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Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

Solidarity with the Palestinian struggle: what does it mean to the world in the year 2020?

 

On November 29th – a day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Why is it becoming a vocal point for universal peace and liberty in 2020 and beyond?

There are 13.4 million Palestinians. More than half of them live in historical Palestine ( the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel) the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a statement May 13, 2020.

 

In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B).

On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))

In resolution 60/37 of 1 December 2005, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN.

The resolution on the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People also encourages Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

 

Decades earlier GUPS The General Union of Palestine Students:an organization run by Palestinian Students since the early 1920s. It is generally considered one of the first Palestinian institutions started. It was officially launched In Cairo in 1959 by university students led by none other than founder Yasser Arafat who later became the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

 

Fast Forward to 2020.

 

Highlights of the year 2020 ( this can be summarized to streamline the Idea )

 

February 20 – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greenlights the construction of 2,200 units in the Har Homa settlement in East Jerusalem. He estimates that the population of the settlement would increase from 40,000 to 50,000 settlers.
May 30 – Eyad al-Hallaq, a 32-year-old autistic Palestinian man, was shot and killed by Israeli Police after failing to stop at the Lions’ Gate checkpoint in Jerusalem after being ordered to do so by officers stationed nearby.[6]
June 3 – The IDF demolishes eleven Palestinian homes in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, due to the lack of proper building permits. In a separate incident, eight homes in the Ein Hajla Bedouin community east of Jericho are demolished by the IDF.[7][8]
July 30
Israeli soldiers arrest Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, in his home near Ramallah.[11][12]
The Israeli military hands out 36 demolition orders for all standing structures in the village of Farasin, west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank. If the demolitions are carried out, they would displace 200 Palestinians according to local sources.[13]

 

August 5
Israeli bulldozers raze tracts of land in Dura, southwest of Hebron. Local sources suspect that it may have been done to make way for expansion of the nearby Israeli Negohot settlement.[15]
In Israel’s Huwara jail, 30 Palestinians begin a hunger strike in protest against maltreatment and neglect by the Israel Prison Service.[16]
Israeli soldiers demolish three homes in Silwan in East Jerusalem, while in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian was forced to demolish his home. According to Israeli authorities, the structures lacked building permits.[17]
The Israeli Central Court rules that 11,500 dunams (11.5 km^2) in Al-Sawahreh south-east of Jerusalem belongs to the families Al-Araj and Khalayleh. The families had been embroiled in a legal battle with a suspected forger since 2008.[18]

August 6

● Palestine reports that a 15-year-old Palestinian boy held in Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Israel, has tested positive for COVID-19. The boy was arrested on July 23 in his home in Al Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.[20]

August 7

● The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission releases its report for the first half of 2020. The report claims that Israeli authorities had demolished 313 homes and issued 129 eviction notices in Palestinian. It also reports that there were 419 attacks made by Jewish settlers which injured 78 Palestinians, and damaged 1,100 dunums of land and 78 vehicles.[21]

● Amnesty International calls for Israeli authorities to immediately release human rights defender and General Coordinator of the BDS movement Mahmoud Nawajaa, who they label as a prisoner of conscience.[12]

August 10

● According to local sources, Israeli forces demolished a home and well in Farasin, west of Jenin, and a home in Beit Iskaria, south of Bethlehem.[22][23]

● Two Palestinians, Ibrahim Sabia and Khaled Abu-Taa, tears down their own homes in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem as they were built without a permit. By demolishing the homes themselves they avoid paying the fee that Israel charges for carrying out demolitions.[24]

August 13

● Several Palestinian organizations slams the United Arab Emirates in response to it signing a peace agreement with Israel. Hamas calls it “a treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian people,”[27] and Hanan Ashrawi of the PLO Executive Committee states that Israel “got rewarded for not declaring openly what it has been doing to Palestine illegally and persistently since the beginning of the occupation.” The UAE “has come out in the open on its secret dealings/normalization with Israel,” she says. “Please don’t do us a favor. We are nobody’s fig leaf!” The Palestinian Authority recalls its ambassador to the UAE.[28]

August 23
Israel bans all imports to the Gaza strip except food and medical supplies. The ban is part of Israel’s punitive actions against Gaza. Over the last two weeks balloons and rockets have been launched from the enclave and Israel has retaliated by bombing it.[32]
Israeli forces demolishes several structures in al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, according to local sources. They were owned by Mohammad Abd Muheisen who the Israeli authorities claimed had built them without Israeli permits.[33] .
August 25 – The first case of COVID-19 is detected in the general population in Gaza. Hamas imposes a 48-hour curfew to contain the spread of the virus.[34]

● August 26 – Two Palestinian brothers, Bilal and Mohammad Dabash, demolishes their own houses in Sur Baher southeast of Jerusalem in order to avoid having to pay fines that the Israeli municipality would have levied for carrying out the demolitions of the houses. The demolitions displaced 11 persons.[35]

August 29 – Gunmen celebrating a wedding by shooting in the air injure two sisters on a balcony in Am’ari refugee camp near Ramallah in the central West Bank. One sister is taken to a hospital where she is pronounced dead on arrival.[36]

 

October 21 – A pregnant 24-year-old woman is found dead in her home in Nabi Elias in the northern West Bank. According to local sources, her husband was detained for the suspected murder.[42]
November 6 – 73 Palestinians, including 41 children are displaced after the Bedouin village of Khirbet Humsah is razed in the largest demolition in years. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused Israel of timing the demolition for election day in the United States, when the world was distracted.[43]

 

As Americans and the rest of the world are holding their breath for the next few weeks until a new administration takes over the White House.

 

Palestinians, and their friends and supporters, in the Arab region, the Muslim countries, and around the globe. Wondering what solidarity with Palestinian people should look like and how in the year 2020 and beyond.

 

As someone who is reaching the sixth decade of his life and has been part of supporting the struggle for justice since my teenage years in the OAS GUPS.as a student activist and as an active member of the November 29th coalition for solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

 

I have a few lessons and an appeal. I want to share with friends and supporters the learnings that solidarity with Palestine only means solidarity with one’s self-desire for peace and justice.

 

Trump may be fading away and disappearing from our TVscreens and tweet’s post but not his impact on our lives.

 

When Trump’s unholy alliances of Christian Zionist and the white supremacy delivered over 65 million voters to support his agenda! This is not going to fade away easily.

 

When the current Secretary of State visits the illegal settlements in Palestine and meets with the filthy rich dictators of the Arab world. Declaring Anti Israel is anti-semantic, in other word adapting to the right-wing corrupt government of Netanyahu’s plans .and shove it into the throat of Americans who are in full support of justice for Palestine .

 

In the same visit, Pompeo the mouthpiece of the Trump administration in the 11th hour makes another vulgar attack on the first amendment to criminalize any students and community organizations who are participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign to apply pressure on the occupation government.

 

I wish for the Palestinian youth and the new generation to take over the leadership of the national liberation movement asserting our narrative and reclaiming our voice away from the corrupted Dayton government in Ramallah.

 

I wish for the Arab masses to take charge of their own destiny away from the government of their dictators.

 

When Arab youth, Student communities take charge of their own destiny they are ultimately supporting the Palestinian struggle against the same enemies of settler colonialism and their puppets in the region.

 

In the day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, I appeal to our sisters and brothers in the Jewish communities including but limited to the U.S.

 

As communities living and struggling alongside people of color recently demonstrated in the largest coalitions under the BLM movements we are counting on you for more than just a solidarity statement, petitions, and participating March, Our fight is one. The new generation of activists in our respective communities can no longer keep silent about liberals who call themselves progressive and when the issue of Palestine gets introduced as in the case of Ethnic Studies in California. https://savearabamericanstudies.org/

Liberals/ progressive. Are literally asking how High they can jump to the whistle of the right-wing of the Democratic Party. For our sisters and brothers in the Jewish Community particularly the new generation. Your fight is our fight, is not easy but it is in the right direction.

 

On the day of Solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people, we ask you all. Palestinians do not need sympathy or Pity but rather a genuine re-examination of what unites us together in a hate climate that brought us Trump and corniness Arab & Jews leaders.

 

 

 

Sources: References

 

● The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance

Khaldi, R. (n.d.). The Hundred Years War on Palestine.

● Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine

Book by Noura Erakat

Erakat, n.d., #)

 

● The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad

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