Palestine’s Letter of Solidarity With Ferguson, Missouri

Black Power salute
A demonstrator at a banned pro-Palestinian rally in Paris, France showing worldwide solidarity.

When scenes of Ferguson, Missouri police officers decked out in full riot gear – attacking peaceful demonstrators with flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets – flashed across television screens everywhere from as far as the Americas to India and Japan, people in nations so-often criticized by the U.S. saw a side of the world’s so-called “protector of democracy” they’d never quite seen before. While people in countries like Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and virtually all of Latin America know full well that the American Empire never actually practiced what it preaches, some seem to have been unaware of the fact that entire communities within the United States are treated much like occupied territories and the citizens like occupied subjects. People living in the nations of the so-called Third World know very well what it is like to have their voices forcibly suppressed by neo-colonial governments funded by the U.S. and its Western allies, governments armed with advanced, lethal weaponry provided to help quell all popular dissent and see to it the interests of Big Business are kept above the interests of the people. It should come as no surprise then that Palestinians in the West Bank shared messages of support and expressions of solidarity with the protesters currently under siege in the American town of Ferguson, Missouri just outside of St. Louis. As oppressed peoples who are also targeted and subjugated by a large brutal occupier, one which views their lives as being worthless and expendable, the parallels are obvious. And it is in this context that the close relationship between the United States and Israel must be viewed as well. The United States – a nation which rose to imperialism by way of ethnic genocide of the Native American Indians, and was built on the forced labor of mercilessly kidnapped Africans – gives more military aid and weapons to the state of Israel than any other nation on earth. In so doing it assists in doing to the Palestinian Arabs, who’ve inhabited Palestine for over a thousand years, exactly what was done to the American Indians who once populated all of North America. The mentality of the colonial occupier, which has no respect for the rights of those it sees as non-white, is the same.

Here is a sample of some of the tweets sent out by Palestinians to the people of Ferguson, followed by the official statement of solidarity:

 

 

*The following statement was originally posted on The Electronic Intifada website, and the names of all 100+ signatories and 16 organizational cosponsors can be viewed on the website.

 

We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

We understand your moral outrage. We empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity.  

And we stand with you.

We recognize the disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life endemic to the supremacist system that rules the land with wanton brutality. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight our own battles for basic human dignities. We continue to find inspiration and strength from your struggles through the ages and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.

We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university.  And we honor the far too many more killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

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  1. From #Palestine To all my brothers and sisters and even who still Embryo in Ferguson
    Hello and may Allah help you Guys , want to mention here with my broken language

    that’s FIRST
    1-must at every house of Ferguson to put in front of his house bucket of water ( use it for gaz tear)
    take it and put it in the bucket of water and try to have gloves to wear them ( not plastic) cuz it can burn

    SECOUND

    2- if u smell too much of gaz tear dont walk or run ( take place and low ) take slowly breath ( dont dont harsh ur eyes )

    3- USING water to wash ur face it an crazy idea .. you should first wash ur hand once twice and more
    then wash ur face but not ur hand just put ur head under water and let water comes around ur face
    again don’t touch ur eyes cuz thats will hurt more

    4- keep with u ( onion ) it look funny but it very good to this situation like this ( hit it half ) and smell slowly not strong smell , normal smell and onion clean ur eyes from the gaz tear ( it let u tear cuz the onion )

    5- taking tear gaz and return it ( or throwing it at cops ) not good idea cuz cops dress mask for tear , so do the first point ( water bucket ) and done it in water bucket

    6- very important :-
    Avoid wearing contact lenses in situation there tear gaz ( more damage to eyes )

    7-(((drink milk)))) > -NOT water or juice or beer etc….. after u smell tear gaz

    8-USING CRAZY PRODUCT
    Fan ( IF U HAVE BIG FAN LIKE THOSE USED IN FACTORY fix it by ur car in back box and turn it when u turn on the engine ( keep car working and fan working ) it will back the the gaz to back ,

    NOTE ( hide ur plate number) with anything .

    9- don’t let to any (female ) – she is pregnant around the places thats bad for baby and for the ( woman)
    cuz thats could born the baby with breathing problem

    at least the gaz tear used in Ferguson still not dangerous cuz the Israel army used it here but they have now gaz when ppl smell it they turn something else ppl sometimes gona crazy laughing too much , and some ppl talking like skdhfshflkshfhs cant understand any word , and some start screaming , ( the color of this is yellow ) its yellow
    with my respect written by @DNACODE13

  2. From Palestine to Ferguson, MO, from Iraq to Guatemala, from one end of this planet to the other, we are fighting a common enemy that is out to destroy us all!!!

    My hope is that those who still viewed the United States through rose colored glasses, have now had them yanked off and stomped to bits and pieces!

    1. Indeed. I never want to be too optimistic, since I know things almost always have to get uglier before they get any better, but I do feel there is a growing awareness in the conscious of America’s young or at least a significant portion of them. An awareness that their country is not the beacon of hope and protector of freedom they’ve been indoctrinated in their schools to think it is. What they will do with it remains to be fully seen and may take another generation for the Change to really show it’s potential, but we’ll see. It certainly cannot come soon enough!

    1. Indeed Dr. Rex! They feel it, in more ways than one. The weaponry used to prop up oppressive regimes in vast corners around the globe are now coming home. And this being Amerikkka as it is, it is on the Black community, which has always born the overwhelming brunt of tyrannical police tactics, that the weapons are being put to use.

      1. I agree with both you and, Dr. Rex. Blacks have been mistreated, from the time they sat foot on american soil. A country that they “NEVER” asked to come to, in the first place and, it’s getting worse. Some in this country, are more worried, about what goes on in other countries, instead of taking care of the injustices taking place, right here, on american soil.

        1. Thanks for you comment. I agree wholeheartedly. What’s truly ironic is that as much as ppl in this country say they care so much about situations overseas, they don’t want to talk about how this country has often contributed to the atrocities occcuring over there.

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