Not til about 4 pm was the stage set for the chanting to begin.
(Flickr Slide show)
Early on, I was challenged as an alt-right Zionist, to which I responded, “Not alt right but I don’t support wiping Israel off the map. ” To which my inquisitor walked away with a large roll of the eyes.
Then, after some long-winded prayers by a young boy, the speakers began.
Nerdeen Kiswani, their very anti-Semitic leader, spoke with her usual animosity for Israel and all things Zionist. (difficulty filming over the crowd. what mattered were her words)
Nerdeen: “Organized by the Muslim Congress on one of the last days of Ramadan“, she continues, “… protesting for our palestinian Muslim brothers and sisters back home who are continuously denied the right to worship. Denied the right to live freely. .. as Muslims it is our moral obligation; our duty to fight injustice where ever we see it … the suffering and the plight of the palestinian people.”
“AND WE WILL FREE PALESTINE. WITHIN OUR LIFE TIME. From New York to (? ) palestine GLOBALIZE our INTIFADA.“
After the Neturei Karta rabbi spoke, she made the bizarre choice to chant “Judaism, Yes. Zionism, No. The State of Israel MUST GO.”
TheNeturei Karta shamefully allow themselves to be used at these protests, espousing their beliefs that there was never to be a State of Israel. Their presence is offensive, since the ‘palestinian‘ lobby uses them as the “Real Jews”.
(Rabbi’s video is excerpted) “On this International al Quds Day, cities around the globe are standing up in public for al Quds. For Jerusalem. For Justice. For Peace.For the legitimate rights of the palestinian people. The Zionists have not been resting. their “occupation” is continuing. Their aggression in full swing, including killing of men, women and children. Killing journalists. Settlement expansion. on going demolitions. The latest aggression on al Aqsa. This is about the whole occupation which we condemn here today. Pro-palestinian activism is not anti-Semitism. For centuries Jews lived in peace and harmony with their Arab neighbors.The State of israel is not a Jewish State. It is a Zionist State. To be against Zionism is no way anti-Semitic. In fact Jewish people and the Jewish religion are against all of this … rabbis and laymen are opposed to Zionist crimes against the palestinian people and the existence of the State of Israel. We pray for the speedy and peaceful dismantlement of the State of Israel.”
I couldn’t see over the crowd at this location, so after the Neturei Karta spoke, I moved on.
Anti-Israel chants of “From the River to the Sea” and “Intifada. Intifada” show support for “occupied Palestine” at this Emergency Demonstration.
This followed on the heels of the so-called “attacks” on the “al-Aqsa Mosque” [aka the Temple Mount] . Palis claiming to be the victims … never the aggressors.
Flick Slide show Part 1 – “Jew haters r permitted 2 protest in the street with NO permit. They r calling 4 intifada=death 2 Jews. And the mayor has the chutzpah 2 say antisemitism isn’t acceptable in NYC! Actions speak louder than words, Adams.” (Yad Yamin)
.Flickr Part 2 ( the Palis) “Support Palestinian Resistance and Liberation” by Any Means Necessary. They gathered near the Israeli consulate. The intended location for the protest was across from the consulate (aka the ZIONIST Mission). However, the NYPD appeared to have relocated them further away, in the plaza outside WPIX at 42nd and 2nd ave.
.Video Part 1– Pali demonstrators and Nerdeen Kiswani leading the chanting: “We will Free Palestine Within Our Lifetime” ,”From the river to the sea” and “Intifada. Intifada” , while spewing hatred for the Jewish homeland.
“We know why we’re here, protesting the killing of countless palestinians … for over 70 years … learning about our struggles and injustices… to back to our schools , our work places, our institutions and educate everyone ….to Free palestine From the River to the Sea by ANY Means Necessary.”
Part 3 video. The protestors chanted for about an hour, after which their hatred of Israel lead them to the streets of Manhattan. “We don’t want a Two State … ?(We want all of it)?” It is right to rebel. Israel Go To Hell. Stop the U.S. War Machine. Resistance is Justified when people are occupied. There is only one solution, Intifada Revolution”
The crowd was youthful, with older protestors from familiar Leftist organizations like Veterans for Peace …. all denouncing the crimes of the “Zionist” State and supporting the resistance of the Palestinians …. a message also embraced by the shamefulNeturei Karta (an anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish group) .
Later, after the “emergency” demonstration … to stand with “Palestine” … the Palis took to the streets of mid-town Manhattan. Hundreds of demonstrators (maybe a couple hundred) marched a few blocks to 58th and 5th Ave, outside the Plaza Hotel to rant and scream at themselves … again. Stomping on the Israeli flag as they marched thru the streets:
“A jew tramples the Israeli flag as hundreds of protesters in the US city of New York organized a rally on Thursday to denounce the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli regime and call for an end to the occupation of their territories.”
.“This year’s Land Day builds off the unity built by the Unity Intifada in Spring 2021, as Palestinians continue to resist Zionist attempts to colonize Palestine. Once again, we see the displacement in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and al-Naqab met with massive collective action across all Palestine.”
“THE JEWS ARE THE NAZIS NOW”
(a disgusting slander built on lies and ignorance)
“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.”
Hosted by: Jewish Voice for Peace – NYC Adalah-NY Apartheid Divest CUNY Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College Tarab NYC 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.
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.)
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.
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,” !!