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Tallahassee protest stands with Palestine, demands U.S. end aid to Israel

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July 20, 2014
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Tallahassee protest in solidarity with Palestine. (FightBack!News/Staff)
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Speakers at Tallahassee protest demand U.S. end aid to Israel. (FightBack!News/Staff)

Tallahassee, FL - On July 17 nearly 80 protesters from the Tallahassee community and student groups gathered outside the Florida State Capitol building to demand freedom for Palestine and an end to U.S. support for Israel. Protesters held a banner proclaiming “We say to Israeli occupation!” They crowd chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” and “Viva, viva, Palestina!” The Palestinian community in Tallahassee, including families, came out in large numbers to speak out against Israeli apartheid.

The crowd had a moment of a silence for those suffering at the hands of Israeli forces. Several Palestinian youth denounced Israeli aggression towards Gaza. Local activists also rejoiced in the return Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old from Tampa, Florida, who was brutally beaten and held under house arrest by Israeli police.

“I think everyone should aid the Palestinian people in their struggle,” said Delance Burnside, a Dream Defenders activist and Tallahassee community member. “The struggle of Black people is undeniably linked to those of the Palestinian people - complete misrepresentation in media, murder in mass numbers. We are both victims who have been criminalized.”

The protest in Tallahassee is one of many across the world. Protesters also chanted support for Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian American activist currently facing repression from the U.S. government. Petitions from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression were circulated at the rally demanding the U.S. government drop the charges against Odeh, who was tortured and
imprisoned by the Israeli military in 1969.

Protesters demanded that the U.S. government withdraw all aid, including military aid, to Israel. The crowd demanded an end to the brutal military campaign of collective punishment against the Gaza Strip that has, since July 3, claimed the lives of more than 300 Palestinians and has left many more injured.

Activists say they are planning demonstrations in the near future to show solidarity with the people of Palestine. Students for a Democratic Society, Dream Defenders and Students for Justice in Palestine participated in the protest, and the Florida State University Muslim Student Association spoke.


Istlota Everyman wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

How to tell the good guys from the bad guys

In our world, some scoundrels have perfected the art of propaganda --- far beyond what the Nazis practiced during WW II. They [these devils who only appear as angels of light] are quite convincing when they speak of war as the Way to peace. And they are oh so careful to always insist that the civilians [invariably poorer and darker civilians] that they slaughter en masse are the real villains. Perhaps, you heard the justification one of these devils among men uttered to justify their en masse murder of children?

"We will never forgive them for forcing us to kill their children."

Now ... that is some serious war propaganda. Mein Furher would have been proud.

Just Listen.

Sometimes, you just really need to turn off the TV [the devil's most effective tool for war propaganda]. And, sometimes, you just have to focus upon that still, small voice which has always been with you, even as a small child. You remember, right? That voice within that has always told you [when Presidents and Prime Minsters, and even Pastors are arguing that War is a Just Way to Peace] that killing other human beings is _NEVER_ right!

It was long preordained that my Father would awaken some of you, in this apostate age, to Speak Truth To Power. You already know who you are.

So ... now ...

Get Off The Fence and Do Your Job.


Anonymous wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago


WWII was 70years ago. Jews were not the only ones singled out and everyone knows including Israel professors that the numbers and stories were mostly fabricated. Never the less we are witnessing crimes now by the state of Israel who has snaked there way out of any criticism in the past with there antisemitic card, which in itself is a load of donkey droppings because Palestinians are Semitic as well as Arabs.If Israel continues on this path of disregard of human welfare than they will loose there victim stats in the world. Imagine that Israel no longer will have victim stats but will be looked at with more disdain and hate because of there actions.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Palestinian article

What is wrong with the world? You really can't show the Israeli aide of things? Or do people not see the Hamas puts civilians in harms way? Aren't they the same group who strong holds their own people? Or how Hamas comes through these tunnels with weapons to do deadly harm? Or would you prefer that you saw Israeli babies laying in the street? This way none of you have to really show your anti-seminitism? Never the poor Jews is it? Maybe because we take care of ourselves, no one ever has come to our aid until its too late. Not in the world war or even now.

I thought journalists had to she professional. I thought they had integrity. No. You cover this protest but do you seek out other opinions. Yes, you all have your rights to protest and to write whatever you choose, however when theses writes we're guaranteed those men had integrity.

It's a shame that is always one sided.