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!