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PHOTOS: Hundreds protest Trump in Tel Aviv Women's March

Hundreds of women and men march to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Hundreds take part in a Women's March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Hundreds take part in a Women’s March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Around 400 people, mostly dual American-Israeli citizens, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in solidarity with the Women’s March taking place in Washington D.C. following the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Tel Aviv march was one of dozens that took place across the world in solidarity with the march on the U.S. capital, where protestors rallied around issues such as women’s rights, reproductive rights, anti-racism and immigration.

The march was organized by the local Israeli chapter of Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook group that was used to rally support for Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, as well with Jewish activist groups All That’s Left and If Not Now.

Hundreds take part in a Women's March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Hundreds take part in a Women’s March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The speakers and marchers chanted not only for women’s rights, but also LGBT, Palestinian, refugee, immigrant and minority rights, as well as against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

One speaker, All That’s Left activist Liya Rechtman, wearing a hat that read “Make America Gay Again,” told the crowd she had grown up in a Jewish home in the U.S., which meant she came from an activist home. “To be a Jew is to demand justice — to be a Jew is to resist Trump,” she said.

A man wearing a 'Make America Gay Again' hat takes part in the Women's March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A woman wearing a ‘Make America Gay Again’ hat takes part in the Women’s March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Mairav Zonszein)

If Not Now activist Simone Zimmerman also spoke, asking the crowd why Trump and Netanyahu didn’t speak out after dozens of Jewish institutions across the U.S. received bomb threats over the past few weeks.

“It is more clear than ever that we need a Jewish resistance that can say that our leaders failed us when they incite hatred and fear. We insist that we deserve a better world, and we will resist with everything we have to win it,” Zimmerman told the crowd.

Some members of the crowd chanted against the occupation and called to boycott David Friedman (Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel). Another speaker, All That’s Left activist Erez Bleicher, mentioned solidarity with the women of Umm al-Hiran and Al-Araqib, two Bedouin villages in Israel that continue to face state violence and home demolitions.

Hundreds take part in a Women's March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Hundreds take part in a Women’s March protest outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for Americans living outside the United States, were conspicuously missing from the protest. Several protesters said their leadership had decided to hold a small meeting at home, as they are still in mourning.

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    1. Carmen

      “Some members of the crowd chanted against the occupation and called to boycott David Friedman (Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel). One speaker mentioned solidarity with the women of Umm al-Hiran and Al-Araqib, two Bedouin villages in Israel that continue to face state violence and home demolitions.” It’s a small start, but a step in the correct direction. Bravo!

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        The first step in the correct direction is that the State Department is going to block the last money transfer made by Hussein Obama to the “Palestinian” authority. On the other hand it should be remembered that in any democracy, in the USA as in Israel, minorities have to adapt themselves to the majority and to respect the law?

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    2. i_like-ike52

      As Barack Obama once said “elections have consequences”. These protesters need to realize “the people have spoken”, according to the US Constitution.

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      • Ben

        Five comments:
        1. In democracies public protest is part of the “consequences” of the actions of politicians. Trump will have to get used to it. Trump is a president not a dictator. A would-be dictator but as he will find, not an actual one. Unlike Ceauscescu or Putin, he cannot, for example, order up large inaugural crowds or take pictures of small inaugural crowds and photoshop in the missing people and get away with it.
        2. Note how the Trump administration has adopted the Israeli practice of saying that the simple pointing out of falsehoods is “delegitimizing”:
        http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315549-trump-team-doubles-down-on-press-criticism
        3. Trump lost the popular vote by a large margin, and but for Russian intervention in the election (and outrageous FBI intervention too) he would have lost the electoral vote.
        4. Were there an Elor Azaria type video catching him doing the things he says he does, Trump would be sitting in a prison cell not the Oval Office, and be classified a sex offender. But he will have to get used to protests. By “nasty women” and others.
        5. Israelis will have to find another scapegoat now that Obama is off the stage. Their confidence that everything is going to be great now is premature to say the least. They never, however, have any trouble finding targets for their appalling racism.

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        • i_like_ike52

          (1) One reason Hillary lost was because of Obama’s acting like a dictator, enacting a large number of executive decrees, against the will of Congress. Obama claimed that the Congress was “blocking him” but they are elected by the people no less than he was and their views are no less important than his.
          (2) Supposed “Russian intervention” played no role in the election outcome. I do not accept the claim that Putin even preferred Trump, after all it was the Obama/Clinton/Kerry administration that gave him carte blanche to invade Crimea, encourage violent separatists in eastern Ukraine and freedom to intervene in Syria. It was Obama who was gutting the US military and Trump has promised to beef it up, all of which goes against Putin’s interests.
          (3) The FBI Director you blame was appointed by OBAMA, so don’t tell us he wanted to help Trump.
          (4) Oh, dear, Trump said dirty things about women. What do you think about JFK or Bill Clinton’s attitudes towards women? Or the fact that Hillary badmouthed women who came forward to complain about what Bill did to them?
          (5) Okay, so the anti-Trump people got big crowds. At the same time, the voters gave the Republicans control of both houses of Congress and the large majority of state houses and governorships, so it can’t be claimed that the the Democrats are the “real majority”.

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          • Ben

            (1) Sorry. What they did was pure, irrational obstructionism, designed for one goal and one goal only: Make Obama fail. No matter if it hurt their own country or not.
            (2) Russian intervention plus Comey’s intervention both very likely had decisive roles. It almost certainly swung the crucial Midwestern states. Whatever Obama did or Trump does to the US military (and the idea Obama “gutted” it is the purest invention, just like all the other invention about what Obama supposedly did to Israel) the US military so dwarfs the Russians’ capacity that your argument falls apart before it gets started. Putin would like nothing more than an overextended, bloated, poorly deployed US military directed by an easily-manipulated, dictator-admiring buffoon. You think Putin does not realize Trump is a buffoon who is in far over his head? Your words about Crimea and Ukraine amaze. You think Putin, who clearly hated Clinton, is sitting there saying “Oh, no, Trump will oppose me in Syria and Ukraine and will beef up Nato! Oh no!”? Surely you jest.
            (3) The Republican affiliated FBI director you mean? Who has a long history of animus towards the Clintons? And his own self-promoting agenda? There is *nothing* an Israeli will not blame on Obama!
            (4) You’re the one in a priggish snit about protesters. “Oh dear, millions of women across the United States and the world said bad things about Donald Trump. They just need to realize that ‘the people have spoken’ and go back to baking cookies. Those busybodies.” Trump enters the White House with historically low approval ratings and immense buyers’ remorse out there. And a press secretary who just lied flat out on his first day about things everyone saw in photographs but if you point that out, he’ll tell you you’re “delegitimizing” him. Did he get secret training in Israel? MK Ayman Odeh got shot in the head point blank by sponge tip bullets but if you point that out and don’t agree his own people threw rocks at him you’re “delegitimizing Israel” and you’re probably “a terrorist”:
            https://972mag.com/by-siding-with-the-police-the-media-incites-against-arab-citizens/124680/
            (5) No one’s claiming the Democrats are the majority in the government. The Republicans own it now. Though we had one character here the other day already bizarrely blaming the coming failure of Trump’s health care reform on…BDS! So if I hear folks telling us later on how it’s the Democrats’ or “progressives” fault when Trump fails miserably, I’ll remind them of this page.

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          • i_like_ike52

            Of course one could reply that what Obama was doing was designed to hurt the country, which he in any event views as a capitalist, imperialist, colonialist bully and the Republicans in Congress (a few hundred of them) were trying to prevent him from doing this. You are simply spouting a conspiracy theory that all these Republicans are doing is spending their time conspiring against the “progressive saint” that was in the White House without regard to their constituents who voted them in in the first place. Doesn’t make sense.

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          • Ben

            ​You know, Ike, I don’t know how long ago you decamped for Israel but you show precious little knowledge of contemporary US politics. It is, on the face of it, in no way a conspiracy theory to say what I said. The Republicans openly said as much as I did about their true aims. No secret there. Obama’s executive order route was forced on him by an irrationally partisan, hostile congress that went out of its way to spite the first black president. As did Netanyahu. Even though Obama’s actual policies towards Israel were actually more pro-Israel than mainstream US policy since, well, since Ike! Since 1952! There is no Israeli rightist in his right mind who would want to trade Obama’s treatment of Israel for Eisenhower’s.

            Saint? Compared to the lazy, know-nothing, narcissistic psychopath, the low life con artist who replaced him, yes both a saint and a genius. If you should have any doubts about my assessment of Obama’s replacement, please read this:

            Trump Aides Keep Leaking Embarrassing Stories About How He Can’t Handle Embarrassment
            http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-aides-cant-stop-blabbing-about-how-hes-a-madman.html

            “Of course one could reply that what Obama was doing was designed to hurt the country, which he in any event views as a capitalist, imperialist, colonialist bully”

            Well of course you COULD say that, and you WOULD say that wouldn’t you? But on the face of it is offensive, racist, manchurian candidate conspiracy theory trife, cheap Conway-Spicerian post/alternative-factual slander. On a level *beneath* birtherism. You want to defend birtherism? I see what place you’re really coming from. This is good. It shows folks on what a level many an Israeli analyzes the world around him. This is the blithely offensive garbage about Obama that Israelis toss about. In addition to “that kushi, that black monkey in the White House, that Islamist, that anti-Semite…” My Lithuanian Jewish, Russian Jewish, Russian speaking, Hebrew speaking, 40-years in Israel, and sabra friends have filled me in on the typical irrational Israeli discourse. In detail. I have no illusions about the mindset of Israeli Netanyahu/Lieberman/Bennett supporters.

            And this–“designed to hurt the country”–in the context of Trump and the Russians!!! There is no better illustration of the cheesy, racist, nasty, upside-down garbage Israelis threw at the American president, the brainwashed mental netherworld they live in. Spoon fed by Netanyahu. This site, a lightning rod, has definitely helped us take the measure of the real, average right wing Israel.

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    3. Dave

      ‘Around 400 people, mostly dual American-Israeli citizens’

      Oh come on, these were all tourists, and a fraction of the tourists in Israel.

      The only person at the demo you mention is not an Israeli at all. And how many ‘dual American-Israelis’ can’t make a single Hebrew or bilingual Hebrew/English sign?

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      • carmen

        Alternative truther?

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          The majority of the Israeli population have no time to lose in stupid things. President Trump and his politics are very popular here in Israel.

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          • Ben

            Thanks for this bulletin from the cult, Halevy. Please see my reply to Ike_52.

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