Opponents of Jew-hatred rally, outnumber pro-Hamas protest

By Michele Smith
January 15, 2024

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Supporters of Israel’s right to exist as a refuge for Jews here organized a counterprotest against the Issaquah Students League, a chapter of a group called the Revolutionary Student Union. It led a march and rally at the office of Congresswoman Kim Schrier, who is Jewish, calling for “From Issaquah to Gaza! Global intifada!” Dec. 17.

The counterprotesters said they were out to show “Issaquah that we will not rest until our families in Israel are safe, and the hostages are safely returned.”

The counterprotest drew 60 people, outnumbering the pro-Hamas marchers two to one. Participants chanted, “Bring them home now!” “Ho, ho, Hamas has got to go!” and “Show your face!” The Jew-haters had urged their supporters to cover their faces, as Hamas does.

Socialist Workers Party members Rebecca Williamson and this Militant correspondent joined the counterprotest carrying a party poster reading, “Calls for cease-fire = support for Hamas!” and “Fighting Jew-hatred is a working-class issue.”