As a reporter who covers a lot of protests, I've come to realize the participants have distinct personality traits depending on what they are rallying against.
But, without a doubt, in my experience, those who rally against Israel are almost always the angriest.
I caught up with a sizable contingent of these protesters—led by the professional rabble rousers of Code Pink—who were making noise and shouting anti-Israel slogans outside the annual gathering of the group, Christians United for Israel. As always, passions and tempers ran high.
"The U.S.A. is the biggest terrorist organization," one protester said. Another thought it was a tie between the U.S. and Israel.
"Israel has a right to defend themselves - if there is an equal army," a protester argued.
Those who gather for environmental causes are usually the most bizarre of the left’s activists. Pro-abortion rallies attract younger and more a politically naive crowd. And pro-amnesty rallies are often filled with people who don’t speak any English and who are simply handed a sign and told by organizers to stand and wave it around.
Still what I heard from these protesters ranged from the comically absurd to the downright terrifying.