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Activists at pro-Gaza rally in New York call for an ‘intifada in every classroom’

“Israel has no right to exist” and “Palestinian resistance is not terrorism,” announced speakers at a Gaza solidarity rally in Times Square.

Prominent New Jersey-based BDS activist Sayel Kayyed addresses the crowd at a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, 2019. (MEMRI)
Prominent New Jersey-based BDS activist Sayel Kayyed addresses the crowd at a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, 2019. (MEMRI)

At a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, speakers called for “an intifada in every classroom” and denied Israel’s right to exist.

Nerdeen Kiswani, of an organization called Within Our Lifetime, led a chant that went: “There is only one solution: intifada, revolution!”

Husam Kaid of the City College, N.Y. branch of Students for Justice in Palestine called for an intifada in every classroom and in every college campus, saying: “We are going to shut down all the Zionist events [and] start an intifada everywhere!”

Sayel Kayed, a prominent New Jersey-based pro-BDS activist belonging to American Muslims for Palestine, said that Palestine had a God-given right to resistance and self-defense, that Palestinian resistance is not terrorism, and that Israel has no right to exist.

The following are excerpts from the speeches at the rally:

Nerdeen Kiswani: “Intifada! Intifada!”

Crowd: “Intifada! Intifada!”

Nerdeen Kiswani: “There is only one solution … ”

Crowd: “There is only one solution … ”

Nerdeen Kiswani: “Intifada, revolution!”

Crowd: “Intifada, revolution!”

[…]

Husam Kaid: “There is only one solution: Intifada, revolution!”

Crowd: “There is only one solution: Intifada, revolution!”

H.K.: “The intifada does not have to be in Gaza or Palestine. We are going to have an intifada in every classroom. We are going to have an intifada on every college campus. We are going to shut down all the Zionist events.”

[…]

“Just the other day, as Gaza was being bombed, the Zionist leader, the Consul General Dani Dayan, was invited to speak at Harvard Law [school], and 100 students walked out of his talk and they shut the whole event down. [We have] got to do that at every college campus. Let’s shut down all the Zionists and let’s start an intifada everywhere we are.”

[…]

Sayel Kayed: “We are here today to let everybody know that Palestine has a right to defend itself. Palestine… We have a right to resistance. It is a God-given right.

[…]

“People ask: ‘Does Israel have a right to exist?’ No! Israel has no right to exist on Palestinian land. Does Israel have a right to exist?”

Crowd: “No!”

S.K.: “Does Israel have a right to exist?”

Crowd: “No!”

S.K.: “Does Palestine have a right to resist it?”

Crowd: “Yes!”

S.K.: “Does Palestine have a right to resist it?”

Crowd: “Yes!”

S.K.: “Palestine is all of Palestine—from the river to the sea.

[…]

“It is not that complicated: Give us our land back and you will have peace. Otherwise, resistance until the end—until every inch of Palestine is free.

“Free, free, Palestine!”

Crowd: “Free, free, Palestine!”

[…]

S.K.: “Are we going to join the struggle?”

Crowd: “Yes!”

S.K.: “When Palestine resists, is that terrorism?”

Crowd: “No!”

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