Monday, August 4, 2014
Pro Palestinian Protester, Tries to Burn Israeli Flag Held By U.S. Marine
On Saturday, a massive pro-Palestine and anti-Israel protest took place in Washington D.C. in front of the White House. The crowd, which numbered around 10,000 according to a DC police officer, shouted chants of “free, free Palestine,” “end the genocide,” and had a number of speakers appear, including left-wing professor Cornell West.
A group of pro-Israel protestors showed up -- and were encircled by police with barricades. The crowd shouted at the group and blew blowhorns in their direction. The pro-Israeli group had to be escorted out of the crowd in police vans.
One pro-Israel protestor showed up on the other side of the crowd, alone, with an Israel flag in one hand and an an American flag in the other.
The pro-Palestine protestors grew belligerent -- shouting slogans at him, giving him the middle finger. One tried to light his Israeli flag on fire.
But Manny Vega, an undeterred retired U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran, spoke to Breitbart News about the incident.
“What brought me out here is this sort of anti-Israel atmosphere that this administration is holding over the United States," Vega told Breitbart News. "I want to show the Israeli people there are American people in our nation that support the state of Israel... And that is why am standing here with an American flag on my right hand, and Israeli flag on my left hand, in a show of solidarity with the Israeli people.”
PRO-PALESTINIAN TRIES TO LIGHT COUNTER-PROTESTOR’S ISRAELI FLAG ON FIRE AT MASSIVE DC MARCH
by JARRETT STEPMAN & INEZ FELTSCHER
2 Aug 2014
Published on Aug 2, 2014
On August 2, a national march for Gaza took place in front of the White House. A pro-Israeli counter-protester (U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran Manny Vega) was standing on 16th and H Streets with Israeli and American flags. Vega was approached by an Arab who began engaging in a very productive conversation with him. However, as more pro-Palestinian protesters marched by them, some engaged in violent acts against him. (This is where the video begins recording.) He was punched, pulled, kicked, and even spat on. (Spitting occurs multiple times between 0:55 and 1:00.)