it’s great to see so many people speaking up about what’s going on in palestine, and standing in solidarity with palestinians. i’ve seen people who are not usually the least bit politically inclined joining protests and rallies and sharing informational articles. we have history and truth on our side, and slowly but surely, momentum as well.
social media has made it easy to connect with people who believe in a common cause all across the world. but it has also created a perverse culture of inaction and empty platitudes.
the revolution is not a hashtag, it is not a tweet, or a share, or an instagram photo. when we say ‘free palestine,’ we have to contextualize what that means. we cannot speak into a void, throw our hopes haphazardly into the wind. there is a map, a chart, a course to follow. what does a free palestine look like? what is our role as peoples committed to freedom and liberation in the creation of a world where there is no occupation? how can we stand beside our brothers and sisters and children that resist and fight against their continued dehumanization and annihilation?
when we hashtag #freepalestine, we mean the end of isreal’s illegal occupation. we mean the right of return. we mean a diaspora with a country to come back to. we mean olive trees and villages where women can watch their children grow old.
we live in a country that funds war and terror across the world. we pay upwards of 3 billion dollars to the state of israel. we supply them with the arms they use to murder innocent civillians. we live in a settler colony that is at war against its own people- its indigenous, its poor, its brown, its black, its migrant, its immigrant populations.
there are refugee children from honduras being warehoused in the united states. there are children being deported to countries that have been destabilized and ravaged by US economic and political policies. this week the nypd choked a black man to death- another reminder of the brutal and systemic practices of the police force in this country. there are people in detroit that are being denied access to drinking water.
gaza is a prison. guantanamo bay is a prison. black and brown men are being jailed indiscriminately in this country while political leaders that wage war and support genocide across the world aren’t asked to pay for their crimes. there is blood on all of our hands. there is blood flooding the streets of shajia’a, of chicago, of homs, of mosul.
when i say #freepalestine, i am making a commitment to human dignity, justice, and liberation. i am affirming that we all deserve to live freely, to drink clean water, to walk the streets of our neighborhoods without danger, to go to school, to work meaningful jobs, to be treated with dignity and respect, to earn a living wage.
i stand in solidarity with all those that walk and breath and fight and sacrifice for a better world. i stand in solidarity with the women who’ve watched missiles strike down the fruits of their wombs. the indigenous peoples of the world that have watched their ancestral lands be ravaged and desecrated. i stand in solidarity with those that have died, have been brutally murdered, all of the martyrs for a better world.
free palestine can’t be just a hashtag, devoid of political and historical context. it’s a commitment to the global struggle against capitalist exploitation, colonialism, nationalism, and all forms of oppression. it is a promise that we are not only voyeurs to the pain of the palestinian people, but witnesses to history, bridge builders and radical change makers willing to do the difficult work that will continue long after the public protests have ended and the news cameras stop rolling.