Protesters marched in New York on Saturday to call for a global “intifada,” or violent uprising.
Within Our Lifetime (WOL), the event’s organizer, said it has planned “actions every week” until Sept. 17, which will be “a peak day of action across New York City and beyond.”
“Globalize the Intifada comes from the urgent need to defend our lands, resist our oppressors, and break free from the genocidal grip of U.S. imperialism and Zionism,” WOL’s statement on the effort states. “Waves of solidarity have swept the world in reaction to the Sheikh Jarrah evictions, the bombardment of Gaza, and the militarist policies of the U.S.-sponsored Zionist regime.”
“As Palestinians from Gaza and Haifa to Al-Quds and Beita have consolidated their resistance to the Zionist settler-colonial project, we too must amplify the spirit of Palestine Liberation in the belly of the beast by linking arms with all those who are confronting U.S. and Israeli aggression globally,” it added.
Videos of Saturday’s protest in Brooklyn posted on social media showed protestors shouting “We don’t want no two states, we want all of it,” referring to Israel. Nerdeen Kiswani, who has been previously accused of antisemitism and of admiring terrorists, was speaking at the event.
Kiswani allegedly had a social media post with Rasmeah Odeh, who was convicted of two terrorist bombings, and an alleged post with Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member Leila Khaled, who played a role in two plane hijackings, according to The Jerusalem Post. Kiswani also allegedly was seen in a TikTok threatening to burn a man’s Israel Defense Forces sweatshirt. (RELATED: Some Anti-Israel Activists Attempting To Block Ships From Docking In The US Have Alleged Ties To Terrorist Organizations)
From yesterday’s “Globalize the Intifada” march, where in Bklyn Jew-haters chanted abt their dream to make all of the MENA completely controlled by Arabs again.
— Micha Danzig (@DanzigMD) August 1, 2021
What does “globalize the intifada” mean?
It means attributing everything bad to an international (((Zionist))) conspiracy. It means depicting Jews as a global and oppressive force.
History’s oldest scapegoat: pic.twitter.com/33sFfzWj1L
— Conspiracy Libel (@ConspiracyLibel) August 1, 2021
The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said the event “shows why Jewish people feel unsafe in our communities,” adding that “It should be condemned without hesitation by all leaders at all levels.”
After a surge of violent #antisemitism perpetrated by extremists using the Gaza conflict as cover for their hate, this rally shows why Jewish people feel unsafe in our communities.
It should be condemned without hesitation by leaders at all levels. https://t.co/4Kt7fC1tHd
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 1, 2021
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, who manages the American Jewish Committee in Europe, also condemned the protest, saying the marchers’ “messages couldn’t be any clearer.”
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