Saturday, March 2, 2013

Al Awda Protest Rally Massive Epic fail

What if you gave an anti-Israel protest and no one came?  A March 1 protest was called in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco by Al Awda and their partners in Slime. It was endorsed by many, yet the streets were empty.   Two dozen bored and listless self styled anarchists , aging hippies and their Islamist allies loitered around aimlessly, then invented excuses to leave early.

Even with the collective might and power of endorsers including: Bay Area Women in Black, GUPS: General Union of Palestine Students, Northern California. Friends of Sabeel, US Palestine Community Network, Palestine Action Network ,All-African People's Revolutionary Party, ANSWER: Act Now to Stop War & End Racism, Arab Resource & Organizing Center,
BAYAN USA,  Gabriela USA, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, International League of Peoples' Struggle, International Socialist Organization, Middle East Children's Alliance, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement,  Palestinian Youth Movement, and  the SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines the "solidarity rally' achieved neither sound nor fury.

Is it possible that the anti-Israel movement in San Francisco Bay area, once considered a hub of the de-legitimization of Israel, is losing steam?  Or is it  just too hard to find common cause with Palestinian hunger striker and convicted terrorist mastermind  Samer Issawi, who has been

convicted of severe crimes, which including five attempts of intentional death. This included four shootings, between July 2001 and February 2002, in which Isawi and his partners fired on police cars and buses travelling between Ma'ale Adumim and Jerusalem. In one attack, a policeman was injured and required surgery. On October 30, 2001, Isawi, together with an accomplice, fired at two students walking from the Hebrew University campus to their car in a nearby parking lot. In another case, Isawi provided guns and explosive devices to a squad, who fired on a bus. Finally, in December 2001, Isawi ordered an attack on security personnel at Hebrew University, providing a squad with a pistol and a pipebomb. Two of the squad members tracked security personnel but opted not to execute the attack.
Or, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, could the local anti-Israel crew actually have found day jobs?

Incidentally, while Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) did not officially endorse the street protest, they had no trouble shilling for terrorist Samer Issawi via their twitter feed


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

what was the pretense for this attempted protest?

Dusty said...

It was a solidarity rally for Palestinian hunger strikers.

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

not too much solidarity apparently.

James Boom said...

I don't understand the international solidarity movement.

Dusty said...

No one understands the International Solidarity movement, least of all its participants.

The back of the hill said...

I was in the area at around four thirty. Two dozen protestors maximum, anemically hollering, no megaphone.
They were outnumbered by the total number of policemen in the area, of whom only one third were on that block of Montgomery Street.

It was a pallid event.