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PHOTOS: 10,000 march on White House to protest Gaza offensive

Thousands converge on Washington, D.C. to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

Some 10,000 demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

Some 10,000 activists converged on the White House in Washington, D.C. this weekend to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza. Politico reported that the event may have been “the largest pro-Palestinian march to take place in the United States.” At least two protesters were arrested, one for “climbing a light pole.”

The Washington Post quoted a police spokesperson acknowledging an “exceptionally large number of protesters,” though D.C. police have declined to issue public crowd estimates for years due to the contentious nature of providing such figures.

The Post was itself a target of the demonstration, which began in front of the White House before marching past various sites in downtown Washington. These included offices of Caterpillar, which makes bulldozers used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and has been a target of divestment campaigns.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march through downtown Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march through downtown Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

Young protesters carry signs in support of Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Young protesters carry signs in support of Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

A protester carries a symbolic coffin to commemorate the victims of Israel's offensive on Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

A protester carries a symbolic coffin to commemorate the victims of Israel’s offensive on Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

Thousands of marchers clogged the streets of downtown Washington, D.C., in a  protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Thousands of marchers clogged the streets of downtown Washington, D.C., in a protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

A youth shakes hands with a member of the anti-Zionist orthodox Jewish group Neturei Karta as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

A youth shakes hands with a member of the anti-Zionist orthodox Jewish group Neturei Karta as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

Marchers protesting Israel's offensive in Gaza pass the offices of The Washington Post newspaper in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Marchers protesting Israel’s offensive in Gaza pass the offices of The Washington Post newspaper in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

A protester carries a poster depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing lobbying group AIPAC as thousands protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

A protester carries a poster depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing lobbying group AIPAC as thousands protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, Washington, D.C., August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

A policeman separates a pro-Israel counter-demonstrator from those marching to protest Israel's attack on Gaza, Washington, D.C., to protest against U.S. support for Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

A policeman separates a pro-Israel counter-demonstrator from those marching to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza, Washington, D.C., to protest against U.S. support for Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

A passing motorist watches as tousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest against U.S. support for Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

A passing motorist watches as tousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest against U.S. support for Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

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    1. Haifawi

      I really don’t like all this publicity (well, tokenization actually) that Neturei Karta is getting, just because they wear both keffiyehs and silly black hats.
      Like, these people believe that the Holocaust happened because of the Enlightenment.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        Your Hamas friends aren’t exactly fans of the Enlightenment either.

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    2. Miss Castello

      Americas waking up; finally.

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    3. Zef Rose

      Beautiful photos! This photo essay shows the spirit of peace of these demonstrators. Too bad this will never be seen on mainstream TV news, because it fails to support the AIPAC propaganda. As an American I am ashamed. But the people depicted here are true heroes.

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    4. Pedro X

      Where are the pictures of Palestinians marching for peace? Where are the pictures of Palestinian supporters protesting Hamas’ use of Palestinian citizens as human shields and the placement of Hamas missiles and launchers under peoples homes, in schools, hospitals and embedded in the middle of civilian areas.

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      • demenace

        Given the size of Gaza and the density of population presumably anywhere whete Hamas might keep weapons will be near civilians. Does that give your government the right to murder civilians in its so called war in Gaza?

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        • Avdim

          “Given the size of Gaza and the density of population presumably anywhere whete Hamas might keep weapons will be near civilians.”

          That’s utter nonsense. There are heavily populated areas, but it’s not like the entire Gaza strip is one huge living neighborhood. There are empty spaces, there are places more remote from residential areas. ANYTHING is better than shooting from a school or a courtyard or a hospital. It’s not like Hamas couldn’t find a remote place, it chose to stay as close as possible to residential areas.

          “Does that give your government the right to murder civilians in its so called war in Gaza?”

          I don’t like your phrasing, but the answer is yes. By placing weapons and waging war on Israel from residential areas, Hamas has turned these areas into legitimate military targets. Both morally and in terms of the law.

          The war is not IN Gaza. The war is between Hamas and Israel.

          One side does what it can to protect its citizens, while the other uses them as human shields. Can you guess who is who?

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      • Goldmarx

        “Where are the pictures of Palestinians marching for peace?”

        Well, some of the demonstrators depicted as marching for peace in the article were Palestinian-American.

        By the way, are there any areas in Gaza that are not civilian areas, given the fact that Gaza is one of the most densely-populated states on Earth? Please advise Hamas on where it should place its rocket launchers in such a way that would meet with your approval.

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        • Pedro X

          There are 131 American municaplties which have a greater population density than Gaza. One quarrter of the American states have a greater area and greater population density than Gaza. Gaza is not even close to being one of the most densely populated places on earth.

          Hamas could have placed its military assets in farm areas and evacuated their civilians from these areas. They could have donned uniforms and met Israel on a non-urban battlefield as the British and French did on the Plains of Abraham. This is how wars are supposed to fought, between armies away from the population centers. The problem terrorists do not follow any rules of war.

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          • rick

            Pedro, “Gaza” is not a “municipality”. It encompasses several towns and cities and agricultural space as well. “Gaza City” is one of the cities within Gaza as a whole. Please do give us the comparative densities of the states vs. Gaza that you claim. But more importantly, you may find quibbling about this amusing, but the plain fact is that we are witnessing a “pogrom”, i.e. a day to day massacre out of hatred and a deep desire to punish and humiliate the Palestinian peopleo- let’s be frank. The deliberate targeting of civilians by Israel with massive weaponry is a standard feature of the Israeli settler state.

            When the Deputy Speaker of the Israeli parliament proclaims he wants to eliminate everyone who will not submit to signing a statement agreeing to live in a Jewish state, at the same time his forces are killing at a clip of 70% civilian casualities, you can see incremental genocide is on its way, if not already here So I wouldn’t get too excercised about the whether your almanac or mine is correct.

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          • Goldmarx

            “Hamas could have placed its military assets in farm areas”

            Farm areas? That’s where the Gazans get their food from, apart from the tunnels. If Hamas followed your advice, then Israel would blow up the farm areas since that’s where the rockets would be coming from. This would lead to mass starvation, and then Hasbarah Central would blame Hamas for starving their own people.

            Maybe that’s what you want.

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      • Kristen D

        I see vile barbs being thrown out by both here and from afar (what I am allowed to witness from the media). The killing has to stop. It has to. It is barbaric to continue on this path of destruction. What matters most is finding diplomacy and accepting that Jews and Arabs must learn to live together in the Middle East- in Jerusalem, in Israel, in Gaza, in Palestine. For the sake of humanity and for the sake of the love of God it has to stop. Those who believe in life after death know what I mean. Are they (you) not thinking about life everlasting and what God has in store for you?

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    5. Goldmarx

      Did Begin follow those rules against the British? Ex: King David Hotel.

      Also, since Nelson Mandela did not follow your rules (the ANC also committed atrocities against white civilians), it follow that you supported the South African apartheid regime because the ANC did not engage the Boers like the British did the French?

      Since when was it decided that the Britsh and the French dictate how war is supposed to be fought?

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      • Avdim

        @GoldenAxe –

        if you wish to talk about the King David affair, here’s how it would be like if it took place today:
        1. A Hamas suicide bomber gets on a bus
        2. The bomber identifies himself, explains he’s going to explode in a few minutes and asks the people to leave the bus.
        3. The people would start leaving, some would get out but someone would prevent most from leaving.
        4. An explosion will kill many people on the bus
        5. The PA would be outraged and will actually start hunting down Hamas people. Hamas would also claim that it had no desire to kill Jews.

        In our world, only points 1 and 4 actually happen. See the difference?

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        • Goldmarx

          The difference? Sending out warning messages is not humanitarianism.

          It’s a way for the killers to feel good about killing – “See? We warned them first! Now we don’t have to feel guilty – we are free to kill as many as we can.”

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          • Avdim

            @GoldenAxe –

            The warnings were meant to be heeded. The plan was not to murder people inside the hotel, but only destroy the hotel.

            Don’t you see a difference?

            If you were in a bus or in a restaurant or at a wedding or near a discotheque, would you rather get a warning or not?

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          • Goldmarx

            Not if there’s nowhere else to go because I’m located in one of the most crowded states on Earth. Getting such a warning would then be a sick joke.

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    6. humanity

      If I may ask those who support the massacre commited by Israel against its helpless neighbour: do u really believe that the more Israel kills its neighbours the more Israel secured??? If ur answer is YES, then please tell us if there is any country u have known that achieved Peace & Security by killing its neighbours…! Infact NO COUNTRY can achieve Peace & security through slaughtering its neighbours! Its in the best interest of the Israeli ppl if they STOP their government from killing their neighbours, so that they can live in peace & harmony with their neighbors!!!

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      • Avdim

        How many countries have achieved peace and security by launching rockets at its neighbor for 14 years? By sending bombers to murder its neighbor’s civilians in the hundreds?

        I don’t think many Israelis enjoy seeing people killed. we simply have no delusions that there is no other way to deal with Hamas.

        There is one sides that TRIES to murder civilians, and a side that doesn’t.

        It’s in the best interests of our neighbors to ATTEMPT to live in peace with us. They haven’t so far.

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    7. Yoav Lavi

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_fP6mlNSK8
      Now what would you do when this launched rocket finds its way to my brother’s Kibbutz and you can’t do shit about it just because it is launched from inside a densely populated area and the inhabitants are not allowed to evacuate even when warned by the IDF that the launcher is going to be shot.
      Just let your town keep on being bombarded day after day after day for 13 years now?
      Seriously, what do you do?
      Cause I didn’t hear any of you protesting not even once when my brother’s Kibbutz was bombarded twice a week all the years he was living there?
      I know, you like body count, and you immediately ask, how come his family was never hurt? well they fled to a shelter. My nieces run to shelter in 15 seconds better than they know anything else by now at the age of 7 and 5. Two and half weeks ago they broke down and left permanently \to Haifa. The fact they were not forced by Israel to be martyrs does not take the responsibility off you hypocrites for never ever protesting against this impossible life, but raise your voice only when once every few years when a no-choice retaliation is forced by the inhabitants on the government.
      You also never protest against shooting deliberately from inside heavily populated area in order to increase the martyrs count.
      The same hypocrisy repeated itself also the very same shit was going on from Lebanon until Olmert and Livni retaliated and made the northern towns life quite for a few years now. Over there, you don’t even have the lame siege excuse. The same shit is going on before the occupation started, after it ended, with or without siege and in all borders. Your voice is never heard against the oppressor just because it is weaker or for other reason.
      Sickening hypocrisy. Just disgusting.

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    8. angela sharif

      Well said Rick!!!

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