As a Palestinian coming to America, I was always aware of Black-Palestinian solidarity, and I constantly see a tremendous amount of similarities in the struggles. I wanted to draw attention to the similarities and parallels for our class, especially with a terrifying increase in violence towards unarmed Palestinian civilians occurring right now.

Black-Palestinian solidarity has existed for decades, and many parallels are drawn between the Black struggle and Palestinian struggle since both face extreme amounts of racism and oppression in their daily lives. Examples of this solidarity could be seen during the Ferguson protests when Palestinians used Twitter to send advice to Black protestors and allies who had been teargassed. Palestinians are teargassed by Israeli forces very frequently during non-violent protests, and they have developed methods of combatting the gas. When the same exact teargas and protest-suppression techniques were used on civilians in America, Palestinians tweeted tips on how to protect oneself from the teargas.

In the summer of 2015, a website was launched called Black Solidarity with Palestine where “Over 1,100 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, including: Angela Davis, Cornel West, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Talib Kweli, The Dream Defenders, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Organization for Black Struggle – St. Louis.” The website released a statement of solidarity as well which you can read here: http://www.blackforpalestine.com/read-the-statement.html.

A Facebook page has also been created for Black-Palestinian solidarity. The page recently announced that a video will be released on October 14th featuring over 60 famous Black and Palestinian artists and activists. I think it would be interesting to watch the video in class!

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2 responses »

  1. gabrielledas says:

    I find this connection so interesting, particularly the ways in which it is facilitated by social media in a larger sense. And, how it can give rise to greater awareness by connecting two issues. And just as the internet allows one to anonymously bully others online, one can also send anonymous messages of solidarity. While I love the idea that we can all bond together, sharing messages of support and giving advice, this sort of connection (I fear) may reduce one’s drive to take action because they see the inspiring activism of internet vigilantes. How can we have both? How can we keep social media activism as a tool for awareness while not soothing our desires to take action?

    • alexanderlandau says:

      I wasn’t aware of Black-Palestinian solidarity until you introduced it in this post. I checked out the video you mentioned above. It’s fascinating to see the connections between police violence towards Blacks in America and Israeli military violence towards Palestinians in Gaza. One line that is repeated in the video is: “When I see them, I see us.” This line is so powerful and very telling of how Blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles are so similar.

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