There has been much talk about 2017 as the 50th anniversary since Israel occupied the Palestinian Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Fifty years of illegal, Jewish-only settlements; 50 years of military checkpoints; 50 years of home demolitions; more than one million olive trees uprooted; 50 years of murder with impunity; 50 years of Judaizing Jerusalem; 50 years of mass imprisonment and targeting of children. That’s why we’re organizing a week of action June 5-10 for all to join to say Enough! and stress the urgency of ending Israeli oppressions to communities nationwide.
But the 50th anniversary can only be understood within a broader context of other key anniversaries this year. 2017 marks:
- 100 years since the Nov. 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish state in historic Palestine in support of the budding Zionist movement.
- 70 years since the UN’s Nov. 29, 1947 partition allotting 54% of historic Palestine for a Jewish state, which began the Nakba across 78% of Palestine.
- 50 years since Israel occupied all remaining Palestinian lands June 5-10, 1967 — a brutal military occupation that continues to this day.
- 10 years since Israel made permanent a crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip on June 15, 2007, creating an open-air prison subject to monstrous bombing to further Israel’s containment and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.
Through these anniversaries — 100-70-50-10 — we can begin to understand the totality of totality of Israel’s settler colonial project and ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, seeing clearly that its 1967 occupation was no aberration, was never meant to be temporary, and is the continuation of the Zionist project as it was intended.
In the context of these anniversaries and the current political moment, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 campaign of political education to provide critical voices, context, and resources to strengthen liberation struggles from the U.S. to Palestine.
The campaign “Together We Rise: Palestine as a Model of Resistance” will unfold June 5 to November 29, spanning all four anniversaries, and will have three tracks:
Track 1: “Not That Complicated” — 101 information and resources about Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people and how it relates to U.S. colonialism and racism.
Track 2: “Freedom Bound: Lessons Learned Resisting Zionism & White Supremacy” — What can we learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, indigenous, and other freedom struggles that continue today, and how can we apply those lessons to strengthen all of our movements?
Track 3: “Together We Rise” — Skills-building, trainings, new resources and more to fight for collective liberation.
On the shoulders of 100 years of Palestinian resistance, let 2017 be a turning point long overdue for all those working for justice in Palestine. Let 2017 help us push our understanding of Israel’s settler colonial project and how it relates to liberation struggles worldwide — including here in the United States — against colonization, displacement, racism, and genocide.