The annual Al-Quds Day rally was held in front of the American Consulate in Toronto on April 15, 2023. Toronto al-Quds 2023
Khaled Barakat, a Canadian national based in Vancouver, BC, is a member of the political bureau of the Palestinian Front for the Liberalization of Palestine (PFLP). In 2003 The PFLP was designated by Canada as a terrorist organization.
Barakat is a co-founder of Masar Badil, the Alternative Palestinian Revolutionary Path Movement. According to No One Is Illegal, “Khaled Barakat was a founder of the No One Is Illegal network and movement in Vancouver”, “a member of No One Is Illegal” and “an active leader in social movements in Vancouver and across Canada.” He is also affiliated also with Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and joined arms in anti-Israeli protests with activists of Canada Palestine Association and Independent Jewish Voices. In 2019 Barakat was subjected to a political ban and excluded from Germany.
The following is a partial transcript of his speech at Toronto, Canada, al-Quds day 2023.
When Al-Quds day was called by the leader of the Revolution Imam Khomeini and to be held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan over 40 years ago, only few cities responded. But today, hundreds of cities across the world are responding to the international day of Al-Quds. Today, across the globe, from Iran to Lebanon to South Africa to Canada, Turtle Island from London to Paris to Dakar, all the way to occupied Al-Quds, commemorate and participate in Al-Quds day.
Today, Al-Quds Day sets the compass and the goal and the road to a liberated Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. Al-Quds day is a day of resistance against racism, Zionism, imperialism, colonization, oppression. It is also a message of compassion, unity, solidarity and the unity of all our fronts.
So, how do we respond, brothers and sisters, to this injustice. I’ll say we should respond with intensifying our work and activities and isolating the Zionist regime, boycotting Israel, boycott Israeli products, boycott the so-called religion dialogue with Zionists, and say big no to normalization with Zionists. Let us organize campaigns against Canada support to Israel, Canada’s military financial and economic support and complicity with Israel. Let us strengthening our relationship with the struggle of the indigenous people of this land, our true natural allies against colonization and settler colonization.
Let us organize in our unions, students organizing in campuses, mosques, churches, because a mosque that does not carry the banner of justice for Palestine and for Al-Quds is not our mosque, and a church that does not call for the liberation of Bethlehem and Nazareth and Al-Quds is not our church. A union that does not support the Palestinian workers is not our Union. We must organize vote to participate in election is to bring down racist voices with our collective and united voice.
. We are here to declare our full and unconditional support for the strategy that has been declared by the forces of the resistance [led by Hezbollah, Hamad and the Islamic Jihad] under the banner of unity of the fronts.
Toronto al-Quds 2023 And New York City
NYC Al-Quds Day Rally: Commit Yourself to Abolishing Israel, Its Existence Is Threat to World Peace
Palistinian demonstration took place in many capital cities of the West. They are united in demanding the destruction of Israel.
They have warned if demands are not met, illumination of Israel, the West will suffer casualties. When they act upon the West’s inaction who will bear responsibility for the deaths. After the Madrid Train Bombing Spain did comply and pull their troupes out of Afghanistan.