PALESTINE: Not in the name of the Palestinian cause
By Mariam Barghouti
Palestine has been a major fixation in regards to a cause fighting injustice coming in the form of imperialism and colonialism. To stand with Palestine is to stand against injustice, apartheid, colonialism and imperialism.
Solidarity is crucial in the destruction of any imperialist unjust regime, it serves to isolate it through the voice of the masses demanding it stripped of all its legitimacy to oppress.
There are however, those that use the Palestinian cause either to redeem their guilt or to mask the charade of their own injustice.
Therefore it is crucial for Palestinians to address these problems and to refuse having our cause be a platform to guise tyranny and oppression of others under the pretext of supporting Palestine in attempts to legitimize another oppressive system, and we as Palestinians must reject any solidarity or support that stems from an injustice.
As Palestinians, we have been calling on the international community, namely neighboring Arab neighbors to act and show solidarity with Palestine. With that, we forgot to address those nations own tyrant rulers. If it serves the Palestinian cause we remain content and turn a blind eye. We have seen it happen with Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Qatar’s ruling family, Libya’s Qaddafi, Turkey’s Erdogan, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and many more. Many Palestinians disregarded those ruler’s own unjust actions and focused on their pseudo support for the Palestinian cause.
The fixation on Palestine has created these schisms between the people and a repugnant disregard to the struggle of others. As Palestinians we must refuse any injustice committed against any people, even if it serves the Palestinian cause.
This also applies to individuals, those that support Palestine yet continue to remain silent against other injustices across the globe. Palestine is not the only place struggling against an unjust system. We are fighting a system that precedes the history of Palestine and is acting in many forms outside of Israeli colonialism. Therefore, it is vital for the destruction of injustices and to ensure a culture based on mutual respect and combating injustice that we acknowledge the abuse of our cause.
If it is at the expense of the blood of others, it must be refused. We cannot have our name be complicit in the oppression of others around the world. Any struggle, is a struggle that deserves solidarity, action, and support. An injustice is an injustice no matter the form it comes in.
This is addressed to all those that oppress and use Palestine to legitimize their oppression. We cannot have the Palestinian liberation be tainted with a blood trail of others. that would be no liberation at all and we would have failed the entire purpose of the cause that stands against imperialism, colonialism and oppression.
Not in the name of Palestine and not in the name of pseudo solidarity.
Viva Bahrain, Chiapas, Brazil, Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kashmir, Turkey, Egypt, Somalia, Uganda, Lebanon, Ferguson, and every single struggle out there.
To stand against injustice is to stand against injustice, you cannot be selective.