Nashville Islamists Protest & Pray on City Street

What looked like a scene from the U.K, the  local Muslim community in Nashville took to the streets on Friday July 18 in what has been described as an angry and intimidating pro Palestine demonstration. Led by local activist Drost Kokoye,  Muslims lined the street screaming “not a nickel not a dime, we wont pay for U.S crimes” and “brick by brick, wall by wall Israeli apartheid has to fall”.  But there seemed to be some deception and purposeful confusion by the group as some women dressed in full burqas held signs calling for peace, while others held signs stating stop funding Israel. As vehicles came to a stop at the traffic light, they were urged to honk if they wanted peace, but many were not aware it was a pro Palestine/Hamas protest so horns honked away.

drost tweet burqa woman with peace sign

Several passerby’s notified us that they felt the situation was a volatile one, with leader Kokoye shouting chants and  the oddity of the majority of protestors dressed in Islamic garb, just as they did in the U.K, and France where pro Hamas/Palestine demonstrations have now been banned.  So what really was the purpose of this demonstration?

It seems apparent this group wanted to make sure you knew they were Muslims. At 4:43pm, it just so happened the demonstration fell at the same time Asr ( late afternoon prayer) fell.  A local Imam called the group to prayer as rush hour traffic slowed to a crawl to witness the group praying on a  busy city street.  Clearly this was to show the public they will pray wherever they wish. Ms. Kokoye’s boss, Remziya Suleyman of the American Center for Outreach approves of her activist friends motives, as this sent a chill down her spine.

comment on prayer w ahmed leading

pic of drost and protest praying on street


It’s only a matter of time the City of Nashville may have decisions to make as well, as groups opposing pro Palestine, pro Hamas arise to counter Ms. Kokoyes community. Will Christian or Jewish groups be allowed to pray without interference or will permits be withheld?  Did Ms. Kokoye’s group even have a permit to protest?


At least one positive came from this, the media that was invited to attend this spectacle didn’t show up. And no Ms. Kokoye, it wasn’t because of the rain.

drost on media that didnt go to protest

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5 Responses to Nashville Islamists Protest & Pray on City Street

  1. genomega1 says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Nashville Islamists Protest & Pray on City Street

  2. KD says:

    if this were Christians or Protestants praying in the streets, all hell would’ve broke loose. the double standards are appalling. sorry to call this my home state.

  3. “Clearly this was to show the public they will pray wherever they wish.”

    I mean, it’s almost like they’ve got some sort of “First Amendment” right to do so! Madness!

  4. r norriss says:

    1000’s of years and we still act like tribes bickering over a wet spot in the wasteland.

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