“In all the years I’ve been doing this work I have never seen thousands and thousands of Jewish people across the United States, and of course others as well, rise up to say, ‘Not in our name,’” said Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, who sits on the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace and said she’s been working on freedom for Gaza and the West Bank for the last 56 years. “I’ve never seen this amount of support.” Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Zionist organization, led Monday’s protest along with If Not Now and other groups. The organization was behind similar direct actions at the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station in New York City. Monday’s protest was the second major act of civil disobedience in Oakland related to the bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza: On Nov. 3, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center helped organize a protest at the Port of Oakland where activists attempted to board a ship they said was delivering military supplies to Israel.
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