• Rob Spectre
  • 15
  • Jan
  • 09

As the war on Gaza claimed more than 1,000 Palestinian lives, activists in San Francisco joined in increased international outrage and despair. A little have 8am, a small group of protesters entered the Israeli Consulate building to lock the front entrances and chain themselves to them. Organized principally by ANSWER SF, the lockdown lasted for two and a half hours with police arresting by my count eight of the demonstrators.

I arrived on the scene just as the SF Fire Department was finishing removing the protesters chained to the doors. They had locked the doors with large bicycle locks and themselves with chains, setting up a barrier humanity in front of the glass and steel frontage. A paddy wagon was full of half the raucous lot that engaged the civil disobedience, screaming “Stop killing children!” while rocking it back and forth.

The small crowd protesting beside them were mostly young Arabs, leading chants over a megaphone and shouting cries of “We’ll be back!” as the paddy wagon took those arrested away. Some forty cops were deployed with a fire truck to remove the protesters and their locks. It finally took a large gas powered concrete saw to get the last locks off the doors. The crowd dispersed shortly thereafter.

Organizers made it clear to me that more was yet to come. Those within the Consulate building looked on, some disgusted, some fuck scared -- but all now fully aware of the outrage their nation had sparked.

Our footage is on YouTube -- Civil Disobedience at the Israeli Consulate.

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  • tree

    bless and support all peaceful civilians. bless and support all people trying to save the peacefull civilians.

    please, as you read this, understand that i have little unbiased info to judge this situation. i know that killing children is always wrong(sounds obvious, but i dont want this post to agitate, just bring about peaceful logical discussion)

    is Hamas is just as bad as Israel? i need more information from unbiased sources. everyone needs a full accounting of actions by Israel and Palestine. some times a rebel or protector group does things that screws things up for the people they are protecting, like hide out where innocents
    l;ive while the enemy is attacking.

    i love the Palestinian people, i love the Israeli people. has Palestine gov't or Hamas ever done slaughter on Israel? how has Palestine acted in the past? im not trying to inflame or agitate, i just need to know.

    i love you marchers and lockers-down!

    old is the concept that if you see one person trying to kill another, it is the first responsibility to stop the killing.
    then find out who did what, then what?

  • You cannot blame Hamas when Israel replies to aimless rockets whose longest range is 10 Km with an army backed by the U.S.
    1- the force is incomparable, the number of deaths is extremely skewed.
    2- Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions collective punishments are a war crime. By collective punishment, the drafters of the Geneva Conventions had in mind the reprisal killings of World Wars I and II. In the First World War, Germans executed Belgian villagers in mass retribution for resistance activity. In World War II, Nazis carried out a form of collective punishment to suppress resistance. Entire villages or towns or districts were held responsible for any resistance activity that took place there. The conventions, to counter this, reiterated the principle of individual responsibility. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Commentary to the conventions states that parties to a conflict often would resort to "intimidatory measures to terrorize the population" in hopes of preventing hostile acts, but such practices "strike at guilty and innocent alike. They are opposed to all principles based on humanity and justice."

  • When a nation is walled in, subjected to periodic starvation, deprived of medicine and electricity, and bombed indiscriminately every six months, its citizens are left with two choices for leadership: the guys who are carrying guns and the guys who aren't carrying guns.

    Desperate people always render desperate deeds.

  • JDB

    Granted, the people of Gaza are in dire straights and Israel has indeed led them into this desperation.

    But defending the actions and goals of Hamas is not just foolish, but dangerously so. Hamas has done very little to reduce the suffering of Gaza citizens. Instead of building bomb shelters (which are numerous in Israel), they were building tunnels to smuggle in weapons, not aid. Along with their acts of firing Qassams as "resistance", these are not people to be trusted or to support. I would think twice about giving any legitimacy to the violent methods of Hamas.

  • I am advocating empathy, not legiitimacy.

    Understand why Hamas wields the power that it has is instrumental in undermining its popularity, thus making both Palestine and Israel safer.

    The false dichotomy you imply is not working for anybody.

    edit: corrected the buggered first sentence.

  • The San Francisco lockdown was joined in Los Angeles by a group of Jews who stormed the Israeli Consulate there and shut it down for three hours.

    - http://www.indybay.org/news...

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