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Jews protest Israeli "genocide of the Palestinian people"

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Posted: Thursday, 08 May 2008 5:22PM

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"Protests Mark Israel's 60th Anniversary at SF Jewish Center"

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Between 25 and 30 people were arrested following a protest at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center Thursday, as the facility marked the 60th anniversary of Israel.

The demonstrators were arrested for trespassing, when they interrupted an educational program on Israel making the 60th anniversary of the state. They were cited and released.

"We are here as Jews to break the perceived consensus that all Jews are in support of colonization,and apartheid, and genocide of the Palestinian people," said Libby Goldberg, with the group No Time to Celebrate. "Also that there is no safety for Jews in dispossession of other people's land."

The center had already beefed up security and police presence in preparation for the event.

"We want to be a venue where people feel comfortable about coming and expressing their views and our value is to welcome that, but not to have it impact negatively," said Susie Krumpler, speaking for the J.C.C.

Listen KCBS' Margie Shafer reports Margie Shafer