Los Angeles : Jewish Activists Chain Themselves to Israeli Consulate

Photo by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times.

‘Jews will not allow the violence that is being done in our name to continue,’ Hannay Howard said. ‘Not all Jews are united in support of Israel.’
By Ruben Vives / January 14, 2009

Demanding an end to military action in Gaza, eight to 10 Jewish activists chained themselves Wednesday morning to the Israeli Consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard.

Other activists who were not chained to the building walked in a circle outside the consulate, chanting: “Let Gaza live! End the siege now.” One of the signs they carried read: “The Israeli consulate has been closed for war crimes.”

Hannah Howard, a spokeswoman for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, which is conducting the protest, said demonstrators chained themselves to the front steps of the building at 8:30 a.m. and that two others blocked the walkway. Several more stood in front of the driveway on Wilshire Boulevard to prevent cars from entering and exiting. About 50 protesters participated in the demonstration, she said.

“Jews will not allow the violence that is being done in our name to continue,” Howard said. “Not all Jews are united in support of Israel. We [also] recognized the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.”

The consulate is on the 17th floor of the building at 6380 Wilshire Boulevard, and many other businesses have offices inside.

Authorities said demonstrators ended their protest peacefully about noon, according to LAPD Sgt. Ronnie Crump. Event organizers were told by police officers that demonstrators could be arrested, because it was against the law to block the entrances of buildings. Shortly after that, demonstrators ended their protest, Crump said. “It ended peacefully and quietly,” he said of the protest’s conclusion.

No arrest were made at the demonstration.

Source / LA Times

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One Response to Los Angeles : Jewish Activists Chain Themselves to Israeli Consulate

  1. Cape Town says:

    I take my hat off to the Jews who stand up to the war crimes committed by Israel. The world is tired of the lies spread by the arrogant spokes people on behalf of the Israeli Government.
    Show some regard and respect for the human live in Gaza. This has to stop and the world has stand by long enough and tollerated the murders commited by the Israeli goverment in Gaza. Anybody who dare speak out against the disgusting Jewish goverment get attacked by the rich jewish Israeli backers around the world. Who are blindly folowing the Regime regardles of the lies and deceipt To the leaders of the world, you are silence witneses to the holocaust upon the innocent palestinaians by the Israeli goverment.

    Congratulations to the group who chain themselves and who are not blinded by the lies.

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