U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said at a May 16, 2022 Nakba Day Rally in Dearborn, Michigan that the demonstrators are Americans and have the right to fight against apartheid. She also said that their right to dissent is protected by the U.S. Constitution. While Rep. Tlaib was still on stage, an announcer led the crowds in a chant of: "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!"
After Rep. Tlaib spoke, Osama Siblani, the publisher of the Michigan-based Arab News (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9566 for more information) praised Palestinian factions' use of rockets against Israel, saying that Arabs are good at making children and rockets. Demonstrators then chanted: "Intifada! Intifada!" Professor Hani Bardawi, of the University of Michigan-Dearborn led the crowd in chants praising the Israeli Arabs in Lod and the Triangle region inside Israel, who were rioting against the authorities and Jewish-Israeli civilians at the time of the rally. He said: "Oh free people of Lod and the Triangle (region), you are the most honorable rebels!" The video was posted on the Sada Al-Watan USA Facebook page. See MEMRI TV Clip 9543 for more information about the 2022 Quds Day Rally in Dearborn, Michigan.
Crowd: "With our spirit and our blood we will redeem you, oh Al-Aqsa! Free, free Palestine."
Professor Hani Bawardi, University of Michigan in Dearborn: "Oh free people of the Triangle region [in Israel], you are the most honorable rebels! Oh the free people of Lod, of the Triangle [of Arab-Israeli cities], you are the most honorable rebels!"
Crowd: Oh the free people of Lod, of the Triangle [of Arab-Israeli cities], you are the most honorable rebels!"
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib: "We are American, and we have a right to dissent. We have a right to fight against apartheid. And remember that we are seeds, so if you try to shut our mouths, we will use the United States Constitution to take you to court, because we are voters too.
Woman Announcer: "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!"
Crowd: "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!"
Osama Siblani, Editor and Publisher of the Arab News: "You will see a victory! You will see that Israel will be defeated! So let me first start by saying: Assalaam alaykum!"
Crowd: "Alaykum assalaam!"
Siblani: "Peace be upon the free people in Palestine. Peace be upon their stones, peace be upon their cell phones, and peace be upon their rockets!"
Crowd: "Intifada! Intifada!"
Siblani: "Go ahead, kill us, but the 39 children [supposed casualties of the 2021 war], overnight, they became 3,900 children. We are good, we make children, and we make rockets too. Never apologize for defending yourself with everything you've got.
"We will fight every day, because... To Palestine, take me with you, oh heroes!"