Posted by: winslie | November 23, 2012

AN APPEAL BY BLACK AMERICANS. WSFPalestine

AN APPEAL BY BLACK AMERICANS AGAINST UNITED STATES SUPPORT OF THE ZIONIST GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL A case of joint struggle across borders – the case of Palestine

Excerpt from NY Times advertisement posted November 1, 1970
Please read in full as I only quote small sections under paragraph headings.

We, the Black American signatories of this advertisement are in complete solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who like us, are struggling for self-determination and an end to racist oppression. We stand with the Palestinian people in their efforts to preserve their revolution, and oppose its attempted destruction by American Imperialism aided by Zionists and Arab reactionaries.
We state that we are not anti-Jewish. We are anti-Zionist and against the Zionist State of Israel, the outpost of American Imperialism in the Middle East. Zionism is a reactionary racist ideology that justifies the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands, and attempts to enlist the Jewish masses of Israel and elsewhere in the service of imperialism to hold back the Middle East revolution.
We demand that all military aid or assistance of any kind to Israel must stop. Imperialism and Zionism must and will get out of the Middle East. We call for Afro-American solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for national liberation and to regain all of their stolen land.

Introduction – Expanding Joint Struggle In the U.S.

As people working to improve dire conditions in our varied communities here in the United States, it is vital that we build alternatives that meet the needs of our communities and reflect the other world that we think is possible. To that end, we believe that struggles outside of the United States are as relevant to our lives as our own everyday issues, even though the former may seem a world away. We believe that the oppression of communities here in the U.S. is caused by the same corporations, the same geopolitical interests and the same political forces that are driving apartheid in Palestine, war throughout parts of Asia and Africa, and the suppression of social movements throughout the world.

Impact of the U.S.-Israel relationship on communities & movements in the U.S.
Extrajudicial Killings of Civilians and Assassination of Political Leaders As documented in the recent report from Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, extrajudicial killings is a common strategy of repression of both the United States and Israeli governments.
Every 40 hours in the United States one Black woman, man or child is killed by police, and by a smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes… More than two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, police killed two innocent men: Oscar Grant in Oakland, Adolph Grimes in New Orleans and shot Robert Tolan in a Houston suburb. Based on research started in 2009 after those murders, we learned there were a lot more killings that had not yet been uncovered. Then, after Trayvon’s murder, there was a huge public outcry and a few headlines about more killings. More grieving families and more calls for investigation. Further research became urgent and it demonstrated that Trayvon’s death was not an isolated tragedy. Between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, at least 110 Black people were killed by police and their “deputies”.

Surveillance of Social Movements and Communities

In addition to corporate and state entities, many organizations that provide political and economic support to Israel also collaborate with the U.S. government on racial profiling of communities of color, particularly Muslim and Arab communities, and surveillance and targeting of social justice organizations. In 1993 a suit was filed and won against the Anti-Defamation League (an organization that ostensibly combats anti-Semitism, but expends most of its energy promoting Israel) based on proof that it had hired intelligence agents with police and government ties to compile confidential information on Arab American, African American, Native American and progressive groups. The over 1,000 organizations that the ADL spied on included opponents of the South African Apartheid Regime, the United Farm Workers, the Vanguard Public Foundation, Labor Council/AFL-CIO, NAACP, MADRE, Greenpeace, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The information gathered by the ADL was then shared with the U.S. and South African governments.

Conclusion

Growing numbers of communities, movements, and individuals are speaking out and taking action against Israel’s violations of civil and human rights, international law and common decency. In San Francisco, a huge outpouring of support from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in San Francisco came together against the collaboration between the Center for Asian American Media and the Israeli consulate on the Israel-China film festival. In response to Israel’s targeting of African refugees, immigrant justice groups in the U.S. including Priority Africa Network and Black Alliance for Just Immigration started a petition to pressure Israel to respect the rights of African migrants and drew the connection to Israel’s colonial rule in Palestine. And in March, the Movimiento Estudiantil ChÃican@ de Aztlán endorsed the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. In turn, Palestine continues to inspire and provide its own lessons of resistance to movements across the Global South. Following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Palestinians in Gaza collected funds to send over. We are increasingly witnessing joint organizing efforts that reflect the understanding that all of our liberation is bound up together.
It is from this vantage point that we are working to build a U.S. delegation to the World Social Forum Free Palestine, a delegation that reflects the diversity of our movement. We encourage all organizations to join the delegation as endorser and send delegates to Brazil. Please send an e-mail to wsfpalestine@ussf2010.org for more information about how to get involved in this exciting effort.
(from: http://www.ussf2010.org/node/400)

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