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Photos from the Israel/Palestine Demonstrations

Today on campus there were competing pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrations. We have photos from the events up on our new Flickr account, such as this gem of a sign:


  1. […] Mohamed S. Jemmali, a member of the UO Arabic Faculty, has a guest opinion in today’s Oregon Daily Emerald delightfully titled “Approach freedom of speech with care.” A cringe-inducing headline if I’ve ever heard one, even worse when you realize he’s writing about the recent Israel/Palestine demonstrations. […]

  2. Michael G. says:


  3. Dubya says:

    Oh how Hitler has fallen among the tyrants of history. He had planned for the third reich to last a thousand years. Now his only mention is for poorly constructed comparisons to our incumbent president and assorted elected officials. He needs a new PR man.

  4. Vincent says:

    Hitler? Yes, quite.

  5. Daisy says:

    oh, well, Hello to the new followers of Hitler.

  6. Dubya says:

    I love how when anyone (or news outlet) comes out in support of Israel’s right to exist we become pro-everything Israel. Israel is a democracy that is modern, pro-western, has a growing high-tech economy and most importantly doesn’t actively support and promote the murder of Americans and a return to the 13th century.

    Does that mean that the Commentator and its contributors actively support building settlements on the territory of its neighbors? Probably not, does the Commentator enjoy seeing the somewhat innocent Palestinians being killed? No, of course not, noone does.

    However, it is important to try to put the Middle East conflict in terms of Western clashes of civilization. The Palestinians chose to elect a terrorist government with the stated goal of “wiping Israel off the map”. They also choose to become human shields and active participants in the Western media’s anti-Semitic campaign against anything Israel. 50 years of war should have allowed Israel keep its captured territory and removed these persistent thorns in its side. However, unlike the atrocities committed against Jews throughout the centuries, Israel does not and will not commit genocide.

    The WSJ had a editorial the other day stating the 1/3 of UN countries do not officially recognize Israel. So if they want to issue more useful press releases for cease fires and condemnations of Israel… they can go for it. Those press releases have done wonders for the people of Sudan and other terrific parts of the world.

    The only other explanation for the Commentator’s stance is that Jews control the media and that Bush caused 9/11 (I read this on a protest poster.. or an Egyptian newspaper, I can’t remember)

  7. Vincent says:

    It feels like the commentator has always taken a slightly pro-Israel bent and I

  8. CJ Ciaramella says:

    “Israel has the 4th largest military going by Active troops per thousand citizens.”

    Well, duh. It’s not a very large nation, and it has conscription. If Luxembourg handed one of it citizens a rifle and a helmet, it could probably take third place. It’s a pretty big difference between “largest military” and “largest military by active troops per thousand citizens.”

    As for the Commentator’s pro-Israel bent, I can only speak for myself, but I’ve always found it hard to get behind people who blow up buses full of civilians.

  9. tedTheTiniestTurtle says:

    Israel has the 4th largest military going by Active troops per thousand citizens. You’ll notice the Wikipedia articles graph has arrows that sort the categories, so you can change the way the list is presented. Online media as opposed to print media can be interactive and the user can change the way that information is presented, if the designer or developer adds interactive features.

    It feels like the commentator has always taken a slightly pro-Israel bent and I’ve never understood why. Explanation please…

  10. Bob says:

    Those are just great. I do miss walking through the campus.

  11. Michael G. says:

    “Israel has the fourth largest military in the world…”

    Where the hell do they dream this stuff up? If it were true, you’d think that Wikipedia would be rife with editing to demostrate it, but it looks like neither this measure nor this measure seem to back it up.

  12. Chris says:

    Nice, you caught my colleague in there. I’m definitely forwarding it on.

  13. Matt P says:

    No, they just couldn’t make up their minds about what they were protesting. THis is Eugene, you know. They’ll protest anything.

    In all seriousness, it’s striking that the signs on the pro-Israel side are much more aesthetically pleasing and (gasp!) grammatically accurate.

  14. Scott says:

    Wait, was there like a counter-protest going on at the same time?

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