Moe Alqasem led Toronto protest in chanting: “Viva, Viva Intifada”

Published June 19, 2021 107 Views

Rumble On May 22, 2021 hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters joined the “Ongoing Nakba, Ongoing Resistance - Toronto March!” organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM - حركة الشباب الفلسطيني).

One of the leading activists of this protest was Mohamed Alqasem (aka Moe Alqasem), a Biomedical science student at York University in Toronto, who is affiliated with Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA York), and a member of the YUdivest coalition and a community organizer in the Palestinian and Arab community. He is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Association of Progressive Palestinian Canadians, and OPIRG YorkU.

In a short speech during the protest Moe Alqasem said:

For Palestinians and for the people of solidarity with us, you might have heard that there was a ceasefire [between Israel and a coalition of Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza led by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad]. The struggle is not over. We forced them [Israel] into a ceasefire, but we still have lands to liberate, we still have [Jewish] settlements to dismantle, we still have a whole national liberation movement a head of us and we will keep going. The ceasefire is not the end of it. We will keep coming back. We'll keep going.

Aftee his speech Moe Alqasem led the crowd in chanting:

Viva, Viva Palestina

Viva, Viva Palestina

Viva, Viva Intifada

Viva, Viva Intifada

Viva, Viva Palestina

Viva, Viva Intifada

Viva, Viva Palestina

Viva, Viva Intifada

We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine [in Arabic]

We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine [in Arabic]

We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine [in Arabic]

We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine [in Arabic]

Free, Free Palestine

Background on the Palestinian “Intifada”
The First Intifada (aka the Stone Intifada) started in December 1987 and included violent confrontations with Israeli forces, roadblocks, ambushes, throwing stones/ rocks/ metal rods/ Molotov cocktails at Israeli military and civilian vehicles, stabbing attacks, sabotage operations, setting fires to forests, agricultural and industrial facilities, shooting attacks.
The Second Intifada (aka al-Aqsa Intifada) which started in September 2000) included among other violent activities many hundreds of suicide bombing attacks, thousands of shooting attacks, launching rockets and mortar shells at Israeli communities, firing RPG rockets, planting explosives charges and mines.
The Third Intifada (aka the al-Quds Intifada or the Knife Intifada) started in autumn 2015. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the following data on the the ongoing wave of violence (13 September 2015 - 07 May 2017):
The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. Twenty months of terror – to the present. In 2016, 12 vehicular ramming attacks and 100 stabbing attacks were thwarted by security forces. Since 13 September 2015, 49 people have been killed in terrorist attacks and 731 people (including 4 Palestinians) injured. There have been 177 stabbing attacks and 117 attempted stabbings; 144 shootings; 58 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicular (bus) bombing.