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Photos: M31 Free Palestine Action @ Powell and Market
May 31. On short notice hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Powell and Market Streets in San Francisco to protest Israel's deadly attack against a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Activists on the ships were carrying motorized wheelchair scooters, toys, educational supplies, and pre-fab housing materials - things barred from Gaza by the Israeli blockade.
Top Photo: Against a backdrop of banners at Powell and Market that advertise *Wicked*, a sign raised on high: "Jews Say Stop Israeli Terror".
San Franciscans reacted quickly to protest Israel's action. They were joined by South Bay and East Bay residents in a march that started in front of the Israeli Consulate, went past Union Square and culminated in a demo at Powell and Market. Other actions were planned for San Jose and Sacramento on short notice as well.
"Free Free Palestine!"
Bayan means "country" in Tagalog. Filipino-Americans in support of Palestine were amongst the crowd.
Boycott Israeli Goods sign in front of the Gap store at Powell and Markett
Two Israeli flags and one American flag were held by several pro-Israel counter demonstrators. They were far far outnumbered by the hundreds calling for censure of Israel.