Jan 03 2009
Once more, into the breach. Some friends and I made our way to the pro-Hamas protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery today. We showed our Canadian and Israeli flags and distributed some literature with a point-by-point comparison of Hamas and a more historic fascist movement. Some highlights:
1. The middle-aged woman protesting with the fascist supporters who came over and shouted at our small contingent, saying:
“If I were in Gaza, I would be a suicide bomber. We are all Hamas. Every one of us would do that. We are all Hamas.”
How long before people condoning terrorist acts in distant lands start supporting jihadi-inspired atrocities in our own country? Oh, wait. It’s already started.
2. The overwhelming number of protesters who denied that Hamas is a terrorist organization when we engaged them in conversation. Reality check, losers. Read this. Hamas is on the very same terror list as Osama bin Ladin’s Al Queda network. Suck it up.
3. The pro-Hamas supporters who already took over the space in front of the VAG and blocked off the street stood in front of our flag-holding contingent to block our counter-protest. Police refused to keep them on their side. We had to retreat from our “occupied territory” to the corner of Robson and Hornby. Apparently, pro-Palestinian protests are consistent in denying a contest of ideas when they can intimidate, just like at Concordia.
Our own contingent would have been much larger, but literally everyone we called on our cellphones were afraid to come because of the threat of violence. The other side has done an excellent job of using the threat of force to stifle freedom of speech.
UPDATE: Looks like Global cut my interview, most likely because it was interrupted halfway through by several shouting pro-Hamas protesters. Meanwhile, Global showed a full interview with one of the jackasses from the other side. More of the same tactics from this crowd.
Nice meeting Dag, of the Covenant Zone crew, showing his solidarity against the fascist contingent. Thank you to all who supported us today.