Jewish Students Rescued from Anti-Israel Protest in Boston

Boston police came to the rescue of a small group of Jewish students at a two-hour "die-in" on the Boston Commons. 

For the third time in eight days, Boston police were forced to intervene when a small group of student Israel supporters was swarmed by demonstrators screaming anti-Semitic epithets and initiating physical contact, said students involved in the incident.

Brett Loewenstern, a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist and his boyfriend "set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators."

Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said Loewenstern and other witnesses.

“We started to get pushed and shoved by the Israel haters, and the police came in to extract us from them,” said Loewenstern, a former contestant on American Idol who sings Israel’s national anthem at communal events.

“The policewoman was very nice and said that we were allowed to make our point but we have to do it separately from the Israel haters,” Loewenstern told the Times of Israel.