"Let Gaza Live"

Photo essay: San Francisco rally against Israeli aggression

by Nazy Kaviani
From San Francisco Chronicle: "A few thousand protesters of all ages rallied in San Francisco's Civic Center, then marched down Market Street in San Francisco today to protest Israel's bombing of Gaza.  At the rally there was a group of 300 to 400 pro-Israel demonstrators, who stood across from the pro-Palestinian group, but did not join the march down Market Street. Chanting "Free, free Palestine" and "Stop killing children," the pro-Palestine group carried banners, waved pictured of bloodied children and carried white helium balloons representing Palestinians killed in Gaza."
The one time I made sure I wasn't fashionably late to an event, our train to San Francisco broke down and we had to evacuate the train, waiting for this one to be cleared and for another one to come and take us to the "Let Gaza Live" peace demonstrations in San Francisco.  By the time my son and I arrived, quite a large group of people had already left.  What was there for us to see and to join, however, was more than enough to evoke emotions and provoke thought.  I did manage to listen to many speeches and the passionate speech delivered by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
There has been so much talk and debate and emotion on the site associated with this topic lately.  How can there not be?  There has been so much talk and debate and emotion in the world on the very topic lately.  How can you be a citizen of this world and not care?  How can you avoid the news and those images, and once you have heard the news and seen the images, how can you not be haunted by the sense of grief and loss that is evoked in their wake?  In good conscience, can I agree with those who say this is not "our" problem?  Who are the "we" in "our?"  Iranians?  Americans?  Human beings?  Mothers?  Fathers?  Brothers, and sisters?  Could we take a detour path each time we come face to face with what now sits like a giant wart, smack in the middle of humanity's face these days?  Could we go on our merry ways, pretending like "even if it is happening, it's none of our business?"  What is our business, anyway?
I was late today, but that didn't stop me from feeling proud to be an American.  I am proud of a country that is founded on principles which would guarantee its citizens the right to congregate and to protest against the very policies of itself.  I am proud to have the right to show up and express my opinion and show my support on an issue that has touched the very core of my humanity for a long time now.  It was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day in San Francisco today, peaceful, and full of compassion.  As I stood at the Civic Center Plaza, watching and listening to cries for attention to a human catastrophe in progress, I found myself praying and wishing for the same peace and freedom for all others all over the world, and particularly for Palestinians in Gaza.

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Zionist Jews may very well

by Badi Ali (not verified) on

Zionist Jews may very well think that might is right, and that morality is unneeded and unnecessary as long as they possess overwhelming material strength.

They may think that the rivers of blood the “only democracy in the Middle East ” has been shedding will strengthen Israel and terrorize its neighbors.

Well, it may in the short run. However, in the long run, Israeli criminality and evilness will make it sterile from within to the point of death.

Like evil people, evil states shall not prosper.


Thanks to Israel

by Arash Kamangir (not verified) on

Israel has showed in the last 3 weeks how to fight with determination against a terror that is led and financed by IRI. This is only the beginning of a long procedure in which evil terror exported by IRI will be crushed and stopped. Free West and Israel will not allow that other countries in Middle East end up like Iran. Thanks again to Israel.


Isreal murders democratically!

by JoeThePlumber (not verified) on

Cuthair has wasted long pages here to convince us that indiscriminantly killing and wounding thousands of women and children by the Israeli thugs is somehow related to the struggle between "liberal democracy" and evil! Could anything be more absured?

If what Israel is doing has anything to do, even remotely, with democracy, the hell with democracy.

What Israel is doing is indeed another holocaust. Killing a thousnad people and wounding several thousnads in just 12 days! I guess we should bestow medals of valor upon the cowardly Israeli pilots for their democratically precise targetting of defenseless women and children.

Israel first attempted to starve people to death by imposing an embargo on Gaza for many months. Now it is attempting to exterminate the people of Gaza at any cost and by any means. It will fail miserably as it always has. What will remain is the dead bodies of Palestinian children and the smirky faces of their Israeli murderers.


cuthair, lamentations of a supporter of Israel who sees the

by zionist detector (not verified) on

final doom of zionism but does not want to admit it. He puts the blame on everything and everybody, Muslims, Islamits, libraels, leftists, bolshovics, communists, etc, etc. But he/she does not want to admit the colonialist/racist nature of Zionism for its doom.


Learning to live with Islamism

by cuthair (not verified) on

Do we have to come to term with Islamism?



Right on.....

by JoeThePlumber (not verified) on

Bravo Nazi Kaviani. Thanks for the report and for
the pictures.

While the deafening silence of the so called mainstream media (CNN, Fox, and the rest of the herd) is yet another proof of their complacency in covering up the massacre of Palestinians by Isaeli thugs, your piece, though briefly, sheds some light on the fact that there are many people of conscious protesting Israeli barberism.

In the midst of all this, there are some Iranians who think the intentional murder of hundreds of Palestinian kids by the cowardly Israeli pilots and soldiers will help the Iranian people get closer to freedom and democracy! No wonder why Iran is where it is now. Half of our intellegencia outside the country is brain washed and brain poisoned by the zionist-dominated global noise machine called the mainstream media.

Farhad Kashani

Its sad that these leftists

by Farhad Kashani on

Its sad that these leftists and Islamists have hijacked the Palestinian cause. Look at all these communist, socialist and Islamic in this rally. It sickens me. These people don’t give a flying crap about the Palestinian cause. It’s all anti U.S, communism and Islamism promoting agenda.



Zionism is racism, says who? The United Nations. When? a long

by zionist detector (not verified) on

time before there was an IRI. Zionism is criminal, why? Look at the news coming from Gaza for the last 18 days. Zionism is corrupt, says who? Look at the prime minister of the zionist state who is charged with corruption and taking bribe.

Zionism is immoral, look at their last 2 presidents one was charged with the rape of women who worked in his office and the other had to resign for bribery charges. Zionism is warmonger, why? look at the history of Middle East for the last 60 years and the destruction of Palestinian nation. Now go chew on that you followers of Zion the Efriteh.


Iran: "Death to Obama"!

by dvd (not verified) on

A hardline demonstrator leaves after pouring kerosene on posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, during a demonstration in support of the people of Gaza, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran January 13, 2009. (REUTERS/Stringer)

The protesters chanted, "Death to Obama" as they torched his photo at the Swiss Embassy.
Reuters reported::

The demonstrators, waving Palestinian flags, some chanting "Death to Obama," had gathered outside the Swiss embassy which handles U.S. interests because Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties for nearly three decades.


Pictures obtained by Reuters showed the president-elect's image laid on the road for cars to drive over it, and other images showed demonstrators burning the Obama poster.


Then, you are not Iranian !!!

by Souri on

" She speaks like Mahmood..... Then they say Mahmood does not represent Iranians!..."

The richness of your words here, shows your level of intelligence.



RE: Zionist detector?????

by Babak Khorramdinnnnn (not verified) on

Hahahaha Yes, sure, instead of putting forward an argument based of facts and truth let's accuse us of being Zionist!!! If I have no effect on the readers of this web site, why are you so pissed off then?!!! LOL My friend, first learn to argue like an adult, based on substance and not prejudice and then we will talk!!! Btw, you are not alone, Khomeini and IRI have a long tendency of labeling any opposition to their views as a ZIONIST! So I guess you have got company there! ;)


to: ZD

by Anonymous fishie (not verified) on

go find another podium to spout your anti-semitism. you and your select few have been trying to limit who can participate on IC for far too long. your hypocrisy is more obvious every day. we know who you are. we know what you stand for. and it's not about "peace to the palestineans". you couldnt care less about the pals. they are NOT innocent. sure, innocent people have died. people die every day unfairly. and i'm NOT SUPPORTING this all out attack on palestine. you can say all you want. you can lie all you want. you can try to deceive all you want. i believe this war IS unjust. but i'm not 100% blaming isreal. hamas has done their job... you feel for these cowards who hide in churches and schools and behind their women and children and then you call it genocide. how can an honest true peace-loving person compare this war to the holocaust as so many of you have done. it is THIS reasoning that makes you difficult to take seriously.


and you, ms. zionist detector... are the worst.


exactly why should israel move

by Anonymous fishie (not verified) on

anywhere? only solution?


Souri's ignorant convulsions

by LOL (not verified) on

Souri's convulsions:

"Israel should move to somewhere else, simply. This is the only solution. Million Muslim around the world live far from Mecca. What' the problem with this?"

hahahahahahahahhahaha hekayat e g**z beh shagh.....

She speaks like Mahmood and utters the same childish ignorant gibberish.

Then they say Mahmood does not represent Iranians!


Viva Israel

by Kambiz.se (not verified) on

Viva Iran, Viva Israel


Zionists and their lackies listen well

by zionist detector (not verified) on

Your pathetic defence of Israel's crime against the innocent people of Gaza has no effect on the readers of this website. We are united against this atrocities and will raise our voices, will attend demonstration and will expose this injustic against Palestinians and the people of the Middle East.

More than 200,000 people demonstrated against Israel just in Spain during the last weekend. You are a small minority numbered around 5 individuals and headed by zion the "Efriteh" as the ring leader. We are the rest of the visitors on this website.


part of Iranian psyche

by Bitter truth (not verified) on

It is quite unfortunate but majority of Iranians knowingly or unbeknownst to them (so called intellectual educated ones as well) have been brainwashed against Jews and Bahaies for hundreds of years through mullahs' teachings in Iran.

Iranians are not being compassionate or humanitarian in this case otherwise they would feel the same compassion and excitement for hundreds of thousands of their own fellow countrymen and women being stoned, maimed, mutilated, hanged and shot to death in Iran in the last thirty years.

Most do not want to admit it but it is the truth! you are prejudiced and it has nothing to do with how many years of education you've got, how mnay books you've read, or how many years you've been living abroad!


End Of Hamas

by Balouchi (not verified) on

New York Times printed an outlined plan devised by the Israeli government for Iran in a recent post. We all want the good old days to return but Israel is here to stay and if anyone is in jeopardy of destruction in the long run is Iran.

According to New York Times, Israel will take out Hamas first as we are witnessing right now, so that there will be no war by proxy before they bomb the nuclear installations in Iran which is now bringing out the zealots such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, it seems they did not learn their lesson in 2006 and are due to repeat the same miserable mistake all over again. Hezbollah is next in line for destruction. I as an Iranian don't give a rat's a** about the Palestinians or the Israelis and IRI, live and let live is my motto. If sixty years of meddling by the outside world has not resolved this issue then history is doomed to repeat itself.

For all those folks that went "sineh Zani" for the Palestinians in San Fransisco, they should go back to shopping and improving the world economy instead (I hear prostitution is legal there now, "ye safar berin sun frunsisco"). How many of them protested against the police brutality that is happening over there right now, where are those photos?. What about IRI or Darfur or Turkey or Russia for the atrocities committed. The only reason they protest in Europe and USA against Israel is because they do not fear retributions or have their own political agenda. Quit the quid pro quo and your hypocricies and align your misguided beliefs with the rest of the progressive world and may be we can come to a long lasting peace, again, we need to come to the realization that Israel is here to stay as much as we may dislike the notion. Israel is the recipient of three billion dollars a month of taxpayer money but they contribute about ten billion dollars a month to our economy, consider that the cost of doing business, what does the world community get by supporting Gaza and West bank in return, more suicide bombers, Let Israel take out the trash once and for all and hopefully this will lead to IRI's destruction since they are the true agitators.

Long Live true Iran and Iranians.



by Kambiz.se (not verified) on

Did you ever see any Palestinian or any Arab protested against Sadam Hosein when he invaded Iran and killed and raped women and children in Khoramshahr or Andimeshk? or they cheered.
Where was "Humanity" then, Where is now when Mullahs kill and torture iranian, and have you ever seen any Plaestinian protested about that.


What humanity???????

by Babak Khorramdinnnnn (not verified) on

I can't be quiet and not see the hypocrisy in the voice of those who claim to care for the Palestinians for humanitarian reasons! That is an absolute lie, I don't remember hearing a single soul going to streets in Tehran to demonstrate against the horrendous massacre of Jewish people by Nazis when it was happening, but the same people and their religious leaders were so furious by the Israeli-Arab conflict when it happened that it became one of the most important factors of resistance against the Pahlavi regime!!! Let's not forget that one of Khomeini's biggest insults to Shah was calling him a Jew!!!

Let's be HONEST for a second; it's never about humanity, it's always about the people we feel close to. And unfortunately the Iranians seem to feel very close to the sons of Mohammad, Hassan and Hossein!!! Otherwise we would have seen at least one mother f-ing "mohajjabe" Arab protesting in Detroit or SF against all the other horrendous massacres that has taken place in the past 30 years!!!


What Israel should do?

by Samank (not verified) on

Israel is there to stay. Jews lived there for thousands of years and will continue to be there for ever. hopefully in peace with their neighbors.


please dont forget ......!!!!!!

by Amir a (not verified) on

I would like to say to all our friends who are backing up palestinians and try to motivate other Iranians to have sympathy for Arabs,: please please please dont forget they are the same people who helped iraqis in war against iran and fought our nations for 8 years and caused more than a million victims, our sons, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers. and when Saddam hossein was dead,the first Arab country who announced 3 days of griefing was this palestain !!!!!!
these nations have tried and partly changed the name of our Persian Gulf,they have announced many time in their papers our first enemy is iran and second is Israeil!!!

my friend Im not fan of Israeil either, so instead of going on about helping enemies, see your own poor people in your hometwon and try to help them FIRST.


Meehan Parasti

by soal (not verified) on

What some people here seem to be saying is:
Avval khodemoon, dovvom HICH KASS!!
Ineh Meehan parasti?
AVVAL khodemoon... baghiyeh bemirand?

Denver Tinbender


by Denver Tinbender on


In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called on "people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era." The campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions--BDS for short--was born.


Every day that Israel pounds Gaza brings more converts to the BDS cause, and talk of cease-fires is doing little to slow the momentum. Support is even emerging among Israeli Jews. In the midst of the assault roughly 500 Israelis, dozens of them well-known artists and scholars, sent a letter to foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel. It calls for "the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions" and draws a clear parallel with the antiapartheid struggle. "The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves.... This international backing must stop."

Yet many still can't go there. The reasons are complex, emotional and understandable. And they simply aren't good enough. Economic sanctions are the most effective tools in the nonviolent arsenal. Surrendering them verges on active complicity. Here are the top four objections to the BDS strategy, followed by counterarguments.

1. Punitive measures will alienate rather than persuade Israelis. The world has tried what used to be called "constructive engagement." It has failed utterly. Since 2006 Israel has been steadily escalating its criminality: expanding settlements, launching an outrageous war against Lebanon and imposing collective punishment on Gaza through the brutal blockade. Despite this escalation, Israel has not faced punitive measures--quite the opposite. The weapons and $3 billion in annual aid that the US sends to Israel is only the beginning. Throughout this key period, Israel has enjoyed a dramatic improvement in its diplomatic, cultural and trade relations with a variety of other allies. For instance, in 2007 Israel became the first non-Latin American country to sign a free-trade deal with Mercosur. In the first nine months of 2008, Israeli exports to Canada went up 45 percent. A new trade deal with the European Union is set to double Israel's exports of processed food. And on December 8, European ministers "upgraded" the EU-Israel Association Agreement, a reward long sought by Jerusalem.

It is in this context that Israeli leaders started their latest war: confident they would face no meaningful costs. It is remarkable that over seven days of wartime trading, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange's flagship index actually went up 10.7 percent. When carrots don't work, sticks are needed.

2. Israel is not South Africa. Of course it isn't. The relevance of the South African model is that it proves that BDS tactics can be effective when weaker measures (protests, petitions, back-room lobbying) have failed. And there are indeed deeply distressing echoes: the color-coded IDs and travel permits, the bulldozed homes and forced displacement, the settler-only roads. Ronnie Kasrils, a prominent South African politician, said that the architecture of segregation that he saw in the West Bank and Gaza in 2007 was "infinitely worse than apartheid."

3. Why single out Israel when the United States, Britain and other Western countries do the same things in Iraq and Afghanistan? Boycott is not a dogma; it is a tactic. The reason the BDS strategy should be tried against Israel is practical: in a country so small and trade-dependent, it could actually work.

4. Boycotts sever communication; we need more dialogue, not less. This one I'll answer with a personal story. For eight years, my books have been published in Israel by a commercial house called Babel. But when I published The Shock Doctrine, I wanted to respect the boycott. On the advice of BDS activists, I contacted a small publisher called Andalus. Andalus is an activist press, deeply involved in the anti-occupation movement and the only Israeli publisher devoted exclusively to translating Arabic writing into Hebrew. We drafted a contract that guarantees that all proceeds go to Andalus's work, and none to me. In other words, I am boycotting the Israeli economy but not Israelis.

Coming up with this plan required dozens of phone calls, e-mails and instant messages, stretching from Tel Aviv to Ramallah to Paris to Toronto to Gaza City. My point is this: as soon as you start implementing a boycott strategy, dialogue increases dramatically. And why wouldn't it? Building a movement requires endless communicating, as many in the antiapartheid struggle well recall. The argument that supporting boycotts will cut us off from one another is particularly specious given the array of cheap information technologies at our fingertips. We are drowning in ways to rant at one another across national boundaries. No boycott can stop us.

Just about now, many a proud Zionist is gearing up for major point-scoring: don't I know that many of those very high-tech toys come from Israeli research parks, world leaders in infotech? True enough, but not all of them. Several days into Israel's Gaza assault, Richard Ramsey, the managing director of a British telecom company, sent an e-mail to the Israeli tech firm MobileMax. "As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company."

When contacted by The Nation, Ramsey said his decision wasn't political. "We can't afford to lose any of our clients, so it was purely commercially defensive."

It was this kind of cold business calculation that led many companies to pull out of South Africa two decades ago. And it's precisely the kind of calculation that is our most realistic hope of bringing justice, so long denied, to Palestine.


To All of those who say "Be Ma Che"

by LostIdentity. (not verified) on

I'm amazed that the blunt hatred and selfishness let us to close our eyes on realities. The factis that, what has happened to us. We care so much for environment, animals, DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, CHILD EXECUTION and etc. WHere does the genocide of innocent people fit in this maze?


BUT, I put my HUMAN factor proudly way way high above my NATIONALITY.


به ما چه؟

A n o n (not verified)

Islamic Republic of Iran does not care about Gaza or its people. IRI needs a perpetual war for its existence. A battle of good and evil if you will. For which people of Iran would scarifies and preferably die, on the side of the good against the evil, of course. While the newly created clergy elite line their pockets with the countries natural resources.

Scarifies and martyrdom is the bases of the regime of IRI. How else could they explain the pain and suffering due to the religious fundamentalist tyranny they have imposed on the Iranian people?
Since they have been in power they have tried to redefine the Iranian people as “nurturer of martyrs” (Shahid Parvar). IRI needs martyrs and wars to survive, just like a vampire needs blood.

As soon as the IRAQ war was over they started their proxy wars in Lebanon and Gaza. Hezbollah fighting the Lebanon’s government, and Hamas fighting Palestinian Authority.


What Israel should do ?

by Souri on

Israel should move to somewhere else, simply. This is the only solution. Million Muslim around the world live far from Mecca. What' the problem with this?


I too attended a peace rally and hope more people would join us.

by aynak on

I too, attended a peace rally last week and it was truly healing for me as a tax payer to at least be able to express my frustration with how my money is spent in killing innocent people. I dont know why some people here mostly from a pro-Israel view, like to suggest fighting for Palestininans human rights is mutually exclusive of fighting for Iranian peoples right? Can you do both? I have.

We all know Israel-Palestine conflict did not start with Islamic Regime. So doesn't the fact that Palestinian people have to look for anyone who may throw them a rope even if it is Islamic Regime would make you want to get Israel-Palestine conflict which is now massacar resolved, ad resolved fast?

While Israel was carpet bombing Ghaza, Islamic Regime was making sure Shirin Ebadi's office is closed. Islamic Regime also stopped pro-peace rally in Tehran while beating and injuring pro-piece marchers.

I have argued for a long time that Islamic Regime and Israel are two sides of same coin: One promotes Racial apartheid the other a sexsual apartheid. Neither wants peace. Neither wants justice.

Now instead of discouraging anyone who tries to speak the truth, try to help expose what is not getting coverage?

Unless of course you really don't think the killing of 250 kids in more than 3 weeks is none of your business.


What Israel should do? What would you do?

by Samank (not verified) on

Of course loss of life, specially innocent children is always tragic. But what would you do if you were an Israeli leader?

Israel pulled out of Gaza as a first step for creation of a Palestinian state. What did they do except sending suicide bombers in to Israel to kill civilians and firing thousands of missiles toward Israeli cities. Israel warned them over and over. Asked Arab countries to stop them. Asked united nations to intertwine. But they used Israeli restrain as a sign of weakness and with the support of Iran and Hezbollah turn Gaza in to a missile and arm depot.

Should Israel wait until Iran send them more sophisticated weapons before they react? Should they experience the death of their children before they defend themselves? There is no war more just that the war is waging on behalf of the civilized before against radicalism and terror.

The response of Iran or US or any other country to a savage neighbor who wants to wipe them off the map would have been ten times earlier and bloodier.

Once they decide to leave in peace with Israel, all the wars and bloodshed in the area will be over.


به ما چه؟

ایرانی (not verified)

سالی چند ده هزار ایرانی فقط تو جاده ها می میرند اونوقت پولی رو که می شه صرف راه سازی و ایمن سازی کنیم باید بدیم به حماس؟ شدیم کاسه ی داغ تر از آش. دنیای عرب (دشمن قسم خورده ی ایرانیان) نشسته داره تماشا می کنه اونوقت ما...