Anti-Israel protests took place yesterday in New York City, including participation by the ever-friendly Islamic Thinkers Society, (thanks to LGF for the NYC link), and in the heavily Muslim city of Dearborn, Michigan, with the usual disturbing rhetoric.
Tiny Minority of Extremists Alert from the Detroit Free Press:
Carrying banners saying “Stop Israeli Terrorism” and chanting antiwar slogans, some 10,000 people rallied in the center of metro Detroit’s Arab-American community in Dearborn on Tuesday, demanding that the U.S. government put pressure on Israel to halt attacks in Lebanon.
Although the protesters were peaceful, their message was strong, representing a profound difference of opinion between two of metro Detroit’s most vital communities.
Arab-American marchers carried signs saying “Down, down Israel” and chanted, “One, two, three, four. Stop the bombing. Stop the war.”
Saying that Israel is killing children and bombing innocent citizens, one of the speakers, Osama Siblani of the Congress of Arab-American Organizations, said, “This is terror.” The crowd cheered loudly in response. “They are cowards.”
“We know that the president is being bought by the Zionist lobby. We know that the (U.S.) Congress is being bought by the Zionist lobby. … But we know that the American people are a great people,” he said.
Some of those views concern many in the Jewish communities of metro Detroit.
“No one wanted this war,” said Wendy Wagenheim, president of the Jewish Community Council, a coalition of about 200 Jewish groups in Michigan. “And certainly, emotions are running very high at this point. But there is nothing that will be served by importing the tensions apparently in the Middle East to metropolitan Detroit.