Congregating this weekend in Manhattan's Times Square, pro-Palestinian activists protesting Donald Trump's Jerusalem declaration gave us a useful lesson in the true aims of their movement. On college campuses and in op-ed pages, the same crowd wraps itself snugly in the mantle of social justice, arguing that it wants nothing more than peace and equality for Palestine's oppressed, but in the streets the picture's sharper and more ghoulish: It's all about violence against Jews.
"With spirit and blood we'll redeem al Aqsa!" shout the hundreds huddled under the neon arch that is the 42nd Street subway entrance. "There is only one solution, Intifada revolution!" And then, to top off the frenzy of religious hatred and incitement: "Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning." Khaybar, to anyone not well-versed in Islamist eschatology, is an oasis not far from Medina where, in 628 CE, Muslim armies slaughtered and subdued the Jews. Finally, as the demonstration was reaching its peak, the crowd took simply to shouting "Intifada," the name given to the Palestinian campaign of violence which has murdered thousands of Israelis in the last three decades.