Here’s what you can do to support Palestinians resisting apartheid, ethnic cleansing and settler-colonialism

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The Israeli government continues to commit human rights violations and war crimes against Palestinians. Since 10 May, the Israeli army has launched a number of deadly airstrikes on Gaza.

And since then we’ve seen Israeli military forces brutalising Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing, and resisting forced expulsion from their homes. We’ve also seen Israeli police attacking worshippers. And in keeping with the apartheid regime, Israeli officials have refused to vaccinate a majority of Palestinians.

The UK government is supporting these human rights violations through arms sales, and failing to denounce the actions of the Israeli state. So it’s time to take action. Here are just some of the ways we can support Palestinians resisting brutality, settler-colonialism and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Israeli state.

Palestine solidarity protests

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is leading a national day of action on 15 May. The group has organised solidarity protests to take place in cities across the UK, including London, Manchester, Brighton and Cardiff:

Organisations to support and donate to

Islamic Relief is carrying out an urgent appeal to support their work providing medical supplies to those injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza:

 

Friends of Al Aqsa is a UK-based campaign group working to defend the human rights of Palestinians:

 

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund works to provide humanitarian care for sick and wounded children in the area:

 

Al-Haq works to defend Palestinian human rights:

 

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is calling on the international community to take immediate action in solidarity with oppressed Palestinians:

 

Medical Aid for Palestinians works to support Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, and those who are living as refugees:

 

Boycott, divestment and sanctions

Calling on the international community to boycott companies that are complicit in Israeli settler-colonialism and ethnic cleansing, the Palestinian BDS National Committee said:

Ayesha Siddiqi added:

 

Sharjeel Usmani shared:

Another Twitter user added:

Expanding in the list of companies, another user shared:

 

Calling on student campaigners to urge universities to withdraw investments from the Israeli state, NUS UK president Larissa Kennedy shared:

 

And MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy called on the UK to impose sanctions on Israel:

Let’s Talk Palestine has developed a number of resources that campaigners can use to pressure governments to stop supporting the maintenance of the Israeli apartheid state.

Amplify Palestinian voices

Palestinians sharing news from Sheikh Jarrah and other occupied areas have said that their social media accounts are being censored. It’s vital we amplify the voices of Palestinian activists, journalists and residents on the ground. In the words of Mohammed El-Kurd, a writer based in occupied Jerusalem:

 

Journalist Aya Isleeme shares regular updates from the ground:

 

As does writer Mariam Barghouti:

 

And Palestinian activist Muhammad Smiry tweets about life under Israeli occupation:

 

Keep up to date

As The Canary‘s Steve Topple highlighted, the BBC‘s reports of Israel’s bombing of Gaza revealed the UK’s mainstream media bias. Accounts posting information and updates on the situation in Palestine include:

The UK is not innocent

At the time of writing, Israeli air strikes on Gaza have left at least 69 Palestinians dead since 10 May. This includes 17 children. Sharing her heart-wrenching experience of loss, one Twitter user said:

More than 300 people have been wounded by the violence. Palestinian journalist Aya Isleem lamented:

The Canary‘s Kerry-Anne Mendoza set out:

And explaining the role of western imperialism in the Israeli state’s reign of terror, Kehinde Andrews said:

When highlighting the ways in which Britain is complicit in Israeli settler-colonialism and ethnic cleansing, MP Claudia Webbe tweeted:

Rebutting prime minister Boris Johnson’s Eid message, Friends of Al Aqsa chair Ismail Patel said:

On the need for global solidarity, Khaled Beydoun added:

 

It is up to us to act in solidarity with Palestinians. It’s time to build a global movement for justice.

Featured image via Ahmed Abu Hameeda/Unsplash.

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    1. I believe that supposedly civilized society should be careful not to self-righteously look down its nose to condemn the evil acts of one racial, ethnic, religious, cultural group or another.

      I once heard a philosophy professor say (in a television documentary) that all of us should avoid believing that we, as human beings, are not inherently predisposed to committing an atrocious act. Contrary to what is claimed or felt by many of us, he said, deep down there’s a tyrant in each of us that, under the right circumstances, can be unleashed.

      While some identifiable groups have been severely victimized throughout history a disproportionately large number of times, the victims of one place and time can/do become the victimizers of another. I’m not one who holds much faith in the Bible, but I still give credence to the claim within (a verse somewhere stating) that base human nature is indeed “desperately wicked”. And maybe even more so when convinced that ‘God is on our/my side!’.

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