“On Friday, March 30 an estimated 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza took part in the “Great March of Return” along the electric fence that has kept more than 2 million people ‘imprisoned’ for more than a decade.
The march, organized by a cross section of civil society, grassroots activists and political factions in the occupied enclave, called for an end of the Gaza’s brutal siege and the right of return for ‘Palestinian’ refugees. Conditions in Gaza are currently ‘unlivable,’ as described by the UN, with severe electricity shortages and water contamination, on top of periodic military assaults by Israeli forces.
(They claim that) ‘Israel reacted to families walking and chanting with a brutal show of force. Israeli snipers opened fire with live ammunition against the protestors and deployed tear gas against them by drones, killing at least 20 ‘Palestinians’ and injuring more than 1,500, half of which were shot with live ammunition.
And yet, tens of thousands of ‘Palestinians’ remain steadfast. They aim to stay 45 days until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the ‘Nakba,’ Arabic for ‘catastrophe,’ when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel.
We condemn these killings. We mourn the 20 ‘Palestinians’ killed. (And even more outrageous) the protestors claim that, ‘New York City stands with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza in this historic new wave of organizing and their quest to return home.’
Join us to show solidarity with the tens of thousands of ‘Palestinians’ in the besieged Gaza Strip carrying out the historic #GreatReturnMarch and to mourn the 20 ‘Palestinians’ shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border.”
Jewish Voice for Peace – NYC
Apartheid Divest CUNY
Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College
NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
Jews say No!
Women in Black Union Square
NYC-DSA Anti-War Working Group
I saw the usual Soc/Commie/Fascisti “Palestinians” at this “Hate on Israel” protest.
And also, the patriots from NY-JDL who managed a successful counter-protest, marching round and round — and round — these militant anti-Semites; all the while holding the Israeli flag VERY HIGH above the crowd.
Slide show at Union Square
A few of the anti-Israel Fascisti were assigned to the JDL marchers, sticking like glue and attempting to block their march, hoping that ultimately the NYPD would remove the patriots from this public square.
Videos, Part 1- Nerdeen Kiswani from NY-Students For Justice in ‘Palestine’ lead this action – SCREAMING into her megaphone – while patriots from NY-JDL (Jewish Defense League) marched while holding an Israeli flag high, VERY HIGH, above these militants.
Part 2 – Actress Kathleen Chalfant marched with the anti-Israel contingent…
…. seen at approx. 3:45 in the video.
Part 3 – There was much pushing and blocking – attempting to force the JDL out of the public square – it did NOT work. No laws were broken (by the JDL) They just keep walking, exercising their freedom speech and assembly.
Part 4- Eventually debates were taking place, some very contentious, like this exchange – instigated by a man (at 1:13) claiming he is a REAL Hebrew based on the color of his skin. His obnoxious ‘facts’ was challenged by a young Israeli.
All the while Nerdeen Kiswani from NYC- SJP (Students For Justice in Palestine) SCREAMED!! hatred into her megaphone.
And then, I spotted a familiar face, Nancy Mansour, smiling, laughing as she waved her ‘fakestinian’ flag.
Nancy’s method of protest is usually very aggressive. She would relentlessly block any opposition and usually get the NYPD involved, on her side. But, today, Mansour has a new tact: smiles and dialogue.
Her questions were intended to twist my every word under the polite guise of dialogue. (she has a very proper British accent) She was so reasonable. (I was so ill-informed, uniformed, MISinformed) I had nothing right.
Questions came rapidly from Mansour : How can I support the Israeli (IDF) murders. The OCCUPATION. (She is a fast talker so responding was a challenge)
She stops me each time: I don’t know the truth about the Koran. Islam. Palestine. Israel. The EUROPEAN Jews should go back to Europe. And of course, there is no two State solution. Bottom line: I am guilty of gross generalizations that have dehumanized the ‘Palestinians’.
New info, Nancy is a Palestinian Christian. She says members of her family had been murdered by the Israelis, for decades. The Israelis are the enemy, not the “Palestinians”. (and she finds my air quotes and “fakestinians” to be demeaning)
Nancy’s father had her read the Quran, the Bible, the Torah and she ascribes to the “they worship the same G-d meme.” (How can she allow herself to be so wrong)
I attempted briefly to open a discussion on Islam: We must “speak truthfully about God, and the only way we can do that is to use the names God gave Himself. The God of the Bible is not Allah, and Allah is not the God of the Bible.” That went no where.
Mansour was unwilling to answer the few questions I asked of her regarding the murder of Jewish families sleeping in their homes. The bombing of busses and cafes. MURDERING Israeli citizens. She actually said, these murders are lies, Didn’t happen.
Her position unswerving: No peace until the OCCUPATION is over and the IDF murders end.
I know we ( Existence Is Resistance ) have participated in the past in events like the Gaza 5K run but in all honesty, we are done supporting this temporary, enabling bullshit ‘power’ called the United Nation
Palestinians do not need fucking food stamps, Palestinians need Justice and Freedom.
Shitty schools, shittier healthcare and sardines provided by the UN are basically helping continue the occupation and the UN os basically taking our money and footing the bill to continue Israels Occupation.
The United Nations should take all the money and actually hold Israel accountable for its atrocious war crimes against the Palestinian people and the 60 plus International laws it has violated.
Interesting, her attack on the U.N., but even so, we reached an impasse: there will be No Peace as long as anti-Israel activists like Nancy Mansour refuse to consider THEY might be wrong. (They REALLY might be WRONG.)
And that’s the rest of the story…..
[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall)
An addendum of relevant info: See Mark Langfan (AFSI) maps of Judea, Samaria [West Bank-Gaza Strip)
The Judea and Samaria Area covers a portion of the territory designated by the ancient names Judea and Samaria. Samaria corresponds to part of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, also known as the Northern Kingdom. Judea corresponds to part of the ancient Kingdom of Judah, also known as the Southern Kingdom.
The RT video of the action at the Gaza border reveals that the April 6th ‘Tire Protest’ was at best a pollution success.
UNREAL: Palestinians Who Burned Tires – So Israel Could Not See Terrorist Infiltrators – Demand Israel Give Them More Tires!!
But, the protestors really didn’t think this through….
Poster Courtesy of Honest Reporting
FACT: They burned no where near 10, 000 tires, a few hundred tires were burned, even so there is now a SHORTAGE of TIRES!!! and they blame ISRAEL (of course)
…. a spokesman for the Palestinian Transport Ministry complained of the ensuing shortage of tires, demanding that Israel supply more.
Ofir Gendelman, an Israeli diplomat and current spokesperson to the Arab media in the Prime Minister’s Office…Gendelman pointed out the the burning tires would create massive amounts of pollution and destroy nearby agriculture, adding to the suffering of the Palestinians. “But Hamas doesn’t care,” … meanwhile… Israel has halted all imports of tires into the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Authority official said on Sunday.“We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice,” !!