Dueling protests over Gaza tie up Chicago traffic

Report Date: July 23, 2014

Watchers Notes

JESUS SPOKE ABOUT END-TIME EVENTS. His disciples asked Him: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN when all these things shall be fulfilled?” Luke reports: “…they asked Him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and WHAT SIGN WILL THERE BE when these things shall come to pass? Matthew’s report is specific: “…Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be THE SIGN OF THY COMING, and of the END OF THE WORLD?” (Mar 13:3-4, Luk 21:7, Matt 24:3)

Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)…” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke’s Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we’re supposed to “UNDERSTAND”: “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ….. Let’s TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem??

Supporters of Israel and backers of Palestinians each staged demonstrations downtown Tuesday afternoon over the conflict in Gaza thousands of miles away.

A crowd of pro-Israel demonstrators, many toting the blue-and-white flag of the Jewish state, gathered in front of Chicago’s Israeli consulate on Madison Street for what organizers billed as a noontime call for peace.

Across the intersection of Madison and Canal streets, a large group of Palestinian supporters gathered with a public-address system and flags of their own. Two days earlier, thousands on that side of the conflict marched downtown to protest Israeli military action in Gaza.

A phalanx of police personnel — uniformed and plainclothes, federal and local — kept a close watch on the scene and the two groups were kept separate with steel gates, bicycle-mounted officers and cruisers.

Officers searched the bags of pro-Israel demonstrators as they arrived at the rally, while a string of equine patrol officers ringed part of the pro-Palestinian side. Police K-9 units moved through the protesters, amid the blare of sirens, chanting and helicopters hovering overhead.

“I’m Israeli. I support my country, and I want to stop any aggression from Hamas,” said Alex Paz of Chicago, who was among the many demonstrators calling for an end to the conflict.

“If I knew how to stop it, I would probably be prime minister,” Paz said. “My opinion is it should be stopped, instead of being scared of missiles at night.”

Across the street, Qais Salah, 17, of suburban Chicago, said much of his father’s family is trying to avoid airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

“My grandfather got sick because of how many times he’s got to run outside the house, because Israel calls him and tells him they’re about to bomb the house and he’s got three minutes to leave,” Salah said. “But where can they run? Gaza’s small, they’ve got nowhere to go and everywhere’s being bombed.”

As the rallies dispersed, protesters faced off on opposite sides of Madison near the Chicago River, chanting slogans and shouting at each other. Police soon re-opened a portion of the street to traffic; a handful of passing cars honked to support each side.

A small number of scuffles were observed. Police said a 37-year-old man was arrested and faces misdemeanor charges.