Demonstrators marched through the streets of Brooklyn on Sunday, 29 January in a mass mobilization to salute the martyrs of Jenin and stand with the Palestinian people’s liberation struggle. Organized by Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine, the march drew crowds to the New York streets, with groups including Samidoun NY/NJ, Neturei Karta International, the Workers World Party and many Palestinian community organizations and left political parties joining in the rally.
Beginning in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, home to a large Palestinian and Arab community, organizers of the demonstration rallied participants. Nerdeen Kiswani, chair of Within Our Lifetime, spoke about the 35 martyrs whose lives had been taken by the Zionist occupation within the first 29 days of 2023 and WOL’s ongoing campaign to honour the martyrs of Palestine.
Speakers at the rally included Nida Abu Baker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker, one of the Holy Land 5 who continue to be imprisoned in U.S. jails as political prisoners for providing humanitarian aid to orphans and widows in Palestine, as well as Laila Boutros, coordinator of Samidoun NY/NJ and representatives of the Neturei Karta religious Jewish association.
As marchers wound through the streets of Brooklyn, they chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” and “Settlers, settlers go back home, Palestine is ours alone” among other chants for Palestinian liberation. Participants carried photos and posters of the Palestinian martyrs whose lives had been taken as well as Palestinian flags, banners and posting calling for freedom for Palestinian prisoners and the liberation of Palestine.
Outside of the office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, Nerdeen Kiswani emphasized that her support for Zionism and Israeli apartheid and colonialism does not represent her or the people of the area, denouncing Malliotakis’ and her fellow members of Congress’ ongoing complicity in the war crimes and crimes against humanity targeting the Palestinian people.
The march concluded with dedication to continued organizing and activism for the liberation of Palestine.
Below is the text of Laila Boutros’ (Samidoun NY/NJ) speech at the demonstration: