Solidarity To Build A Free Palestine

07/06/2021 |

By Capire

Internationalist solidarity is grassroots strategy to end Israeli occupation

Throughout the month of May, women and peoples around the world mobilized in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Israel’s attacks on Palestine, in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, resulted in 242 deaths and the expulsion of 74 thousand people from their homes. When it comes to this conflict, speaking of solidarity becomes a project for an equal future and a political action of resistance and change.

The struggle against Israeli occupation on Palestine is not only for the Palestinians, but for all the peoples of the world fighting for self-determination. Apartheid systems threaten peoples they directly affect or oppress and all humanity. Such occupation is a creation of international powers to serve the interests of the imperialist project which aims for the submission of the peoples from the global South and the usurpation of our common goods, based on violence against cultures, sovereignty and different ways of living.

This became even more evident with the support from governments such as the USA, Brazil and Uruguay to Israeli attacks against palestinians. Inside those countries, though, social movements demonstrated their internacionalist solidarity to free Palestine.

Speaking of international solidarity with the Palestinian people makes more sense than repeating the victimization discourse that focuses on rights violations and crimes committed by the occupation

Khadija RyadI, from the World March of Women Morroco.

For Souad Mahmoud, of the World March of Women Tunisie, we must highlight that Palestinien struggles are an important part of the anti-imperialist resistance around the world:

A free, multicultural and democratic Palestine, from the sea to the Jordan River. Free, that is, unchained from imperialism and Zionism. Multicultural, wich means where traditions, languages and religions are a matter of personal choice and coexist in complete freedom. Democratic, that is, a country ruled by the people and for the people

The Palestinian struggle for their land has been repeatedly hidden behind discourses about a “mutual conflict”, which invisibilizes the grassroots power and also the unfair imbalance between these fights and Israel’s army forces. But while corporate media hides this reality, the grassroots movements and medias  create tools and organization to write and show information straight from the source.

Zahra Awaly, from the World March of Women Lebanon, arguments that a better way for the  media to deal with all the news from this crisis is by using the concept of linguistic resistance. Using keywords for a more accurate description of the real situation can change public opinion about this matter. She says:

Words should be used in conveying the most accurate scene: instead of ‘war’ we say ‘aggression’; instead of ‘conflict’ we say ‘struggle’, ‘occupied territories’ and not ‘Israeli territories’

The deporting of more than five hundred Palestinians from their home in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, didn’t pass unnoticed despite the corporate media trying to block it out. Palestinians are denouncing the killing, arresting, deporting, the bombing and ethnic cleansing.

Solidarity from all around the world was extensive for the first time. The approaches were radical too. It shows the amount of effort Palestinian resistance put to broadcast their speech. Intersectionality manifested from many movements: Black Lives Matter, feminist, LGBTQ, indigenous, all adopted the Palestinian struggle as related to theirs. All systems of oppression reinforce one another and none can be fought in isolation

Zahra Awaly

Organizations around the world joined forces and suport of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, an economic, academic and cultural boycott on Israeli and other international companies that have any type of connection with Israel’s crimes and apartheid. International social movements such as La Vía Campesina and the World March of Women are deeply committed with the struggle for free Palestine. They are making international pressure and denounce and are participating in several marches during the days of attack in different territories, as Quebec, Brazil, Morocco and Tunis.

Rabat, Maroc

Internationally, people demonstrated solidarity and raised awareness about the cause in any way possible. The Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine and Against Normalization organized sit-in meetings and rallies in more than 50 cities on May 16 and in 40 cities on May 23. For Khadija RyadI, Moroccan activists have always considered the Palestinian women’s struggle as a model, and as an example to follow because of their braveness. 

“Moroccans have always been very supportive of the Palestinian people. The marches organized in Morocco have always been attended by a large number of people and there have always been many women expressing solidarity with the entire Palestinian people and especially with Palestinian women.”

Khadija RyadI

Popular reaction around the world has placed solidarity and international awareness on another level. Over the years, pro-Palestinian movements have made visibility actions to pushed governments and other institutions to position themselves and take political and economic attitudes in defense of human rights and self-determination.

In Ireland, people pushed their government to recognize Palestine and to acknowledge and condemn the annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel, refuting their war crimes. It was the first European country to do so. Belgium followed it. It’s 73 years after Nakba, the “catastrophe”, as the Palestinians call the events that followed the founding of Israel, which meant the forced expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their land in 1948. This history of violence is supported by the connivance of governments, the UN and institutional organizations.

I believe that since the first Intifada¹, this is the first time that we feel that all the people around the world are marching against the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. It’s the first time that we feel that the whole world is standing with us and supporting our fight for justice and freedom. We do believe that if the support continues, Palestine will soon be free

Dalia Nassar from the World March of Women Palestine

Even after the cease-fire, established on May 20, Sheikh Jarrah and other areas are still threatened and people reclaim their homes back. The violence remains with arresting and extensive deporting in Silwan, all away from the media and public opinion. The struggle for free Palestine is also the struggle for the liberation of all political prisoners, such as Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, the president of the Union of Palestinian Women Committees, that had suffered an arbitrary four months extend of her political imprisonment.

We must organize online actions where Palestinians can tell their stories, and counteract the Zionist metanarrative. We should show more interest in publishing the Palestinian narrative instead of focusing on rejecting the enemy’s. This communicates an attack position rather than a defense one, in pursuit of liberation and not mercy.

Jana Nakhal member of the WMW Lebanon.

And Dalia Nassar asked people to remain in resistance:

We call you as we call ourselves to continue to fight for justice for the Palestinians, and for all marginalized people in the whole world. We call on you to pressure governments to stop adding Israel and to boycott Israel. We call you to fight for justice against all imperialist governments

¹ The word “intifada” means, in Arabic, suddenly awakening. The First Intifada was a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation began in December 1987 in the Gaza Strip.

Words by Bianca Pessoa
Edited by Helena Zelic and Tica Moreno

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