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Anti-Israel rally creates ‘scary environment’

by abra cohen

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Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered outside the Israeli consulate in San Francisco on July 7, waving flags and chanting anti-Israel rhetoric in response to developments in the Middle East.

Demonstrators across the street from Israeli consulate in San Francisco  photo/abra cohen
Demonstrators across the street from Israeli consulate in San Francisco photo/abra cohen
The protesters occupied sidewalks on both sides of Montgomery Street; across from the consulate, a small group of Israel supporters stood in a barricaded area flanked by pro-Palestinian demonstrators on either side, including one side with no buffer zone.

There were more than 350 pro-Palestinian demonstrators compared to 30 in the pro-Israel section, according to police on the scene.

“It was a very threatening and a very scary environment,” said Sam Levine, executive director of the Western region of the Zionist Organization of America. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it, where the other side was shouting expletives in our faces.”

Many pro-Palestinian demonstrators showed up well before the rally was due to begin at 5 p.m., according to police. Only after they began spilling across the street, where the pro-Israel people were located, were barricades put up, Levine said.

About 30 officers were on the scene. No arrests were made and no one was injured.

Using a microphone and a large speaker, the pro-Palestinian side chanted slogans such as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” “Who did you kill today, Israel?” and “Long live the intifada.”

“We were very outnumbered,” said Faith Meltzer, who helped organize the counter-protest for StandWithUs/S.F. Voice for Israel. “The people on the other side were coming over and trying to provoke us, taunting us and even made attempts at physical violence.”


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Posted by sol rosenberg
07/11/2014  at  11:46 AM
Leftist anti-Semites and Islamic radicals . . .

. . a love story for the ages.

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Posted by paul
07/11/2014  at  03:52 PM
Stand up for Israel!

Where was the all entire Jewish Community during that demonstration? Where were all the Cantors and Rabbis? Where were all the Synagogues and the JCC? Where was the JCF? Nobody showed up besides the Stand With Us, Voice for Israel and the ZOA. We all need to Stand With Israel. I would like to invite every body to join Stand With US and Voice For Israel, to join us tomorrow at the counter demonstration against all those who seek destruction of Israel at the Justin Sherman Plaza at Ambarcadero in San Francisco from 12:00-1:00 noon. We will send our message that, Israel will be there to exist.

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