by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Remember, folks, the following is satire.
Hamas supporters have embraced a number of slogans while marching in solidarity with the terrorist organization that last month murdered more than 1,400 Israelis in the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust.
Analyzing these pro-terrorism slogans based on their words and connotations (and common sense) might lead one to conclude the slogans are anti-Semitic or even downright genocidal. That is simply not true.
Fact check: The slogans chanted by Hamas supporters protesting the Israeli military’s efforts to eradicate the terrorist organization are not anti-Semitic or genocidal. They are aspirational rallying cries for peaceful coexistence. Here are six perfect examples for your edification.
1) “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes this slogan as anti-Semitic because it is “fundamentally a call for a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, territory that includes the State of Israel, which would mean the dismantling of the Jewish state.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and other anti-Semites insist this is not the case. “From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” Tlaib explained.
2) “Glory to our martyrs!”
Some have suggested this slogan is anti-Semitic because it venerates the Hamas terrorists who died during the murderous rampage on October 7. (Context: The dead terrorists’ families will receive financial stipends for life from the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority.)
This is incorrect. The slogan is also intended to honor the Hamas terrorists killed by the Israeli military in its ongoing campaign of retaliation, as well as the terrorists killed in previous attacks on the Jewish state, and all terrorists around the world who died doing what they loved—trying to murder Jews.