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Anti-Israel Activists Protest Outside US, Israeli Pavilions at Venice Biennale, Accuse Jewish State of Genocide

Pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale on April 17, 2024. Photo: Screenshot

Anti-Israel protesters who gathered in front of the American and Israeli pavilions at the 60th Venice Biennale on Wednesday condemned US support for Israel and accused the Jewish state of committing genocide during its ongoing war against Hamas terrorists controlling the Gaza Strip.

At least 100 protesters held Palestinian flags and chanted, in both English and Italian, “shame on you” as well as “Biden, Biden, you can’t hide; we charge you with genocide” because of America’s military aid to Israel. The demonstrators also distributed red leaflets that read “No Death in Venice. No to the Genocide Pavilion” and further chanted “shut it down,” calling for the permanent closure of the Israeli pavilion at this year’s international art fair.

The protest in front of the American and Israeli pavilions, which are located next to each other in the Giardini Della Biennale, took place on the second day of previews for the Venice Biennale, which opens to the general public on Saturday. The group also protested outside the French, British, and German pavilions, denouncing each country’s relations with Israel. They chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” “Palestine will live forever,” and “One solution: intifada revolution. Zionism is a crime, get your hands off Palestine. Yala yala, intifada.”

The protests were organized by the Art Not Genocide Alliance (ANGA), the international group of artists and activists who also penned an open letter in February that called on the Venice Biennale to ban Israel from this year’s event.

“We said NO to the presence of a genocidal apartheid state on the world cultural stage of the Biennale. We said NO to genocide complicit states USA, UK, Germany, and France,” ANGA said about the protest that took place on Wednesday. “We call for a total boycott of the Genocide Pavilion and demand to SHUT IT DOWN in its entirety. We said NO window display when Israel is perpetrating genocide in Gaza. ANGA demands an end to the genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, and an end to the apartheid and occupation of Palestine.”

Israel launched its military campaign targeting Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip following the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks in southern Israel, during which about 1,200 people were murdered and hundreds of others were taken as hostages. More than 100 hostages remain in Gaza.

The artist and curators responsible for the Israel pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale announced this week their decision to keep the Israeli exhibit closed until a ceasefire and hostage deal is agreed upon.

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University of Toronto seeks injunction to end protest encampment over ‘harmful, discriminatory’ speech outlined in court filing

The University of Toronto is now seeking a court injunction to put and end to the encampment in King’s College Circle after the 8 a.m. deadline passed Monday morning—while unionized workers joined students, faculty and other protesters at a rainy morning rally. Shortly after the ultimatum hour, the university announced in a statement from UofT […]

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Monday morning saw the Toronto community and politicians showing support for the Chabad girls’ school struck by weekend gunfire

Mayor Olivia Chow was among those who addressed the crowd.

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‘A Call for Genocide’: South African Jews Blast Country’s President for Chanting ‘From the River to the Sea’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Chatsworth, South Africa, May 18, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South African Jewish leaders castigated their country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, for what they described as him calling for a “genocide” against Jews in Israel over the weekend.

Ramaphosa was speaking at an election rally in Johannesburg on Saturday when he deviated from his prepared speech to lead the crowd in in a chant of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine shall be free” — a popular slogan among anti-Israel activists that has been widely interpreted as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state, which is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The address took place at FNB Stadium, where South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) held its final rally before South African elections on Wednesday. According to Politicsweb, a news website focused on South Africa, a call for the release of the “hostages held in Gaza” who Hamas terrorists kidnapped from southern Israel on Oct. 7 appeared in Ramaphosa’s prepared remarks but not in his final speech.

The South African Jewish community lambasted Ramaphosa for his remarks in a statement shared with The Algemeiner, expressing “its revulsion at the introduction of a call to exterminate Jews from their homeland” by the president.

“The president of the ruling ANC party and the head of state of a democratic country has called for the elimination of the only Jewish state in the culmination of the ANC president’s election speech made to thousands of ANC members and on national television,” said Wendy Kahn, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD). “He uses the populist slogan ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be Free,’ which is widely regarded as a call to genocide of the Jewish people. The call to remove all Jews from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea equates to removing all Jews from Israel.”

Kahn compared the slogan with Hamas’ goal to “see Israel as ‘Judenfrei,’ or Jew free,” before noting that such an endpoint contradicts the South African government’s stated policy of supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The chanting of this slogan by a head of state of a government that recurrently tries to express their commitment to a ‘two-state Solution’ as their policy on Israel and Palestine is hypocritical to the full,” the SAJBD said. “How does a sitting president reject his own government and own party’s international relations policy? This reconfirms our understanding that President Ramaphosa and his government are not looking for a peaceful solution to the tragic conflict, but rather to cause discord among fellow South Africans against its Jewish community.”

Kahn added, “The president’s contempt for South African Jewry is evident in this unscripted outburst at the rally which amounts to nothing more than Jew hatred. The SAJBD is reviewing its options for holding the president accountable for these hateful words.”

South Africa’s ANC government has been one of the harshest critics of Israel since Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists launched the ongoing war in Gaza with their invasion of and massacre across southern Israeli communities.

South Africa temporarily withdrew its diplomats from Israel and shuttered its embassy in Tel Aviv shortly after the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, saying that the Pretoria government was “extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians” in Gaza.

In December, South Africa hosted two Hamas officials who attended a government-sponsored conference in solidarity with the Palestinians. One of the officials had been sanctioned by the US government for his role with the terrorist organization.

Earlier this month, members of South Africa’s Jewish community protested Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor’s recent call for students and university leaders to intensify the anti-Israel demonstrations that have engulfed college campuses across the US.

In January, the South African government failed in its bid to argue before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Israel’s defensive war in Gaza constituted a “genocide.” However, the top UN court last week ordered Israel to halt its military operations against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. The emergency ruling was part of South Africa’s ongoing case at the ICJ.

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