Miami Third Intifada .
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NEW YORK – A protest called “Miami’s Third Intifada Rally for Palestine” is
scheduled to commence on Sunday, the day the UN declared Israel’s independence,
in front the Israeli Consulate in the city.
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There is a Facebook page of
the same name promoting the event.
The page states that participants at
the rally will include the Students for Justice in Palestine, SFBDS,
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Miami-Dade Green Party and the
Palestinian American Organization. The rally will encourage participants to join
in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
“Given the political
uprisings and reforms rippling throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the
Palestinian people have every right to claim their stolen land and their basic
humanitarian needs,” the Facebook page states. “Egypt had a tyrannical ruler for
30 years, Libya 40 years, Tunis 32 years and the Palestinians have been deprived
of their freedom for 63 years. It is time to put an end to this. We must show
the Palestinian people that our government does not represent us, and that we
fully support them in their struggle for freedom.”
In March, Facebook
removed a page calling for a “Third Palestinian Intifada” against Israel
following complaints from the Anti-Defamation League. The page, which had
garnered over 340,000 “fans,” called for Palestinians to rise up against
Israel’s Jews after prayers on Sunday.
While other rallies are called for
the same day – including an “Al Nakba Rally” in front of the United Nations in
New York – few, if any, other than the Miami rally are employing “third
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The Zionist Organization of America’s Florida
office strongly condemned the upcoming rally.
In a press release, ZOA
Florida Executive Director Joseph Sabag said, “The organizers of this racist,
anti-Jewish campaign do not believe that the Jewish State of Israel has a right
to exist. Their desire for a ‘Third Intifada’ is part and parcel of a broader
call for coordinated attacks by Palestinians and other hostile actors upon
Israel. The terminology and imagery being used to promote this local event has
been taken directly from the ‘Third Intifada’ page that Facebook took down in
March because of its racism and call to violence.
“It’s important that
the anti- Jewish bigotry of this rally be exposed and highlighted,” Sabag added.
“The terminology and imagery being used in this instance clearly demonstrate
that these hostile activists are not intending to express legitimate criticisms
of Israel’s policies – but are instead promoting the glorification of terrorism
and incitement to violence in the hope of seeing Israel replaced by Palestine.”
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