Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters marched and blocked off the Brooklyn Bridge on August 20, while chanting “Long live the intifada!,” according to The Blaze.
Intifada, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an armed uprising of Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
The Blaze reports that the group marching calls itself “March for Palestine” and was advertising the event on Indiegogo and was asking for donations.
“Israel’s ethnic cleansing project is ongoing and Palestine and its people are surely at risk,” March for Palestine wrote on their Indiegogo event page. “The destruction and violence, both visible and hidden which the Israeli occupation and apartheid like regime perpetuate daily, are continuously destroying children’s lives and peoples dreams; and Gaza today after the war, during this temporary ceasefire, is in utter shambles.”
The description concludes by saying they “must be as persistent in our resistance and solidarity as Israel’s occupation and project of ethnic cleansing has been for over 60 years.”
The event even got mentioned on The New York Times’s “New York Today” post.
In addition to chanting “Long live the Intifada!,” protesters can be seen chanting “Free Palestine!” and “A people united will never be defeated!” At one point, the video shows a banner depicting a Palestinian hanging over the Manhattan Bridge, which police took down shortly afterward.
March for Palestine succeeded in blocking off numerous parts of the pedestrian pathway on the Brooklyn Bridge, making it difficult for tourists and bikers to go across the bridge.