2009 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
Anti-Semitism at Anti-Israel Rallies
Posted: July 27, 2010
In 2009 anti-Israel protests were a major source of anti-Semitic expression in the U.S. These mainly included anti-Semitic expressions at anti-Israel rallies held in response to Israel's actions in Gaza in January 2009.
At these rallies Holocaust imagery and analogies proliferated and various speakers and placards accused Jews of controlling the U.S. government, among other anti-Jewish accusations and canards.
(While the Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents does not typically include expressions of opposition to Zionism or Israel, it does include them if they are accompanied by the invocation of classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as Nazi imagery or analogies, or references that delegitimize, demonize or reflect a double standard about Israel.)
Examples of such protests include:
• January 3, 2009 -- Albuquerque, NM: Approximately 100 demonstrators lined up along a busy intersection and waved signs that read, "Stand Up to the Pro-Israel Lobby;" and "Stop Israel's War Crimes." One woman held a sign that read, "Every Israeli Committing the Genocide in Gaza is a Hitler" and she shouted, "If you don't like the Holocaust and you believe in the Holocaust, do not repeat the Holocaust again!" Protesters chanted, "With our soul and our blood we will redeem you, Palestine." The rally was organized by Armen Chakerian, a local left-wing activist who organizes weekly antiwar rallies in Albuquerque.
• January 10, 2009 -- Washington, DC: At a large rally that reportedly drew at least 10,000 demonstrators to Lafayette Park, signs included "Jewish Run Media Hides Jewish Terrorism;" "Jewish Controlled Congress Supports Jewish Terrorism;" "Hitler was right. Jews are blood suckers;" "End the Holocaust in Gaza now;" "Whose Holocaust is it Now?;" "Gaza = Israel's Concentration Camp;" "Warsaw 1943 / Gaza 2009;" and "Stop Israel's Nazi Genocide" with a Star of David equating a swastika. A banner signed by the Workers World Party read "Defend Gaza Resistance." The rally was organized by ANSWER as part of its National Day of Protest called "Let Gaza Live!" It received sponsorship and/or endorsement from the Muslim American Society Foundation; the Free Palestine Alliance; the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA); Al-Awda; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); American Muslims for Palestine (AMP); Code PINK; and the International Socialist Organization (ISO).