Yesterday, I started this 9th 9-11 anniversary as I would any other day: watching Al Jazeera English video clips from their You Tube channel.
I start with an “Inside Story” about Mohamed ElBaradei and other opposition movements inside Egypt demanding change.
Next, I watch a report about Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi’s house being attacked and vandalized. He was put on unofficial house arrest by Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Basij forces to prevent him attending the annual al-Quds day march.
The regime fears a repeat of last year’s Green Movement tour de force; when they used the oppurtunity for mass protests: against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians and the ruling regime in their country.
Then, a Nour Odeh report from the West Bank. Even on Eid many Palestinian families are denied visits to their loved ones. Hundreds of Palestinians’ are buried in unmarked graves, identified by number only. Israel refuses to return the bodies to the families.
Then, a short interview with Jesse Jackson on the NY Mosque and images of the counter-protests are shown.
Finally, a segment about a new “Museum of Shame” in Turkey; commemorating the victims of the 1980 military coup. Several referendums will be voted on tomorrow in Turkey, including one that lifts immunity for military officials involved in the 1980 coup.
From a pro-US authoritarian government in Egypt, to an anti Imperialist & pro-Palestinian government in Iran, to a pro-US/anti-Palestinian government in Israel, to anti-mosque protesters in the US, all the way to a pro and anti-US/pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian government in Turkey. It doesn’t matter.
It’s not about pro or anti anything. It’s about insider vs. outsider, people in power vs. the people, the marginalized vs. the glorified.
No matter the purported ideology of the government they are all fighting the people, and the people are fighting for justice.
After watching these clips in succession it hit me: I’m not just for the Palestinians. I’m for anyone anywhere fighting the power that oppresses them; no matter what ideological disguise it uses to cloak itself.