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NYC protesters continue to stand with Gaza

By Michela

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New York, NY – Around 30 protesters gathered in Washington Square Park, April 20 to stand in solidarity with Palestinians protesting on the border of Gaza.

This is the fourth week in a row that protesters have gathered to support their allies abroad during the Great Return March. The protest was called for by the group Within Our Lifetime. Palestinians have said that they will march for six weeks leading up to Nakba Day.

There were rounds of speeches and chants, along the lines of “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes!”

In the middle of the rally, a contingent of activists from a different protest joined in solidarity. The other protest was for the deportation of human rights activist, Jerome Aba. Aba was detained by the U.S. government for 24 hours before he was deported. During this time, he had to suffer inhumane treatment and torture.

The two groups began chanting together and the speeches drew connections to both causes.

Jessica Schwartz, an organizer with the Committee to Stop FBI NYC, said, “It is extremely fitting that the women’s committee put out a call for action, because women are often times at the forefront of struggle and face added violence under imperialism.

“Along with those brave fighters being targeted and killed in Palestine, Palestinians in the U.S. face repression for merely speaking out against their people’s oppression. Rasmea Odeh was deported to Jordan after a years long battle with the U.S. after being found guilty of trumped up charges. This was not merely an immigration case, it was a meticulous attack on her as an activist.”

The protest ended with a group picture and chants that spoke towards the further liberation of Palestine.

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