEY MUST BE PUT IN NIDUUY ,CHEREM, & SHAMTA. ANY ONE THAT HAS SHEICHUS WITH THOSE MOSRIM & IS NOT MOICHE, OSID LETAIN ES HADIN. I PERSONALLY WAS MACHRIM THEM IN BAIS DIN SHEL MAALO & SHEL MATA. LET THEM BE PUNISHED LEMAAN YISHMEU VEYIRAU

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    even a normal goi wouldnt do what they are doing

    i think they should be thrown out of every shul

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    The chillul hashem they make – they will ROT in hell

    even those of us who do not believe in the state of israel
    ( zionisim) Still have the brains to know that “eisov soney layakov”
    and if they could they would kill the neturai karta just as well – what you think they know the diffrence ? you are going to walk around with a sign on your back ? when they blow themselves up , did they ever go check first if there are any neturai karta here that i dont want to harm ?

    they are YISHMUALIM and if you look what the torah says about them – and if you believe in the torah you would know that they are rotzchim period!!!!

    etz vet fin gahnim nisht aros gain for the chillul hashem

    all the previous rabbanim knew that you can not support them,

    yet these ……….. go with them

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    17 years ago

    yes, you can always count on theese hezbulla freinds to come out to support them

    they have jewish blood on their hands, isnt that supporting killing jews?

    they are worse than the secular zionists

    they should have a mapala with the hizbulla