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RE: Confrontations and vitriol disrupted rallies outside Town Meeting ceasefire vote

June 7, 2024
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In trying to be fair to both sides, this article fails to capture the one-sided nature of the aggression aimed at attendees of the pro-ceasefire rally. The hostile, threatening, and frankly juvenile behavior by some attendees of the rally to table Warrant Article 19 was constant and began with an attempt to drown out a rabbi as he offered a prayer for the Israeli hostages. In spite of this, I can say with confidence that I did not see a single attendee of the rally in support of the resolution allow themselves to be baited into a shouting match or skirmish.

Between the brief use of the chant “from the river to the sea”— a phrase which, for decades, Palestinians around the world have used to call for freedom and equality, most often in the form of peaceful coexistence — and the willful harassment and intimidation of individuals, there can be no equivalence.

Emma Nash is a member of the Brookline Peace Coalition. 

 

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