Within Our Lifetime Rally Toolkit

This toolkit is the product of nearly a decade of hands-on practice, experience and lessons that we have learned from our time organizing in NYC. While conditions differ in the places where we organize, this toolkit is a roadmap for how your organization or coalition can put on a successful rally and build the movement for Palestine from wherever you are.

From August 5th to August 7th, forty-nine Palestinians, including seventeen children, were murdered in cold blood in air strikes by occupation forces throughout Gaza and over 350 Palestinians were wounded. As rallies, marches, vigils and social media campaigns continue to be organized around the world to honor the martyrs of Gaza and to defend the Palestinian right to resist, this toolkit remains a resource for all those fighting for Palestinian liberation and return.

In response to the occupation’s latest genocidal attack on Gaza, we have added the full list of the names of the martyrs in Gaza and high resolution posters of them at the bottom of the page. Print them out and take pictures with them at protests and at home to continue the call to honor the martyrs of Palestine.


photo credit: @jrobertson.nyc

RALLY CHECKLIST

Chants, Logistics, Outreach, Materials, Assigned Roles, Follow Up, Playlist

This is a non-comprehensive list of how to organize a rally. You may not need all of these components to have a successful protest but if you have the capacity and resources for the following it will help your action be more successful.

Chants

We will free Palestine!
Within our lifetime!

There is only one solution!
Intifada revolution!

Resistance is justified!
When people are occupied!

Palestine is our demand!
No peace on stolen land!

‏من المية للمية فلسطين عربية
Min il-maya lal maya, Falasteen 3arabiye
(From the river to the sea, Palestine is Arab)

‏بدنا نحكي على المكشوف صهيوني ما بدنا نشوف
Bidna nihki al makshouf, sahyouni ma Bidna Nshoof
(Say it loud say it clear, we don’t want zionists here)

‏باب الأقصى من حديد ما بيفتحها الا الشهيد
Bab Al-Aqsa min Hadeed, ma byiftaha illa alshaheed
(The door of Al-Aqsa  is made of iron, only a martyr can open it) 

When Palestine is under attack
What do we do?
Stand up! Fight Back!

Hey hey, ho ho! 
zionism has got to go!
Hey hey, ho ho!
israel has got to go!

From the river to the sea!
Palestine will be free!

From Palestine to Mexico!
All these walls have got to go!

From New York to Gaza!
Globalize the intifada!

Free, free Palestine!
Long live Palestine!

Intifada, intifada!
Long live the intifada!

This is not acceptable, Jerusalem’s our capital!

Stop the U.S. war machine!
From Palestine to the Philippines!

It is right to rebel!
israel go to hell!

Settlers settlers go back home!
Palestine is our home!

We don’t want two states!
We want ‘48!

1 2 3 4 occupation no more!
5 6 7 8 smash the settler zionist state!

Out of Afghanistan! Out of Iraq!
Out of Palestine and don’t come back!

Occupation is a crime!
From New York to Palestine!

Not just annexation!
Not just occupation!
Fight for liberation!
Bring the whole thing down!

Not another nickel! Not another dime!
No more money for israel’s crimes!

israel you can’t hide!
You’re committing genocide!

israel what do you say?
How many kids did you jail today?

israel we know you!
You imprison children too!

End detention, stop the crimes!
israel out of Palestine!

Logistics

  • Create a facebook event page 
  • Flyer design
  • Create a standard blurb for people to share on social media. Feel free to use from our introduction.
  • Co-sponsor with allied orgs to bring in more resources and support
  • Contact legal observers (legal organizations like National Lawyers Guild provide legal observing to rallies across the U.S.) 
  • Write a press release to send to local media the night before or early the day of the rally. 
  • Organize a press conference with community leaders and organizations to speak about the goals of the rally to the media.
  • Have a point media person to coordinate with media for the press conference
  • Create a security plan for those that attend the rally to ensure their safety particularly from Zionist disruptors.
  • Be prepared to do jail support in case any protesters are arrested.

Outreach

  • Campuses: contact student organizations and ask them to share on social media.
  • Coalitions: invite any coalitions you may be a part of to not only endorse but attend, speak, and volunteer with security and other demanding tasks.
  • Local neighborhood: Not everyone is online. Organize physical outreach if you live near a Palestinian community. Ask local stores to advertise your rally in their windows. Go around and tape flyers to bus stops and give them out to those that may be interested

Materials

  • Signs
  • Markers to write down legal observers/lawyers number who agreed to observe
  • Banners
  • Bullhorn/speakers + mic/sound 
  • Flags 
  • Poles 
  • Flyers/handouts
  • Clipboard for sign up sheet

Assigned Roles

  • MC
  • Program coordinator 
  • Speakers list
  • Live stream video 
  • Photography
  • Security coordinator 
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Media person

Follow up

  • Internal assessment + debrief 
  • Posting Statement + pictures on Social Media/ website

Playlist

Here are some Palestinian resistance songs you may choose to play as folks gather for the rally

Janna ya wattanna

Udrub Udrub

Ya Zareef Al-tool – Palestinian dabke

Ana raji3

e7na falastiniyeh


Honor the Martyrs of Gaza

Alaa Qaddoum, 5 years old

Yousef Qaddoum, 24 years old, Shujaiya

Imad Shallah, 50 years old, Shujaiya

Tayseer Mahmoud al-Jabari, 50 years old, Gaza City

Salameh al-Abed, 41 years old, Gaza City

Ahmad Azzam, 25 years old, Zeitoun

Mohammed Ahmed al-Madhoun, 25, Jabalia

Duniyana al-Amour, 22 years old, Khan Younis 

Fadel Mustafa Zo’rob, 30 years old, Khan Younis

Mohammad al-Bayok, 35 years old, Khan Younis

Tamim Ghassan Hijazi, 24 years old, Khan Younis

Osama al-Suri, 27 years old, Khan Younis

Mohammed Shbeir, 23 years old, Jabalia 

Hassan Mansour, 28 years old, Jabalia

Naama Tulba Abu Qaida, 62 years old, Beit Hanoun

Khaled Mansour, 46 years old, Rafah

Rafat Saleh Al-Zamili, 41, Rafah 

Ziad al-Mdalal, 35 years old, Rafah

Ismail Dweik, 30 Rafah

Hana Salameh Dweik, 51, Rafah

Mohammed Hassouna, 14 years old, Rafah

Hazem Ali Salem, 9 years old, Jabalia 

Momen al-Nairab, 5 years old, Jabalia

Ahmad al-Nairab, 11 years old, Jabalia

Khalil Abu-Hamadah, 19 years old, Jabalia

Ahmed al-Farram, 16 years old Jabalia

Nafez al-Khatib, 50, Jabalia  

Mohammed Zaqout, 19, Jabalia

Jamil Al Deen Nijem, 4, Jabalia 

Jamil Ihab Najim , 13, Jabalia 

Hamed Haider Najim, 16 years old, Jabalia 

Mohammed Salah Nijem, 17 years old, Jabalia 

Nazmi Fayez Abu Karsh, 16 years old, Jabalia 

Fatma Abdulfattah Ubaid, 15 years old, Beit Hanoun

Yasser al-Nabahin, 45 years old, Bureij Camp

Ahmed al-Nabahin, 9 years old, Bureij Camp

Mohammed al-Nabahin, 13 years old, Bureij Camp

Dalia al-Nabahin, 13 years old, Bureij Camp

Mahmoud Daoud, 21 years old, Gaza City

Dia Zuhair Al-Borai, 30 years old, Jabalia

Alaa Saleh Al-Tahrawi, 30 years old, Rafah

Ahmad Afana, 30 years old, Jabalia

Khaled Ayman Yassin, 27 years old, Zeitoun

Nour al-Din Hussein al-Zweidi, 18 years old, Beit Hanoun

Misbah al-Khatib, 50 years old, Jabalia

Hanin Abu Qaida, 10 years old, Jabalia

Ibrahim Abu Salah, 45 years old, Beit Hanoun

Layan al-Shaer, 10 years old, Khan Younis

Anas Anshasi, 45 years old, Khan Younis