Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Following Gaza’s Ceasefire, Cleveland Protesters Call For the Destruction of Israel (VIDEO)

November 28, 2012 2:55 am 0 comments

Anti-Israel protesters.

Anti-Israel protests and demonstrations were held throughout the United States following the start of the Israel-Gaza conflict earlier this month. On Wednesday November 21st Al-Awda The Palestine Right to Return Coalition‘s Cleveland, OH chapter organized a rally in downtown Cleveland calling for the destruction of Israel.

Al-Awda is a radical Palestinian organization dedicated to advancing the agenda that the Israeli state should not exist. Al-Awda advocates “the rights of all Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands of origin, and to full restitution of all their confiscated and destroyed property,” according to the organization’s website. The group’s logo is a picture of the map of Israel and a key.

The Al-Awda rally featured chilling chants including:

“When people are occupied, when people are occupied, resistance is justified. When people are occupied, resistance is justified. When people are occupied, resistance is justified. When people are occupied, resistance is justified . Free free Palestine. Free free Palestine. Free free Palestine.”

“From the river to the sea Palestine will be free. From the river to the sea Palestine will be free. Come on I can’t hear you. From the river to the sea Palestine will be free. From the river to the sea Palestine will be free.”

“Israel is a terrorist state. Israel is a terrorist state. Israel is a terrorist state. Israel is a terrorist state. Free free Palestine.”

Marchers carried signs with radical slogans including “U.S. Foreign Policy is Terrorism” and “Resistance is Not Terrorism.”

Chants at the rally were led by Abbas Hamidehcoordinator of the organization’s Cleveland chapter and co-coordinatorof Al-Awda. Hamideh tweets under the name “Resistance48.” On Monday, Hamideh tweeted: “When people are occupied resistance is justified.” He also wrote on his Twitter account Monday: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine that includes Haifa, Yaffa, Akka, Deir Yassin & the rest of Palestine not simply the West Bank & Gaza.”

Hamideh tweeted on Friday: “If you’re not for the Palestinian Refugees Right of Return I have no interest in any “dialogue” with you because it’s useless otherwise.”

The same day of Al-Awda’s rally, a Tel Aviv bus was blown up in a terrorist attack, wounding at least 28. Later that day Israel agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas, brokered by the United States and Egypt. The ceasefire put an end to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, which successfully destroyed thousands of Hamas rockets and command centers of the terrorist group in Gaza. More than 1,500 rockets were fired into Israel during a period of eight days, leading to the death of six Israelis and wounding hundreds. A barrage of rockets fired into Israel’s Southern cities following the declaration of the ceasefire.

While the ceasefire did deter terrorist organizations from continuing to attack innocent civilians in Israel, it did not deter radical groups in the U.S. such as Al-Awda from attacking Israel. “Just because there’s a cease-fire, doesn’t mean the siege has ended,” Hamideh was quoted as saying.

Hamideh is not the only extremist leader of Al-Awda. Al-Awda’s co-founder Lamis Deek, a board member of the Council of American Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY), spouts anti-Israel and anti-U.S. conspiracy theories. During a presentation held by CAIR-NY in May 2011, Deek said:

“It was discovered or published that a lot of the interviews that Muslims believed they were going into with the FBI, it turns out it wasn’t with the FBI at all,” and “Guess who it was? Mossad, Israeli intelligence in New York and New Jersey.”

Following the outbreak in violence between Israeli Defense Forces and Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza this month, Deek tweeted that Gaza is a “beacon of resistance, [which] exposes shackles, awakens dignity, inspires revolution, reaffirms our oneness~ the reason ‘israel’ won’t last.” On Thursday, she expressed her “love” for terrorists in Gaza on her twitter account:

“Those murdered in #Gaza & in #Egypt were killed by the same system, the same agents & networks of oppression…my love to the resistance”

Deek was a high profile U.S. activist with Viva Palestina, an organization that has delivered millions of dollars to the Hamas regime in Gaza. At a Viva Palestina event in Brooklyn on July 3 2009, Deek said when the Palestinians elected Hamas “what they chose was one united Palestinian state on all of the 1948 territories from the north to the very south.” In February 2010 Al-Awda’s New York chapter hosted a fundraising event for Viva Palestina featuring British MP George Galloway, the leader and brainchild of the group.

Al-Awda has a track record of anti-Israel activity. In April 2001, Al-Awda held a “Right of Return” rally in New York which boasted a gathering of approximately 8,000 people. According to Al-Awda’s website, the rally “included statements from the Intifada leadership, the National and Islamic Forces in Palestine, and other expressions of solidarity. The rally also included a live feed with a simultaneous rally in Nazareth and with George Habash, former Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.”

Al-Awda’s recent Cleveland rally and the language used by Hamideh and Deek emphasize that Al-Awda has not swayed from its original objectives: advocating for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel.

Videos of the rally can be viewed below.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

    Read more →
  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    Jewish Fashionistas From Around the World to Tour ‘Chic Side of Israel’

    A delegation of 35 Jewish fashion industry mavens from around the world will travel to Israel later this month to “discover the chic side” of the country, 5 Town Jewish Times reported. The eight-day tour, organized by the Maryland-based Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, will include visits to key fashion sites and meetings with some of the country’s top fashion designers, merchandisers and marketers. Participants will also attend a JWRP Fashion Week event in Tel Aviv. JWRP said the trip is […]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Honored to Represent Israel at 2016 Olympic Games

    Pro golfer Laetitia Beck said she is honored to have been selected to represent Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil largely because of her grandparents, who survived the Holocaust. “Everywhere I go, I want people to know where I’m from, my background and where my family came from because of the struggle they had to go through,” she told the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “Every week when I play and I see the Israeli flag, it brings me a lot […]

    Read more →