|Â The streets of London: January 10, 2009.|
On January 10, the war between Israel and Hamas became a global conflict. No longer confined to the Gaza Strip, the fightingÂ spread to cities around the world: what were billed as “anti-war” demonstrations from Los Angeles to Copenhagen and beyond were in fact overtly pro-Hamas demonstrations, and on Saturday, January 10 there was aunprecedented eruption of violence and extremismÂ in dozens of European and American cities, surpassing anything seen at anti-war rallies in recent years:
Â¤ InÂ London, protesters physically attacked police officers with unrestrained abandon and no fear of arrest;
Â¤ InÂ Copenhagen, Hamas supporters screamed in public that they want to kill all Jews;
Â¤ InÂ Calgary, neo-Nazis marched alongside leftists and Muslim extremists, in a grand coalition of anti-Semites;
Â¤ InÂ Los Angeles, a car full of Israel-supporters barely escaped serious harm when an enraged mob tried to attack them;
Â¤ InÂ DuisbergÂ (Germany), police broke into a private home and tore down a flag displaying a Star of David, to appease stone-throwing protesters;
Â¤ InÂ Belfast, an Israel-owned mall kiosk was surrounded and menacingly harrassed;
…to name just a few, as you will see in the reports listed below.
One wonders: Why January 10? Was the aggression somehow coordinated among the various far-left and Islamic groups which organized the protests in each city â€” an attempt to “Globalize the Intifada“? Or did the simultaneous outbreak of violence and anger in several places occur naturally? We may never know. But for some reason, this particular moment in the seemingly endless battle between Israel and its neighbors has tipped the scales, and the fighting now happens not just in Gaza, but wherever in the world Hamas supporters come face to face with anyone they deem an opponent (whether those be Israel supporters or police officers). The Hamas supporters will claim that the reason for the fresh anger now is that Israel has gone too far this time, allowing too many civilian casualties and unleashing a disproportionately large response. But what seems disproportionate this time around is not the nature of the fighting in Gaza but the extent to which the media buys into the Hamas narrative, and the unchallenged propaganda coming out of the war zone.
In any case, this post is meant to be a comprehensive roundup of the many anti-Israel protests that happened on January 10, 2009. And what makes these reports especially noteworthy is that they were almost all produced by citizen journalists: In just about every city, the mainstream media failed to cover the incidents thoroughly or honestly: As protesters waved Hamas flags and screamed “Long Live Hitler,” bloggers stepped in to do the job the media wouldn’t do.
Below is a list of the outbreaks of protest violence and extremism in each location: A few videos and photos are posted here, but most of the documentation is to be found in the various links provided.
(And if you know of any links I missed, please post them in the comments section.
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