Protesters’ “Almost Criminal” Ignorance Exposed

( – Israeli actress and former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) service member Noa Tishby attended a pro-Palestine demonstration in Park City, Utah, on January 21, where she questioned protesters about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. After some of the protesters demonstrated a severe lack of knowledge about the situation, actor Dean Cain called their ignorance “almost criminal.”

Tishby recorded interviews with pro-Palestine protesters, whose demonstration coincided with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Tishby asked protesters about the specifics of the common pro-Palestine slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which some pro-Israel groups consider antisemitic.

The slogan is used to show support for a Palestinian state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. However, some of the protesters interviewed by Tishby could not name the river or sea referenced in the slogan. Some of the interviewees mistakenly claimed that the slogan references the Red Sea, the Black Sea, and the “river on the other side of Gaza,” demonstrating geographic ignorance about the region.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) claims that the slogan amounts to calling for the dismantlement of the state of Israel and denying Jews a right to self-determination. Supporting justice for Palestinians or the formation of a Palestinian state should not include denying Israel’s right to exist, according to the ADL.

Pro-Palestine protesters have used the slogan for decades, and Hamas’ 2017 charter similarly states that Palestine extends from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The slogan has received both increased usage and criticism in the wake of Hamas’ October 7 surprise attack on Israel.

Although Tishby attended the pro-Palestine demonstration in Park City to try and expose protesters’ ignorance, fellow actress Melissa Barrera joined the protesters in support of Palestine. However, Barrera declined to take media interviews at the event.

Barrera lost a movie role in November due to her pro-Palestine stances, which also drew accusations of antisemitism. After the backlash, Barrera said that she condemns hate against any group of people, including both antisemitism and Islamophobia.

Tishby’s interviews at the protest raise the question of whether use of the “river to the sea” slogan is antisemitic if the people chanting it do not even know the bodies of water it references.

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