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Muslims are the state’s target, not Zionists

Muslims and those who support Palestine are seen as the enemies
Issue 2902
Police at a national Palestine demonstration arrest young Muslims

The state has arrested many Muslims and Palestine protesters (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Right wingers and Zionists say that they are the ones most targeted by the police. Gideon Falter, chief executive of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, claimed this when he and his entourage tried to cause a provocation at the last national Palestine demonstration.

His group is known for its anti-Palestine and Islamaphobic hate. Surrounded by a camera crew and bodyguards he’d brought, Falter’s presence was a setup. The cops gave Falter the ammunition he was seeking—he aimed to drum up outrage and portray the Palestine movement as antisemitic. 

When the video came out, he seized the opportunity to say that the cops weren’t on the side of Zionists but on the side of those who are pro-Palestine. The opposite is true. Muslims and those who support Palestinian resistance are who the state sees as its real enemies

While Falter was calmly told to leave a Palestine demonstration, police have arrested, imprisoned and charged Palestine activists with criminal offences. This week protester Khaled Hajsaad was on trial for wearing a green headband with Arabic writing on it at a Palestine demonstration. 

A growing number of people have been arrested and charged for voicing their support or writing about the resistance. These attacks have hit young Muslims the hardest. It’s this group that the state targets—and it’s the Zionists and the right it wants to protect.

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