On Friday afternoon (13), a pro-Palestinian demonstration, with approximately 4 thousand people, took over Times Square, in New York. With posters and flags, protesters called for “free Palestine” and the end of apartheid promoted by the State of Israel.
Among the protesters, many were immigrants or children of immigrants from Muslim countries, but not all. A group of Orthodox Jews carried Palestinian flags and a sign calling for the end of Israel.
This afternoon (13), thousands of pro-Palestine people took over Times Square, in New York, in the United States.
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At the microphone, a rabbi told the protesters: “So-called Zionism, a transformation to nationalism, a selfish movement, declared that they are the representatives of the Jewish people and Judaism. This is a farce! This is repulsive! This is unacceptable! “
Members of several political organizations were present, such as the People’s Forum and the PSL (Party for Socialism and Liberation, its acronym in English). Flags of Colombia, the Dominican Republic and even the United States could be seen.
The demonstration takes place days after US President Joe Biden stated, in a speech at the White House, that the United States unconditionally supports Israel. He has already started to fulfill his promise to send ammunition and military equipment to the allied country.
Andrey, a lady carrying a Palestinian flag, does not feel represented by the president’s position. “What is happening to the Palestinian people right now is genocide. I think the Zionists are trying to create what appears to be the ‘final solution’ for the Palestinian people, and it is revolting and heartbreaking.”
Rimon, a Palestinian woman from Jaffa (now Tel-Aviv) who lives in the United States, stated that it is the Palestinian people’s right to resist: “Now they say, oh, they are resisting. It’s because they stole our country. This is occupation and we have every right to defend our people. We have every right to defend our country. (…) if Israel came to occupy the USA, Joe Biden would be the first to defend his country”.
Policing in the region was reinforced, under the orders of Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul, both Democrats and who also declared support for Israel. On a corner, a small group of Israel supporters waved their country’s flags, separated from the others by the police.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho