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Israeli activists protest US veto in front of embassy in Tel Aviv

Protest in Front of American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Karen Zack/activestills.org

Protest in Front of American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Karen Zack/activestills.org

Roughly 70 Israelis gathered in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv to protest the recent American veto of a UN resolution confirming the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The activists rallied under a banner declaring that the “US is fully complicit in Israel’s occupation and colonization through settlement construction”

Activists wanted to convey two key messages with the protest action.  That Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (through siege), as well as Israel’s ongoing settlement construction project in the West Bank, have been made possible only by continued US support. Also, that the US must join the entire international community and condemn this policy in all forums, including the UN. The activists called for politically sane and human rights oriented elements within American society and within the American administration to stand up to religious, nationalist and economic lobbies which profit from the current, misguided and immoral American policies which directly support Israeli Occupation.

Protest in Front of American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Karen Zack/activestills.org

Protest in Front of American Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Karen Zack/activestills.org

The demonstration lasted for one hour. Activists carried banners saying “Veto Settlements, Vote Justice” as well as “Stop US Supported Occupation.” No arrests or injuries were reported. Israeli activists have been targeting the United States for the past three months since the death of Bil’in protester Jawaher Abu Rahmah from American made Tear Gas. Signaling a new trend in Israeli direct action protest, activists have been pushing for international boycott of Israel under the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS). Israeli activists are also speaking more English and paying more attention to the international audience than the Israeli one.

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    1. Sara

      I love Israeli activist, those who want change and know that there is something wrong.

      It was a good surprise to meet non violent israelis when I visited the country from Morocco, and not media Israelis.

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    2. Ben Israel

      I think you people are behind on the learning curve. The settlements are not the issue, On Friday, a couple of million Egyptians were in A-Tahrir square listening to Sheikh Qardawi calling on “millions of martyrs to march on Jerusalem in order to liberate it” (he is an outspoken supporter of suicide bombings-even Yossi Beilin is worried about him). Also, don’t forget that HIZBULLAH just got control of Lebanon.
      The forces that might (and I emphasize the word “might”) have supported a compromise peace between Israel and Palestinians in the Arab world are in hasty retreat and American policy is in tatters. This is what counts, not the “settlements”.

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    3. @BenIsrael: if you think Hizb-Allah only now got control of lebanon, Id say YOU are a bit behind on the learning curve.
      “millions of martyrs to march on Jerusalem in order to liberate it” is the arab version for almost everything we study in Jewish and Israeli history. All I heard in school for 12 years was that our brave IDF soldiers marched to Jerusalem to liberate it.
      Who are these loving Arab forces that are retreating? I appreciate being given a head’s up on who is once again on our national enemy list.

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