Black ‘demonstrators Call Death to Israel’ ‘death to Zionism’
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Black ‘demonstrators Call Death to Israel’ ‘death to Zionism’

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Chanting slurs against Jews and the State of Israel, about 150 Black Americans, American-Arabs and their sympathizers staged a two-hour demonstration this afternoon in front of the Israeli Consulate and the Israel Mission to the United Nations. No incidents were reported.

The demonstration was sponsored and organized by the Black United Front as a protest, according to a press release given to reporters during the demonstration, against ” the Zionist racist pressure which resulted in the dismissal of Ambassador Andrew Young.”

The demonstrations carried placards denouncing Zionism as “racist and Fascist,” and praising the Palestine Liberation Organization. The demonstrators also carried Palestinian flags and some wore kaffiyehs–the traditional Arab headdress.

“Death to Israel, death to Zionism, long live the PLO,” the demonstrators chanted vigorously in response to various speakers who demanded that the U.S. should change its Midedst policy and recognize Palestinian rights.

The leader of the Black United Front is the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, who organized demonstrations last summer against Hasidic Jews in the Crown Heights section of-Brooklyn.

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