Jewish demonstrators demanding that Israel pull out of Palestinian
territory were arrested in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco
yesterday, and they vowed that protests would continue all week.
Police hauled 16 members of A Jewish Voice for Peace out of the middle of
Montgomery Street -- where they stood for 20 minutes with arms linked,
chanting slogans and singing Israeli songs -- after they refused to quit
Members of A Jewish Voice for Peace Await Arrest in San Francisco on April 10, 2002
They were all cited for minor traffic infractions related to obstructing
the roadway and then released, said San Francisco police Captain James Dudley.
The protest, and the arrests at 1:45 p.m., were conducted with no violent
outbursts, he said.
The demonstration of about 200 people, which began at noon on the street
outside the consulate and in its front hallway, was held "to raise another
Jewish voice, one that lets everyone know that what Israel is doing is not
happening in our name," said co-organizer Penny Rosenwasser.
"The Israeli army is demolishing Palestinian houses with people still
inside them, and using older people as human shields in front of their tanks,"
said Rosenwasser, who lives in Oakland. "Bodies are being left to rot in the
"It's important that people know we care about Israel and believe it has
the right to exist, but that Palestinian lives are just as valuable as Israeli
About a dozen counter-demonstrators stood near the protesters, holding
Israeli flags, but there were no clashes between the two sides. A pair of
dueling protests over the same issue drew about 1,000 demonstrators -- equally
divided for each camp -- to the consulate last Friday and also ended
Rosenwasser said that members of A Jewish Voice For Peace, a Bay Area
group, would be back at the consulate today with members of Tikkun Community,
another Jewish organization, and that another protest would follow tomorrow
involving Arabic groups.
©2002 San Francisco Chronicle