Massive march and rally in Washington: Stop the genocide in Gaza!

SLL photos: Stephen Millies

At least 400,000 people came to Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13 to demand an end to the slaughter of Palestinian people. They gathered three blocks east of the White House where Genocide Joe Biden oversees the killing of thousands of children in Gaza. (He who pays the piper calls the tune.)

As people were coming to the capital of the blood-soaked empire, the U.S. Navy was again attacking heroic Yemen, one of the poorest countries on earth. Yemen’s crime is to turn ships around that were going to the Zionist state occupying Palestine as a way to stop the bombing of Gaza.  

The rally and the following march were a mass outpouring from the Arab and Muslim communities in the United States. They had many allies. Parents brought their children with them.

People carried signs in English, Arabic, Spanish, and other languages. A truck carried a banner reading “Sikhs for Palestine.”

Union contingents, including those from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), lined up with their banners. APWU president Mark Dimondstein, who is Jewish, has demanded a ceasefire in Gaza.

Among the many groups that came was the People Power Assembly from Baltimore. Among the speakers was Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, one of three Muslims in Congress.

The massive event was organized by the American Muslim Task Force for Palestine. It includes American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Student Association-National (MSA), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and Young Muslims (YM). 

Participants carried thousands of flags. Most flags were Palestinian, but many were those of heroic Yemen. South African flags were also welcomed.

Nelson Mandela’s South Africa has righteously charged the Zionist apartheid regime with genocide. Mandela declared, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

The proceedings being held before the International Court of Justice have put a spotlight on Israel’s mass murder, paid for by the United States.

Two days after the rally would have been the 95th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. King was assassinated exactly one year after he declared that the United States was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”

Joe Biden and the Pentagon are still the greatest purveyors of violence. They are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s paymasters and bosses. 

People from Yemen and South Africa to the United States will stop the genocide in Palestine!


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