Jews Shut Down Israeli Consulate for 3 Hours: 10 Jews Chain Together to Block Driveway

Early Wednesday morning, Jewish activists in a historic first in Los Angeles, chained themselves to the entrance of the Israeli Consulate and blocked the driveway to the parking structure, blocking all traffic in and out of the building. “We sent a clear message to the world that LA Jews are part of the global majority in opposition to the Israeli siege of Gaza,” said Lenny Potash a 72-year old protester who was cuffed to eight other activists, blocking the driveway to the consulate. The activists were joined by 50 other supporters and who chanted “LA Jews say, End the Siege of Gaza” and “Not in Our Name! We will Not be Silent!” Protesters also held up signs reading “Israeli Consulate: Closed for War Crimes.”

“We succeeded today in letting Jews and other Americans of conscience know that it is safe to speak out against the policies of the Israeli government and that the Israeli lobby does not speak for everyone,” said Robin Ellis, a Registered Nurse who also risked arrest to block the consulate entrance. “We are committed to escalating non-violent activities in the future to end the siege and win justice for Palestinians,” Ellis said.

The group of activists were an ad-hoc, multi-generational group of LA Jewish residents, including members of the recently founded International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. They shared a commitment to ending the Israeli siege on Gaza and an end to Israeli apartheid. The demonstration will kick off a wave of demonstrations across the United States uniting Palestinians, Jewish people, and other Americans outraged by the siege.

“We are shocked and outraged at Israeli’s latest act of violent aggression against the Palestinian people. Killing over 950 people, including 250 women and children, bombing schools and mosques and then calling it self-defense—that is the worst kind of hypocrisy. It also amounts to war crimes,” said Hannah Howard, a local member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. “We shut down the Israeli consulate today because as Jewish people we cannot allow business as usual while violence is being done in our name.”


Action participants also spoke out against the US government’s unconditional support for Israel’s siege and its ongoing war against the Palestinian people. “While US-funded F16’s rain down bombs on the people of Gaza, our elected officials locally and nationally offer unqualified support.” said Marsha Steinberg, a retired union representative. “Our government must stop sending billions of dollars in military and economic aid to the Israeli war machine,” Goldberg said. In the coming week, concerned Americans from all backgrounds will call on the new Presidential administration to make a 180 degree change in policy.

“While the end of the siege on Gaza is our most immediate priority, this is only the latest chapter in Palestinians’ 60 plus year experience of occupation and ethnic cleansing. Peace and justice in the region will only come when Palestinians have freedom and control their own destiny,” said Lisa Adler, a community organizer in Los Angeles and another member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. “Even before the siege began, Israel’s inhumane months-long blockade of Gaza created a major humanitarian crisis. We must end the siege. And we are building a nonviolent international movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions that brings an end to Israel’s policies of occupation and apartheid and advances the Palestinian struggle for justice,” said Adler.

For more information on the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

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Profiles of several Demonstrators

Marsha Steinberg is a retired union representative and long time activist for social justice.

Gabriel Strachota is a 22-year old Jewish native of Massachusetts. His mother grew up in apartheid South Africa and he has many aunts, uncles, and cousins living in Israel.

Robin Ellis is a 34-year old Registered Nurse, working in Los Angeles’ public health system.. Robin’s grandparents and great grandparents fled Nazi Germany and settled in New York where Robin was born.Registered Nurse

Lisa Adler is a 29-year old New York native from a Latin American Jewish family. She spent several weeks in occupied Palestine in 2002 working in solidarity with Palestinians resisting the occupation non-violently.

Eric Romann is a 31-year old community organizer originally from New Jersey. Eric’s grandparents moved to Palestine to escape Nazism in the 1930’s and lost many family members in the Nazi Holocaust. His father spent the first 15 years of his life in Israel and Eric has many family members living there.

Samantha Tess Sunshine is a queer white Jew who lives in Los Angeles. She is a trained sex educator who has worked in the field of sexual health for almost a decade, and is currently a lead facilitator for the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations Program at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

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PHOTO #1 Driveway photo: Jewish protesters block the entrance to the LA Israeli Consulate to protest the Israeli siege on Gaza. Photo Credit: riKu Matsuda

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  1. Barry says

    I love these guys. Hamas would teach them a thing or two about gender/religious/gay tolerance. that is unless the cameras were running; then all would be all right.
    this is what happens when Jewish parents ignore their children: they become self hating horror shows. G-d forgive them.

  2. YR says

    Only the left can support Palestinian terror groups that send suicide bombers into Israeli malls,school buses and restaurantes.
    Israel left Gaza in 2005, giving Palestinians the chance to run their own lives. Despite this, more than 6300 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel since then.

    This is a list of “major” terrorist attacks since the Oslo agreement was signed on September 13, 1993. Victims include citizens from the United States, Israel (Jews and Arabs), Romania, Thailand, Norway, the Former Soviet Union, South Africa, Ethiopia. More than 100 suicide bombings have been carried out since September 2000. To see the complete list of attacks.
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    Date Location Casualities Responsibilty Notes
    July 12, 2005 Netanya 5 killed, 70+ wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide bombing outside shopping mall.
    February 25, 2005 Tel Aviv 5 killed, 50 wounded Islamic Jihad Bombing outside night club.
    October 7, 2004 Taba 12 killed, 120+ wounded Bombing at Sinai holiday resorts.
    August 31, 2004 Beersheba 16 killed, 100 wounded Hamas Two suicide bombings on buses.
    March 14, 2004 Ashdod 10 killed, 16 wounded Hamas and Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Twin suicide bombings at port
    February 22, 2004 Jerusalem 8 killed, over 60 wounded Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Suicide bombing on bus
    January 29, 2004 Jerusalem 10 killed, 50 wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing on bus
    October 4, 2003 Haifa 19 killed, 60 wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide bombing in restaurant owned by Jews and Arabs
    September 9, 2003 Tel Aviv 8 killed, 32 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at a hitchhiking post for soldiers
    September 9, 2003 Jerusalem 7 killed, 50 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel
    August 19, 2003 Jerusalem 22 killed, 135 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing on a bus
    January 5, 2003 Tel Aviv 23 killed, 108 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Two suicide bombers in an immigrant neighborhood
    June 19, 2002 Jerusalem 7 killed, 50 injured Suicide bombing at a bus stop
    June 18, 2002 Jerusalem 19 killed, 74 were injured Hamas Suicide bombing on a bus
    June 5, 2002 Megiddo 17 killed, 38 injured Islamic Jihad Car bomb next to bus
    May 27, 2002 Petah Tikvah 2 killed, 37 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bomb in shopping mall
    May 22, 2002 Rishon Lezion 2 killed, 40 wounded Suicide bomb on pedestrian mall
    May 19, 2002 Netanya 3 killed, 59 injured Hamas and the PFLP Suicide bomb in market
    May 7, 2002 Rishon Lezion 16 killed, 55 injured Hamas Suicide bomb in pool hall
    Apr 12, 2002 Jerusalem 6 killed, 104 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bomb in Mahane Yehuda market
    Apr 10, 2002 Kibbutz Yagur 8 killed, 22 injured Hamas Suicide bombing on bus
    March 31, 2002 Haifa 14 Killed, 40 Wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at restaurant
    March 29, 2002 Jerusalem 2 killed, 28 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing at supermarket in Kiryat Yovel
    March 27, 2002 Netanya 22 killed, 140 Wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at Passover seder at Park Hotel
    March 21, 2002 Jerusalem 3 killed, 86 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing downtown
    March 20, 2002 Afula 7 killed, 30 wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing on bus
    March 14, 2002 Karni-Netzarim road 3 Killed, 2 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Remote Control Mine
    March 12, 2002 near Kibbutz Matzuva 6 Killed, 7 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Ambush Vehicles
    March 12, 2002 Kiryat Sefer checkpoint 1 Killed, 1 Wounded Shooting Attack
    March 11, 2002 Ashdod 1 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire at Bar Mitzvah
    March 10, 2002 Netzarim 1 Killed Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Shooting Attack
    March 9, 2002 Jerusalem 11 Killed, 54 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Cafe
    March 9, 2002 Netanya 2 Killed, 50 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade 2 Gunmen Open Fire on a Promenade
    March 7, 2002 Atzmona 5 Killed, 23 Wounded Terrorist Opens Fire and Throws Grenades
    March 7, 2002 Ariel >6 Wounded Suicide Bomber in Hotel Lobby
    March 5, 2002 Sderot 1 Baby Wounded Kassam Rocket
    March 5, 2002 Afula 1 Killed, 10 Wounded Suicide Bomber on Bus
    March 5, 2002 Tel Aviv 3 Killed, >35 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire at Restaurants
    March 5, 2002 outside Bethlehem 1 Killed, 1 Wounded Gunman Ambushes Vehicle
    March 2, 2002 Jerusalem 10 Killed, >50 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide Bomber outside Synagogue
    February 27, 2002 West Bank 3 Wounded Fatah Female Suicide Bomber
    February 25, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed, 8 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunman Opens Fire at a Bus Stop
    February 25, 2002 Gush Etzion 1 Killed, 1 Pregnant Woman Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Open Fire on a Car
    February 22, 2002 Efrat 1 Wounded Suicide Bomber in Supermarket
    February 22, 2002 North of Jerusalem 1 Killed Fatah Drive-by Shooting
    February 19, 2002 En Arik 6 Killed, 1 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Open Fire at Soldiers
    February 18, 2002 Gush Katif 3 Killed, 4 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunfire and Bombs at Cars
    February 18, 2002 near Jerusalem 1 Killed, 1 Injured Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Car Bomb
    February 16, 2002 Karnei Shomron 2 Killed, 27 Wounded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Suicide Bomber at Crowded Shopping Mall
    February 14, 2002 Gaza 3 Killed, 4 Wounded Mine Placed Under Tank
    February 10, 2002 Be’er Sheva 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Hamas Drive-by Shooting
    February 8, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed 4 Teenagers with Knives
    February 6, 2002 Moshav Hamra 2 Killed, 5 Wounded Hamas Gunmen Infiltrates Moshav
    January 30, 2002 Taiba 2 Wounded Fatah Suicide Bomber
    January 27, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed, >150 Wounded Fatah Female Suicide Bomber
    January 25, 2002 Tel Aviv 24 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Crowded Pedestrian Shopping Mall
    January 22, 2002 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 40 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Guman Opens Fire on Crowd
    January 17, 2002 Hadera 6 Killed, 35 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunman Opens Fire at Bat Mitzvah Celebration
    January 15, 2002 Beit Jala 1 Killed Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade American Kidnapped and Murdered
    January 9, 2002 Kerem Shalom 4 Killed, 2 Wounded Hamas Gunfire and Expolsives
    December 12, 2001 Emmanuel 10 Killed, 30 Wounded Fatah & Hamas Bomb and Gunfire Attack on Bus
    December 9, 2001 Haifa 31 Wounded Suicide Bomber
    December 2, 2001 Haifa 15 Killed, 46 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    December 1, 2001 Jerusalem 10 Killed, >188 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers and a Car Bomb in a Pedestrian Mall
    November 29, 2001 near Hadera 3 Killed, 9 Wounded Islamic Jihad & Fatah Suicide Bomber on Bus
    November, 27, 2001 Afula 2 Killed, Dozens Wounded Islamic Jihad & Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade 2 Gunmen Opened Fire on Crowd near the Central Bus Station
    November, 27, 2001 Gush Katif 1 Killed, 3 Wounded Hamas Grenades and Gunfire
    November 26, 2001 Erez Checkpoint 2 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    November 24, 2001 Kfar Darom 1 Killed Hamas Morter Shell Landed on a Soccer Field
    November 4, 2001 Jerusalem 2 Killed, >50 Wounded Islamic Jihad Gunman
    October 28, 2001 Hadera 4 Killed, 40 Wounded Gunman
    October 28, 2001 near Kibbutz Metzer 1 Killed Tanzim Drive-By Shooting
    October 17, 2001 Jerusalem Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi Assasinated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Gunmen in Hotel
    October 7, 2001 Beit She’an Valley 1 Killed Suicide Bomber
    October 4, 2001 Afula 3 Killed, 16 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire on Crowd
    October 1, 2001 Jerusalem Several Wounded Car Bomb
    September 9, 2001 Nahariya 3 Killed, 90 Wounded Hamas 1st Israeli-Arab Suicide Bomber, at Train Station
    September 9, 2001 West Bank 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Gunmen
    September 4, 2001 Jerusalem 20 Wounded Suicide Bomber disguised as Orthodox Jew
    September 3, 2001 Jerusalem 3 Wounded Series of Car Bombs
    August 12, 2001 Kiryat Motzkin 21 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Cafe
    August 9, 2001 Jerusalem 15 Killed, >130 Wounded Islamic Jihad & Hamas Suicide Bomber at Pizzaria
    July 16, 2001 Binyamina 2 Killed, 11 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    June 22, 2001 Dugit 2 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber
    June 1, 2001 Tel Aviv 21 Killed, 120 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Disco
    May 30, 2001 Netanya 8 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb outside School
    May 27, 2001 Jerusalem 30 Wounded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine & Islamic Jihad 2 Car Bombs
    May 25, 2001 Hadera 65 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb
    May 18, 2001 Netanya 5 Killed, >100 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Mall
    May 9, 2001 Tekoa 2 Killed Islamic Jihad Two 14 year-old Boys Beaten and Stoned to Death, found dismembered in a Cave
    April 23, 2001 Or Yehuda 8 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb in Outdoor Market
    April 22, 2001 Kfar Saba 1 Killed, 60 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    March 28, 2001 near Kfar Saba 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at School Bus Stop
    March 27, 2001 Jerusalem 7 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb
    March 27, 2001 Jerusalem 28 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    March 26, 2001 Hevron 10-Month Old Infant Shalhevet Pass Killed Sniper from Abu Sneineh
    March 4, 2001 Netanya 3 Killed, >65 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    February 14, 2001 Azor 8 Killed, 21 Wounded Hamas Bus Driver Plows into Crowd
    January 23, 2001 Tulkarem 2 Killed Hamas Gunmen Kidnap and Shoot 2 Israelis
    January 1, 2001 Netanya >50 Wounded Hamas Car Bomb
    December 22, 2000 Jordan Valley >3 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    November 22, 2000 Hadera 2 Killed, 55 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb next to Bus
    November 20, 2000 Kfar Darom 2 Killed, 9 Wounded School Bus Bombed
    November 2, 2000 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 10 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb in outdoor Market
    October 26, 2000 Gaza 1 Wounded Islamic Jihad Youth Suicide Bomber on Bike
    November 7, 1999 Netanya 27 Wounded Hamas 3 Pipe Bombs
    August 10, 1999 Nahshon Junction 6 Wounded Hamas Car Plows into Crowd (Twice)
    November 6, 1998 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 20 Wounded Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers
    October 29, 1998 Gush Katif 1 Killed, 8 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber Attacks School Bus
    October 19, 1998 Be’er Sheva 59 Wounded Hamas Grenades Thrown at Central Bus Station
    October 11, 1998 Hevron 18 Wounded Hamas 2 Grenades Injure Palestinians and Israelis
    August 27, 1998 Tel-Aviv 14 Wounded Hamas Bomb In Dumpster
    August 20, 1998 Tel Rumeiyda Rabbi Killed Hamas Fire Bomb & Stabbing
    September 4, 1997 Jerusalem 4 Killed, 181 Wounded Hamas 3 Suicide Bombers at Pedestrian Mall
    July 30, 1997 Jerusalem 15 Killed, 178 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers at Outdoor Market
    March 21, 1997 Tel-Aviv 3 Killed, 48 Wounded Hamas Bomb at Restaurant
    March 4, 1996 Tel Aviv 20 Killed, 75 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Mall
    March 3, 1996 Jerusalem 19 Killed, 6 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    February 25, 1996 Ashkelon 2 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    February 25, 1996 Jerusalem 26 Killed, 80 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers on Bus
    July 24, 1995 Ramat Gan 6 Killed, 31 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    June 25, 1995 Neve Dekalim 3 Wounded Islamic Jihad Explosives-ladden Cart
    April 9, 1995 Gaza 8 Killed, 50 Wounded Hamas & Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers
    January 22, 1995 Beit Lid Junction 21 Killed, 69 Wounded Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers at Bus Stop
    December 25, 1994 Jerusalem 13 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    November 11, 1994 Netzarim Junction 3 Killed, 6 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber on Bike
    October 19, 1994 Tel Aviv 22 Killed, 56 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    October 9, 1994 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 14 Wounded Hamas 2 Gunmen Open Fire
    April 13, 1994 Hadera 5 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber
    April 6, 1994 Afula 8 Killed Hamas Car Bomb next to Bus

  3. Sid says

    I think it is great to finally see American Jews stand up against what Judaism is against…zionism! I know there are many more Jews that are against the apartheid as well as the illegal occupation of Israel. These are real Torah Jews, not the Jews that shoot missiles in the name of Israel indiscriminately on innocent women and children. Israels using American funded chemical bombs that are severely burning victims to the bones! This is awful and morally wrong to punish the whole Gaza community because of a few Hamas members. Since the ceasefire, Israel hasn’t been threatened at all. Zero suicide bombings. It has officially been reported that Israel broke the ceasefire. Jews wake up and say not in our name! God cursed us before, and will curse us again…

  4. John Brown says

    Later those same Jews went to their local Hamas headquarters where they were surprised to be massacred indiscriminately whilst the militia men hid behind women and babies.

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