Outside the Israeli Consulate, 26 People Get Arrested for Lying in the 2nd Avenue Crosswalk

Categories: Arrests, Gaza

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All photos by Zachary Roberts for the Village Voice
Norman Finkelstein and dozens of others lay down in the middle of 2nd Avenue in front of the Israeli Consulate.
Outspoken critic of the Israeli bombing and occupation of Gaza Norman Finkelstein was one of 26 demonstrators arrested today outside of the Israeli Consulate. The protestors laid down along the crosswalk of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, blocking traffic. All 26 were arrested and taken to the 7th precinct, where they are being charged with disobeying a lawful order.

The NYPD was there in force, no doubt already informed of the plans for civil disobedience, and were ready with plastic zipcuffs. After giving warnings over a megaphone, protestors were asked one by one if they wanted to be arrested. When they didn't comply they were told they would be charged with resisting arrest.

Some got up on their own and were arrested, while others remained limp on the ground and were picked up by several officers. Four police vans were used to take away the protestors after having their photograph taken at the scene.

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Finkelstein asks who is willing to be arrested for laying down in the street.
A call for volunteers to join him in civil disobedience was posted on Facebook yesterday after the Israeli government promised to ramp up its bombing of Gaza.

"I am ready to commit civil disobedience tomorrow, Tuesday, 29 July, at the Israeli Mission to the U.N. However, I don't believe in individual acts of martyrdom
It's got to be a collective action."

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Arrested protestors await to be placed in a police van.
Finkelstein, who in 2008 was arrested in and deported from Israel, went on to say: "If 100 people either sign up to get arrested or to be there in solidarity, I'll be there too." He didn't reach that number, but went on to be arrested anyway.

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Norman Finkelstein is led away in cuffs by the NYPD.

See also:
Anti-Israeli Protests in Midtown Manhattan
'New York Stands With Israel' Rally Draws Thousands

Additional reporting by Tessa Stuart

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k1112
k1112

the Police should have shot them all execution style when they were lying on the ground and dumped their bodies in the Hudson, no loss, actually a gain

frank124c
frank124c topcommenter

The Jews are the new Nazis.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

I wish peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. But how do you take the Hamas jihadists out of the equation so that this may be accomplished?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

If they went over to Gaza, Hamas terrorists would make sure they were lying down for good.

drewhunkins
drewhunkins

Norman FInkelstein's a godsend, a true hero, an urbane intellectual who takes a righteous stand against a violent and brutal campaign that the vast majority of the American intelligentsia both tacitly and overtly support. 

If you ever get time, be sure to pick up Finkelstein's astonishing short book 'The Holocaust Industry.' 


Finkelstein, along with James Petras, Chris Hedges, Michael Parenti, Adolph Reed and Noam Chomsky are the pre-eminent American intellectuals who genuinely and articulately speak and write the truth to the masses.  It's such a tragedy that barely 5% of the American public even know who these marvelous gentlemen are! 

James Stevens
James Stevens

Sorry, you poke a bear with a stick enough, it is going to turn on you. Hamas has constantly attacked Israel, Hamas' founding "charter" clearly states that, firstly that their ultimate goal is the "removal" of Israel from any formerly Islamic lands, secondly they state clearly that they do not accept negotiated settlements in relation to Israel. None of these statement are racist, they are facts. We have two countries that occupy territory that both believe they have a divine right to that territory. The only solution is increasingly looking like that they are going to have to live together. Both sides have blood on their hands, both sides have broken truces and ceasefires over the years. Blaming isn't going to sovle the problem and neither is Hamas' insistence on the ultimate destruction of the Israeli state. As for limited resourses in Gaza, perhaps if less energy, money and resources was put into building tunnels and rockets, the population could be better looked after?

Pau-Pau Borja
Pau-Pau Borja

Let someone put you in an island with limited resources, limited food, no schools, limited health care for you and your children, and where you are not allowed to leave without their permission. Wouldn't you protest? Wouldn't you rebel against it? And even so, with one of the most sophisticated armies in the world, with the most modern weapons and a Massad that could be superior to the CIA, is killing children acceptable? Who is OK with their children being killed?

John Helsley
John Helsley

You must be a Palestinian terrorist lover.

John Helsley
John Helsley

These occupy types should have been run over by Swat vans.

John Helsley
John Helsley

@Adam, you are clearly the racist for using the word first. That's the way it always is. You are a self-hating racist. Get educated punk.

Joseph Nolan
Joseph Nolan

Because only Israelis are allowed to occupy territory.

Luis Alejandro Leighton
Luis Alejandro Leighton

As usual people confusing govt vs what the people want. Although Hamas does have hq in hospitals and schools I am bloody sure that the people dont want to die.

Frank Vieira
Frank Vieira

Maybe they should stop putting the Hamas head quarters inside hospitals and schools. I'm not Jewish but those Arabs surely ask for it.

andyvanm
andyvanm

@drewhunkins Hamas is a terrorist organization that excels at terrorizing. It specializes at manipulating public opinion. Civilians are expendable. Hamas exists only to exalt itself. It has no other mission. Norman FInkelstein ' and others like him Communist raised useful idiots.... 

akmiller2
akmiller2

Do you feel any shame when you lie? Any at all? Israel broke the ceasefire, not Hamas. This is easily available and verifiable information. If you're not willing to do 3 seconds of research, you shouldn't open your mouth. Also, Hamas has long ago accepted peaceful coexistence with Israel through diplomatic negotiations- that's why it joined the Unity Government in the first place. On the other hand, Israel has done everything in its power to prevent the formation of a Palestinian state- Netanyahu has even gone on record saying the West Bank will be part of Palestine over his dead body.

akmiller2
akmiller2

And you must be a racist. What are you bringing to the next Klan BBQ?

akmiller2
akmiller2

Learn a little about the subject before you spew such racist, ignorant opinions.

imarnold2
imarnold2

There's a former (arab/jewish) solider touring the country speaking about the lies perpetrated by Netanyahu. 

I.E. He knew Hamas was not responsible for kidnapping the three students. He knew the students were found/dead a week before announcing they were found.

He has Israel agents fomenting unrest while posing as palestinians. 

macwade
macwade

And you are a fool for believing lies fed to you by your government and the media

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