I have always maintained on this Blog and elsewhere that there is a difference between Jews and zionists. The following photos are proof of that. Over 1,000 New York Jews demonstrated in front of the Word zionist Organisation and Jewish Agency against Israel’s policies in Gaza. It was a 24 hour long demonstration (still going on as I write this).

Photos © by Bud Korotzer


  1. buffy said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:13

    Thank you.

  2. WOLF said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:35

    An Invention Called ‘The Jewish People’
    Here is a fascinating review by well known Israeli writer Tom Segev of a book titled, “When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?” (published by Resling in Hebrew). It is authored by Israeli historian Shlomo Zand. Prof. Zand teaches at Tel Aviv University. Segev writes “ one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened – hence there was no return. Zand rejects most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the exodus from Egypt and, most satisfactorily, the horrors of the conquest under Joshua. It’s all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel.

  3. mystry babylawn said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:36

    Good to see there are jews speaking out. Numbers are pretty thin though. I was at UN demo of right wing jews supporting Gaza bombing that drew up to 10,000.

  4. pam said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:36

    It`s in every jews interest to do something about the Israeli govt- all jews will get blamed if things get any worse, there is no way out of that since they call it The Jewish State.

  5. Wideawake said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:40

    That is best thing I have seen lately. God Bless Them!
    These Zionist monsters must be stopped from using the Jews to massacre

  6. Rick said,

    February 13, 2009 at 16:49

    Surprised that Mossad agents disguised as Arabs didn’t show up and start a riot.

  7. truthrocker said,

    February 13, 2009 at 17:02

    Thank you for posting this, DP. One of the core truths that need to be exposed is that Zionism is a POLITICAL IDEA and AGENDA — NOT a religious one!! Your contributions are invaluable.

  8. rabea said,

    February 13, 2009 at 17:17

    It is nice to see that jews fell this way and do condem what is going on
    in palestine.

  9. mills8102 said,

    February 13, 2009 at 18:37

    This is very exciting to me. People are finally (hopefully) starting to see beyond petty politics, religion and race. When it comes down to it, human suffering is human suffering. I condemn violence on both sides and look forward to the day when we wage peace which is far more effective and to the benefit of all peoples. Peace. Shalom. As Salaam w’Alaikum.

  10. embarrassed in USA said,

    February 13, 2009 at 18:55


  11. whitewraithe said,

    February 13, 2009 at 21:35

    Basically, I believed in the same philosophy as you pointed out; that Jews are different than Zionists. That was until Dr. Henry Makow interviewed Christopher Jon Bjerknes last year. You can listen to the interview via my ODEO channel: Bjerknes pointed out that although Orthodox Jews and Zionist Jews do not interact due to political differences, yet they are Jewish and therefore both follow their most sacred oral book, the Talmud. In effect, they believe in many of the same things. Do not both Orthodox and Zionist Jews believe that Goyim was placed on the planet to serve them, etc., etc.? And even if Orthodox Jews are not participating in the New World Order, will they not reap the same rewards.

  12. February 14, 2009 at 00:29

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  13. February 14, 2009 at 00:48

    Ahmadinejad did NOT say “Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth.”
    He said “The Zionist Regime” should be got rid of.” I am with him. And I am
    all the way with the poor Gazans. How a supposedly democratic and progressive nation like Israel can permit the Zionist goons to wage a
    genocidal war on near-defenseless Gazans I don’t understand. The Zionists
    have ALL the Fire Power. If they wanted peace, they could have it tomorrow.

  14. Hopeful said,

    February 14, 2009 at 02:16

    There are people of goodwill everywhere and among all groups. Fairness and compassion are not out of fashion. I take my hat off to these fine human beings.

  15. Halla said,

    February 14, 2009 at 03:37

    Not all jews agreed with this invasion and it is nice to see the demonstration in NY. Thank you for showing it

  16. Halla said,

    February 14, 2009 at 03:39

    whoops wrong URL

  17. baba said,

    February 14, 2009 at 03:52

    Nice to see Jews FINALLY speaking up. More will come now. Please all Jewish People, if you are Jewish, Please PLEASE speak up. Please write in the jewish only newspapers and chronicles and try to spread this, and the timid will become more brave. Also nice to see older people out there.

  18. Mark said,

    February 14, 2009 at 06:36

    Doesn’t move me at all. Once I was a strong supporter of Israel, because I believed all that rubbish about the Jews being persecuted everywhere. The invasion of Gaza changed my mind forever. Israel uses the sympathy of decent people to finance and support acts of unbelievable cruelty, while pre-whitewashing the whole show with soothing saccharine fluff about how moral and sensitive its military forces are. Roll out a few pictures of cute injured Palestinian kids being treated in an Israeli hospital, and that’s a wrap.

    Stop falling for it. And stop helping to pay for it. It’s not the truth.

  19. mohammed said,

    February 14, 2009 at 08:02

    Thank you
    We believe in different religions; that is fine. Every religion assumes that the other religions are not OK; that is fine AS LONG AS it doesnt translate into a feeling that I am better than you because I believe that my religion is right and yours is not OK. But no religion or belief stands the acid test if it says killing millions Jews is acceptable and no religion or belief stands the same test if it says Gaza genocide is OK.
    Thanks for the Jews who are denouncing those criminals who claim to be talking about all the Jews. But what is needed is an international trial of such criminals, not necessarily as an act of vengeance, but because if not done, tomorrow it will be an other muslim Gaza but it could also be a christian or a Jewish Gaza. All what is needed is the wrong belief that I am better than you and some international circumstances that turn the eyes (or support) on what I am doing.

  20. chris said,

    February 14, 2009 at 08:03

    i have so much respect for you guys braving the cold and your peers to show your support for the gazans.

    the more i read the sadder i feel, as this is a modern day holocaust with children and innocents the victims, all in the name of self defence.

    i am not jewish, but jewish or not, i can see wrong is wrong.

    i wish more jews had your courage to stand up for what is right, as by saying nothing the blood is on your hands too.

  21. Markov said,

    February 14, 2009 at 08:16

    Peace and the best of my love to you people in the streets holding the signs!

    Look at you! You’re examples to the world! (And being put to use as such by the needs of the species.)

    Hey everybody else! Look how cool and sexy you get when you go out in the streets and spread your beautiful vision of the world!

    GET OUT THERE, PEOPLE! Look at what a party it is to demonstrate politically.

  22. Chuck said,

    February 14, 2009 at 09:19

    This gives me hope!! How do we cause or encourage this sentiment to spread? How do we get more to stand up – not just Jew, but ALL. What has happened in Gaza, the blockade and military attack on an occupied and captive people would be called by different name anywhere else in this world. We all need to take a stand.
    Thank you!!! To all who stood in New York.

  23. Farhanz said,

    February 14, 2009 at 14:40

    salute to this jews from new york,,,,they know the truth and know who is the real terrorist,,,,the real terrorist is israeli government, and know have a new terrorist leader, tzipi “devil” livni

  24. Noureddine Arfan said,

    February 14, 2009 at 16:09

    I was surprised to see Jews standing against the Zionist regime and I heard about it but I couldn’t believe it. My thoughts are the Jews have the perfect right to live among Muslims in peace and serenity. The teaching of Islam is exactly the same to the teaching of the Torah. I’m originally from Morocco and Jews live in perfect harmony with their Muslim brothers over there. Zionist doctrine is comparable to the old Apartheid regime in south Africa. Other nations are questioning themselves when it comes to the Holocaust tragedy because if the Jews did suffer a Holocaust then why are they giving the same horrific treatment to the Palestinians? We Muslims are a proud nation and I imagine the same applies to the Jews but when it comes to fight a nation of over one billion Muslims, I don’t see how the Zionists can win this ideological fight?

  25. Elspeth Ham said,

    February 14, 2009 at 17:47

    Wow….it brings tears to my eyes and makes me miss NYC. Thank you. This looming nightmare for the world will be relieved by Jews of real courage like yourselves who dare to differ with the runaway terror of Israeli fascism.

  26. Jawad said,

    February 14, 2009 at 21:13

    Wild applause for the beautiful faces that
    dare question the tyranny of the majority!

    Beyond the fake coins of racial,religious
    and ideological superiority, there is the
    real gold of kindness and brotherhood!
    Let us trade in that currency! Shalom!

  27. karen said,

    February 14, 2009 at 21:27

    Thank You—now this needs to be seen by Everyone.

  28. Ahmad Afdal said,

    February 14, 2009 at 23:01

    i am an arab inspired by those jews who can’t tolerate israeli crimes that use semitism and judaism to executes war crimes.

    Hail those Jews , i want and am honored to live among them and coexist them

  29. Nadia Sindi said,

    February 14, 2009 at 23:02

    THANK you for standing up do what’s right!

    Salaam, Shalom..

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  31. Jim Griffin said,

    February 15, 2009 at 02:25

    Thumbs up!! This demonstrates that being Jewish is not an obligation to support Israeli idiocy blindly. I hope this inspires more Jews in the US to speak out against Israeli crimes.

  32. medi said,

    February 15, 2009 at 03:25

    This is Israel from its early days

    Israel learns of a hidden shame in its early yearsSoldiers raped and killed Bedouin girl in the Negev
    Chris McGreal in Jerusalem, Tuesday 4 November 2003 02.48 GMT
    Article history
    For 54 years the fate of a young Bedouin girl who disappeared in the Negev desert was relegated to rumour and a single entry in the diary of David Ben-Gurion, the prime minister of the fledgling Israeli state.
    “It was decided and carried out: they washed her, cut her hair, raped her and killed her,” he wrote.

    After that the case became one of the state’s earliest secrets, and no more than hearsay passed between soldiers.

    Now the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has used previously classified army documents to reveal the full story of what Mr Ben-Gurion called a “horrific atrocity”.

    In August 1949, an army unit stationed at Nirim in the Negev shot an Arab man and captured a Bedouin girl with him. Her name and age remain unknown, but she was probably in her mid-teens.

    In the following hours she was taken from the hut and forced to shower naked in full view of the soldiers. Three of the men then raped her.

    After the Sabbath meal the platoon commander, identified by Ha’aretz as a man called Moshe who had served in the British army during the second world war, proposed a vote on what should be done with her.

    One option was to put her to work in the outpost’s kitchen.

    Most of the 20 or so soldiers present voted for the alternative by chanting: “We want to fuck”. The commander organised a rota for groups of his men to gang rape the girl over the next three days. Moshe and one of his sergeants went first, leaving the girl unconscious. Next morning, she complicated matters by protesting about her treatment. Moshe told one of his sergeants to kill her.

    She was forced into a patrol vehicle with several soldiers, two carrying shovels, and they drove off into the dunes. When the girl realised what was about to happen she tried to run, but only made it a few paces before she was shot by a Sergeant Michael.

    Her body was buried in a grave less than a foot deep.

    A few days later the battalion commander, Yehuda Drexler, asked Moshe if he had carried out an order to return the girl to her village.

    “They killed her,” replied Moshe. “It was a shame to waste the petrol.” He was ordered to write a report. Ha’aretz has obtained a copy.

    It said: “In my patrol on 12.8.49 I encountered Arabs in the territory under my command, one of them armed. I killed the armed Arab on the spot and took his weapon. I took the Arab female captive. On the first night the soldiers abused her and the next day I saw fit to remove her from the world.”

    He and most of the soldiers at the outpost were tried in secret. Some said they were carrying out their commander’s orders. The military judges rejected that line of defence. Moshe denied rape. “Morally speaking, it was impossible to sleep with such a dirty girl,” he told the court.

    He was acquitted of rape but convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The judges likened his stated willingness “to murder even women and children in cold blood” to “Hitler’s methods in France”.

    Nineteen other soldiers received light sentences of between one and three years, mostly for “negligence in preventing a crime”.

    The appeal court reduced their sentences, saying: “At the time there was a general feeling of contempt for the life of Arabs … and sometimes wanton events occurred in this sphere. All this helped create an atmosphere of ‘anything goes’.

    “We are convinced that this atmosphere existed at the Nirim outpost, too.”

    But the government and army understood the shame that would fall on the armed forces if the girl’s fate became known to wider Israeli society, so the murder and trial were classified as secret.

    The case was briefly resurrected at the trial in 1956 of Israeli soldiers and police officers who murdered 43 Arab civilians in Kafr Qassem, to help establish the precedent that there is no defence in obeying illegal orders.

    Then it disappeared from view again.

    Several years later members of a kibbutz near the Nirim base noticed that the wind had uncovered a small hand.

  33. ashraf said,

    February 15, 2009 at 14:49

    i am arab and i am from iraq, and i hate extremism and all crazy religious morons, i love jewish people and christians and everyone..
    we can ll live in peace and harmony,
    i have many many jewish friends and christian friends and they are the best people…
    many muslims are crazy and bad, but not all…
    everyone must be judged by his/her action not his/her actions not color or religion..
    i wish i was there to shake these people’s hands and tell them how much i am proud of them and how much i am ashamed of hamas and all these crazy religious groups..

  34. Semite said,

    February 15, 2009 at 15:44

    I have to admit first i made the same mistake as all others i thought all Jews are this way,i thought the Jews are the filth of this world only killing,raping and destroying lifes is actually what they are doing on this earth………without Jews this world would be much better.,i even thought hitler had the right to burn the Jews…….these were my thoughts until i heard about zionism, this filthy ideology ,and until i saw that (some) Jews are standing up against zionism and condemning the terror in palestine …………we are SEMITE brothers Muslims and Jews, and we lived always in peace and harmony until the arriving of zionism ……so Death to Zionism! imagine a world without zionism!
    Salam and Shalom to all Anti-Zionists! Not to Anti-Semites! Semitic Pride forever!

  35. Hirra09 said,

    February 15, 2009 at 22:04

    its good to know people are finally speaking against Israeli War-crimes – It is a shame it took 14000 deaths though 😦 Viva Palestina!

  36. dee said,

    February 16, 2009 at 02:10

    I write from Edinburgh, Scotland where I caught the link to these photos on Prof. Norman Finkelstein’s website.
    And I’m certain I can say on behalf of the multicultural, multi-ethnic, multireligious and plain secular students occupying a lecture theatre here in a series of UK-wide post-Gaza protests —
    GOD BLESS ALL the noble HUMAN BEINGS in these photos…!
    And, from across the Atlantic Ocean, we extend to them an enormous fraternal HUG to keep their spirits UP and their bodies WARM…
    As the Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote despite those who will deny it:
    “Its comin’ yet for All that…”
    Freedom, Equal rights, and Mutual Dignity for all PEOPLES
    That’s whats coming…!

    SALAAM-SHALOM-PEACE — and most of all — JUSTICE…!

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  38. rhodoraonline said,

    February 16, 2009 at 08:17

    It’s heartening to see that there are good fair-minded Jews inside and outside Israel who have the courage to portray the reality behind the Israel/Gaza conflict unlike the mass media in the West. Keep up the good work!

    A muslim in Pakistan

  39. Mike said,

    February 17, 2009 at 09:34

    Bless these people!

  40. Philippe de Rougemont said,

    February 17, 2009 at 13:09

    Congratulations !
    Israel is not only doing this massacre against the Palestinians but also against itself. It will take many generations for both the Israelis and the Palestinians to cope with this crime, this deep wound will not heal easily.
    Seen from Europe, the Middle East should work on a common market, probably the only lasting solution. Remember how after many terrible wars, Germany and France have become friendly neighbors by becoming economically interdependent.

  41. ajlouny said,

    February 19, 2009 at 05:22

    Not alot of people in the crowd, but still refreshing to see the people that appose injustice and will stand up and say something about it.

  42. Editor said,

    February 20, 2009 at 23:43

    Enlightening comments and pictures re opposing injustice and speaking out on behalf of the oppressed Palestinians.

    There is a Buddhist saying: “Everyman is given the keys to open the gates of heaven; the same key also opens the gates of hell!”

    See also this link re GAZA GENOCIDE:

  43. February 22, 2009 at 06:56

    I should make a few comments. I was born and raised in Germany. After I married I emigrated to Canada. When I went to an Esperanto Congress in Arizona, many years ago I had a conversation with the proud jewish parents of one of the active members of the Esperanto Movement. They talked about the Hitler Regime and what they did to the Jewish People. I was already aware of how the Jews were treating non-jewish Israelis and how they acquired the land which they were occupying and a little upset I asked them if they knew how the Israeli Jews were treating their non-jewish citizensand if they approved of what was going on in Israel, they said they knew and certainly were opposed to it and that many jews in the U. S. A. were also opposed. So far I never met many jews who were opposed to the State of Israel. Jes, I met two or three but it also cost me my relationship with my daughter, when I forwarded an article from Desertpeace to her and some of her friends, of whom one called herself a doctor of divinity. First my daughter phoned me early in the morning, screaming at me that I should have not sent the forward because it would bring trouble for her and she broke off all ties to me. The I received an email from this Divinity friend of hers, calling me an anti-semite and other hateful language. At last I read about these courages jewish people demonstrating in the City of New York who opposed the criminal, savage attacks on the people who are locked in the Gaza Strip, committing the crimes that they are accusing the german people of. Thanks to Desertpeace and the courageous jewish People in Israel and New York who are standing and marching in the streets of their cities, against war and mass murder, my spirit has been raised a bit and I hope that love and compassion shall conquer. In friendship Jurgen P. Kuhl

  44. desertpeace said,

    February 22, 2009 at 07:00

    Thank you Jurgen for that much appreciated comment.

  45. wth said,

    January 8, 2010 at 12:24

    God Bless em’

  46. Anna said,

    April 30, 2010 at 14:30

    These beautiful people make me so proud to be Jewish – shalom!

  47. Ton Nuiten said,

    April 30, 2010 at 20:44

    This Jews who are protesting against the Zionistic occupation of Palestine are really lovely, precious and couraging Jews!! And they do not living in the United States only, but in other places too.

    I hope that their voice will be heard worldwide!!

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