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‘Speak Out’ – or ‘Shut-Up’?

UPDATE: The video of her speech has been reinstated.  https://themuslimvibe.com/muslim-current-affairs-news/middle-east/speakers-trust-reinstate-palestine-video-and-respond-to-jewish-chronicles-misrepresentation

 

Fear and hatred bring the colonialists to suppress truth. At all cost, the lie that is Israel must be maintained… unless, like this passionate young lady, we rise up against the lie and let our voices be heard no matter what the initial consequence. She may have been removed from the competition but the takeaway is that her reach has been broadened as a result of this attempt to silence her.

Artists for Palestine UK

Leanne Muhamad, a student at Wanstead High School who is British-Palestinian, won the “Speak out” challenge after giving this impressive performance to enthusiastic applause. But one day later, following complaints published on the blog of extremist anti-Palestinian activist Edgar Davidson, Leanne will no longer be sent through to the grand final of the public speaking competition.  It seems that giving a personal account of the Nakba and a plea for end to discrimination against Palestinians is not acceptable in the UK in 2016. Once Leane’s win was retracted, the video was removed from the Speak Out Challenge website and Youtube channel, but we have retrieved a copy below.

The Speak Out Challenge is described by its organisers thus: “In each one-day workshop, students take part in games and exercises to encourage them to think on their feet in a fun, interactive and safe environment. The day culminates in a “Speak Out” speech contest where students can speak…

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