Yesterday was an absolutely amazing day for me. I, along with thousands of others, marched from Tribune plaza to the Israeli consulate to not only protest against the siege on Gaza, but more significantly, to protest for the basic, yet fundamental human rights that Palestinians are deprived of.
I have never in my life protested something with as much passion as I have yesterday. By the end of the day, as I sincerely and genuinely shouted many demands such as “Free, Free Palestine!” and “End the Siege on Ghaza, NOW,” my voice was sore. However, this discomfort in my throat can never amount to the amount of pain and angst Palestinians are succumbing to at present day nor will it ever be comparable to what they’ve succumbed to for over 60 years.
I am so proud of each and every person that came out to fight for these rights. People from every religion, race, class, gender and age have blessed us with their presence and I am so grateful to all.
Lastly, knowing that 30+ organizations in Chicago took part of this cause makes me so proud to be a Chicago native. This, alone, makes me know as fact that the foolish 15 or so counter protesters that plagued our rally are in a minority group all to themselves and they do not represent the view of the Chicago majority. I’ve always loved the diversity of Chicago and will remember this day forever. I’m proud to be a Palestinian-Chicagoan. Always have, always will.
Please watch the video below to get a small glimpse into this amazing rally: