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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

The World Declares “Hands off Rafah!”

Mass "Hands off Rafah" march in Venezuela March 2 -- image via X

By Global News Service

Over 100 protests took place on March 2 across the globe as part of the “Hands off Rafah” global call to action which sought to increase pressure against Israel and its Western backers who have shown no signs of letting up in their genocidal military campaign against Gaza.

The call for the international day of protests was made by the Palestinian Youth Movement, the International Peoples’ Assembly, Progressive International, ALBA Movimientos, Pan Africanism Today, La Via Campesina, and other groups.

Two of the largest mobilizations over the weekend took place in the capitals of Cuba and Venezuela, whose governments have a history of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

In Havana, thousands gathered at the Anti-Imperialist Platform led by the leaders of the Cuban Revolution to ratify their solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemn Israel’s genocide.

Chavista movements in Venezuela mobilized outside the Cuartel de la Montaña, the resting place of Hugo Chávez, in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. They demanded an end to Israel’s genocide in Gaza and a halt to Israel’s invasion of Rafah.

In the United States, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in protests across dozens of U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Peoples Dispatch spoke to Brian Becker, executive director of the ANSWER Coalition, on the ground at a march in New York City. “When people see masses of people like the demonstration today, 50,000 strong right in New York City in the pouring rain… that moves them,” he said.



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