On Saturday, July 4, 2020 “Mississauga Protest for Palestine” was held at Celebration Square in Mississauga, Ontario.
The organizer “Sauga for Palestine” was recently created by “a group of students who are passionate about Palestine and want their voices heard” and to show their “support for Palestine & make a statement against Israel & it’s illegal practices.” CD4HR’s Firas Al-Najim participated in the protest. Protesters waved Palestinian and red Socialist Action flags, no Canadian flags were present.
Here is Sauga for Palestine’s statement on the protest:
MISSISSAUGA WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AGAINST INJUSTICE! On July 1, Israel plans to destroy/annex Palestinian homes in the West Bank and large swaths of the Jordan Valley, consuming the remaining areas under Palestinian control and causing even more Palestinians to become refugees. This is the largest stage of the ongoing Nabka and the most aggressive plan to steal Palestinian land and expand ILLEGAL israeli settlements. As Canadians, we need to condemn this illegal annexation and condemn Trudeau’s support of Israel, as well as show our support for Palestine and demand justice for it’s people. Palestinian or not, this is a human rights issue, and we all need to come together to stand against it.
The protesters chanted:
Praise Allah. Allah is the Greatest
Free free Palestine
Palestine will never die
Long live Palestine
Palestine will be free from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea
We will sacrifice [redeem] our soul and blood for Palestine [Originally in Arabic]
Martyrs by the millions march to [Al-Quds] Jerusalem [Originally in Arabic]
We may die but Palestine will live [Originally in Arabic]
Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs [Originally in Arabic]
Lina Assi, a former research assistant at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario who served as the President of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at the University, tweeted on July 24, 2014:
Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs (original text: FALASTEEN BLADNA W EL YAHOOD KLABNA)
In 2013 and 2014 Hala Elatawani, the former President of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UOIT-DC in Oshawa, ON liked on Twitter the following statement:
Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs