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October 25, 2021 Special Dispatch No. 9609

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, At Rallies In NY And Canada, Calls For Intifada, Rejects Israel's Existence, Chants 'Millions Of Martyrs Are Marching To Jerusalem' – From The MEMRI Archives

October 25, 2021
Palestine | Special Dispatch No. 9609

Over the past few years, MEMRI TV has released clips featuring the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, which in February 2021 was declared terrorist by Israel as a part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).[1] In September 2021, Discover froze donations to the organization; earlier, in January 2021, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express removed the option to give money to Samidoun through them,[2] and two and a half years previously, in June 2019, PayPal, Donorbox, and Plaid had shut down Samidoun's accounts on the platforms.[3]

Samidoun was founded by members of the PFLP in 2012. Representatives of the organization are active in Europe and North America, led by Khaled Barakat, who is part of the leadership of the PFLP abroad. Barakat is involved with establishing militant cells and motivating terrorist activity. The formal goal of Samidoun is to help get Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli prisons, but the organization is a front of the PFLP abroad, playing a leading role in its anti-Israel activity, fundraising, and recruitment. The PFLP has been a U.S. Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997.[4]

The following are MEMRI TV clips of a protest held in September 2021 by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in Canada, and of statements by a representative of the organization at earlier rallies.

Ottawa, Canada Rally In Support Of Palestinian Prisoners: "We Don't Want Two States, Bring Us Back To '48; "Millions Of Martyrs Are Marching To Jerusalem" – October 3, 2021

At a protest organized by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in Ottawa, Canada, on September 19, 2021, demonstrators chanted: "Millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem." A video of the protest was posted on the Chicakee DeeDee YouTube channel on September 20, 2021. Protesters chanted in English: "Bring us back to '48!" In Arabic, they chanted: "With our souls and our blood, we will redeem the Al-Aqsa Mosque!" The protest was held to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, and according to reports, posters of escaped Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) prisoners, who were at large during the time the rally took place, were raised during the demonstration.

Protestor 1: "We will free Palestine..."

Crowd: "We will free Palestine..."

Protestor 1: "...within our lifetime!"

Crowd: "...within our lifetime!"

Protestor 1: "From the River to the Sea..."

Crowd: "From the River to the Sea..."

Protestor 1: "...Palestine will be free!"

Crowd: "...Palestine will be free!"

Protestor 1: "There is only one solution..."

Crowd: "There is only one solution..."

Protestor 1: "...Intifada, revolution!"

Crowd: "...Intifada, revolution!"

Protestor 1: "Long live the Intifada!"

Crowd: "Long live the Intifada!"

Protestor 1: "Intifada, Intifada!"

Crowd: "Intifada, Intifada!"

Protestor 1: "We don't want two states..."

Crowd: "We don't want two states..."

Protestor 1: "...bring us back to '48!"

Crowd: "...bring us back to '48!"

[...]

Protestor 2: "I swear by the Almighty Allah..."

Crowd: "I swear by the Almighty Allah..."

Protestor 2: "I swear by the Almighty Allah..."

Crowd: "I swear by the Almighty Allah..."

Protestor 2:"...that I will defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque!"

Crowd: "...that I will defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque!"

Protestor 2:"...that I will defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque!"

Crowd: "...that I will defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque!"

Protestor 2:"With our souls, our blood, we will redeem you, oh Al-Aqsa Mosque!

[...]

"We will die, but it will live..."

Crowd: "...Palestine!"

Protestor 2: "Long live..."

Crowd: "...Palestine!"

[...]

Protestor 1:"Say it loud, say it loud!"

Crowd: "Say it loud, say it loud!"

Protestor 1: "Say it openly..."

Crowd: "Say it openly..."

Protestor 1:"...we do not want to see Zionists!"

Crowd: "...we do not want to see Zionists!"

Protestor 1:"Arab unity..."

Crowd: "Arab unity..."

Protestor 1:"...between Muslims and Christians!"

Crowd: "...between Muslims and Christians!"

Protestor 1:"From the Water [of the Mediterranean Sea] to the Water [of the Jordan River]..."

Crowd: "From the Water [of the Mediterranean Sea] to the Water [of the Jordan River]..."

Protestor 1:"...Palestine is Arab!"

Crowd: "...Palestine is Arab!"

Protestor 1:"The gate of Al-Aqsa is made of iron..."

Crowd: "The gate of Al-Aqsa is made of iron..."

Protestor 1:"It can be opened only by martyrs!"

Crowd: "It can be opened only by martyrs!"

[...]

Protestor 1: "Millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem!"

Crowd: "Millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem!"

Activists at Quds Day Rally in Times Square: Israel Will Never Exist, Every Inch of It Is Palestine; Globalize the Intifada – May 31, 2019

A rally marking International Quds Day in Times Square, N.Y. included Joe Catron of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, who led the crowd in the chant: "There is only one solution – Intifada, revolution!"

Nate Chase: "We don't want no two-state!"

Crowd: "We don't want no two-state!"

Chase: "We want '48!"

Crowd: "We want '48!"

Chase: "We don't want no two-state!"

Crowd: "We don't want no two-state!"

Chase: "We want all of it!"

Crowd: "We want all of it!"

[...]

Chase: "Because every inch – from the river to the sea – is Palestine!

[...]

"Israel does not exist! It has not existed, it does not exist, and it will never exist! There is only Palestine!

[...]

"We are here today on Al-Quds day to celebrate the heroic resistance of the Palestinian people who resist the most powerful war machine created in the history of humankind!

[...]

"That if U.S. imperialists and its racist puppet, the Zionist entity known as Israel, have thrown everything they can at the Palestinian people, and yet they resist!"

[...]

Rokeya Begum: "Globalize the intifada!"

Crowd: "Globalize the intifada!"

Begum: "From New York to Gaza!"

Crowd: "From New York to Gaza!"

[...]

Unidentified protest leader: "I'm going to say 'Netanyahu, what do you say?' and you're going to say 'how many kids did you kill today?'... Netanyahu what do you say?"

Crowd: "How many kids did you kill today?"

[...]

Joe Catron: "There is only one solution!"

Crowd: "Intifada! Revolution!"

Catron: "There is only one solution!"

Crowd: "Intifada! Revolution!"

[...]

Begum: "1, 2, 3, 4!"

Crowd: "1, 2, 3, 4!"

Begum: "Occupation no more!"

Crowd: "Occupation no more!"

Begum: "5, 6, 7, 8!"

Crowd: "5, 6, 7, 8!"

Begum: "Smash the settler-Zionist state!"

Crowd: "Smash the settler-Zionist state!"

 

NYC Quds Day Rally: Hitler-Like Zionists Help ISIS and Killed JFK; Al-Baghdadi Is Israeli; U.S. #1 Terrorist – June 23, 2017

At a rally held in Times Square, N.Y. marking International Quds Day, Joe Catron of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network led the crowd in the chants: "There is only one solution – Intifada, revolution!" and "Israel, go to Hell."

Speaker: "There was an agreement between Hitler and the Zionist movement in 1934. It is called the Hasbara [sic] Agreement. The Zionist movement was the only movement that cooperated with Hitler in order to get the Jews out of Europe into Palestine. The Jews who wanted to go to Palestine were spared, but the Jews who didn't want to go to Palestine – the true Jews – were killed and butchered. Ask the other side about the Hasbara Agreement. Ask them! Do they know anything? No. Why? Because the media puts it under the blanket.

"In addition, I would like to add this. ISIS – how did ISIS come to be? Israel, the state, the Zionist state, has been helping ISIS since its creation. They have been helping terrorists in Syria, killing Syrians, killing Iraqis, killing Palestinians. These people don't just want Palestine – they want from the Nile River to the Euphrates River. They are like Hitler. They are like Nazis, the Zionist movement. I call on Donald Trump supporters, please. Do your research about the USS Liberty – the American soldiers that were killed, our troops, our troops who were killed. Let's talk about John F. Kennedy. Why was John F. Kennedy assassinated? Because he wanted to stop Israel from getting nuclear weapons. They killed JFK so that they could get nuclear weapons.

 

[...]

"The Torah, the holy book of Judaism, has been hijacked by the Zionist Nazi terrorists, just like the Quran has been hijacked by ISIS. Just like the Quran has been hijacked by ISIS, the Zionists have hijacked Judaism. They have hijacked it. They have made it look like terrorism. These people... Ask them, ask them about the verses in the Torah where it says to kick out the Palestinians and take all their land. They can't find it.

[...]

"Israel is not a democracy. It is a supremacist Jewish... I'm sorry, Naz... Zionist state.

[...]

"You will find that ISIS stands for Israeli Secret Intelligence Service. And guess what? You know who supports it? Surprisingly, Israel – not surprisingly, actually... Israel, the West, its governments and army. In addition, ISIS was found using Israeli... I repeat, not Arab – Israeli weapons. Israeli weapons! How did they get these Israeli weapons? Did they fall from the sky? Did they come from God? Where did they come from? God knows, man. They came from the Zionist Nazi terrorists. That is where it came from. Zionist Nazi terrorists. Let's talk about Abu [Bakr] Al-Baghdadi for a second. Who is this Abu [Bakr] Al-Baghdadi guy? Is he Muslim? Is he Saudi? Is he Jordanian? Maybe Syrian, maybe Iranian, maybe Afghan, maybe Paki... No, he is Israeli. He is Israeli. They found evidence that the head of ISIS was funded by Israel and he is a Mossad agent. Can you believe that? I'm not surprised, personally."

[...]

Joe Catron of Samidoun Network: "Free free Palestine!"

Demonstrators: "Free free Palestine!"

Catron: "There is only one solution..."

Demonstrators: "There is only one solution..."

Catron: "Intifada, revolution!"

Demonstrators: "Intifada, revolution!"

Catron: "It is right to rebel..."

Demonstrators: "It is right to rebel..."

Catron: "Israel go to Hell..."

Demonstrators: "Israel go to Hell..."

[...]

American-Filipino Activist Mike Legaspi "Bayan USA" Alliance: "I have one thing to ask all of you and all of them: Was it Palestinians who killed Mike Brown? Was it Palestinians who caused the water crisis in Flint? Was it Palestinians who tried to wreck Standing Rock, by putting a pipeline over there, destroying indigenous people's lives? Was it Palestinians? Was it?"

Demonstrators: "No!"

Legaspi: "Was it Palestinians who killed a quarter of Korea in the 1950s, who killed millions of Vietnamese people in the 1970s, and who continue to oppress people in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the whole world? Was it Palestinians?"

Demonstrators: "No!"

Legaspi: "Is it Palestinians who take and steal money from the American working class?"

Demonstrator: "It is the Zionist movement!"

Legaspi: "To bomb the crap out of the Middle East... Was it Palestinians?"

Demonstrator: "No!"

Legaspi: "Who is it?"

Demonstrator: "Israel! The Zionist Nazi terrorists!"

Rally organizer: "You broke the mic..."

Legaspi: "It is people like JDL! It is imperialism and the Zionists, like the Jewish Defense League, like the IDF. That's who it is. Zionism is terrorism!"

Demonstrator: "Zionism is terrorism!"

Legaspi: "Zionism is terrorism. So if you are against war and you are for peace, you would be against Zionism. If you are against Zionism, you are against its ultimate lifeline here. The best way that we over here can help the people struggle all over the world is by demanding that U.S. imperialism stop funding Israel. I want to end with one chant, just to remind folks that the U.S. flag and the Israeli flag are together in oppressing the world's people. We understand over here that it is always right to rebel. It is right to rebel! Israel, go to Hell!"

Demonstrators: "It is right to rebel! Israel, go to Hell!"

Legaspi: "It is right to rebel! Israel, go to Hell!"

Demonstrators: "It is right to rebel! Israel, go to Hell!"

[...]

Nerdeen Kiswani, NYC Students for Justice in Palestine: "We don't want two states..."

Demonstrators: "We don't want two states..."

Kiswani: "We want '48!"

Demonstrators: "We want '48!"

Kiswani: "We don't want two states..."

Demonstrators: "We don't want two states..."

Kiswani: "We want '48!"

Demonstrators: "We want '48!"

Kiswani: "Don't pay attention to them, because that is what they want us to do. But nothing they can say and nothing they can do can distract us from our fight for freedom for Palestinian people. Don't be distracted by them. Just chant: Free, free Palestine!"

Demonstrators: "Free, free Palestine!"

[...]

Kiswani: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Demonstrators: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Kiswani: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Demonstrators: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Kiswani: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Demonstrators: "U.S. imperialist, number one terrorist!"

Kiswani: "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Palestine to the Philippines."

Demonstrators: "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Palestine to the Philippines."

Kiswani: "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Palestine to the Philippines."

Demonstrators: "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Palestine to the Philippines."

Kiswani: "When people are occupied, resistance is justified."

Demonstrators: "When people are occupied, resistance is justified."

Kiswani: "When people are occupied, resistance is justified."

Demonstrators: "When people are occupied, resistance is justified."

Shahid Comrade Sec.-Gen Pakistan USA Freedom Forum: "We are very worried because of what is happening in Syria. Syria has bombing. Yemen has bombing. In Africa there is bombing. In Afghanistan, there is bombing. Kashmir has bombing. Iraq has bombing. Pakistan has just lost so many people in an attack. We are against every terrorist mind which is killing the people. And how they happen is all the dirty games of the CIA."

 

[1] Jpost.com/breaking-news/samidoun-declared-terrorist-organization-due-to-dflp-ties-660464, February 28, 2021; Nbctf.mod.gov.il/en/Pages/SamidounEN.aspx, February 28, 2021.

[2] Jpost.com/israel-news/mastercard-visa-amex-all-pull-option-to-fund-terror-group-linked-ngo-613277, January 8, 2021.

[3] Jpost.com/Israel-News/Report-30-financial-accounts-associated-with-BDS-promoting-NGOs-close-592073, June 11, 2019; Foxbusiness.com/politics/discover-card-cuts-ties-with-left-wing-group-with-terrorist-ties-report, September 19, 2021; Nbctf.mod.gov.il/en/Pages/SamidounEN.aspx, February 28, 2021; State.gov/foreign-terrorist-organizations, accessed October 25, 2021.

[4] Nbctf.mod.gov.il/en/Pages/SamidounEN.aspx, February 28, 2021; State.gov/foreign-terrorist-organizations, accessed October 25, 2021.

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