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On July 5, 2020 Foodbenders Instagram account shared a video clip featuring Rajean Hoilett speaking at an anti-Israel protest in Toronto. A Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Scarborough Campus Student Union] on behalf of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, Rajean Hoilett spoke on behalf of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project.
Here is Rajean Hoilett’s speech (the red-mark segment was shared by Foodbenders):
Dismantle. [Crowd:] Abolish. Defund, disarm, dismantle. [Crowd:] Abolish. Defund, disarm, dismantle. [Crowd:] Abolish. My name is Rajean [Hoilett – Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Scarborough Campus Student Union]. I’m so so so honoured to be here with you. I’m here on behalf of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project. We’re here standing in solidarity, because we know there are movements for abolition [of Police]. It’s not just here in Toronto. It’s not just across Turtle Island [Canada]. It continues until Palestine is free [Crowd cheering]. The movement for abolition [of Police] is inspired by this resistance. It is inspired by the unwavering commitment to protect Palestinians, to protect Palestine to end state violence and to challenge White supremacy wherever it is [Crowd cheering]. We are here because we know that our oppressors, the same ones who are jailing us, they are patrolling our streets, are taking notes from the Israeli Defense Force [IDF] and Israel [Crowd: shame]. We know they teach each other, that they share their tactics, that they use the same tactics to colonize this land and to build prisons [Crowd: shame]. The [unintelligible] told you, or if they don’t know, now they know, we’re sharing notes. We are working together from Palestine to Turtle Island [Canada] freedom for all [Crowd cheering]. Over the last few weeks abolition has become quite sexy. Is it cosmopolitan we’re talking about. We’re here and we think some people are confused. Some people think that we want a 10% reduction so they trim services. Is that what we want? [Crowd: no]. We’re talking [about] the abolition of these pigs [derogatory term to describe the Police][Crowd: yes]. We’re talking the abolition of prisons [Crowd cheering]. We’re talking about free Palestine [Crowd cheering]. Not tomorrow, not next month, not after another review. Now! [Crowd cheering]. Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are detained every year [Crowd: shame]. Rawan [Habib] just told us that Israel is a carceral state. 02:34 That is what it looks like. We are demanding freedom to all prisoners, including Palestinian prisoners [Crowd cheering]. We will not stop until Gaza is free. Gaza is the greatest open air prison in the world. Shame! [Crowd cheering]. Think about it y’all. This is what revolution feels like. This what it looks like. We are standing here together. We are standing with each other and I, repeat after me [Crowd repeating chants]: I, I believe, I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win. Black lives they matter here. Black lives they matter here. Palestinian lives they matter here. Palestinian lives they matter here. Prisoners lives they matter here. Prisoners lives they matter here. And will you stop until we get freedom? [Crowd: no]. Will you stop until we get freedom? [Crowd: no]. No justice, [Crowd: no peace]. No justice, [Crowd: no peace]. No justice, [Crowd: no peace].
Foodbenders commented on this video clip:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – isn’t just a moral statement, it’s the reality our globalized neoliberal world order. Israel’s brutality is being packaged up and shipped to us, after it is battle tested on the civilians of Gaza. Globalize the intifada! 🖤🇵🇸
Foodbenders owner Kimberly Hawkins sent the following statement to the Toronto Sun:
I’m taking political stances against the state of Israel and the Zionist ideology used to uphold it. I do not equate the state of Israel or Zionism to Judaism. I do not hate Jewish people in any way. In my understanding Israel is a settler colonial state occupying land by force. I think the state of Israel and the Zionist ideology are using the faith of Judaism to justify committing crimes against Palestinians that in turn make Jewish people less safe. We disagree on the pathway to peace but I do want peace and safety for all humans. I am sorry if people interpreted what I have said as hate because it is not what I intended.