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Multiple rallies across Arizona support Palestinian resistance

By Brandon J. C. Martinez

Palestine solidarity rally in Arizona. | Fight Back! News/staff

Tucson, AZ – Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, students, trade unionists, elders, youth and community members in both Phoenix and Tucson have organized protests to stand with Palestine in its struggle for liberation from U.S.-funded Israeli occupation.

In the days after the historic Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7, both Arizona cities organized rallies to support Palestinians and condemn the brutality of the Israeli occupation forces. Sunday, October 14, saw another protest in Tucson in support of Palestine in their fight in Gaza, the West Bank and other occupied territories.

On Monday, October 16, activists and organizers took part in a vigil led by the Students for Justice in Palestine on the University of Arizona campus, with a crowd of around 200 people gathered to honor the Palestinian martyrs in the fight against Israeli apartheid.

Two days later, after the Zionists massacred at least 500 patients, medical staff and people seeking refuge at the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, Tucson again called an emergency action on Wednesday evening. The street corner rally organized by the Tucson Anti War Committee drew nearly 80 people furiously demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. The next morning, nearly 300 people gathered on the university campus to chant and march to demonstrate their roaring support for the Palestinian resistance.

Saturday, October 20 saw another large rally in Phoenix. Solidarity activists of the Tucson community traveled to the Arizona State University campus in Tempe to add their voices to a crowd that swelled to over 600 people.

Finally, the next day, a crowd of around 200 people heard speakers from Students for Justice Palestine – University of Arizona, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Tucson Anti War Committee, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance. Gathered outside of the Federal Building in downtown Tucson, they chanted: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!” and “One, two, three, four! Occupation no more! Five, six, seven, eight! Israel’s a terrorist state!”

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