Freedom Folks covered the blood libel here.
A very large Pro-Palestine protest was mounted in Chicago today, with participants being bused in from other cities and states (we heard one organizer gathering people who “were on the bus from Milwaukee”). Jake covered a similar but much smaller protest earlier in the week.
Today was definitely the main event — the Hamas supporters gathered in front of Chicago’s famous Tribune Building, then marched across the Chicago River and around the corner to the Israeli Consulate. A good-sized crowd was already in place across the street to offer their support for Israel.
We wandered around in both crowds taking pics and video for a while. We had our press ID badges on, but were still told we had to “choose a side” when the loonies got ready to begin their march to the Israeli consulate. The police hustled us off behind their barricades post haste…just in case you were wondering if bloggers are still largely considered to be “second class journalists” — the answer is YES!
Jake will have video up after a while. Until then, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, for the most part, and keep my witty commentary to a minimum.