No to Martial Law! 

No to Martial Law! 

We, NYC Students for Justice in Palestine condemn the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, in the spirit of international solidarity with our comrades in the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines. It is clear that Martial Law will only exacerbate the suffering of Moro, Lumad, and Filipino workers and peasants and contribute to the already over-militarized presence of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Mindanao. While Duterte claims the declaration is to stamp out the growth of groups like Abu Sayyaf and the Islamic State, the AFP have long been guilty of aerial bombings, extra-judicial killings of activists, burning of schools, and the abduction and murder of indigenous Lumad all around  the Philippines, but especially in Mindanao. 

 In 2016, two of our members travelled to the Philippines in a solidarity exposure trip with AnakBayan NY, where they saw firsthand the effects of state repression and the general conditions of the Filipino people. Many activists and elders of the movement talked with NYC SJP about the legacy of the Marcos dictatorship, and how martial law attempted to suffocate the movement for genuine freedom and democracy in the Philippines. While Duterte threatens to extend martial law throughout the country, it is clear that it will only benefit the big bureaucrats and landlords, and pave the way for increased U.S. intervention into the country. Just a few days ago, the Trump regime spoke highly of Duterte’s campaign of extra-judicial killings and pledged to work closer with the Government of the Philippines to further U.S. strategic interests in East Asia.

Military law, curfews, extra-judicial killings, checkpoints and search-and-seizures are very familiar to the Palestinian people. The Palestinians have been under military occupation even before the Zionist state was established. Systematized settler-colonialism and apartheid conditions have shaped the experience of the Palestinians since 1948, and until now the West Bank remains under the longest military occupation in the world, Gaza remains under siege and blockade by land, air and sea, and the Palestinians within the Zionist state face draconian laws that determine their rights and relationship to the state on the basis of their indigeneity. While this system seems so strong, in reality it is a weak shell that has a finite lifespan, one whose whole existence relies on the continued support of U.S. imperialism. Like Palestine, the reactionaries in the Philippines also rely on the US to stay in power. We must ask ourselves, who is it that sells the government of the Philippines heavy weapons and tanks? Who is it that has military bases and special forces throughout the Philippines? Who’s counter-insurgency doctrines and programs (COIN) support the AFP’s war against the revolutionary movement of the Philippines, despite years of peace talks? This elucidates how the imperialist system chains both Palestine and Philippines together, in that their oppressors survive through the patronage of the empire, and thus the Palestinian and Filipino peoples liberation depends on the confrontation and defeat of that empire. 

We call upon all progressive and anti imperialist organizations to voice their support to the people of the Philippines, and join the International League of People’s Struggle to build a broad, international alliance of oppressed peoples against imperialism.
Sign the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns petition to lift martial law: 

http://nafconusa.org/2017/05/notomartiallaw/

*ALL OUT FOR MAY DAY 2017* PALESTINE CONTINGENT 3:00 PM UNION SQUARE OUTSIDE OF WHOLE FOODS. MARCH FOR THE PRISONERS FROM TACOMA TO PALESTINE!

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As we prepare to march on the streets of New York on International Workers Day, an estimated 1,800 Palestinian prisoners are entering the third week of a mass hunger strike. While their demands — increased family visitation rights, proper medical care, and an end to indefinite detention and solitary confinement — reflect their fight for basic dignity, the heart and body of their struggle lie in the broader fight for national liberation to free Palestine from the river to the sea. The repression that has followed since the strike began on April 17 — israeli occupation prison officials quickly responding by placing strike leaders in solitary confinement, raiding prisoners’ cells, denying healthcare and arbitrarily transferring detainees — is a direct measure of just how fearful the zionist occupation forces are of the revitalization of the Palestinian prisoners movement and, more broadly, of the Palestinian struggle for national liberation.

To this end we stand firmly in support of all the heroic Palestinians participating in the mass hunger strike from inside the zionist prison walls and in support of their families, communities and comrades supporting and fighting for them on the outside. We recognize and reaffirm their right to resist mass incarceration, political imprisonment and settler colonial occupation by any means necessary. And ultimately we understand that the Palestinian struggle for liberation is part of a global struggle against US imperialism. As the Palestinian prisoner movement continues to resist from the depths of the zionist dungeons, a new chapter of prison labor strikes and hunger strikes is underway in the United States. It is no coincidence that the same week the Palestinian prison strike began more than 700 undocumented people incarcerated in a for-profit detention center contracted by ICE in Tacoma, Washington commenced a mass hunger strike resisting forced prison slave labor at $1 per day, medical neglect and poor food quality.

On International Workers’ Day last year, a group of men incarcerated in several Alabama prisons began a 10-day strike over unpaid labor and poor conditions. Months later in September 2016 on the 45th anniversary of the prison uprising at Attica, prisoners in 40 facilities across 24 states commenced a nationally coordinated strike led by organizers from the Free Alabama Movement  in protest of long-term solitary confinement, inadequate health care, overcrowding, violent attacks and slave labor. As prison organizer Kinetick Justice from the Free Alabama Movement stated in response to the strike launched on May Day of last year, “These strikes are our methods of challenging mass incarceration, as we understand the prison system is a continuation of the slave system.” At the time he was serving his 28th month in solitary for organizing a similar protest in 2014.

The labor that prisoners in the United States produce is largely invisible. From manufacturing ikea furniture, military uniforms, test booklets, lingerie and blue jeans to baking bread to fighting forest fires, prison slave labor is far more present in our daily lives than many of us care to admit. And beyond production for export, prison slave labor is increasingly used by private corporations to subsidize their internal operations and increase profits. While the neoliberal privatization of the prison system has been underway since the Reagan era of the 1980s — the market for private prison companies has shifted in recent years from contracts with the Bureau of Prisons to contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigrant detention remains the fastest growing profit-generator for companies like CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and Geo Group.

On the U.S.-Mexico border the connective tissue between the US imperialist empire and the settler colonial state of israel is made plain. While we tend to focus on the fact that the U.S. funnels $4 billion a year in foreign military funding to the state of israel (over 50% of its total military aid budget), subsidizing the occupation, this figure doesn’t take into account U.S. government contracts granted to israeli weapons manufacturers in the private sector. Companies like Elbit Systems, israel’s largest publicly traded arms and security company, have scored major contracts post 9/11 from the Department of Homeland Security to supply drones and high-tech surveillance towers to U.S. Border Patrol. The same technologies used to occupy, surveil and bombard Palestinians now facilitate the mass incarceration and deportation of undocumented migrants from Central America and Mexico fleeing U.S.-backed death squads and neoliberal trade policies that have decimated their home countries.

One need not look as far as the militarization of the southern border, though, to see the collaborative efforts of the U.S. and israel. In April 2016 when over 700 law enforcement agents from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and NYPD raided the Eastchester Gardens housing project arresting 120 Black and Latinx youth in what was the largest police raid in New York history, the scene easily could have taken place in occupied Palestine. Today, the Eastchester 120 are locked away in federal prisons strewn throughout NYC awaiting trial. As the prison strike rages on in Palestine, the walls of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where the majority of the Eastchester 120 are being held are shaking, the walls of the ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington are cracking.

When communities are devastated by state violence, displaced by gentrification, and suffer the abduction of millions of Black, Indigenous, and Chicanx people, this too is imperialism. When a settler population is sustained and protected by the United States and given free reign to inflict colonial violence on the entire region, this too is imperialism. Our location is different, our struggle is different, but our enemy is the same, and the mutual response of these struggles has been, and will be, resistance. In New York, NYC SJP aims to participate in the construction of an anti-imperialist united front, in alliances like the International League of People’s Struggle and NY4Palestine, articulating the position that in order to play our part in stopping imperialism abroad, we must fight imperialism at home. In the words of former Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale, “The greatest care package we can send to liberation movements around the world is the work we do at home.”

The successes of anti-imperialist mass movements in places like the Black Belt and Aztlan have a direct impact on the growth of the revolutionary struggle in Palestine. While only the Palestinian people have the ability to free Palestine, we’ve said before that the “advances of one anti-imperialist revolutionary struggle both objectively strain the resources of oppressor nation(s), and subjectively inspire anti-imperialist struggles around the world by proving these struggles are possible in practice”. Thus, internationalism is not a moral platitude or a simple nod of the head, the liberation of all oppressed nations demands its existence.

To participate in the struggle for liberation necessitates both revolutionary defeatism and revolutionary optimism. To be anti-imperialist, and defeatist in the revolutionary sense is to hope that the US government loses and the Viet Cong wins. At the same time, we are revolutionary optimists: while the movement in the U.S. is at a low level of struggle, genuine resistance to imperialism is growing, and it is our task to support such resistance. U.S. global hegemony, like zionism, is in crisis: its fragility can been felt in its failed strategies in Syria and Afghanistan and the defeat of neoliberalism in the presidential elections. The arms dealers and oil executives’ fear of emergent, rival imperialist blocs and growing mass movements can be smelled in the dormant fires of Ferguson and the guerrilla zones of Mindanao, in the ruins of Mosul and the scorched olive groves of Palestine.

When we say it is right to resist, we mean it is justified for those who have nothing to rebel against those who have taken everything. This May Day, we march with the International League of People’s Struggle for the workers, for the immigrants, for the prisoners, and for all those who struggle against U.S. imperialism, wherever it rears its ugly head.

U.S. Out of Syria: Rebuilding the Anti-War Movement

ACTION  ALERT: FRIDAY 4/7 6:30PM @ UNION SQUARE

NO TO U.S. WAR ON SYRIA!

On April 6 just after 8:30 p.m. the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian Air Force base in Homs province. While the Trump administration sought to paint the offensive as a justified retaliation for the chemical attack in Idlib alleged to have been carried out by the Syrian government, we know all too well that the US empire has no moral qualms about the victims of the Idlib attack or the entirety of the Syrian people for that matter. Our position as anti-imperialists must be consistent and clear: US “humanitarian interventions” have only ever resulted in the death and decimation of entire nations, and in the case of Syria, further US intervention will only prolong the war, lead to the death of more innocent Syrians, and serve U.S. capitalist interests. The US has thrown its airpower into a campaign of terror in Syria and Iraq for 973 days and counting, ostensibly under the pretence of fighting the Islamic State and other rebel groups. During that time there have been 19,527 airstrikes across these countries, with an estimated 2,978 civilians killed and many more displaced. The most devastating of these airstrikes came in the Iraqi city of Mosul on March 17, in which over 300 Iraqi civilians were killed, making it the one of the worst US led civilian bombings in a quarter century.

In the past two months, the United States has deployed thousands of US soldiers in Syria and Iraq, top US generals have demanded more troops in Afghanistan, and Yemen has been hit with more US bombs and raids than ever before. As organizers in the United States, we must condemn in words and actions the recent expansion of the United States’ military presence in the region, specifically in Syria. We have discussed our view of this inter-imperialist conflict and our position remains unchanged. The shift in US military intervention, no longer limited to devastating airstrikes, now includes the addition of 500 US marines and Army Rangers in Syria, as well as the deployment of 2,500 Marines in Kuwait to be used in combat operations in Iraq and Syria. We also cannot forget that the US has engaged in a steady buildup of forces in Iraq, now numbering over 5,000.  The facts suggest the US is preparing for a larger ground presence, a move that would cause the continued carving up of Syria. This constitutes the possible threat of regime change imposed by imperialist forces and allies, such as the United States, Turkey, israel, the Gulf states, and others. We vehemently oppose the intervention of all imperialist forces in Syria and denounce American complicity in denying the Syrian and Kurdish peoples the right to self-determination free of outside coercion.

Since 2011, the world has witnessed a brutal conflict between the Syrian government, rebel factions, and their respective allies. Over 300,000 have been killed, and millions are displaced within and outside of the country. While both sides of this conflict have attempted to leverage international support, we understand that neither the Syrian Government nor the organized political and military opposition have served the Syrian people or their democratic aspirations. While employing rhetoric of revolution, the armed and political opposition has been consistently funded by the US and its allies, who have repeatedly attempted to co-opt the rage and pain of the Syrian people for the benefit of US strategic interests. It is clear that these forces have been co-opted by outside powers which seek to impose their own agenda in Syria and blunt the revolutionary potential of the Syrian and Kurdish people. Meanwhile, little doubt remains about the position of the Syrian government to the values of democracy or human dignity.

STOP THE U.S. WAR MACHINE (1)As an anti-imperialist youth organization, we can not stay silent about US intervention in Syria. The United States has played a central role in shaping the conditions that birthed ISIS beginning with its occupation of Iraq in 2003 and further fueled the current conflict by supporting reactionary and competing opposition groups in Syria. We understand the United States’ stated goal “to defeat ISIS” is nothing but an excuse to intensify airstrikes, raids, and escalating military occupation; ensuring its hegemony in the region. In the process, thousands have been killed, leaving generations with irreparable damage. We strongly condemn the US’ role in Syrian affairs, including the Trump regime’s rejection of refugees caused in part by this American imperialism. The Syrian & Kurdish people must decide their own fate, and all actors who seek to undermine Syrian freedom and self-determination should be held accountable. To this end, we recognize that our enemy abroad is our enemy at home. The enemy that leads the world in incarceration, the enemy that murders Black and Brown people with impunity and allows fascism to rise is the same empire that facilitates Zionism and rains bombs on the heads of people all around the globe.

 

While we respect the diversity of opinion concerning the Syrian conflict, we call for the unity of pro-Palestine and anti-imperialist organizations around the country to mobilize around halting the escalation of US intervention in Syria and in the region as a whole. Our primary duty is to prevent our own government, one which has invaded and destroyed dozens of nations since WWII, from continuing to exacerbate the conflict. We must be clear that regardless of the use of a “humanitarian” or “counter-terrorism” framework to justify intervention, the United States has no role in the Middle East but to leave it. Neither guise will cover the strategic chaos the US encourages and benefits from as it seeks to expand into new markets and ruthlessly exploit existing ones. The lack of a formal declaration of war does not sidestep the reality that the US is at war with Syria. This intentional informality is symbolic of the hidden face of modern imperialism, as seen in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan among others. We will not allow the Middle East to be destroyed at the feet of the world’s deadliest war machine. As Palestinian & MENA diaspora and comrades in the United States, we have no option but to collectively resist by building an anti-war movement that can halt American intervention in Syria, Palestine, and around the world. Just as we support the right of the Palestinian people to resist Zionist settler-colonialism, we must unconditionally uphold the right of the Syrian & Kurdish people to resist American and all imperialist military occupation, using any method they deem necessary.

 

US OUT OF EVERYWHERE!

BUILD THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT!

U.S. IMPERIALISTS – NUMBER ONE TERRORIST!

 

New York City Students for Justice in Palestine

 

ALL OUT AGAINST ZIONISM AND COLLABORATION, LONG LIVE MARTYR BASIL AL-ARAJ!

 

*ACTION ALERT* TODAY WITH PALESTINIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT (PYM) 3/13: Palestine Observer Mission 115 E 65th Street, 5:30pm

Basil al-Araj, a beloved intellectual and activist who lived and died on the principle of resistance, was murdered by the Zionist security forces in an early morning raid last week. Basil was no stranger to the repressive nature of the PA, having been arrested and held in Palestinian Authority prisons for months before launching a hunger strike in protest. Upon his and his comrades release, the Israelis repeatedly raided his family’s home in Ramallah in search of Basil, but he was able to evade capture for months before being killed resisting the occupiers.

 

The shameless collaborators in the Palestinian Authority freely gloat about their betrayal of Palestine, referencing the arrest of Basil al-Araj and five other resistors, PA President Mahmoud Abbas was reported in Der Spiegel in April of last year saying, “Our security forces are working very efficiently to prevent terror. Just a couple of days ago, three young men were tracked down and arrested. They were planning an attack. In this context, our security cooperation with Israel is functioning well.” Adding salt to the wound, in the protests that followed in the past few days, the PA security force has beaten, tear gassed, and shot live ammunition at protestors struggling against the traitors in the PA.

 

It is clear as ever that the Palestinian Authority exists solely as an external security force for the colonizers, putting a Palestinian face on a settler bureaucracy. There hasn’t been national elections in Palestine in over ten years, even by the standard of international law the PA is an illegitimate governing body. The security coordination that Abbas is all-too-eager to facilitate is the legacy of the disastrous Oslo Accords. The logical conclusion to a “peace” agreement negotiated by imperialists between the settler and the indigenous can only end with the capitulation of the indigenous political force sitting at the negotiation table. We must interrogate why our imperialist government has a vested interest in the establishment and maintenance of the Palestinian Authority, and arrive at the conclusion that the Palestinians have already come to: that Oslo was never meant to provide a just peace, instead it is only a way to strengthen and entrench the colonization of Palestine. For ourselves in the diaspora and allies in the U.S. our job as students, intellectuals and workers must be to unmask that connection between U.S. imperialism and the continued rule of the Palestinian Authority. Basil reminds us that we cannot simply be students passively studying the Palestinian situation,

“If you want to be an intellectual, you have to be an engaged intellectual, and if you refuse to do so, it is no use to be intellectual.”

 

For Basil, for Omar Nayef Zayed, and for all those betrayed by the PA collaborators, rally with us and the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) today, at 5:30pm at 115 E 65th Street.

 

PA: END SECURITY COORDINATION WITH ISRAEL OR DISSOLVE!

LONG LIVE THE MARTYR BASIL AL-ARAJ!

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March 4 Education!

  

Today, March 4th, NYC SJP joins Anakbayan NY in their call for an anti-imperialist youth contingent at the People’s March for Education Justice. We demand an education that reflects the needs and history of marginalized people here, especially at CUNY, a university that has the highest population of Black and Brown students in the United States. We memorialize the ongoing struggles to elevate decolonial curricula in CUNY and elsewhere, as ethnic studies programs are slashed in favor of whitewashed settler colonial history. Our role as Palestine organizers is one of unconditional support and participation in a movement to liberate CUNY for the people. We understand the historic demands of free tuition, open admissions, democratic governance, and a revolutionary curriculum which teaches oppressed nationality students their history, stemming from the 1969 Open Admissions Strike. We remember the lessons taught to us by Palestinian students who visited on the Right2Education campaign from Bir Zeit University and other universities in the West Bank. On one hand, U.S & Israeli coordinated military tactics are deployed in IDF raids on Palestinian universities. This serves as a barrier to education in Palestine, whether done to target specific political activity or for general intimidation. Students on their way to school may be routinely stopped, questioned, and detained. Israel intentionally stunts the accessibility of education for Palestinians, raiding the universities in the West Bank, bombing the schools in Gaza, and propagating naked cultural genocide on Palestinian students within 1948 historic Palestine.

Similarly, our schools in New York are under another sort of occupation: the New York Police Department. Beyond navigating the general criminalization of our communities, Black and Brown youth must also deal with the NYPigDepartment’s armed officers in schools, metal detectors in the hallways, truancy cops, and the ever-present threat of I.C.E. Oppressed nationality youth are thus doubly prevented from having a just and quality education: the intentional underfunding and neglect of public education in Black and Brown communities means only 14% of Black and Brown high school graduates are college-ready in New York City. In addition, Palestinian and other oppressed nationality students in many US public schools learn about their history from the viewpoint of the oppressor. As NYC SJP, we know what we are taught about Palestine and other colonized countries we come from has never been reflective of the lived experiences of the diaspora who are educated in them. Upholding Zionist narratives in school sends a message to these students that their whole identities or histories are not welcome in the classroom. The colonial assumption that “Columbus discovered America” and the erasure of the violence he unleashed on indigenous peoples of the Americas goes hand in hand with similar ideas about the role of Zionism taught in today’s schools. We recognize that the education given to us is not merely propaganda, but part of an apparatus designed to prepare us for exploitation under capitalist class society, and part of maintaining the ideological justification for empire. The U.S. empire would not be able to function if its education system did not indoctrinate us into believing that Puerto Rico is the U.S., Palestine is Israel, and in the crusty decayed corpse that is the American Dream. We stand in solidarity with all peoples unfairly unrepresented in their curriculum, all students with guns in their faces, and all those who must walk through a checkpoint to get to class, whether that is in Bethlehem or Parkchester. Thus progressive education policies should also include a call to social justice teaching, on the Palestinian struggle and beyond. Public education must be thought of as a collective project; the community will not be benefitted from the opportunity that a few individual students may have to “choose” to go to a charter school. We demand an education system that teaches us our real histories, that prepares us to organize for liberation, and most importantly, one that materially benefits our communities. 

With the election of wannabe-Mussolini Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos – a billionaire advocate of charter schools and defunding of public education – has just been appointed the Secretary of Education. The destruction of accessible education has led to cities like New Orleans, where not a single public high school is left. Although DeVos is escalating the attacks on public education, teachers unions and scientific curriculum, she was not the first to do so, the previous approach to education under Obama and other presidents has assaulted the people’s right to education for as long as this country has existed. However, the urgency of fighting for accessible and just education has never been more apparent in recent history. 

And as students, we cannot pretend that we will be students forever, or that we are somehow outside of our communities once we enter the university. Our organizing has led us to be attacked by everyone from City Council to the terrorist Jewish Defense League, but we acknowledge that all these attacks are meant to hamper the revolutionary potential of our communities and force them, through a myriad of ways, into an apolitical existence. The student movement should serve the community – and not limit itself to student-specific demands, else we risk rendering ourselves politically irrelevant in the long term. Build organizations and caucuses in your high schools, colleges, graduate associations and teachers unions. Divest from Israel and prisons, from the Dakota Access Pipeline and military industrial complex. Force ICE and ROTC off campus, throw professors like Petraeus out the door, demand a just contract for our educators, and go back to our communities and serve the people. 

In solidarity with Anakbayan, we aim to Take Back Our Education – away from the politicians and private corporations, into the hands of the people of this city. 
We call on all youth and students to participate in the March 4 Education TODAY at 9:30 AM in Columbus Circle and 2:00 PM at Hunter College!

Solidarity with NYU SJP!

New York City Students for Justice in Palestine condemns, in the strongest terms, the failure of the NYU Administration to publicly defend its students from threats of rape and murder, threats to send their immigration information to federal agencies, and hate speech, directed at Arab, Muslim, and Palestine solidarity activist students at NYU.
The Administration’s failure is consistent with previous failures of universities in New York and throughout the United States to properly safe guard the rights of students, particularly students of color and from immigrant backgrounds, to participate in political discourse and dissent against imperialism and Zionism. We find the failure of universities to protect this right at a time of immense state repression and threats of mass deportation to be particularly disturbing and an indictment of the nature of the neoliberal university campus.
We call on NYU to unequivocally state its opposition to threats to students and student organizations, investigate the legitimacy of these threats, and declare NYU a sanctuary campus.

Fight Donald Trump, Join the STRUGGLE!

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NYC Students for Justice in Palestine stands alongside all communities in the United States under the threat of white supremacist violence by both the State and hate groups that target oppressed nationalities, Muslims, women, LGBTQ communities, and the working class. The election of Donald Trump is an urgent wake up call to address and fight the rise of a white nationalist movement that is eager to ravage our communities through violent deportations of undocumented families, extra-judicial killings of Black and Brown families, expanded surveillance and entrapment of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities, and state sanctioned violence against queer and gender nonconforming people. Since the election of Donald Trump we have already seen a surge of white supremacist violence against non-white people living in the U.S., surpassing the levels of the months after September 11th. As organizers in the belly of the beast dedicated to the liberation of Palestine, it is our duty to struggle alongside the people against a fascist dictatorship. Our fronts are simultaneously cultural, political, social and economic.

Since the election of Trump we have seen the fears of many Palestinian organizers and communities become more concrete with the appointment of fascist Steve Bannon, a founder of the red-baiting, conspiracy theory-filled, white nationalist website, Breitbart. This “news” website has given both right-wing zionists and the “alt-right” (a new name for an old enemy: Nazis) a platform to disseminate their designs for an ethnically pure nation state, exclusive to their ultra-nationalist colonial definition of a citizen. In harmony with their violent anti-semitism, the white nationalist movement points to the Zionist state as a model of such a project, disputing the personhood of the Jewish people while embracing the ideology of European settler-colonialism. Israel uses perceived anti-semitism as a justification for the ongoing settler colonial project and theft of Palestinian land, and the orientalist mythology of the Zionist state relies on anti-semitism in SWANA (South West Asia North Africa) and the West to entice Jews all over the world to settle on Palestinian land. Anti-Semites for decades have advocated for the existence of a separate Jewish state to remove populations of Jews from Western countries to “dilute the white bloodline” and serve the imperialist interests of empire in the Middle East.

Democrats and Republicans are both enemies of oppressed nationalities and obstructions to true democracy and to the freedom of communities bound by their borders. They are both enemies of Arab and Palestinian self determination. They both support the settler colonial terrorist state of Israel. Both Trump and Clinton showed up at AIPAC’s annual meeting in March. Trump declared Israel “a strategic ally” and “the only democracy in the Middle East.” Clinton doubled down and denounced the nonviolent global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the apartheid regime as “alarming,” equating it to antisemitism.

The struggle between the white settler colonial legacy and multi-cultural imperialism has manifested itself in the past few elections within the empire. In the past month, the Republican party has consolidated a broad support base of ultra-right Nazis who wish to rebrand themselves as the “alt-right.” Trump’s cabinet appointments of open white supremacists such as Bannon and Jeff Sessions represent a right wing nationalist pushback against neo-liberalist policies.

On the other side of the two-party dictatorship, neoliberal interests are championed by faux-progressives like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, beholden not to the people they claim to represent but only to the empire over which they have draped a multicultural veneer. Through the numerous leaks that have emerged over the past months, the Democratic National Committee has shown itself to be just as undemocratic and beholden to corporate interests as the Republican Party. The Democratic Party has a long and poisonous history of sucking the revolutionary vigor out of social movements, transforming them into hollow NGOs or benign talking points for Democratic Party candidates. We say this with a conviction forged in the napalm fires of Vietnam and the white phosphorous of Iraq: the Democratic and Republican parties are two wings of the same empire, the empire that is nothing less than the enemy who we aim to confront and defeat.

We are committed to struggling with other oppressed groups to secure our collective liberation. None of us are free until all of us are free. New York City Students for Justice in Palestine will contribute by integrating ourselves amongst our communities, facilitating Know Your Rights workshops and self-defense trainings, and helping our communities get answers and resources with our broad network of allied organizations that have been doing the work for years. We will take leadership from organizations that are concerned with the well being of the people and work towards our collective freedom. We will participate in the foundation of an overall collective process to build the power of the oppressed that pushes us, students, workers, and community members to be present in the trenches of struggle, not wallow in the shallow rhetoric of allyship.

As part of the mobilization by a broad section of the people against Trump, we encourage as many to participate in the #J20 day of action to disrupt the inauguration, whether in Washington DC or in our local cities, towns, schools, workplaces and blocks. We urge all Palestinian solidarity organizers to not only participate in J20 but also build in your communities to defend vulnerable communities against vigilante xenophobic attacks or state violence in its many forms of repression.

We will not sit in the ivory tower and gesticulate about the various forms of resistance being taken by oppressed peoples in this country and abroad to combat the system intent on destroying their communities. Whether it is the indigenous warriors defending sacred land on the frontline against the Dakota Access Pipeline, rebellions against state violence in urban centers, or antifascist mobilizations against the klan and alt-right, it is right to rebel. There is no better time than now to clearly and unapologetically articulate our politics and goals. Join us on January 20th and beyond.

 

Smash Trump, Free Palestine!

There is only one solution, intifada revolution!