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Woman holding matzah with Man holding jackboot with swastika.
Photo credit: B. Marsh,

These photos show scenes from an anti-Israel demonstration at the University of California at Berkely, April 2, 2002.

The woman holding up a matzah with "NO MORE BLOOD" in blood-stained letters is clearly meant to evoke the blood libel, the ancient anti-Semitic charge that Jews (not Israelis) use gentile blood in baking for their religion.

The man with the jackboot and swastika is clearly meant to equate Israel (and Jewish supporters of Israel) with Nazis. This smear blatantly ignores the resurgence of actual Nazism within the Arab world. But even beyond that, the choice of symbols is appalling. Both the jackboot and the swastika are symbols of persecution of Jews. They are deeply hurtful to many Holocaust survivors and their families, whether or not they are supporters of Israel's policies. These are anti-Jewish symbols.

Anti-Zionism or anti-Semitism?


Delaney, Soph. "An Article From Berkeley: 'Palestine Demo Ends in Confrontation With Cops'." Independent Media Center-Palestine, April 3, 2002.

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