Anti-Israel “Day of Rage” protests on Wednesday in San Diego and Boston against potential West Bank annexation targeted multiple Jewish sites unaffiliated with the Israeli government. The protests were organized by Al-Awda, a terror affiliated organization that was recently dumped by the global fundraising group GoFundMe.
On its Facebook page, the Palestinian Youth Movement, a possible offshoot of Al-Awda, issued directions for a “car caravan route” in San Diego to avoid violating coronavirus restrictions. Among the sites on the route were an office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Jewish women’s organization Hadassah, and the Hillels at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University, none of which are Israeli organizations.
In Boston, about three hundred people associated with BDS Boston chanted Hamas slogans in front of the offices of the local ADL branch and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), another local Jewish group, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), said in a statement.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, adopted by the US government, includes, “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.”
CAMERA analyst Dexter Van Zile said about the Boston protest, “Kaffiyeh-wearing college students and mostly middle-class white activists with Palestinian flags were shouting for the violent elimination of the world’s only Jewish state. Think about that: they’re chanting eliminationist rhetoric outside the offices of mainstream American-Jewish organizations – a fact which shows that this wasn’t simply about Israel, but about Jews as Jews.”
Other “Day of Rage” events took place in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
In Brooklyn, video footage released by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows protesters chanting “Death to Israel,” “Death to America,” and “A million martyrs are marching to Jerusalem!”
In Los Angeles, the “Day of Rage” protesters were confronted by pro-Israel counter-demonstrators, who claimed they were physically threatened by at least one demonstrator who called for the genocide of Jews.