April 25, 2022

Photos from last weekend's Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest

Last Saturday, around 200 people gathered in Temple Terrace to protest the ongoing apartheid in Palestine.

The rally was held at the corner of Fowler Ave. and 56th St. from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. where Palestinians and their supporters called for justice in Palestine, with a few counter protesters claiming that Palestinians demanding human rights is anti-semitic.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay photographer Dave Decker was there to document the Palestinian protesters marching around the intersection, waving flags and signs reading, "end the occupation" and "Zionism is a white settler colonial movement."

The United Nations and just about all of the world—aside from the United States and Israel—agree that what is happening in Palestine is apartheid and violates international law, including the activist group Jewish Voice for Peace. The Center for Constitutional Rights goes further, calling it a genocide.

Nevertheless, a handful counter protesters showed up, most notably Christine Quinn and Forgatio Blow. Quinn is a two time failed congressional candidate and founder of Clearwater-based My Family's Seasonings. She protested Disney Wold recently with a crowd of other right wingers, including anti-Muslim CD-11 bigot Laura Loomer , and state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who, besides wearing blackface, is now running for CD-7.

Blow an AutoTrader heir and a rapper who has turned into MAGA icon. VICE recently wrote that many of his songs, "celebrate the most ghoulish aspects of capitalism, perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the LGBTQ community, and glorify violence..."

Blow, Quinn and the other counter protesters attempted to claim that being against the genocide of the Palestinians is somehow being antisemitic. But even Jewish scholars oppose this view, warning people like Quinn and Forgatio that they are playing into a myth by claiming that anti-Zionism is the same as antisemitism.

"Anti-Zionism is not inherently antisemitic – and claiming it is uses Jewish suffering to erase the Palestinian experience," wrote Peter Beinart, a professor and editor of Jewish Currents magazine.

Last week, thousands of Israeli settlers marched on Palestinian territory, leading to injuries and mass arrests of Palestinians by Israeli military police. This incident is just one of several encroachments by the settlers in recent months, including on the holy site Al-Aqsa.
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Photo's from the Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
Photo's from the Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
Photo's from the Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
Photo's from the Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
Photo's from the Temple Terrace 'Free Palestine' protest last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker

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