“Our kin are connected in our collective fight for land and liberation. In Arabic we call this ‘sumoud:’ steadfast resilience”– Reem Assil, AMC2020
AMP extends our love and solidarity for the Palestinian people now rising up against the ethnic cleansing campaign of the Israeli state.
In recent days we have witnessed the nightmarish escalation in Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing and violent repression of the Indigenous Palestinian population. We have also seen the inspiring uprisings and resilience of Palestinians in Palestine and around the world – in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; Jerusalem; Haifa, Lydd; Gaza; refugee camps; and diasporic communities across the globe.
We recognize that none of this is new. On May 15, Palestinians will commemorate Nakba Day, which marks 73 years since Israel began its campaign of ethnic cleansing. The current uprisings build upon decades of resistance by Palestinians against Israel’s colonial violence.
We support the global call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, initiated in 2005 by Palestinian Civil Society, until it meets the three basic demands for the restoration of Palestinian freedom and dignity.
We call on the scholars and artists of our network to specifically support the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel, in order to hold Israel accountable where governments and international bodies have failed to do so.
We recognize the vivid connections between struggles for Black liberation and Palestinian liberation; between abolitionist movements in the US and the need to defund Israel (whose military currently receives more than $3 billion annually from the US government and trains alongside American police departments); between the decolonization of turtle Island and the Middle East.
We lift up the work of Palestinian artists and organizers, who have continually brought their vision, creativity, and resistance work to the AMP community, drawing out the critical connections between our liberation movements. Below is a partial list of media sources, art, and analysis from across the AMP network and beyond.
Social media accounts providing on-the-ground coverage:
|Jerusalem/Sheikh Jarrah||@mohammedelkurd, @muna.kurd15||@m7mdkurd|
|Gaza||@malak_mattar_artist, @meera_adnan, @we_are_not_numbers||@omar_gaza, @abitallie|
|All of Palestineemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Resources for people seeking deeper understanding and historical context of the current assault on Palestinians:
- Resources on the current uprisings and historical context from the Palestinian Youth Movement (link also includes a list of actions coming up across Turtle Island)
- Palestine 101 at Visualizing Palestine
- Haymarket Books is offering free downloads of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction by Sumaya Awad and Brian Bean
- Filmmaker Ryah Aqel and poet Muhammad El-Kurd in The Nation: The Israeli Military Shot My Cousin–and the US Bars Part of the Blame
- “Beyond Propaganda: Pinkwashing as Colonial Violence” by alQaws
Resources for understanding the connections between Black and Palestinian liberation movements:
- Abolition & Liberation a conversation between Angela Davis, Jamal Juma, and Kristian Davis Bailey
- “The US and Israel Make the Connections for Us: Anti-Imperialism and Black-Palestinian Solidarity” by Nadine Naber
- “Palestine:Black Solidarity in a World of Anti-Black Racism” by Tawana Petty
Art and media from the AMP network:
- Read the work of Palestinian graphic novelist (and AMP staff member) Leila Abdelrazaq online:
- Hisham and Mounis: from besieged Gaza to US immigration jail (The Electronic Intifada)
- Border Diary (The Believer Magazine)
- Some more of her comics on Palestine can also be bought at AMP project Maamoul Press
- Watch Slingshot Hip Hop by Palestinian filmmaker Jackie Salloum. This feature length documentary premiered at Sundance in 2008 and follows young Palestinians using hip hop as a tool of resistance.
- Watch the preview for Shukran, a forthcoming film directed by Ahmad Abuznaid and executive produced by dream hampton about Black-Palestinian solidarity.