London – A new chant to “honour the martyrs” was employed on Friday’s “Emergency protest for Palestine” outside Downing Street in London.
A notice for the protest circulated on social media on Thursday. Former NUS president Shaima Dallali, who was reportedly sacked last year following an investigation into antisemitism found significant breaches of NUS policies retweeted information about the event.
One chant shouted by the three or four dozen people present seemed to support the actions of Palestinian militants who have died or been arrested following terror attacks against Israeli civilians.
It said: “When I say power to the martyrs in Jenin, you say power to you,” And, “When I say power to the martyrs in Nablus, you say power to you,”
“When I say power to armed resistance, you say power to you,”
“To all those in prison, we honour you,”
“When I say power to every single martyr in Palestine, you say power to you,”
In Jenin earlier this year, nine Palestinian militants were killed during clashes with the IDF, who entered the northwest West Bank town to foil an imminent terror attack planned by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
In Nablus, less than one more after Jenin, several Palestinian gunmen died after opening fire on the IDF who were carrying out an arrest operation in the area.
Since the beginning of the year, 50 Palestinians have been killed by the IDF, with the majority being militants who were killed following terror-related incidents.
During Friday’s emergency demonstration event last week outside the office of the Prime Minister, Palestinian flags were waved and “Friends of Al-Aqsa” stickers and “Resist, exist, return” signs were distributed.
Other chants included: “There is only one solution, intifada revolution,”
“Brick by brick, one by one, Zionism has got to go”, and “Rishi Rishi shame on you, Rishi Rishi you can’t hide, we charge you with apartheid,”
More common chants were sung too: “Free free Palestine, from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” and “One, two, three, four, occupation no more. Five, six, seven, eight, Israel is a terrorist state.”
The event was organised by various Palestinian campaigners and groups.
To resist Zionism and hurt the Jewish state’s economy, as one speaker suggested, “don’t buy Israeli dates when you break your fast following Ramadan.”
“Check the label” the group chanted.