Allegation: “From the River to the Sea Palestine Will be Free”

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” is a slogan commonly featured in pro-Palestinian campaigns and chanted at demonstrations.

Demanding justice for Palestinians, or calling for a Palestinian state should not also mean negating Israel’s existence.  This chant can be understood as a call for a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, territory that includes the State of Israel, implying the dismantling of the Jewish state. Indeed, this rallying cry has long been used by the anti-Israel terrorist organizations such as Hamas and the PFLP, which seek Israel’s destruction through violent means.

Usage of this phrase can have the effect of making members of the Jewish and pro-Israel community feel beleaguered and ostracized.