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Jewish Americans Condemn US Gov. Support for Israel’s Massacre of Gazans


Activists from the progressive organizations,
Jewish Voice for Peace New York City and Jews Say No, gathered in the rain outside the offices
of New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday, May 16. The demonstrators expressed solidarity with
the unarmed Palestinian protesters being massacred by the Israeli military in Gaza. They demanded that politicians speak out and
stop U.S. support for the bloodshed.  We are here as Jewish New Yorkers. We are with organizations, Jewish Voice for
Peace and Jews Say No. And we are here to say to our senators, Senator
Gillibrand and Senator Schumer, that they have to condemn the killing of protesters
in Gaza and they have to support the right of Palestinians to live in freedom and to
go back to their homes. Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting
for the past six weeks against this siege that lays on Gaza and demanding the right
of return that they deserve.  And seventy percent of the population of Gaza
are refugees or descendants of refugees. Israel has reacted to these demonstrations
by killing and unarmed protesters. And we’re here to tell our senators that they
must condemn these killings and must support the Palestinian right of return.  Palestinians have the right to live in freedom,
the right to return home. We have been so inspired by the unbelievable
organizing coming out of Gaza.  To campaigns. To show how you can support Palestinian rights,
whether you’re a teacher, you’re a doctor, you work at a coffee shop, there are ways
you can contribute to the BDS movement.  Ahmed Rashid was a freedom fighter and he
taught us how to fight. We’re gonna fight all day and night until
we get it right. Which side are you on, Chuck Schumer, which
side are you on, Gillibrand? Which side are you on, Chuck Schumer, which
side are you on, Gillibrand?  We’re here because we are enraged, and we
are sad, and we are determined to stand with Palestinians, especially in this historic
and very tragic week and six weeks of massacres of Gazans near the fence that the Israelis
put up. The systematic sniping and killing of mostly
unarmed protesters is unspeakable, and it’s also- frankly, I’m a political scientist and
a student of international law.  It’s a violation of international law. As the entire boycott and siege on Gaza for
the last eleven and more years has been a violation of international law. Gazans were protesting, in part, because of
the anniversary of the Nakba, The Catastrophe, which was the years of 1947-49, when there
were massive expulsions Palestinians from their ancestral homes and villages, seven
hundred and fifty thousand Palestinians expelled.  Most of those living in Gaza are refugees
from that time, or their descendants. Fifty percent of them are children, so, living
in conditions where the water is absolutely undrinkable- so they’re being poisoned by
the water in the ground. They’re being bombarded systematically and
periodically, and so munitions are poisoning their environment. They are not allowed out of Gaza.  Gaza is strip of land with two million people
compressed there. Many people often use the phrase, “it’s an
open-air prison.” I actually think it’s more like a concentration
camp. And the right to protest those conditions
is absolutely a human right. So, to kill people who are peacefully- and
very much unarmed- nonviolently protesting those conditions and also calling attention
to the expulsion of Palestinians seventy years ago, and ongoing to this day, is a human right.  So, we’re from Jewish Voice for Peace. We stand with Palestinians, we stand with
human rights, and we want the senators, who work in this building and supposedly represent
us, to hear our voices and to speak out, as- just as humane, ethical people, if not in
their politics. They’re more worried about getting reelected. They’re more worried- but they have to listen
up, because the times are changing.  Not all Jews, and not even the majority of
Jews, support these policies of the Israeli government. And even in New York City, we’re here to say,
“We are Jews, we are New Yorkers, and we will not vote for you if you do not speak out against
these atrocities.”.  Reporting for The Real News, I’m Ben Norton.

86 Comments

  1. Danny Knapp
    Danny Knapp May 18, 2018

    Wow, this is inspiring!!

  2. Richard Mays
    Richard Mays May 18, 2018

    This is tremendous!!!!! Schumer now! AIPAC next!

  3. Al Demir
    Al Demir May 18, 2018

    This is what I call chosen humans. my at most respect to them. God bless you real Jews and real people with heart.

  4. moni love
    moni love May 18, 2018

    This is a suprise …hmm

  5. Al Demir
    Al Demir May 18, 2018

    Oh people of Moses my heart is with you. you made my week, you put smile to my heart. and again God bless you all

  6. Alfred Epding
    Alfred Epding May 18, 2018

    Polls have shown that the majority of U.S. Jews do not favor the actions of the reactionary, right wing government of Netanyahu that has lead to so many deaths and other atrocities. I also I'm glad to see just regular American Jews coming out to protest especially where Senator Chuck Schumer can see and hear them. It is mainly the old millionaire/billionaire class of Sheldon Adelson and others that support fascist Israel and AIPAC. We need to elect members of congress not under the complete sway of the substantial, rather vicious Zionist lobby.

  7. Liza Tanzawa
    Liza Tanzawa May 18, 2018

    TRUE JEWS!!! TYVM AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!

  8. JAC
    JAC May 18, 2018

    Is there any group of Jews like these guys protesting in N.Y. down in Florida? Anyone knows, any info to contact them?

  9. Last Greatest
    Last Greatest May 18, 2018

    People with Love and Righteousness in their Heart can't ignore the Inhumane treatment of Mankind from any Group of People.

  10. SIMKINETICS
    SIMKINETICS May 18, 2018

    I got verklempt watching this outpouring of compassion by Jewish-Americans showing their solidarity with the beleaguered Palestinians. These are real Americans protesting Israel's criminal acts, and I hope they've sparked a rash of similar protests all over America and the world by Jews & non-Jews alike! American politicians who've largely ignored this disaster & haven't spoken loudly & voted against Israel-American foreign policy that results in such an unconscionably long siege by the Apartheid State of Israel should be called out and widely threatened with removal from office & banned from private businesses associated in any way with the US government! The US MSM also needs to be boycotted for their complicity with their underplay and 'neutral' language covering these horrible events in Gaza & Israel. Middle East policy needs a very different direction with a new mind-set in the public realm.
    Thanks TRN for bringing us updates about this disaster, the Gaza Massacre.

  11. Abdul Majeed Hamid
    Abdul Majeed Hamid May 18, 2018

    The problem with these leaders is that , they don't care what the people are saying .

  12. Jack Jammen
    Jack Jammen May 18, 2018

    If these same people did this in Israel, they’d go missing.

  13. Dinal Abay
    Dinal Abay May 18, 2018

    Huge respect to these people. That protester said it best.

  14. Laurie Flood
    Laurie Flood May 18, 2018

    Bravo! Well said!

  15. Lirio Bolaffio
    Lirio Bolaffio May 18, 2018

    Grazie di cuore, JVfP and JSN! Un fraterno grazie dall'Italia!

  16. frances gaia
    frances gaia May 18, 2018

    Chuck Schumer has been bought
    by the Israel Lobby and other
    wealthy Jewish interests.
    For a list of Congressional Dual Citizenships and Israeli Interest
    Campaign donations, see:
    www.wrmea.org.

  17. Paul Robinson
    Paul Robinson May 18, 2018

    A sad day for the Jewish people. History has taught the leaders in Israel nothing.

  18. Jelto-Tankred Basel
    Jelto-Tankred Basel May 18, 2018

    Thank you Jews of America for your support of the native civilian population of Palestine.

    The criminal and racist neoisraelite zionist who had started it all:

    Theodor Herzl, 'the Jewish state' (1896)

  19. frances gaia
    frances gaia May 18, 2018

    The Real News, can you interview
    Gideon Levy, the highly respected Israeli Journalist. He says without
    US support, the Occupation of Palestinians in Israel wouldn't
    last more than a few months.

  20. Malcolm MacLeod
    Malcolm MacLeod May 18, 2018

    I am partly Jewish and a first generation native born American. This was a good video and exposes some
    solidarity against the criminal travesty against Palestinians currently present in Israel. Ditch Likud.

  21. nwachukwu kingsley
    nwachukwu kingsley May 18, 2018

    Fake Jews

  22. nwachukwu kingsley
    nwachukwu kingsley May 18, 2018

    Palestine is dead and buried

  23. Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell May 18, 2018

    Open eyed people .

  24. Mike Harrington
    Mike Harrington May 18, 2018

    Respect.

  25. Shan Ri Ha
    Shan Ri Ha May 18, 2018

    Now's a good time for Bush's "You are either with us or you're with the ZIONISTS", everyone should stand against Zionism.
    Peace

  26. Jonny Enough
    Jonny Enough May 18, 2018

    Politicians are owned by AIPAC and the Israeli lobby. Jewish bankers etc

  27. Ronijb
    Ronijb May 18, 2018

    Well done from the UK 👏

  28. Fantasy's Land
    Fantasy's Land May 18, 2018

    Guess what, u won't see this on CNN or Fox news

  29. IsraeliXdude
    IsraeliXdude May 18, 2018

    Jewish Voice for peace is not Jewish.

  30. IcarianX
    IcarianX May 18, 2018

    I needed to see this… Because I'll be honest, it started to seem like an overwhelming majority of Jews support Israeli atrocities, and as a result, I was becoming increasingly disgusted with them. I still fear that these good people may be a minority in their community. Certainly within Israel, Jewishness has become rotten and corrupted by militarism, colonialism, apartheid, extreme violence, propaganda, and generations raised to hate and fear Palestinians. In America there is still a spark of justice in the Jewish community, but it remains a spark against the overwhelming support for this rotten, far right apartheid state.

  31. Joseph Saleh
    Joseph Saleh May 18, 2018

    They are brave poeple and Jews all poeple want is to live without intimidation hate killing yes so proud of them love and peace to you all

  32. Steve Healy
    Steve Healy May 18, 2018

    The Jew's I respect. A high sense of morality

  33. Darwin Holmstrom
    Darwin Holmstrom May 18, 2018

    If we let the Democrats try to shove another Neoliberal criminal like Gilibrand down our throats we deserve Trump.

  34. Slick Willie
    Slick Willie May 18, 2018

    It must be nice to live in a nation that allows this protest, without government snipers killing you. Chucky doesn't care folks. He's a killer.

  35. Slick Willie
    Slick Willie May 18, 2018

    Hurry. The time approaches.

  36. Faisal Hussein
    Faisal Hussein May 18, 2018

    Bravo to the young man talking at the beginning, and the lady at 2:40, as well as to all those gathered in this peaceful manifestation in New York – thank God the IDF was miles away and could not act against your protest…

  37. marsmotion
    marsmotion May 18, 2018

    about fucking time!!!!!!!

  38. JMJ -K
    JMJ -K May 18, 2018

    These are decent people, It saddens me when Israel commits this violence and people blame Jews as if they’re all a monolith. Mad respect to these courageous folks.

  39. polygamous1 Sozou
    polygamous1 Sozou May 18, 2018

    the truth is this goes on round the world people want Peace governments want wars why i Never blame people just governments

  40. kieth thornton
    kieth thornton May 18, 2018

    The K Zarian Jews Rothschild and Rockefeller families are the ones who paid for the ships to enslave us their blood lines control slavery here in the Americas they are K Zarian Fake Jews see their real History.

  41. Richard Hardy
    Richard Hardy May 18, 2018

    Puff protesting, our involvement in this taxpayer funded fraud has been going on for over 50 years and for 16 of those years Mr. Schumer keeps getting elected, why you might ask, for the support of the very things you say you are protesting and he will get elected again because Jews DO NOT SAY N0, no one gets elected that opposes AIPAC no one, your problems are right here not in Palestine.

  42. Eki Rasche
    Eki Rasche May 18, 2018

    Long live the real Jews!

  43. Azzam Hassan
    Azzam Hassan May 18, 2018

    Excellent piece.

  44. George In S.C. 4
    George In S.C. 4 May 18, 2018

    I thought all Jewish people were for all Israel does?
    Totally brainwashed by CNFOXN!
    Thankful for these people and the truth.
    Stay Prayerful my Friends.

  45. Vincenzo
    Vincenzo May 18, 2018

    Bravissimi!

  46. Sonia XOX
    Sonia XOX May 18, 2018

    I love you all!! The Jewish community mobilise so well for activism, I applaud you all!!
    #EndTheViolence🇵🇸 #EndTheOccupation🇵🇸 #FreePalestine #SaveGaza🇵🇸 #ResistingToExist🇵🇸

  47. Denie erham
    Denie erham May 18, 2018

    damn my hopes for humanity has been restored (well just a litlte bit)

  48. Surud Patel
    Surud Patel May 18, 2018

    Glad to note that a Movement by the the People of the True Jewish Faith is alive in America to truly let the American Government know that whom it supports in Israel are the DEVILS OWN. Humanity First and not Zionism. I don't see the Racism & Slavery in America & the Slavery of the Palestinian People by Israel to be any different & that is why the Two Nations Support each others Actions against Humanity.

  49. Tamer M
    Tamer M May 18, 2018

    As a Palestinian this is really heartwarming

  50. Charles Kesner
    Charles Kesner May 18, 2018

    Wonderful demonstration. AIPAC owns DC. Most unfortunate.

  51. Rita Doucet - Canada
    Rita Doucet - Canada May 18, 2018

    Really? you must be kidding, don't trust a word they say, the only reason SOME of them will condemn is because the WORLD has seen what they are capable of doing and to cover their tracks they'll claim anything, it's hypocritical of them when they've not lifted ONE finger to help resolve the issue of LAND encroachment and supports it on a daily basis. Tomorrow they'll be back at the same agenda, thievery of LAND.

  52. Blue B
    Blue B May 18, 2018

    Sanction ZioIsrael, simply put. Real Jews know that Israel is not a Jewish state, it is a fake rogue, apartheid regime.

  53. Michael Zzz
    Michael Zzz May 18, 2018

    The Jews don’t even know what they want all they want is to start trouble with the world just like the other middle eastern like Iran and the Palestinians everyone has hate Everyone’s gonna die

  54. Mary Jose
    Mary Jose May 18, 2018

    Yeah men ,Thank you all in the name of humanity, Those aliens in power need to stop bullying and killing inocent all around the globe, USA Jews and all religions stop this killing, No more invading or involving in others countries to change the elected government by the people to put your puppet so they can abuse their citizens like Argentina, and some more , Respect the Venezuelan election ,if the people want Maduro they understand that the sanctions have them in this situation.

  55. equinos111
    equinos111 May 18, 2018

    God's chosen people…more like Satan's chosen people.

  56. I Know Its Crazy BUT
    I Know Its Crazy BUT May 18, 2018

    BS I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN THEY SHUT DOWN AIPAC, the ADL, & 26000 Jewish tax exempt organizations & demand the arrest for TREASON of those dual Israeli in our government which is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

  57. hudhastings1
    hudhastings1 May 18, 2018

    Oy real news the disinfo control opposition fool the goys.

  58. Incremental Idiocracy
    Incremental Idiocracy May 18, 2018

    The woman at the end of this clip reminds me of my beloved grandmother who is turning in her grave right now at the human rights atrocities that are happening. God bless these protesters.

  59. Mr Reza
    Mr Reza May 18, 2018

    they did the right thing

  60. Paint It All Black.
    Paint It All Black. May 18, 2018

    These are Humans, Zionists are Psychopaths, Empty Skins, Aberrations of Nature.

  61. Xyz Same
    Xyz Same May 18, 2018

    in the GOOD Jewish tradition. They for historic reasons were more educated and (slightly) more wealthy than the average. Some led a quiet, modest and "normal" middle class life, others were quite bourgeoise (upper middle class). – BUT: If you look for instance in the late 20th century then many Jewish writers, journalists, artists, political activists … were on the forefront of fighting against inquality, poverty and for progressive ideas in general.

    The tradition to stand up for the underdog (maybe inspired by being on the receiving end of it historically) could be seen in the Jewish people fighting in the Civil Rights movement. Of the 3 people killed in the South by the police/KKK, one was black and at least one if not two were Jewish.
    I would count Sanders in as well (and his brother is active in the Green Party in the UK).

    The tradition of the wise and (even objective !) scholar is upheld as well – with figures like Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein.

  62. Lisa Durante
    Lisa Durante May 18, 2018

    So so proud of you guys. You give Jewish people a reason to hope…

  63. EMAN67 (Movies,politics,commentary)
    EMAN67 (Movies,politics,commentary) May 18, 2018

    This does my heart good

  64. Impact Najma
    Impact Najma May 18, 2018

    2:31 Goosebumps

  65. slim j
    slim j May 18, 2018

    To be honest I am surprise

  66. Janet Goodman-Clarke
    Janet Goodman-Clarke May 19, 2018

    I am VERY proud to say I attended this rally. The people who arrived were inspiring: one woman confined to a mobile scooter came out – despite the rain – because she cared. Another speaker was a child of concentration camp survivors, and spoke out clearly against Israel's violence in Gaza. The most moving moments – along with the calling out of individual victims and laying flowers on the sidewalk – was our chant: *Not in Our Names*. RIP Abudallah Mohammed, 20 years old. I hope what happened to you never happens again: and the sniper who killed you will someday be brought to justice. 🙁

  67. tapolna
    tapolna May 19, 2018

    5:26 "…Not all Jews, and not even the majority of Jews support these policies of the Israeli government …." So, who are you supporting, Schumer and Gillibrand, when you refuse to condemn the ongoing massacre of the Palestinians? Obviously not the Palestinians, not the Jewish people, not the American people. Who?

  68. No name ok
    No name ok May 19, 2018

    What's up with american protests and people repeating the words people say on the megaphone? lol

  69. Andrew Wright
    Andrew Wright May 19, 2018

    Paid they don’t represent YOU. They represent AIPAC.

  70. Paul Cordova
    Paul Cordova May 19, 2018

    Turns out most of them were Hamas terrorists. So. Who is lying?

  71. carole mcphee
    carole mcphee May 19, 2018

    this proves that palestinians and jews can get along! the story that we "hate" each other is a lie to justify the atrocities of the isreali government!!

  72. Zozodo Lewin
    Zozodo Lewin May 19, 2018

    Thank you may sister and brether god blace you

  73. tailla
    tailla May 19, 2018

    BDS will never work HAHAHA

  74. Rafael Pena
    Rafael Pena May 19, 2018

    BDS

  75. Joy Moss-Rendell
    Joy Moss-Rendell May 19, 2018

    These so called Jews together with those who support Jewish Voice For Peace are sick to the core with misinformation and drenched in brainwashed lies. But they go out there preaching with such self righteousness against Israel. They totally overlook the possibility that Israel is the only country they will be free to run and be protected when the sh..t hits the fan.

  76. IllegaL AlieN
    IllegaL AlieN May 19, 2018

    Can anyone tells me the name of the song at 2:10 ?!
    Thanks

  77. kamran5461
    kamran5461 May 19, 2018

    Chucky getting called out. Love it. lol

  78. Archibald Cronin
    Archibald Cronin May 20, 2018

    BRAVO!

  79. Trent Bardy
    Trent Bardy May 20, 2018

    That lady at the end was amazing.
    Wonderful.

  80. Darth Larper
    Darth Larper May 22, 2018

    The militia here in America need to arrest and execute these Zionist traitors in our government, then Israel will get what they deserve which is pure annihilation.

  81. Guy Lemay
    Guy Lemay May 26, 2018

    Not a moment too soon….!

  82. Tom CONWAY
    Tom CONWAY June 1, 2018

    This is awesome. Jews calling Israel and their racists behavior out. I absolutely love and respect these people.

  83. Ronaldo Tosto
    Ronaldo Tosto June 5, 2018

    GAZA could be the SINGAPOOR of the Middle East, They had an airport, a sea port, and a free border crossings – all controlled by them!, but they chose Hammas, for his promise to burn ISRAEL alive, and in the meantime, he burned the lives of the Palestinians.
    If you REALY support peace, than you shouldn’t justify such a behavior by falls accusations and hatery spreading

  84. Ehsan Khaibar
    Ehsan Khaibar June 16, 2018

    The real jews, peaceful, respectful, lovely people…

  85. Tus Soon
    Tus Soon June 30, 2018

    scum.

  86. ThelittleQueen4195 S
    ThelittleQueen4195 S August 16, 2018

    Allah kahru perišan etsin isreal ve Amarika

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