Wednesday, January 07, 2009

speaking up: protests in NC

A few pictures of two protests we attended over the course of the week- one in Durham and the other in Raleigh, NC. (yes, that's my little Noor in the fourth picture waving a Palestinian flag, in the arms of a dear Moroccan friend of mine)


Blogger jarvenpa said...

Noor is so cute. You know, even in my very tiny Northern California town (pop of the town is under 2 thousand) there have been protests on the street. And my youngest son, who is 20 but has Down Syndrome, keeps telling me to make things better--he has seen things on TV and heard his daddy and me discussing too much. Last night he cried out "I hate war" and then said "my heart feels better if I say that". He joined the protest here.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really believe that what Israel is doing in Gaza is US funded terrorism?

I admit that I do not know all of the details. And, I sincerely think Israel is reacting with massively disproportionate force.

But terrorism?

So... The protestors sincerely believe that Israel is systematically using terror as a means of coercion?

And they believe Israel is intentionally targeting non-combatants as the means to terrify?

And they believe that Israel is performing these acts with an ideological motive rather than a punitive one?

And they also believe that all of this is being done with funding provided from US tax payers?

Those are four very strong assumptions. I understand wanting the carnage to stop, and taking to the street with a placard in hand, especially when one is distraught and concerned about the safety of loved ones.

But surely the people in those photos do not seriously believe that the US is willfully funding a foreign government to intentionally target civilians with military force because of an ideological or religious belief. Do they?

I am curious as to if that is how you and others sincerely feel? That is not the opinion of the folks I associate with.

I think the most Americans would be horrified and one billion times more supportive of the Palestinian cause if they believed what that placard said.

So, where is the disconnect?

6:35 AM  
Blogger Halla said...

we had a palestinian demonstration for the last 2 weekends in Anaheim.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are your brainwashing your little kid? I doubt she has enough understanding of the issue to responsibly take a side in it. Leave her at home until she can make up her own mind.

6:57 AM  
Blogger rahi13 said...

Noor is cute....and seeing her with palestinian flag reminds me of those innocent children who are being killed everyday for the sake of israeli self defense....i am a muslim...and i am embarrassed as hell because we muslims are doing nothing to stop this genocide....
Warm wishes to Noor nd Yusuf

frm bangladesh

1:18 PM  
Blogger EN NUESTRO NOMBRE NO said...

All my solidarity from Argentina

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You tell your daughter that if she shoots bullets at them, then they will shoot back. If she continues shooting, then the people will keep shooting back, and more and more until she stops or is dead.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Organica said...

Is there a way to get more NC protest pictures?

We are trying to collect a US album of all protests over at

if you could email me any photos at


Jazzakum Allah Khair

2:12 AM  
Blogger Woody Pfister said...

More news on Gaza protests around the U.S. They really do not evoke much sympathy for the Palestinians trapped in Gaza by Hamas.


In Florida, approximately 200 to 300 Muslim youth and community members organized a protest outside a Fort Lauderdale courthouse on December 30, 2008. The protest was organized by A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, Act Now to Stop War and Racism, and the Muslim American Society.

Placards and messages depicted by the protesters said things such as “Nuke Israel,” a sentiment also expressed vocally by a protester at one point. Another protester shouted to the Jewish and pro-Israel supporters, “You need ovens, that’s what you need!” The person appeared perfectly comfortable with voicing this opinion more than once.

Video from the protest is available here.


In Dallas, the chapter of CAIR gathered hundreds of individuals and hosted a public exhibition at the assassination site of the late President Kennedy. CAIR is still listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the recent case which found that members of a pro-Palestinian group had illegally funneled more than 12 million dollars to Hamas. CAIR has unsuccessfully attempted to get the name of their organization removed from the list.

At around 4:05 of this video the Muslim crowds begin chanting “Khaiber, khaiber al Yahud.” The Arabic chanting is almost genocidal. The protesters mention Muhammad and suggest that he is coming to the border to wage a war. “Khaiber” may allude to the Battle of Khaiber, in which the prophet of Islam massacred the Jews of Khaiber for failing to submit to Islam. Protesters seem to depict their desire for the annihilation of Jews, shouting genocidal statements in Arabic.

5:52 AM  
Blogger sw said...

I hate to break it to all of you, but firstly, Israel is acting proportionatly. Even if they weren't however, they would have no responsibility to, since Israel (and the U.S), never signed protocol 1 of the 4th Geneva convention, and as such, are not required to treat Hamas (or their citizen shields) as non-combatents. Neither are they required to treat them as soldiers (and follow any of the conventions), because they are not in uniform (as well as not taking orders from a total hiearchy, and are not following the rules themselves)

8:00 AM  
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6:51 PM  
Blogger M.J. said...

wish i had known about these, im in raleigh too :( only one i could find was at NCSU and I was unable to make it.

6:12 AM  
Blogger J said...

Hi. I have been enjoying your blog for some time now. I've got a pic on my blog of my daily protest- my bumper sticker that says "Stop funding terrorism; Stop foreign aid to Israel". It and my car were keyed pretty good this weekend and it makes you think- there's always a cost- nothing's free in this world, not even free speech.
I hope you all stayed safe at the protest. I've been wanting to go to one. Oh and I live in NC, too, by the way.

12:45 PM  

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