Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Solidarity With Israel Rally Israeli Consulate San Francisco June 2, 2010
San Francisco Loves Israel. A diverse group gathered Wednesday June 2 in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco to show solidarity with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. 20,000 people are expected later this week at "Israel in the Gardens", celebrating Israel's 62 years of democracy, diversity and innovation.
Thank you, BBJ for the event summary:
Israeli and U.S. flags waved over Montgomery Street in front of San Francisco’s Israeli consulate on Wednesday afternoon. Days after Israeli military personnel were attacked while boarding a ship bound to break the blockade of Gaza, activists gathered to express their support for peace, democracy and the State of Israel.
A diverse and lively crowd of about seventy-five held up signs declaring “Israel Wants Peace”, “Peace Begins With Recognizing Israel”, and “Stop Demonizing Israel”. Music for the event was provided by a local DJ, a Samoan-American lover of Israel and Israeli music with an enviable collection of Hebrew-language pop, techno and hip-hop. Young and old danced to the music and waved signs and flags.
Many in attendance contrasted the joyous, upbeat atmosphere with the previous day’s protest. On Tuesday, Israel’s supporters faced a large and hostile crowd gathered in front of the consulate. A day later, there was a celebratory vibe on Montgomery Street as the crowd waved their white and blue banners.