Archive | April, 2023

Los Angeles: Supporters of Palestinian Rights Protest Israeli Attacks on Worshipers in the Al Aqsa Mosque

11 Apr

About 200 people, supporters of Palestinian rights, mostly of college age, on Saturday, April 8, gathered outside the Consulate General of Israel, at 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, and marched to the Los Angeles Federal Building, at 11000 Wilshire Blvd., a distance of about 1.1 miles and then back to the consulate to protest the most recent attacks on worshipers by Israeli police in the Al Aqsa Mosque.

About 200 supporters, Saturday, April 8, returning from the Los Angeles from the Los Angeles Federal Building arrive at the Consulate General of Israel; Video by Barry Saks.

An emailed digital flyer from Jewish Voice for Peace – Los Angeles, a self-identified ally of Palestinian rights, on Friday, April 7, the day before the protest listed the sponsoring organizations as the Palestinian Youth Movement, American Muslims for Palestine and Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

The same flyer said, “Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for a second straight night on Wednesday, attacking and forcibly removing Palestinians who were praying during the holy month of Ramadan. Police deployed stun grenades and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers. On Thursday, Israeli police escorted dozens of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa courtyards. Meanwhile, witnesses say Palestinian men under the age of 40 were being barred from entering the mosque.

Yesterday the Israeli military launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip, hours after rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel this afternoon.”