Philadelphia gay pride parade disrupted by large group of anti-Israel demonstrators

Anti-Israel protesters disrupted a gay pride parade in Philadelphia on Sunday, causing the lively march to come to a sudden halt.

At the end of the parade route in the City of Brotherly Love, a group of political protesters greeted hundreds of LGBTQ+ revelers. They chanted the anti-Israel slogan, “Palestine will live forever! From the sea to the river!” This incident was captured in a video shared by conservative pundit Jack Posobiec on X.

Free Palestine protesters have disrupted the Philly Pride Parade, causing a major disturbance. The incident was captured in a video that was shared on social media, showing the protesters blocking the parade route. This unexpected turn of events has sparked controversy and raised questions about the intersectionality of different social justice movements.

The confrontation occurred at the junction of 11th Street and Locust Street following the commencement of the Philly Pride March and Festival at around 10:30 a.m. at Washington Square, which then proceeded towards the Gayborhood section of the city.

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According to a video posted on X at 12:20 p.m., the anti-Israel crowd shouted, “PPP, KKK, IOF they are all the same!” while the police corralled them on one side of the junction. The pride marchers watched with perplexed and dampened expressions.

Free Palestine protesters are seen blocking the Philly Pride Parade at 11th and Locust Streets. The image, shared on social media, shows the protestors standing in the middle of the road, holding signs and banners advocating for Palestine. This act of protest highlights the intersectionality of different movements and the solidarity between various groups fighting for justice and equality. By interrupting the parade, the protesters aim to draw attention to the ongoing conflict in Palestine and raise awareness about the plight of Palestinians. Their presence serves as a reminder that activism takes many forms and can occur in unexpected places.

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The meaning behind the “PPP” chant at the Philly Pride Parade was not immediately clear. However, it was evident that “KKK” and “IOF” were referenced to the Ku Klux Klan and the Israel Occupation Forces, respectively.

In the footage, some protesters wore Kufiya scarves in the style of Palestinians around their heads. Additionally, one protester was seen holding a white sheet that was made to resemble a deceased child wrapped in a shroud.

Antisemitism in the country has seen a surge following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Israel. The attack resulted in the death of over 1,200 people and the capture of 250 hostages, who are still being held by the terrorist group.

Israel has been engaged in a war with Hamas since they launched a counter offensive in Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Palestinians and the displacement of many others.

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