Anti-Israel march at Lake Eola
June 23, 2017
There will be a demonstration for the International Day of al-Quds at Lake Eola Park this evening from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., sponsored by the Muslim Congress (muslimcongress.org).
The flier for the International Day of al-Quds says "Let's stand united with all humans of conscience-be they Jews, Christians, or Muslims-for the sake of haqq (truth) and to show support for the innocent civilian victims of global Zionism, false flag operations, imperialism, occupation, neocolonialism, racism, Islamophobia, white supremicism and oppression."
Last weekend, a prominent British Muslim organization encouraged its supporters to carry Hezbollah flags at its anti-Israel demonstration.
Al-Quds Day was initiated by the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 following the Islamist seizure of power during the revolution that same year. A recent Anti-Defamation League briefing on the annual event noted that its observation in Iran is "marked by a hateful demonstration of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment, manifest in government organized rallies and other activities."
"Before Al Quds Day in 2016, Iran's leadership rallied the country," the ADL briefing reported. "Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called its commemoration and support for the oppressed Palestinians an important religious duty."
How should the Orlando Jewish community respond? "Truth" is being turned inside-out. As Americans, we have the privilege of free speech and the right to demonstrate peacefully and responsibly. However, that does not give us the right to speak untruths, which incite people to anger and violence based on lies.
The truth? There are no victims of global Zionism. Israel is not an imperialistic nor neocolonialistic nation. Israel does not practice racism or oppression. These truths must be shared so that people can make well-informed decisions.
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."-Elie Wiesel.