“I look forward to surviving. If I don’t, remember that I wasn’t Hamas or militant, nor was I used as a human shield. I was at home.”
– Mohammed Suliman @imPalestine, July 20, 2014 (9:20am)
“As much of the world approached a new year the people of Palestine were subjected to a cruel bombing campaign in Gaza, killing hundreds of civilians…
Israel, backed by the United States is blaming Hamas for their bloody actions and claim retaliation for attacks on them…
Palestinian refugees seeking to escape the horrific air strike campaign are lacking in adequate medical care, food, medicines, electricity, water and other necessities and residential homes and other buildings, including a university, have been targeted by Israeli air strikes.
Journalists are actively banned from entering Gaza in an attempt to hide the atrocities.
But numbers can’t really begin to describe the devastation that the Palestinian masses have been subjected to by their U.S. backed Israeli occupiers.”
– FRSO/OSCL, January 8, 2009 (“End the Occupation of Palestine, Build Anti-Imperialism!”)
Comrades and friends:
As we have called on you before—many times, over the entire history of our organization—we call on you again to take action in solidarity with the people of Palestine, who need it every day, but especially now. The ongoing colonization and occupation of Palestine by Israel has trapped the Palestinian people in their own land, in their own homes, where Israel has indiscriminately killed more than 1,000 civilians. Many more will die from this war, and from this occupation. It must end; we must do everything we can to help end it.
Without our action in support of the people of Palestine, we could write the above quotation again and again—recalled here to demonstrate the horrifying contemporary parallels, pattern, and history—not until just this war, but also this occupation is over, and Palestine is free. We are committed to support the Palestinian fight for self-determination, on their terms, because it is their home and nation.
And we believe in that future because of the tenacity and ingenuity of the struggle of the Palestinian people: they have led a mass movement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions internationally, and here in the US, the leading global backer of Israeli apartheid, they have begun to defeat the anti-Palestine propaganda machine. And they continue to fight and live every day under the occupation.
All members of our organization need to take action now. Many of us already
have, and will again. Join us, and the many thousands and millions across the world, in solidarity with the Palestinian’s daily struggle to survive on their land.
End Israeli apartheid.
P.S. Five years ago, when we wrote the statement quoted above, we gave ten ideas about what people on the Left could do—right then—to help, and published a second article packed with resources, from fact sheets to organizational contacts, that we thought could concretely help the struggle. They weren’t bad ideas, and we still endorse them. But this familiar nightmare continues, and so we need more. We urge people to support the International Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement, for one thing.
But we also want to be honest about where we’re at: most of our members are not regularly connected to this fight aside from showing up and spreading the word when actions happen. So for us and for many of you, we want to start collecting tools, stories, and experiences that Leftists and revolutionaries who are allies to the Palestinian and anti-occupation movements have from the work that they’re doing—in their community organization, the union or worker organization, their church group, their student group, etc. Because solidarity statements, despite their tremendous moral value, are not enough, we need to think of how to bring this struggle more fully into the mass work we’re doing. Let us know if you’d like to share!