Pro Palestinians and pro Israelis, their ranks for the most part separated by police, spent the early evening screaming at each other as they demanded justice from the other side.
The co-protests started on the steps of the BPL in Copley Square, moved over to Trinity Church, then went up Boylston, Charles and Beacon streets to the steps of the State House and then down onto the Common. There were far more people supporting the Palestinians than Israel.
After the protests dispersed, some pro-Palestinian protesters stuck around and lay down on Beacon Street, but police declined the chance to make them martyrs and refused to arrest them.
At the BPL, the pro-Israel forces briefly struck up a chant of "You bombed the Marathon!"
Throughout the protest, the pro Palestinians struck up chants of "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" Oops, no room for Israel.
The party at Trinity Church didn't really get underway until the Israel-hating ultra-religious Jews showed up:
The younger ones sported red-white-and-green scarves and waved Palestinian flags. Later, on the Common, some of the pro Israelis took time away from yelling about Hamas to scream "You're not really Jewish!" at them.
Fairly clear message:
Cops were no-nonsense in keeping order:
Organizers of the pro-Palestinian march had security down pat: Whenever the pro-Israelis seemed ready to get in their faces, peacekeepers, many in orange safety vests, linked hands to keep them away:
They also rushed to any individuals who tried getting into it up close and personal with pro Israelis to pull them away, although that didn't work on the Common when a Moroccan woman with a megaphone and a terrified child got into it with an Israeli (she said her son was terrified because he was afraid of getting bombed, although it seemed like he just might be upset his mother was screaming at some stranger a foot away with a megaphone):
Police shut Beacon Street in advance of the marches:
Once the street was filled from sidewalk to sidewalk, some police officers escorted Beacon Hill residents on their evening constitutionals through the crowds.
At the State House, bicycle cops used their bikes as a barrier to keep the pro Israelis back:
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