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Americans in New York Protest Biased Coverage of Zionist TV Stations CNN and Fox News, August 2, 2014
American marchers speak out against pro-Israel media coverage
[ 03/08/2014 - 10:17 AM ]
NEW YORK, (PIC)--
Thousands of American demonstrators rallied Friday in front of the headquarters of the CNN and Fox News in New York city in protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza, which took away the lives of some 1700 Palestinians so far, and against the biased U.S. media coverage of the scene.
The protest rally, initiated from the headquarters of the CNN, in Time Warner building in Manhattan, was a hodgepodge of a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, including Jews.
The protestors drew the Nazi slogan on the Israeli flag, waving live photo shots of Gaza casualties. The demonstrators, escorted by the New York police, painted their faces with the colors of the Palestinian flag.
The protestors yelled pro-Gaza chants of the kind: “Oh Gaza we will always be there for you! Tell your children to never be afraid!”; “Gaza don’t cry! We will not leave you die alone”; “Palestine is free”; and “Long live Gaza” among many other mottos denouncing the pro-Israeli U.S. media coverage of the Gaza offensive broadcast by the CNN and FOX NEWS.
“The US media is absolutely biased. All we hear is pro-Israel stuff. All the leaders we hear from on television are Israelis,” Palestinian-American Mohammed Hamad said in a statement quoted by Press TV.
“The Palestinians don’t have any army; they don’t have a navy; they don’t have any of these things. They are colonized people. Israel is an apartheid state,” the same source added quoting New Jersey Student organizer Meghan Brophy.
Two hours after the rallies that took place in front of the CNN headquarters, the demonstrators marched from the Times Square to the FOX NEWS headquarters chanting pro-Gaza slogans.
Thousands of New Yorkers Rally Against Gaza Related Media Lies
Sunday August 03, 2014 07:17 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
Thousands of multi-ethnic people, including Jews, have organized in
New York City to protest Israeli aggression on Gaza and against the bias
towards Israel, in reporting of events.
Protesters condemn biased US media coverage of Israeli war on Gaza
Press TV, Sat Aug 2, 2014 12:49PM GMT 8 458 140
Thousands of peace activists have held a demonstration in New York City to protest against Israel’s crimes in Gaza and the biased coverage they receive in the US media, Press TV reports.
Despite the rain, more than 7,000 people gathered on Friday near Columbus Circle on the upper west side of Manhattan to show solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine, Press TV's correspondent Caleb Maupin reports from New York.
The protest, which was organized by the International Action Center, began in front of the headquarters of CNN, a news broadcaster that a demonstrator said is functioning almost like a public relations department for Israel.
“The US media is absolutely biased. All we hear is pro-Israel [stuff]. All the leaders we hear from on television are Israelis,” Palestinian-American Mohammed Hamad told Press TV.
The march proceeded toward FOX news, a network that anti-war activist Sara Flounders said has a history of promoting militarism and aggression.
“The US media, 24 hours a days, seven days a week, tells lies, especially when it comes to war, and totally supports Israel,” said Flounders, a principal leader of the International Action Center.
The crowd was diverse, including many youth. New Jersey student organizer Meghan Brophy said she sides with the Palestinians against the Israeli crimes.
“The Palestinians don’t have an army; they don’t have a navy; they don’t have any of these things. They are colonized people. The Israeli is an apartheid state,” she told Press TV.
A counter-protest of Israel supporters was much smaller, with less than a hundred people showing up for it.
The pro-Palestinian march from CNN to FOX news was escorted by a huge number of police officers, who often forced the crowd out of the street, and onto the sidewalk.
The demonstrators say they are planning another rally on August 9, during which they will symbolically march to the United Nations, demanding that it step in to protect the human rights of the Palestinian people. More than 1,650 Palestinians have been killed, including women and children, and thousands others injured by the Israeli regime’s offensive against the coastal enclave despite pressure from the international community. The United Nations says over 80 percent of the fatalities in Gaza have been civilians.
The military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has been firing retaliatory rockets into Israel and killing dozens of its soldiers. GJH/HRJ
‘We Need to Stay in The Streets:’ Rally For Palestine Fills Columbus Circle
The New York Observer, By Jillian Jorgensen | 08/01/14 8:30pm
A rally for a Palestine in Columbus Circle. (Photo: Kaitlyn Flannagan)
They didn’t have the star power of prominent elected officials, but around 1,000 activists took to the streets of Columbus Circle to rally for Palestine and call for the end of U.S. support to Israel.
The crowd at the event — dubbed the “Mass Rally to Stand Up with Gaza Against Israeli Crimes” — waved Palestinian flags, held signs blasting Israel as an Apartheid and terrorist state, and vowed to keep marching in support of their cause.
“We need to stay in the streets. We need a plan to stay in the streets,” Sara Flounders, co-director the International Action Center, told the crowd. “While the people in Gaza are resisting every day, we have to be here.”
The large group, which gathered outside CNN’s offices and planned to march to the offices of Fox News, offered chants of “Free, free, Palestine” and other slogans, some name-checking Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. A smaller group of counter-protesters gathered out of sight on the other side of Columbus Circle, waving Israeli flags and anti-Hamas signs.
Speakers and signs in the crowd also slammed the United States government for its support of Israel.
“Every shell, every missile raining down on the people of Gaza is provided for free from the United States,” Bill Dores of Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, told the crowd.
The pro-Palestine rally Friday was just the latest in a series of demonstrations held in the city since violence erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. At a City Hall rally for Israel last month, pro-Palestine protesters sought to drown out the elected officials who spoke out in support of Israel, and slammed the local officials for speaking on behalf of New Yorkers who might not agree with them. Last week, a larger crowd of thousands at a rally for Israel effectively dwarfed counter-protests.
But while the rallies for Israel have drawn national and city political figures like Senator Chuck Schumer and Comptroller Scott Stringer, the rally for Palestine today did not pull in big names. Instead, a crew of activists took turns speaking to the crowd from the bed of a pickup truck parked in front of them.
“It’s because Wall Street and U.S. empire supports totally, unconditionally, Israel in all of its criminal enterprises, and it always has,” Ms. Flounders said when asked about the lack of big-name support.
Though there was fewer bold names, the rhetoric was plenty fiery. Mr. Dores called the Israeli government “Nazis” for their actions in Gaza, and slammed media coverage of two Israeli soldiers killed and another who most news reports have referred to as having been kidnapped or abducted.
“He was not abducted — he was captured in war,” Mr. Dores argued.
With the setting of the rally outside CNN, he wasn’t the only one to complain about the media coverage. Larry Holmes of the People’s Power Assembly said with many dead civilians in Gaza, the coverage of the day has still been focused on the Israeli soldier.
“This is all that you hear on the news,” he said. “It’s just so unfair. It’s so unbalanced.”
While the counter-protest was around the corner, the demonstration was not without clashes. Two women, one draped in an Israeli flag, engaged in a lengthy shouting match with the demonstrators until police broke it up. Another woman approached reporters and urged them to tell all sides of the story, recounting her experience on a bus in Israel she said was blown up by a bomb placed by Hamas.
“Palestine can free itself! Israel forever!” one passerby shouted to the crowd.
And down the street, pro-Israel protesters held signs pinning the blame for civilian deaths in Gaza on Hamas, and calling, too, for a free Palestine — one free from Hamas, which governs Palestine and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.
At the smaller counter-rally in support of Israel, Noa Cooper of Washington Heights said Israel “often has very bad P.R.”
“We want to show the world that Israel is important,” she said.
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