Sunday, 10 August 2014

Jewish Bloc Against Zionism: ‘We are all Palestinians’

From Mondoweiss - ...Nineteen-year-old student and activist Barnaby Raine has been organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism” in London. And his speech at today’s Day of Rage demonstration in London is a knock out. Excerpts:
I am proud to stand here today as a Jewish boy from North London in solidarity with the people of Gaza. I’m not here today in spite of Jewish history. I’m here because of Jewish history. .. I’m here today because my great grandparents knew what it meant to be excluded and to be the victims of racism. They knew what it was like to be booted out of their homes and turned into refugees… [To BBC] Is that a conflict? When people flee for their lives to United Nations shelters, and then Israel attacks the United Nations shelters, is that a conflict? (No!). No no no BBC this is not a conflict, this is a massacre… I am 19 years old. What future awaits the 19 year olds of Gaza?.. Let’s put sanctions on Israel until this barbarism ends. So I just want to leave you with one important quote. In the early 20th century, people all over the world from all backgrounds who stood for the oppressed might have declared, I too am a Jew. When apartheid besmirched the earth people might have said I too am a black South African. Well today people from all backgrounds, from all walks of life, all over the world, come together and say in our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinian.


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