As part of the global protests against Israel’s invasion of Gaza, hundreds of workers and young people attended a rally called by Muslim-American groups in front of the city hall in Dearborn, Michigan. Many came to express their outrage at Israeli war crimes as well as complicity of the US government in the ongoing slaughter…
The rally was held directly across the street from the Arab American National Museum. Many in the crowd led chants denouncing the war on Gaza including, “from the river to sea, Palestine will be free” and “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Palestine will never die.”
Islamic prayers in Arabic were sung, poems were read, and a moment of silence was held.
However, the political perspective of the organizers and many of the speakers was one of pressuring the Obama administration, which has backed the slaughter throughout.
Imam Mohammad Mardini, a religious leader from the American Muslim Center, called on the demonstrators to “pressure the decision makers to stop” the war and urge Secretary of State John Kerry to “stand tall against aggression.”
The general sentiment among the demonstrators was to the left of the speakers. Many were explicit that their hostility was not directed at Jews or the American people, but at Zionism and the governments of Netanyahu and Obama.
Many also called not just for a “two-state solution” but an end to nationalism in general.
Zana Makki and her sister Maya are students from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. “There is a second holocaust going on against the Palestinians.” Zana said. “We are saying no Anti-Semitism, just anti-Zionism. There is a lot of protest in Canada, on social media; it’s all over the world.”
“Instead of going to education, money is going to Israel’s military,” Zana said. When asked about anti-war protests in Israel she remarked, “I don’t think it’s the whole population of Israel that supports the invasion, just the government”…