New York City says no to the renewed bombing of Gaza

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Dec. 2. SLL photos: Stephen Millies

As the biggest U.S. aircraft carrier — which is what the former Secretary of State Alexander Haig called Israel — resumed its bombing of Gaza Ghetto, protests erupted across New York City.

The new bombing has killed hundreds of Palestinians. Meanwhile, soldiers and armed settlers continue to terrorize Palestinians on the West Bank.

Even before the Zionist regime broke the truce, hundreds of people held a vigil on Nov. 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. They gathered at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. 

Columbus was a genocidal murderer of Indigenous people who started his maritime career as an enslaver of Africans. When Columbus set sail for the Americas in 1492, the Spanish monarchy began the expulsion of both its Jewish and Muslim inhabitants. 

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish people were given refuge in the Arab world and Türkiye. In contrast, the Zionist regime in 1948 expelled 800,000 Palestinians from their native land.

People gathered at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue on Dec. 1 to demand peace and freedom for Palestine. Despite the rain, a thousand people marched through Times Square and then past the New York Times headquarters on Eighth Avenue.

Three hundred people came out on Dec. 2 to protest at the office of Congressperson Daniel Goldman in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. Goldman makes some liberal noises, but he’s really a pro-Israel war hawk.

Also, on Dec. 2, hundreds of people protested at the American Museum of Natural History to support Palestine. Its board is full of trustees that support genocide in Palestine.

That’s not surprising considering one of its former trustees was Madison Grant, author of the super-racist “Passing of the Great Race.” Adolf Hitler loved the book and wrote Grant that “this book is my bible.”

Marching through Bay Ridge

Nearly a thousand people rallied on Dec. 2 in the Palestinian community of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. People listened to speakers and then took to the street chanting “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Palestine will never die!”

They marched to the Muslim American Society Youth Center. Families came out of their homes to greet the marchers.

Many protests have been organized by Shut It Down for Palestine, which includes the Palestinian Youth Movement, Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, National Students for Justice in Palestine, The Peoples Forum, ANSWER Coalition, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Other large protests have been led by Within Our Lifetime. Muslim American Society, Jewish Voice for Peace, Black Alliance for Peace, Anakbayan (Filipino anti-imperialist youth organization), DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), Neturei Karta (Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism), Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, and Struggle-La Lucha are among many other organizations that have organized or taken part in protests in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Palestine will be free from the river to the sea!

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