Mideast Turmoil Sparks Altercation in Berkeley

(San Francisco Chronicle) Patrick Hoge - A Berkeley rally against terrorism that featured a bombed Israeli bus turned briefly violent Sunday when counter-demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags marched into the mostly pro-Israel crowd. More than 500 people, mostly Jews from throughout the Bay Area, gathered in Martin Luther King Jr. Park to hear speakers denounce terrorism. More than 200 counter-demonstrators gathered across the street, including some 40 men of Middle Eastern descent, most of whom wore kaffiyehs, who yelled, "Two, four, six, eight, we are martyrs, we can't wait.'' "They attempted to disrupt the rally through the same kinds of intimidation and indiscriminate violence that are the hallmarks of our 21st century scourge, global terrorism,'' said David Meir-Levi.

2005-01-17 00:00:00

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