This week we were back at Westlake Center, The crowd was about 800 strong and it was pretty much the same people.
But this week we seemed to have more Communist.
We also had, for the first time, at least two "legal observers"
We had some Street Evangelism
And we had an arrest. I do not have picture because well I was in the middle of it. What happened? I don't want to get into to many details because I will have to preserve my testimony for when I go to court, but this guy grabs my Israeli flag I don't let him. We struggle for a bit then the Seattle PD stepped in and took the other guy to jail. As part of their investigation the Seattle PD took my flag, but I had a little one in my pocket so I took it out and I went back to the march. I got my flag back after the march.
The march took a different route thru the Convention center.
After I was attacked the protest organizers sent one of theirs to "protect" me. The Seattle PD also stayed close by.
During the arrest of my attacker the Legal Observers were right in the middle of everything, but when I wanted to give my side this guy didn't want to hear a word I had to say.
Oh, one more thing, I may need to start a Legal Defense Fund. The terror supporters said they want to sue me because they got hate mail, they say that the photos of kids must be removed. I said I would block out the faces. I will not be able to fix the videos and therefore I will leave them up until I get a court order to remove them and then I will fight! Anyone know where I stand? How best to ask for any money I may need for my defense? I really don't mind blocking out the faces of children, Hamas uses children, I do not. I know this is just a threat to shut me down, but I need to be ready to stand my ground. I know that most of my photos are protected, they are of people in a public place participating in a public and newsworthy event. Has a blogger I have the right to record and report on this event.
I am going to work on the video, nothing really new but I want to post it anyway. They didn't do their "From the River to the sea" chant, maybe last week when I called it what it is, a call for genocide, they decided not to use it this week.
Update: Video posted, Turns out there was something new in this video. At about 4:20 you can see one of the protest workers taking a sign out of the crowd and tearing it up. The sign was this one
"How 'bout we fund Hamas for awhile?" The owner of the sign and his kid are later moved to the front of the march still with tons of enthusiasm for the terror they support.
I'm guessing that even these guys don't want Hamas' name to be linked with their actions
Update: Carlos in comments points out that they did use the "from the river to the sea" chant. He did this like it was a good thing.
Update: I've received an offer for advice in the above mentioned legal matter, here is how I explained my situation.
Thank you for your offer. Here is more info on what is going on. I do believe that I am on good ground in this matter and I believe that it is only tough talk trying to shut me down. It is my understanding that because these photos were taken in a public place at a public event for the purpose of reporting/blogging on said event I am protected from any action. I am just looking for confirmation.
Their claim is that my photos have led directly to e-mail threats against members of their group. I asked for copies of these e-mails. They said they will send them, they also said they sent them to the FBI. Because I never mentioned the name of their group, I don’t even know the name; I suspect they are lying to me.
and here is the advice.
... you SHOULD put up on your website that you have consulted with a lawyer (which I still am) and have been advised that you've broken no laws, that said lawyer doesn't believe it's possible anyone could be sending them hate mail since their individual identities were never disclosed ...
So, has a courtesy to this group, I will voluntarily (without admission of wrong doing) obscure the faces of children from futures events hosted by this group if they
1) Send me copies of the hate mail and any info on their FBI complaint that may pertain to my connection to said mail.
2) Identify that they are in fact concerned for the safety of the children attending said event
3) Identify that they are involved in the events I am photographing
Videos are a bit more difficult to edit in such a manner, I will have to rely on the low resolution of YouTube. I will also make a point of identifying instances where I feel they are exploiting children for their own purposes.