Podcast: Mahmud Ahmad. Iraq, Palestine, and the anti-war movement.

Mahmud Ahmad, a Palestinian Arab, and a member of the National Council of Arab Americans and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, spoke at an ANSWER L.A. forum on Aug 12 .
“Palestine is and must be central to the antiwar movement”, regardless of those like United for Peace who ignore and undermine this by kowtowing to the Democrats and Zionists. That, and more, in this short, informative talk.
Some history: On May 12, the ANSWER Coalition called an anti-war rally and march in D.C. on Sept. 24. Eleven days later, United for Peace announced they were changing the date and location of their already called protest from NYC in early Sept. to D.C. on Sept 24, that it would be a separate rally from ANSWER’s and that they would never join in with ANSWER on anything. This was a deliberate attempt to fracture and splinter the antiwar movment.
ANSWER has responded by asking UFP to join in a united rally and march with each group getting 50% of the speakers and stage time. UFP is still refusing and the reason can be summed up in one word – Palestine. They want no mention of it, no doubt for fear of alienating the Democratic Party who, in a delusion they can actually influence it, they are trying to cosy up to. As if the Democratic Party has shown the slightest interest in ending the war in the first place.
As Ahmad says in this talk, Iraq and Palestine are parallel issues, and have a frontline position in the anti-war movment.
MP3 (8:12 min., 2.81 mb)

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