The independent student newspaper at Boston University, The Daily Free Press, reported on October 19, 2011 that Jews from several States took part in a rally, with theme ‘Occupy Boston – Not Palestine’ on Tuesday. The rally was sponsored by the Jewish Women for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JWJIP).
Anna Shenk, one of the organizers of the demonstration, said she came to give presence and voice to the Palestinians.
“I lived in Jordan for two years, working to provide food and clothing to Palestinian refugees,” Shenk said. “I learned firsthand what being chased out of your home does to you, no matter who you are, and it’s outrageous.”
Nancy Murray, of Boston, said she agrees that the occupation of Palestine has gone on for far too long.
“Americans, open your eyes,” she said. “It’s because of your tax dollars that Israel occupies Palestine. We pay $8 million in military aid for Israel to do whatever the hell it wants.”
Marguerite Rosenthal, of Boston, said that there are rising concerns about how the new Middle East would treat the U.S. and its support of Israel.
“New regimes in the Middle East will not be subservient to the U.S., like previous regimes were,” Rosenthal said.
Other protestors, such as Alan Meyers, said they were fighting to raise awareness about an issue that about “99 percent of the countries in the world” were supporting.
To Meyers, the issue was both political and personal.
As an active member of Jewish Men for Justice and a participant of the Campaign for Justice for 12 years and counting, he said his friends and he came down because “many issues that are relevant to Occupy Boston are also relevant to Occupy Boston — Not Palestine.”
“Decisions are made by a minority on issues of justice that concern a majority,” Meyers said. “Almost every country except Israel and the U.S. are with us right now.”
Murray said she agreed that issues of justice were being mishandled. For her, the occupation is about the misuse of resources that could be redirected, she said.
“We need to build houses in the U.S. instead of destroying houses in Palestine,” Murray said. “The occupation has gone on for so long because the U.S. vetoed 41 valid UN Security Council resolutions. They’ve given Israel the green light to abuse human rights.”
Many protestors at the demonstration were concerned with the issue of violating human rights. Anne Glick, a demonstrator from Newton, said that the violation of human rights was “outrageous” as Israel builds a fence to keep in the Palestinians.
“What the U.S. is doing is taking away human rights,” she said. “The U.S. has to stop giving aid to Israel. $8 million of our tax dollars every day go to stop the Palestinians from living correctly.”
Not many American taxpayers know and it’s anti-Semitic to believe that the Zionist regime receives $3 billion military aid each year. However, the total aid to Israel was US$3 Trillion between 1973-2002. “The cost of American taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: $3 Trillion” is a summary of economic research done by Thomas R. Stauffer. The summary of his research was published in the June 2003 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
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