Scenes from this weekend’s ‘Free Palestine’ protests in San Francisco
As the destruction and global chaos – this includes the leveling of a building housing the media offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera – between Israeli and Palestinian forces continues, residents of several American cities have collapsed. gathered this weekend to denounce the violence; San Francisco was no different.
Today marked the deadliest day in the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date. Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 43 Palestinians – including eight children – and injured 50 others early Sunday, marking a new level of violence in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (As we mentioned before: just a day before, an airstrike demolished the skyscraper that housed several news outlets; the structure, however, had previously been evacuated as a precaution.)
“Media organizations and social media companies may try to control and distort narratives about Palestine, but they cannot hide the truth and silence Palestinians’ righteous calls for justice forever.”
– #AJOpinion by Omar Zahzah https://t.co/YxsmGgTZhS
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 17, 2021
Over the past seven days, hundreds of people, including young children, have been killed as a result of actions by the IDF. And this explosion of inhumanity has pushed thousands of people in San Francisco to take to the streets, taking up arms in the face of recent violence and calling for “liberation of Palestine”.
“I am here because I am against the injustice that is happening to indigenous peoples around the world,” pro-Palestinian protester Norma Gallegos told KRON4. “The Palestinian people have been in this place for a long time and it is up to us in the United States to stop the funding that we send to the State of Israel.”
Another protester said he wanted to show “the Biden administration that the Palestinian people are a unit and we must ask [the Presdient]”to stop sending aid to the apartheid state of Israel.”
“Enough is too much, our people have been suffering for 70 years”, they concluded. Judging by the thousands of placards raised to denounce the violence against Palensiten that took place yesterday in San Francisco, that “enough is enough” could not ring more true. .
To keep your digist from scrolling through Twitter hashtags and retweets, here’s a look at Saturday’s âFree Palestineâ protests that took place throughout the Seven-by-Seven Period.
Our members from Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco came out yesterday in solidarity with the Palestinian people for # Nakba73 demonstrations. Read our position on #Palestine and African liberation in tomorrow’s bulletin. pic.twitter.com/VI5OSTZOCE
– Black Alliance for Peace (@ Blacks4Peace) May 17, 2021
Image: Twitter / @ AROCBayArea