Two activists in Anon mask with sign: Listen Close, I've Got Six Words for Obama. Long Live Palestine, Long Live Gaza!

July 23: These two Anonymous activists were among hundreds that came to stand with Gaza in Austin.

Tonight’s Watercooler is in solidarity with the thousands who took the streets in Chicago last weekend for a massive march to support the people of Gaza — and with the many thousands more participating in similar protests worldwide, including the West Bank.

A much more modest protest took place in Austin yesterday, sponsored by several local organizations that support an end to the conflict. About as many, or slightly fewer people came out as the last rally I wrote about in this watercooler. I quipped to my friend Gayle that in the Texas heat each person should count for 2. My friend, who is in Middle Eastern studies, retorted that during Ramadan every Muslim protester (unable to drink water in that sun!) should count for 4.

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