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Bostonians stand with Israel on the Common

Sign with names of entire family murdered

Hundreds of Boston-area Jews and supporters crowded the area around the Parkman Bandstand to support Israel and denounce Hamas - and Harvard student groups that came out in support of that group.

Gov. Healey, Mayor Wu, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and state Treasurer Deb Goldberg all declared their support for Israel following Saturday's Hamas raids into Israel that so far have meant 900 Israelis dead and 150 kidnapped. So did Tanisha Sullivan, head of the local NAACP.

Rally at the Parkman Bandstand

"It's a reminder of the darkest moments in Jewish history and also human history," Marc Baker, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, said. Baker said his 19-year-old daughter is in Israel and, when he got her on the phone, she told him she spent the night in and out of a bomb shelter. He asked her if she wanted to come home. She told him no, because while she could come home, "abba [dad], where can my Israeli friends go?"

Baker said that even as Israelis and Jews in the Boston area mourn the dead, they are springing into action: He said a new Boston-area fund to aid Israel raised $1 million over the past 48 hours alone.

"There is no justification for terrorism, ever," Warren said.

"I am here to grieve with you," she said. She said she stands solidly with Israel - and said it's time for Republicans to stop blocking appointments, including that of a new ambassador to Israel and several hundred military leaders. "When our allies are attacked by those that would destroy them, we need a military command that is at full strength," she said.

Governor, mayor, senator, state treasurer:

Healey, Wu, Warren and Goldberg waiting their turns to speak

Markey echoed Warren in his full support of Israel and condemnation of Hamas - but was roundly booed when he said de-escalation is ultimately needed by both sides. Markey put up his hand to try to stop the booing and condemned anti-Semitism in the U.S. and called for a renewed emphasis on tikkun olam, an attempt to "heal the world" through social justice.

Also booed was state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, when she said that, after crushing Hamas, part of the ultimate answer to peace is the creation of two states, Israel and a Palestinian one. But unlike Markey, she confronted her vocal critics: "Don't boo me!" she said, noting that some Israelis support the idea as well, and saying that booing her is booing them. She said her Zionist roots are as strong as anybody's - her husband is from the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, he lost family members in the Holocaust and she herself was conceived in Jerusalem.

Hamas, she said, "murders and tortures their own people."

And speaking to people without direct connections to Israel - she specifically referred to Brookline's Corey Hill - she urged them to try to live in Israel without changing their minds about the country and the attacks it suffers, like "a Holocaust survivor in a wheelchair, a 97-year-old woman dragged into the Gaza Strip so she can be stepped on and spit on and tortured."

In contrast, US Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-4th) got the loudest applause of the day when he said. "De-escalation is not possible" with a group that is taking hostages and murdering people. "Israel did not ask America to de-escalate on Sept. 12, 2001," he said.

Also condemned: Harvard student groups who blamed Israel for the attacks.

"We don't want to see the crimson become blood on the hands of those student groups that signed that despicable letter," Jonah Steinberg, New England regional director of the ADL said.

Girl on father's shoulders, Israeli flags

The NAACP's Sullivan said "there was never a question for me where I would be today, because we are more than friends, we are family."

Sullivan prayed to God to help sufferers find the love with which to confront the hate, of "children kidnapped, civilians killed, and terrorism allowed, in a moment, to take hold.

Healey said that the ties between Israel and Massachusetts are strong. She said that after the Marathon bombings, doctors at Mass. General used techniques they had learned from Israeli counterparts to save lives.

"We will be here for you as you have always been for us," she said. "You will never be alone in Massachusetts."

Stars of David representing the dead:

Stars of David representing the dead

The rally ended with a recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish, a prayer recited in honor of the dead, a singing of the Israeli national anthem and the declaration that "Am Yisrael Chai" - "The people of Israel live."

Rally at the Parkman Bandstand
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Do you have Mayor Wu's quotes? Have not seen a tweet or press release from her office (Mayors of LA, NYC and elsewhere were quick on the trigger).

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I'll see if I can find where I left them (probably in the car), but in the meantime, what follows is paraphrasing what she said, not direct quotes:

She started by saying she wasn't sure at first what she could say, because she's just mayor of Boston, doesn't even have any direct say about what goes on across the Charles, let alone 5,000 miles away.

But she said she and the attendees on the Common were on hallowed Boston ground, the first public park in the US, where for 400 years, Bostonians have fought for what is right and against oppression.

And she knows that many Bostonians are suffering and grieving today. And she wants to let people on the Common and in Israel know that Boston stands with them.

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Harvard, Hamas and Hezbollah. Shame on Harvard and Cambridge City Officials for allowing the anti- Semitics to advocate for the destruction of innocent Israeli people. What's next allowing the morons from the Patriot Front to parade through Harvard Square?

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but that’s not what the letter said

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Dollars to donuts a majority of the protesters at Harvard were Jewish themselves. Both because it's a common attitude of younger generation Jews (esp at Harvard) to detest the Israeli government. But also because, throw a rock in Harvard Yard y'know?

But they are anti-Zionist, not Anti-Semitic.

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What's next allowing the morons from the Patriot Front to parade through Harvard Square?

"Allowing" is doing a lot of work here. Surely in your deep and authentic concern about the actions of fascists, it has not escaped your notice that Patriot Front has freely paraded their anonymous coward asses through various public squares before running home to their mommy's basements in southern New Hampshire. Harvard Square is just another public square, and Harvard University got fuckall to say about who "parades" there. Perhaps, in your eagerness to own the libs, you made a mistake and meant to say Harvard Yard?

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I tore down a Patriot Front sign in Connecticut over the weekend. It was over Rt 395.

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a sad nightmare all around.

I can see the parts of me that are the Policeman, and that will see the point of meeting violence with violence. But I also know that has nothing to do with being one's best self. And I can help it sometimes, and I can help it here; but I wouldn't be able to if they hurt one of mine. It would be "exterminate all the brutes" time for sure.

And really, who is their best self these days?

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I can help it sometimes, and I can help it here; but I wouldn't be able to if they hurt one of mine. It would be "exterminate all the brutes" time for sure.

Kudos to you. I think that the start of solving this morass of problems is understanding our own reactions. And I know that you know where this goes. Actions that are framed as a deterrent to terrorists, but that have the effect of harming bystanders (where they're not outright collective punishment), are of questionable effectiveness. In the short term, they may motivate those who are harmed or threatened to decrease support for terrorists, but in the end it's placing people between a rock and a hard place. The threat of having their house bulldozed may deter one kid from throwing a rock, but the actual bulldozing of a house creates a dozen rock-throwers.

ETA: of course this also raises questions about the actual goals of those advocating policies of collective punishment, versus what they say their goals are.

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I'd feel pretty gross about "rallying for" anyone. The Israeli government has committed atrocities. The various Palestinian groups have committed atrocities. Israel was formed, hamfistedly, as a response to -- you guessed it -- *other* atrocities. Some of these actions might be "justified" in various ways, but at the end it's all just people dying.

Mourning the victims, living and dead, seems called-for. But it's hard to find someone to cheer on.

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It is often overlooked that Indigenous People's Day is about more than Native Americans. It includes indigenous people's worldwide. Especially the Palestineans. Ironic that Universal Hub ties to play both sides of the fence on this one. If you support Indigenous People's in their fight against colonization you support the Palestineans in their fight against Israel.

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It's not ironic to care more about the suffering of ordinary people than about flag-waving for one side in a hideous and complex conflict.

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The Palestinians are the indigenous people here, not the Jews? The Jews are the colonizers? You might want to read up on a little history of the area.

Both are native to those lands. Neither are colonizers. Only one (and their supporters) have called for the obliteration of the other.

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In this particular case, "who's indigenous?" can be kind of a trap. Although Israel as a nation is less than a century old, the Jews and the Arabs living in that area can each make a claim to being indigenous.

Pretty much every land on Earth is inhabited by people who took it away from the people who lived there previously. Sometimes it's in recent, recorded history, sometimes it's in the ancient past. Thinking you can fix things by trying to roll things back to "how they were before" is also a trap.

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Thinking you can fix things by trying to roll things back to "how they were before" is also a trap.

as thinking you can sweep genocide under the rug because it happened a while ago is also a trap.

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Dealing with the Israeli Palestinians and Arab Palestinians claims goes back over a century to the Mandate of Palestine. Many Arab countries refuse to accept the end of the Ottoman Empire that came with WWI.

Many countries use the Arab Palestinians as pawns to advance their own interests either against Israel or other Arab states.

This was carried out by Gaza Arabs most likely financially supported by Iran and Hezbollah. Notice the West Bank had nothing to do with this, and the level of atrocity doesn't really match previous Palestinian attacks.

Iran wants the normalization of Israel with Arab countries stopped, most particularly Saudi Arabia. Israel will flatten Gaza, innocent Arab Palestinians will be killed and the Arab world will call for another uprising, scuttling the Saudi-Israel deal.

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There isn't peace because there are outside interests who prefer to have Israel in a constant state of war. These groups are concerned about the welfare of the Palestinians only insofar as it advances their political goals.

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sickening massacres in the kibbutzim and children dying in bombing in Gaza.

I hope Biden doesn't do anything foolish like send American special forces into Gaza on "hostage rescue" raids or bomb Iran. Israel has quite competent special forces.

A lot of Israeli discourse has been retired professional soldiers like Yair Golan and Mossad retirees like Tamir Pardo warning of danger vs chickenhawk fanatics who didn't even serve, like Ben-Gvir

The parties to the conflict are intractable. Nothing I can do about it.

Will Belichick get fired?

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According to CNN, a carrier has been sent to the Middle East for "support." Support against Gaza? If Israel annexed Gaza for no other reason than to displace Hamas and the threat, and stopped there, that could end it.

But the danger would be from Israel finding the direct evidence that ties the terrorist attack to Iran and decides to fight them, with support from the US. Then things would start to get out of control, and if Israel thinks they can fight Iran consequence free, they will find out that is most likely incorrect.

Bill get one more year to turn things around, but he's expendable starting next year.

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