On Saturday, May 29, 2021, thousands of people gathered at Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to support Palestine and to call for an end to US aid to Israel. The massive gathering of Palestinian supporters marched to Capitol Hill in solidarity with Palestine. People from all over the nation came to the event by planes, trains, and automobiles. It was held eleven days after Israel agreed to a ceasefire from their attacks on Gaza, which killed over 200 people in the open-air internment camp, including children and mothers.
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Cries to end the Israeli occupation, to free Palestine, to end US aid to Israel, and to end the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza could be heard throughout Lincoln Memorial.
Rabbi Dovid Feldman, of Neturei Karta International, was interviewed regarding the march and said that the United States needs to stop supporting Israel. He said, “We plead with the United States of America. We have to understand that this is wrong. We have to understand that this is dangerous, criminal, anti-religious and anti-Jewish.” In a quick search for his statement, Facebook has disabled his comments for public viewing.
Buses from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, and more came in caravans packed with supporters of Palestine. Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others marched together with one goal: To send a message to the United States that this country needs to stop US aid to Israel now.
Coverage of the protest has been limited on mainstream media, with inaccurate counts of those in attendance. One report stated there were only one thousand people in attendance, but those who were there confirm that thousands gathered together on May 29, at Lincoln Memorial.
We don’t need them as long as we continue to post about it on social media. Let’s flood the newsfeeds with pictures and videos to make sure that everyone sees the support Palestine has, as it is continuing to grow.
Go to any social media platform and you will find pictures and statuses from the march flooding the newsfeeds. Protestors confirm that the peaceful gathering included more people than the media chose to inaccurately report. Some stated that they estimated between 5,000 and 7,000, while others believed there were tens of thousands in attendance.
One person wrote, “This one will go in the history books,” referring to the amount of people in attendance.
Mandy Farah from North Carolina stated that the March for Palestine was an event she will never forget. In regards to the lack of media coverage from mainstream media, she said, “We don’t need them as long as we continue to post about it on social media. Let’s flood the newsfeeds…” with pictures and videos to make sure that everyone sees the support Palestine has, as it is continuing to grow.
(Picture provided by Mandy Farah from Facebook)
Abbas Hamideh, one of the organizers with Al Awda, stated, “The mainstream media like @CNN, @FoxNews, @MSNBC will not show you these images. They’re too afraid to show you that #Palestine has the largest human population army in the world to back it. I’ll show you though! Washington, DC was decorated with Palestinian flags yesterday!”
Because of social media, news is no longer needed to be covered by cable networks and local channels as the past has dictated. Reports from the ground regarding solidarity and support for Palestine continue to grow as people are witnessing live feeds of the ethnic cleansing taking place by Israeli forces and Zionist settlers in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Social media has woken the masses, from politicians to celebrities, to local neighbors from your own community – they are starting to take notice, and this is concerning to Israeli supporters and Zionists everywhere.
One of our favorite brothers, Sheikh Omar Suleiman, spoke to the crowd. On a Facebook post he wrote, “Today we marched on DC for Palestine in the thousands. This moment is different. Stay the course until freedom inshaAllah.”
If you see any posts highlighting the march, please make sure to share on your social media. While the mainstream media continues to ignore what America and Israel are doing to Palestinians, we will not be silenced on social media.