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New York Protesters Raise Palestinian Flags, Support “Global Intifada”



On Friday, a group of protesters from a coalition of left-wing organizations marched to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan, waving Palestinian flags and a banner reading “Globalizing the Intifada “.

Friday’s march was part of the so-called Strike MoMA campaign, which began as a series of 10 weekly protests that took place between April 9 and June 11, against MoMA’s alleged complicity in war profits, environmental damage, dispossession of communities around the world and association with corrupt billionaires.

The 10-week initiative was founded by the Strike MoMA working group, which is part of a collective called the International Imagination of Anti-National and Anti-Imperialist Sentiments (IIAAF).

Friday’s march was part of the “second phase” of Strike MoMA.

The title of the second phase is “Coming Together for a Just Transition to a Post-MoMA Future”, and its goal is “to determine the next steps to dismantle the museum in light of its nefarious history,” according to the movement’s manifesto. .

The model of the Palestinian Intifada was chosen as a model of resistance against colonial violence and oppression, and “Globalizing the Intifada” as the rallying cry of the Friday march, with banners also bearing the words “Honoring the martyrs of Palestine ”.

The IIAAF began to focus on MoMA after reports revealed that MoMA chairman Leon Black was closely associated with sex offender convict Jeffry Epstein, which ultimately led him to resign as chairman of the MoMA.

According to Strike MoMA, the fact that the museum’s board remained silent about Black’s ties to Epstein exacerbated the fact that the museum itself, and not just its chairman, was part of the problem.

The movement accused members of the MoMA board of directors of having links to “war, racist systems of prison and border repression, exploitation of vulture funds, gentrification and the displacement of the poor, l extractivism and environmental degradation, and patriarchal forms of violence. Board members also have connections and donate to the NYPD Police Foundation. In short, rot is at the heart of the institution ”, according to his manifesto.

He also accused the honorary president of MoMA and president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, of being part of the so-called rot, calling him “chairman of the Zionist lobbying group World Jewish Congress and a major donor to the World Jewish Congress. Trump ”.

“We refuse to recognize the separation of the museum from the rest of society,” the manifesto continues. “We see MoMA as existing on the same plane as the violence of the ruling class that has controlled it since its inception with the Rockefellers’ oil wealth in 1929. No need to rationalize the regime anymore. They have long made it possible to kill our people and non-human relationships and they have always expected us to thank them for their philanthropy. “

The manifesto drew a line between Black and the museum’s founders, the Rockefeller family, calling them an estate of predatory billionaires. separation between MoMA and the highest echelons of the world ruling class. ”

“No struggle is left behind as we move forward together and separately, but in accord. At MoMA, the frameworks of abolition, decolonization, anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism overlap during of the fight, ”the manifesto says in another section titled“ Operational Conditions for Striking MoMA. ” These included both Israel and South Africa as apartheid states.

A large number of organizations participated in the protest, including groups named Decolonize This Place, MoMA Divest “and Direct Action Front for Palestine. Another group that participated was Within Our Lifetime, whose goal is to liberate Palestine. and who names the American genocidal hold imperialism and Zionism as two forms of colonial oppression.