Return Our Children: Honor the Martyrs of Palestine.

Sunday, August 29, 2021. New York City – On Sunday, August 29, 2021, the organization Within Our Lifetime (WOL) held a demonstration inside the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York City. After the rally, they marched to the Israeli consulate in the same borough of Manhattan.

WOL called the demonstration: “FREE OUR MARTYRS: DIE-IN & SPEAK OUT FOR PALESTINE.” Protesters demanded “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist (Israel) entity.”

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8/29/2021. PART 1 OF 2. Palestinians at Grand Central Terminal, NYC, demand “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies.”

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8/29/2021. PART 2 OF 2. Palestinians, Jews and others march from Grand Central Terminal to the Israel consulate in Manhattan, NYC. They demand that Israel the return “Palestinian martyrs bodies.”

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, WOL said, “As Gaza is getting bombed and the number of martyrs continues to grow due to Israel ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people, we must stand against this genocide and honor the martyrs who’s lives are taken on a daily basis, and demand the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist entity.”

WOL added, “Between August 27-29 Palestinians will be mobilizing to demand the right to bury our children and to practice one of the most fundamental aspects of the human condition: the right to mourn. 254 Palestinian martyrs are buried in israeli military patrolled grave sites, 81 are in police morgues and 68 are disappeared. Denying dignity to the dead is one of the gravest violations of human rights, and yet israel continues to act with impunity.

These are just a few of the hundreds of Palestinians who have been murdered by occupation forces recently. We will not forget, we will not forgive, and we will never stop fighting for Palestine until all of the land is liberated from the river to the sea.”

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, WOL said, “The Zionist occupation not only kills Palestinians with impunity but also withholds the bodies of the dead and prevents Palestinians from burning their loved ones. Join us on the international days of action to support the campaign for the retrieval of martyrs bodies with @makaberalarqam.

In Palestine, some parents have been waiting for four decades to get back the remains of their loved ones from Israel’s “cemeteries of Numbers,” where the remains of 254 Palestinians languish in cruel and dehumanizing conditions.

Israeli occupation authorities continue to hold 81 deceased Palestinians as hostages, turning their dead bodies into bargaining chips.

In Israeli “cemeteries of numbers,” the remains of 100s of Palestinians have been dumped in demeaning conditions in mass graves.

Since 2016, Israel has refused to return the bodies of 6 Palestinian prisoners who died in detention, as if years of unjust imprisonment, medical neglect & ill treatment were not enough.

In March 2018, the Israeli parliament enacted a law that limits the number of mourners in Palestinian martyrs’ funerals; just as it seeks to control every aspect of Palestinian life, Israel controls the most intimate details of Palestinian death, too.

In September 2019, Israel’s top court decided that using dead Palestinian bodies as bargaining chips is “constitutional.” There’s no justice under colonialism.

Zuhdi Tawil 17, was killed by the IOF in May, weeks before graduating high school. Instead of celebrating his success, his father is now fighting to reclaim his body & bury him with dignity.

Mai Aafaneh was a universally admired educator, mother, & mentor. Her young life was cut short by a car crash; Israel alleges it was an attempted attack so they refused to return her body.

Israeli practice of humiliating & withholding Palestinian bodies is a war crime. Ongoing silence is complicity.”

Jews of the organization Neturei Karta attended the rally and march. Some of their banners read, “Authentic Rabbis always opposed Zionism and the state of Israel. www.nkusa.org” and “Torah demands ALL PALESTINE be returned to Palestinian sovereignty. www.nkusa.org

Sunday, August 29, 2021. Manhattan, New York City – The organization Within Our Lifetime (WOL) held a demonstration inside the Grand Central Terminal. After the rally, they marched to the Israeli consulate in the same borough of Manhattan, in New York City. WOL called the demonstration: “FREE OUR MARTYRS: DIE-IN & SPEAK OUT FOR PALESTINE.” Protesters demanded “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist (Israel) entity.”   THIS PHOTO: Jews of the organization Neturei Karta. Some of their banners read, "Authentic Rabbis always opposed Zionism and the state of Israel. www.nkusa.org" and "Torah demands ALL PALESTINE be returned to Palestinian sovereignty. www.nkusa.org"   Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Sunday, August 29, 2021. Manhattan, New York City – The organization Within Our Lifetime (WOL) held a demonstration inside the Grand Central Terminal. After the rally, they marched to the Israeli consulate in the same borough of Manhattan, in New York City. WOL called the demonstration: “FREE OUR MARTYRS: DIE-IN & SPEAK OUT FOR PALESTINE.” Protesters demanded “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist (Israel) entity.”
THIS PHOTO: Jews of the organization Neturei Karta. Some of their banners read, “Authentic Rabbis always opposed Zionism and the state of Israel. www.nkusa.org” and “Torah demands ALL PALESTINE be returned to Palestinian sovereignty. www.nkusa.org”
Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

Film screening on 9/5/2021.

On Sunday, September 5th, 2021, Within Our Lifetime in collaboration with Mexicanos Unidos will have an outdoor film screening in Sunset park, Brooklyn. At 7 PM. 44th Street and 6th Avenue (inside Sunset Park). Click here for more information.

Why a military embargo is needed

According to the BDS Movement, “International corporations and governments are enabling Israel’s attacks on Palestinians through their support of Israel’s military industry and research facilities.

Between 2009-2018, the United States gave $30 billion in military aid to Israel. Private companies and governments, including UK, the Spanish State, and Italy export weapons to Israel. The EU funds research of Israeli military companies.

Israel is one of the biggest arms producers in the world and heavily depends on exports. Up to 70 % of Israel’s military production is exported, mainly to the Global South and particularly to rogue and authoritarian regimes which use it to commit genocide, ethnic cleansing and other grave human rights violations.

Israeli military companies use attacks on Palestinians to test new weapons and military technology. Israeli weapons companies market their weapons as “field-tested”.

Israel causes harm by exporting its repressive tactics and technologies. Its exports are used to build walls, promote surveillance, enable racial profiling and racist police repression, and to violate the rights of indigenous peoples, migrants and human rights defenders.” Click here to read more.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021. Manhattan, New York City – The organization Within Our Lifetime (WOL) held a demonstration inside the Grand Central Terminal. After the rally, they marched to the Israeli consulate in the same borough of Manhattan, in New York City. WOL called the demonstration: “FREE OUR MARTYRS: DIE-IN & SPEAK OUT FOR PALESTINE.” Protesters demanded “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist (Israel) entity.” Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Sunday, August 29, 2021. Manhattan, New York City – The organization Within Our Lifetime (WOL) held a demonstration inside the Grand Central Terminal. After the rally, they marched to the Israeli consulate in the same borough of Manhattan, in New York City. WOL called the demonstration: “FREE OUR MARTYRS: DIE-IN & SPEAK OUT FOR PALESTINE.” Protesters demanded “the return of Palestinian martyrs bodies who are being held hostage by the Zionist (Israel) entity.” Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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