A “Free Palestine” rally held in Dearborn, Michigan, on Tuesday with elected officials and community organizations from across the Detroit area featured cheers for the Hamas terrorist organization and chants for the destruction of the state of Israel.
The rally, held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, was a show of solidarity for Palestinians — but said nothing about the 1,200 Israelis murdered, 3,000 wounded, and over 100 abducted as hostages by Hamas.
Instead, there were chants of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” meaning that the entire State of Israel, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, will be destroyed; and “With our souls, with our blood, we’ll defend you, O Aqsa,” a radical Islamic chant that calls for violence and echoes a false claim that Israel is threatening the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
One speaker claimed that Hamas “is not a terrorist organization,” despite the mass murders and rapes; the killing of children, women, and the elderly, often in front of their families; and the abduction of hostages to an unknown fate in the Gaza Strip. Another speaker claimed bizarrely that white supremacists carry Israeli flags at their rallies.
One speaker, who mentioned the mere prospect of “peace in the Middle East,” and who said “all of God’s children deserve to live in dignity,” without even mentioning Hamas terrorism, was heckled mercilessly and interrupted by audience members’ chants.
One Jewish organization was represented: David Finkel, from the Detroit branch of “Jewish Voice for Peace” — a radical left-wing organization that has supported terrorists — spoke out against negotiations toward peace and normalization between Israel and Arab states in the Middle East. He did not say anything about the mass murders and other atrocities committed by Hamas.