Days of Palestine, London -The Palestinian refugee, who won the final of Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, is no longer being sent to the grand final of the competition.
Leanne Mohamad of Wanstead High School, in London, won the Redbridge regional final earlier this month with a speech entitled ‘Birds not Bombs.’
During the speech, the Palestinian little girl spoke about the plight of the Palestinian refugees, stating that “from 1948 until this very day more than 30,000 defenceless Palestinian children have been killed.”
She used the phrase “Palestine: one voice, one country and one dream” and closed the speech with the call to “free Palestine” whilst waving a Palestinian flag.
It seems that Palestinians, even children, must not have any free platform to communicate their sufferings caused by the Israeli terrorist state, backed by the international community.
After watching her, Zionist Edgar Davidson complained to the Jack Petchey Foundation and Wanstead High School and the judging panel decided “unanimously” against sending Leanne Mohamad through to the final rounds of the competition.
Julie Holness, CEO of the Speakers Trust, said that the little refugee had breached “two fundamental rules that are made explicit during the training,” stating that her speech was offensive.
Responding to the news, the little Palestinian refugee tweeted: “Why is it called a ‘Speak Out Challenge’ when I am then silenced?”