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After a successful rally and press conference denouncing Israel's attacks on the people of Gaza, protesters demanded a meeting with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D MN) and called for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. Over 40 protesters are now occupying a conference room in her office, and after an hour, she has agreed to meet with them.

On the evening of December 30, more than 40 protestors against Israel's current and ongoing military repression of the Palestinians urged Sen. Klobuchar to condemn Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip. She refused. However, the MN Senator agreed to push for humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

The Star Tribune reported A smaller protest was held outside Sen. Norm Coleman's Twin Cities office, said Mary Beaudoin, director of Women Against Military Madness, who was there. And two or three protesters went to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum's office and met with her district manager, McCollum spokeswoman Cleve Mesidor said.

The critics of Israel's policies toward the Palestinian people pressed for a meeting with Sen. Klobuchar, however no physical force was employed.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed Since December 27th by missiles launched from Apache helicopters and F-16 planes. Those weapons were purchased with military aid from The United States, which sends billions of dollars in aid to Israel every year.

Since December 28, 2008 people around the world have participated in a series of demonstrations protesting Israel's attacks on Gaza. These included protest marches in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Virginia, Washington, DC, LA, Atlanta, GA and Hawaii outside President-Elect Barack Obama's vacation residence.

Anti-Israel Protest in New York City on December 28, 2008

Jews and Palestinians Protest "Gaza Holocaust" in NYC on Dec. 28, 2008

For more information on Israel's attack on Gaza please read Valtin's  excellent diary here:

For tips on how you can support displaced, injured and impoverished Palestinians please read droogie6655321's diary here:

and Tom J's diary here:

If Americans Knew is also a great resource for information on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Originally posted to Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 02:20 AM PST.

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  •  Tips for a paradigm shift in how America (13+ / 0-)

    deals with Israel and the Middle East Conflict

    We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 02:23:06 AM PST

    •  with so much (3+ / 0-)
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      frandor55, mnguy66, Jezreel

      debt and so many pocketbook problems in the US it's probably a good time to rethink taxpayer funded war to reach a peaceful settlement.
      Israel is safe from invasion with their nuclear deterrent, it's justifiable on humanitarian grounds to cut right back on their 'conventional' arms funding.

      Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

      by UniC on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 02:37:49 AM PST

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  •  Jewish congress people aren't the only Israel (7+ / 0-)

    supporters.  Sorry I can't applaud how these groups are singling out only Jewish congress people.  Some of the most fervent Israel supporters are Christian.

    Also, I can't applaud celebrating the fact that protestors "seized" an office.  To me, that's scary.

    •  "If not now, (1+ / 0-)
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      hey, maybe some other time. If not me, what the fuck."

      Founder and CFO, The Giddiyap Society.

      by Trotsky the Horse on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 02:52:25 AM PST

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      •  Sigh. I said nothing about not acting (1+ / 0-)
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        It's getting really old that anyone who does not outright condemn the entire state of Israel is immediately seized on.

        I was over looking at the site of a wonderful Jewish peace organization and the current action events.

        But go ahead and continue to mock, I'm sure that's a better strategy for getting something done.

        •  Depends on how you are using the word "state" (1+ / 0-)
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          CDH in Brooklyn

          I condemn the "state" of the US in that the state refers to the government, as it often does. And I condemn the "state" of Israel meaning their government.

          Additionally, while we all know that the "state" often does not represent even a plurality of the population in its actions, neither here nor in Israel, we both have democratic countries, to some extent. So while we can say, 'hey, I didn't vote for George Bush', I think as Americans we all should take responsibility for his presidency. It's good for us to bear that burden. Maybe we'll fight harder next time to keep jackasses from being elected.

          I have a lot of international friends. And over the last 8 years, I have found myself apologizing to them repeatedly for George W. Bush. I think both Israelis and Palestinians should be ashamed for the stupidity of their leaders.

          •  Israelis detest Olmert (2+ / 0-)
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            Jezreel, Susipsych

            He has something like zero approval rate.  An attempt at a new government was tried but failed and now we have limbo till elections.  Reality is though, that since it is a parliamentary system, any new government will have to immediately negotiate with the extreme right-wing parties and give concessions in order to form a coalition.  More factors than that unfortunately that work against seeing a more moderate person elected.  Don't have as good a grasp on Abbas' situation, but know he's not popular either.

            With regard to what I meant about state.  Here in the midst of one of the most contentious issues, people are throwing out blanket statements like w"Israel is evil," "IDF=terrorists" (not caring that all Israeli citizens have compulsory military service), criticizing "all Israelis", sometimes criticizing " all Jews."  Now let's say I say something like the above comment that I think not only Jews should be targeted, then immediately that's been somehow a blanket invitation for mockery, attacks, personal attacks, insults and more.  It's late, so if that didn't make sense, I'll have to explain more tomorrow.

            •  You are also uprating trolls (0+ / 0-)

              thebluecrayon i don't mean to be a prick.  But you have been uprating trolls with extreme positions.  Also when you accuse most of the site of anti-semitism when it is not the case.  

              Metal Gear?!? "It's our daunted restraint that keeps us silent in shame"

              by deadatom on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:06:57 AM PST

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              •  I uprate certain comments of those who are Pro- (1+ / 0-)
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                Israel and I don't consider all Pro-Israel posters to be trolls.  What is it exactly that makes those posters trolls anyway?  If anyone is who is a Zionist is a troll, then that's a problem for me. If it's subjectivity, there are different reasons for reccing someone depending on the thread.  Many uprate people I consider to be trolls.  Our standards for trolls are clearly different.  

                Also I did not accuse "most of the site" with anti-semitism.  I clarified some of the things that I felt were offensive, though not nearly a comprehensive list.  If you came to the conclusion after reading that list, that most of the site does those things, that's pretty alarming.  I've seen more than I can remember of people using Zionist as a slur and insult, but I couldn't possibly put a number on it.  Used in that context, it becomes a bigoted thing to say.  A Majority of Jews are Zionists, I'd proffer a guess that a high percentage of Israelis are Zionists and there are Zionists who span the scale of views.  So when people insult by saying Zionist pig or some such thing, they are insulting a very wide swath of people.

                •  Ugh this needs to be said (1+ / 0-)
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                  Last month we where giving mormons hell for denying people rights to get married.  I didn't see much protest from ANYONE about how the mormon church acted.  Mormons came out and renounced their own church and we rejoiced.  Efforts are now being planned to fix such problems.  This month israel denys people the right to LIFE and people speak out about it.  TROLLS pop up out of nowhere and ruin all relevant discussions.  Nothing is getting done and palestians will continue to die.

                  If you want to play a semantics games about what the definition of zionism or bigot or jew or whatever the fuck you want is.  Thats your perogative, its just not a good one.  The people that you think are "bigots" that view it, view it as a form of colonialism for the most part.  You might view it as something else but to call someone an anti-semite or a bigot is patently FALSE.  

                  Also what makes those poster's that are trolling actual trolls?  WHEN THEY REPEAT THE SAME SHIT 30 TIMES.  Then proceed to not acknowledge any of the other poster's replys.  I'm going to bed.  I feel like i have been shouting at a wall for the whole day and im extra extra frustrated right now.

                  Metal Gear?!? "It's our daunted restraint that keeps us silent in shame"

                  by deadatom on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:32:54 AM PST

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          •  public opinion (0+ / 0-)

            while we all know that the "state" often does not represent even a plurality of the population in its actions, neither here nor in Israel

            Actually, there is very little opposition in Israel to the Gaza campaign. Israelis are fed up with having rockets fired at them from an entity that wants to expel or kill them all. Even the far left Meretz party urged support last week before the campaign began.

            As far as Gaza goes, it is impossible to tell how much opposition there is to Hamas because anyone in open opposition would be shot.

    •  No physical force was used to capture Sen. (4+ / 0-)

      Klobuchar's attention although the group was voiciferous and demanded to meet with her until she agreed.

      We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 02:53:27 AM PST

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    •  They're not, really (1+ / 0-)
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      Both Klobuchar and McCollum are Christian.

    •  I do not think that Klobuchar is Jewish. eom (1+ / 0-)
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      God, I miss Paul Wellstone.

      by Naniboujou on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:00:53 AM PST

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  •  "Anti-Israel"? (3+ / 0-)

    I'm for peace in the region.  I don't think using inflammatory language such as "Anti-Israel", which is straight from the Hamas, Hezbollah, and Ahmadinejad playbook, helps.

  •  You're welcome. (1+ / 0-)
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    We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 03:36:05 AM PST

  •  Anti-Israel zealots... (5+ / 0-)

    are going nuts this week! It's become an obsession for you folks. Look into your hearts and be honest about why you are doing this.

    •  There's a difference between being against (4+ / 0-)

      Israel and being opposed to Israel's policiies.

      We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:27:47 AM PST

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    •  Look into YOUR heart and acknowledge (3+ / 0-)
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      Johnny Nucleo, mnguy66, Jezreel

      that Palestinians are people too, and they deserve not to be treated like caged animals.

      •  Palestinians (2+ / 0-)
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        TLS66, yg17

        that Palestinians are people too, and they deserve not to be treated like caged animals.

        I agree. They deserve rulers who protect their human rights, unlike Hamas.

        •  We voted for Bush (1+ / 0-)
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          and Israel voted, and will vote in the next election, for the most warlike leader.  People like feeling that a very strong person is in control.  It makes them feel  like they can go back to sleep politically and not pay attention to what is happening in their/our name.

          We pushed Bush out, ne, we pushed republican policies out.  But only for so long before DEMS can prove they can lead.  A fact yet to be in evidence IMO.

          Israel is only doing what we did in 2000.  Unfortunately.  I never understood the voting in 2000, and especially in 2004.  People are afraid.  They vote like that.

        •  yes, a wholistic peace agreement (0+ / 0-)

          must absolutely impose a complete disarmament of the militant wings of Hamas (and other radical/militant/terrorist groups in Palestine) and the destruction of their production facilities under a UN/US verification regime. No violations of that must be tolerated under the peace process and once a new Palestinian state is created.

          Now, as for potential Palestinian leaders, Abbas seems to be  toady. A more promising leader for their President appears to be this gentleman:

          (Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi)

          As for their local/representative elections, I guess a condition could be imposed in the peace agreement that until and unless groups like Hamas rid themselves of their arms and pledge to nonviolence going forward, they should not be allowed to run for office. That approach may perhaps work.

    •  I honestly detest zionism as bigoted exclusionism (1+ / 0-)
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      Johnny Nucleo

      Most of the world sees zionism as a hoax, meant to grab land from Arabs. It is ethnic cleansing. I simply do not believe in Divine Right real estate. Jews do not own a parcel of land based on their god awarding it to them for services rendered.

      Besides, Israel is neither Jewish nor democratic, not when Arabs are the majority in zionist occupied Palestine. Even in Israel proper the Jews are falling behind in the human reproduction contest. In a few centuries the Arabs will outnumber the Jews in Israel.

      •  Thanks for being honest... (3+ / 0-)
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        yg17, bugscuffle, charliehall

        I wish the folks above you admitted their real feelings too. They would be attacking Israel for anything EXCEPT standing idley by like lambs to the slaughter.  They cannot be taken seriously. It's sad to see other progressives take the side of Hamas, BUT I am heartened that the real leaders of the Democratic Party from Obama on down are standing by Israel's side.

        •  71% of Americans support an even-handed approach: (5+ / 0-)

          A new poll of 18 countries finds that in 14 of them people mostly say their government should not take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just three countries favor taking the Palestinian side (Egypt, Iran, and Turkey) and one is divided (India). No country favors taking Israel's side, including the United States, where 71 percent favor taking neither side.

          How is alienating 7 billion people of the world helping Israel in the short or long term? Israel should make peace with the Palestinians, give them their land back so that they have a chance to govern themselves (hopefully next time by electing sensible leaders like Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, provided, of course, Israel doesn't arrest+exile him as it did earlier) and live side by side with Israel in peace, security and harmony.

          Should a sovereign, self-governing Palestine continue to attack Israel in any measurable way,  I'd be 1000% on Israel's side of defending itself, doing whatever it takes to reach that objective. In the present situation, Israel is playing the role of a non-humantarian aggressor. While I support Israel as a country and support its people, I oppose the current course of actions taken by its politicians. So should you, if your conscience is operative.

      •  Wow, that's some of the scariest, (3+ / 0-)
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        TLS66, charliehall, thebluecrayon

        barely-subtle anti-semitic propaganda I've seen on Kos yet!

        We do what we must because we can.

        by EthanPeretz on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:08:50 AM PST

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      •  No, Jews do not own land (3+ / 0-)
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        TLS66, charliehall, EthanPeretz

        based on their God's actions. Jews own land because they bought it, because the United Nations patitioned it, and then because they took it from the aggressors defending against wars of conquest and genocide.  And, unlike any other nation in the history of the world, they gave back land taken in such a war as part of a peace process.  

        You really should learn your history from history, rather than from talking points and propaganda.

        Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Two Days per Bottle.

        by dhonig on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:34:08 AM PST

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      •  Oh yes, a land grab indeed (2+ / 0-)
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        TLS66, EthanPeretz

        Have you taken a look at a map of the Middle East lately? There's a huge chunk of land for the Arabs, and a tiny little piece of it for the Jews. It would be like Texas complaining that Rhode Island has too much of their land.

    •  Maybe the slow genocide of Palestinians (1+ / 0-)
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      Johnny Nucleo

      with periodic massacres like the one in Gaza might make peoples anger look a little nutty to some others.

    •  I'm against wasting $3 billion/year (2+ / 0-)
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      greenskeeper, Johnny Nucleo

      on "aiding" a modern industrial state.

      Oh, NOW the press, Pelosi and Reid grow a spine...

      by The Dead Man on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:36:34 AM PST

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    •  anti-Israel?! (2+ / 0-)
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      Johnny Nucleo, Susipsych

      Why can't people be allowed to criticize Israel's policies without being slandered as anti-Israel?

      Heck, did you EVER criticize Bush's policies? By your own logic, this would make you anti-American.

      Personally, it sickens me to no end to know that my tax money here in the US is going towards killing innocent civilians in Gaza. It is sickening!

  •  Good luck with that (4+ / 0-)

    Even the most "liberal" member of congress is afraid of condemning Israel for anything.  They've seen what AIPAC and their media cohorts have done to others who have made such comments in the past.

    Unions: The Folks That Brought You the Weekend

    by Paleo on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:47:09 AM PST

  •  . (3+ / 0-)
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    TLS66, Jezreel, charliehall

    President-elect Barack Obama has voiced sympathy for Israel’s predicament. During his visit to Israel last summer, he held a news conference in Sderot, the southern town that has borne the brunt of the Gaza rocket attacks, saying he does not "think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens."

    "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that," Obama said at the time. "And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."

  •  End U.S. military aid to Isreal? (2+ / 0-)
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    mnguy66, Jezreel

    It's too early in the morning to laugh that hard. The U.S. is so far on Isreal's side it's borderline irrational in Isreal's defense. Hopefully Obama can be a bit more even handed, that's the only way they can garner peace FOR REAL.

  •  I'm glad there were protests (2+ / 0-)
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    TKinVT, Susipsych

    here in the U.S. against these insane bombings in Gaza.  On the use of the word 'Holocaust' to describe what's going on, though...that's probably not going to stop anyone from being hurt/killed.  Just from a political perspective, 99% of the public that hears the term 'Holocaust' applied to what's happened in Gaza will be put off by it.  I'm sure there is a good argument for why the situation is similar--I don't doubt that for a second. But from a strictly political perspective, it just won't work.  

    When I heard the Hamas rep on CNN use that term, yesterday, I thought,"Oh, no...these guys are using 'Holocaust' as a stick in the eye to Jewish people. Terrible decision politically...tends of thousands of people just turned off their TVs.'

    I would use words that describe the stupidity of these bombings first with the goal of stopping the killing right now.  As far as words that describe the situation write large:  occupation still evokes the desperate situation.

    And from a strictly cultural perspective, I can't imagine too many people in Gaza would feel comfortable using that word in the long run.'s the short term that's really important right now, which is why it's important for everyone to support the protests against these bombings.  

    Tired of violent language from right-wing pundits? Buy my book: Outright Barbarous

    by Jeffrey Feldman on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:22:41 AM PST

  •  40 people out of 8 million (3+ / 0-)
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    Larry Bailey, TLS66, yg17

    There were bigger protests when 2nd Ave. Deli closed (now re-opened in a new location).

    Americans: losing their homes; John McCain: misplacing his houses

    by jhecht on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:41:55 AM PST

    •  I ate at 2nd Avenue Deli when I was in NYC (0+ / 0-)

      and I would protest too if they closed. The food there is great

      •  Well, about 3 years ago (0+ / 0-)

        I came back to New York determined to have a pastrami sandwich at 2nd Ave. Deli. I parked my car and walked to where it used to be, and there was a sign on it saying it was "Closed", and a bank or a Starbucks was opening. I immediately turned into Charlton Heston at the end of 'Planet of the Apes'("You bastards. You finally did it").
        Luckily it has re-opened, and I ate there about 2 months ago. Of course it doesn't have quite the same atmosphere as the old location at 2AM reading the Racing Form, with a post-Ritz Qaalude hangover. That's why they call 'em "The Good Old Days".

        Americans: losing their homes; John McCain: misplacing his houses

        by jhecht on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 06:33:47 AM PST

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    •  Were they all at Sen. Klobuchar's office? (0+ / 0-)

      We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Jezreel on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 07:19:11 AM PST

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  •  Why Do They Support Murderers? (0+ / 0-)

    Why do these alleged "protesters" support murdering terrorists like Hamas?

    Hamas has nothing whatsoever to do with the plight of Palestinians.  They have no interest in helping Palestinians, or Gazans.  They have only one interest:  killing Jews.

    Every American should condemn Hamas and totally support Israel -- and mainstream Palestinians  -- in their attempt to rid the Palestinian populace from this group of avowed murderers.

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