A group of self-proclaimed “democratic socialists” announced in a tweet on Thursday that they will hold an anti-Israel rally on Saturday at 2pm at Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The announcement of the rally comes as Israel has repeatedly had to defend itself from attacks throughout the week. Hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities, almost each day, by pro-Palestine forces. The rockets have struck businesses, homes, and buildings throughout various cities.
A graphic presented in the tweet sent out by the Knoxville chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America states, “Take a stand against Israeli aggression, ethnic cleansing, and illegal occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine.”
THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM, MARKET SQUARE pic.twitter.com/zYSxUJtnu2
— Knoxville DSA 🌹 (@KnoxvilleDSA) May 13, 2021
The unproven claims made by the group are not the first statements made in opposition to Israel. A glimpse at the Twitter account of the group that is organizing the rally shows multiple posts that demonstrate hostility towards the Israeli people.
“Free Palestine,” one tweet reads.
— DSA 🌹 (@DemSocialists) May 12, 2021
Additionally, the group retweeted a tweet offered by Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) criticizing President Joe Biden, a member of her own political party, for stating “Israel has a right to defend itself.”
“Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong. https://t.co/afCgoGdiMG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2021
President Biden and his administration has offered little support to Israel. Instead, Biden said he hoped to see “de-escalation.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to the Palestine President on Wednesday and expressed “his belief that Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, security and prosperity,” according to a statement released by the Department of State.
At least 7 individuals have been killed and more than a dozen have been injured in Israel throughout the course of these attacks.
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