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Brooklyn Palestinians on Gaza Conflict: 'We're not Cowards'

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mohamed Hussein is bracing for more encounters with Israel supporters

A late-night encounter outside a mosque, between Muslim worshipers and supporters of Israel, has set residents of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on edge. Palestinians in this neighborhood are bracing for more tensions, but many of them support Hamas and say they're trying to hold on to their people's dignity. 

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

What exactly were these teenagers saying that was exactly Islamaphobic? Could it just be that they don't like Hamas, and those people actually stand with them? As a native of Israel and having family living there, I have always found it insulting whenever anyone actually defends the actions of Hamas while condemning Israel just for fighting back. I have never seen any pro-Palestinian supporters ever once call out Hamas for launching rockets or placing their own people in harm's way, but they do call for the death of Jews and even demand that another intifada occurs, which is hardly calling for peace. BTW, I suggest some of you read has been going in Europe by pro-Palestinian supporters and some of them included vandalizing a synagogue and Jewish-owned shop in a Paris suburb, Muslims calling for the more Jews be gassed at a protest in Berlin, having protesters running onto the field and attacking Maccabi Haifa at a FIFA preseason game in Austria, or even a restaurant in Brussels having a Palestinian and saying that they can refuse service to Jews. If this isn't anti-Semitism, then I don't know what is. I wouldn't be surprised if those same Muslims complaining are going into Jewish neighborhoods and saying that Jews are evil and Israel must be destroyed, not to mention that Hamas a freedom fighters when the really aren't.

Jul. 28 2014 12:14 AM
BB from brkn

have we all forgotten that hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the world over? Have we forgotten the bus bombing they proudly took credit for in the past? have we forgotten the indiscriminant rockets they fire into Israel's borders? The tunnels they've dug?

I never once heard hamas apologize for killing innocent Israeli lives. israel's army, which holds itself to a high standard - has repeatedly said it regrets the lose of innocent Pal' life and doesn't target civilians.
hamas is using human shields, that's known.
this segment is not what I call journalism, sorry! Better it be taken off the site.

BTW: Making a mountain out of an anthill - 3 teenagers in a car waving an Isr flag - do you even know how many Jews live in NYC? Far more than 3.

Is arun v. just trying to stirr up trouble in NYC which has been peaceful during these tragic days of war? thanks wnyc.

Jul. 27 2014 10:35 PM
Manny-O-War from Brooklyn, NY

Why bring the conflict to the US? We should all be able to speak in a calm and productive manner about this age old conflict and potentially come to a consensus on how to fix it and move forward. There is simply no reason to aggravate hostilities and act as if we are enemies so many thousands of miles away from the actual conflict zone.

Jul. 27 2014 12:06 PM
tom LI

Iwouldnt call anyone who moved, or was moved by family away from conflict zones. I'd call you smarter then the ones who stayed behind.

I get the whole Motherland/homeland, don't abandon it, etc sentiment - but at the end of the day we're all solely responsible for our own survival, or that of our families. Escape is not being a coward, its being very pragmatic.

All I would ask, as a second generation American citizen whose parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents escaped their own conflict zones in modern history - is to leave them and the sentiments behind. You have to, you really have to. You cant be here in the US, trying to start over, etc, festering in old prejudices, and hatreds and expect it work out for you and your children, etc any differently than it did "over there." There's nothing more damaging to a child then listening to the adults go on and on, and on about the old country, promulgating the hate, proselytizing the hate.

To then go out on their own one day, to learn that those people they were taught to hate were taught the same, and should they/you meet the "others" and not know their background straight away, you learn they are just like you. Then the choice is theirs/yours to make if you then learn about their heritage and you are forced to choose between others peoples prejudices and what you learned firsthand about them...

Jul. 25 2014 03:54 PM

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