UP TO 3000 Palestinian supporters rallied outside the State Library yesterday, calling for an immediate end to the Israeli assault that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in Gaza in recent days.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pali terrorists rip an Israeli flag to shreds with their teeth
Organisers of the rally urged the Federal Government to speak out against the Israeli military action.
Mosheer Amer, from the Palestinian Community Association, said the violence would only end when the Israeli occupation did.Â
* “Occupation” is code-speak for jihad vs Israel and genocide on the Jewish people…/ed
“Violence begets violence and more Israeli violence will result in more Palestinian responses to this aggression, which only generates more aggression and bigotry on both sides,” he said.
Organisers estimated about 2000 people signed petitions that called for an end to the Israeli military assault on Gaza.
Speakers who addressed the crowd included Victorian upper house Greens member Colleen Hartland and state secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Steve Dargavel.
* Useful idots to the front:
“I am a trade unionist and trade unionists must stand up against oppression,” Mr Dargavel told the applauding crowd. “We must not accept this aggression â€” our Government must stand up against it.”
After an hour of speeches at the State Library, the crowd marched down Swanston Street to Federation Square carrying Palestinian, Australian, Lebanese, Turkish and Iraqi flags and chanting “Free, free Palestine” and “Out, out, Israel out”.
* Last time I checked I saw the muzz with posters saying “Freedom go to Hell”
Some who joined the rally yesterday were Jewish. They said they were there because they objected to Israel’s military action. Dual Australian-Israeli citizen Anna Mularski marched holding her blue Israeli passport and a “free Gaza” leaflet. (More useful idiots…)
The Melbourne University student said it was a symbolic gesture that expressed her frustration at the violence, which she said would only result in the next generation inheriting hatred.
Police were on standby for trouble, with 34 assigned to the Palestinian rally yesterday, but there were no reports of clashes with participants from the pro-Israel rally that took place less than a kilometre away.
Another Palestinian rally is planned for January 18.
In Sydney yesterday, a boisterous rally in which a protester burnt an Israeli flag while others carried coffins past the Egyptian consulate came after a week of peaceful pro-Palestinian gatherings.