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Beyond the 50th anniversary of the occupation: marking the 100-70-50-10 anniversaries with ‘Together We Rise’ curriculum

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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.

(Image: U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

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.

(Image: U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

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.

Sign up for the curriculum and see a sneak preview of what the different tracks will include…

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.

Anna Baltzer

Anna Baltzer is the Director of Organizing & Advocacy for The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR).

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  1. RoHa on May 20, 2017, 1:34 am

    Why not start the graphic at 1897? That’s 120 years since the First Zionist Congress in Basel.

  2. Donna Nevel on May 20, 2017, 8:14 am

    This political education campaign looks terrific!

  3. JLewisDickerson on May 21, 2017, 9:15 pm

    . . . Rise, together we rise
    Together we rise, together we rise
    Together we rise, together we rise
    Together we rise, together we rise
    ~ Flobots, 2008

    • JLewisDickerson on May 21, 2017, 9:28 pm

      Flobots play “Rattle The Cage” at CPR’s OpenAir

    • JLewisDickerson on May 22, 2017, 7:32 am

      ■ Flobots
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

      [EXCERPTS] The Flobots are a hip hop and rock band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. . .

      ● Current members

      Jamie “Jonny 5” Laurie – lead vocals (2000-present)
      Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett – lead vocals (2005-present)
      Jesse Walker – bass guitar (2005-present)
      Kenny “KennyO” Ortiz – drums (2005-present)
      Mackenzie Gault – viola, vocals (2005-present)

      ■ Br’er Rabbit
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~

      [EXCERPTS] Br’er Rabbit /ˈbrɛər/ (Brother Rabbit), also spelled Bre’r Rabbit or Brer Rabbit or Bruh Rabbit, is a central figure as Uncle Remus tells stories of the Southern United States. Br’er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit. . .

      ● African origins

      The Br’er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. These tales continue to be part of the traditional folklore of numerous peoples throughout those regions. In the Akan traditions of West Africa, the trickster is usually the spider Anansi, though the plots in his tales are often identical with those of stories of Br’er Rabbit.[1] However, Anansi does encounter a tricky rabbit called “Adanko” (Asante-Twi to mean “Hare”) in some stories. The Jamaican character with the same name “Brer Rabbit”, is an adaptation of the Ananse stories of the Akan people.[2]

      Some scholars have suggested that in his American incarnation, Br’er Rabbit represented the enslaved Africans who used their wits to overcome adversity and to exact revenge on their adversaries, the white slave owners.[3] Though not always successful, the efforts of Br’er Rabbit made him a folk hero. However, the trickster is a multidimensional character. While he can be a hero, his amoral nature and his lack of any positive restraint can make him into a villain as well.[4]

      For both Africans and African Americans, the animal trickster represents an extreme form of behavior that people may be forced to adopt in extreme circumstances in order to survive. The trickster is not to be admired in every situation. He is an example of what to do, but also an example of what not to do. The trickster’s behavior can be summed up in the common African proverb: “It’s trouble that makes the monkey chew on hot peppers.” In other words, sometimes people must use extreme measures in extreme circumstances.[5] Several elements in the Brer Rabbit Tar Baby story (e.g., rabbit needing to be taught a lesson, punches and head butting the rabbit does, the stuck rabbit being swung around and around) are reminiscent of those found in a Zimbabwe-Botswana folktale.[6]

      Folklorists in the late 19th century first documented evidence that the American versions of the stories originated among enslaved West Africans based on connections between Br’er Rabbit and Leuk, a rabbit trickster in Senegalese folklore.[4][7] The stories of Br’er Rabbit were written down by Robert Roosevelt, an uncle of US President Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography about his aunt from the State of Georgia, that “She knew all the ‘Br’er Rabbit’ stories, and I was brought up on them. One of my uncles, Robert Roosevelt, was much struck with them, and took them down from her dictation, publishing them in Harper’s, where they fell flat. This was a good many years before a genius arose who, in ‘Uncle Remus’, made the stories immortal.” . . .

      ● Cherokee origins

      Although Joel Chandler Harris collected materials for his famous series of books featuring the character Br’er Rabbit in the 1870s, the Br’er Rabbit cycle had been recorded earlier among the Cherokees: The “tar baby” story was printed in an 1845 edition of the Cherokee Advocate, the same year Joel Chandler Harris was born.[8]

      Rabbit and Hare myths abound among Algonquin Indians in Eastern North America, particularly under the name Nanabozho. The Great Hare is generally worshipped among tribes in eastern Canada.

      In “That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community” by Jace Weaver, the origins of Br’er Rabbit and other literature are discussed. To say that a story only originates from one culture and not another can only be true when a group of people exist in complete isolation from others. Although the Cherokee had lived in isolation from Europeans in the remote past, a substantial amount of interaction was to occur among North American tribes, Europeans, and those from the enslaved population during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is impossible to ascertain whether the Cherokee story independently predated the African American story.

      In a Cherokee tale about the briar patch, “the fox and the wolf throw the trickster rabbit into a thicket from which the rabbit quickly escapes.”[9] There was a “melding of the Cherokee rabbit-trickster … into the culture of African slaves.”[10] . . .

      • Mooser on May 22, 2017, 11:42 am

        So there we have it. Some people think that when Israel loses the occupation it will find its briar patch.
        Other’s think that will leave Israel holding the tar baby.

      • JLewisDickerson on June 1, 2017, 9:38 pm

        I tend to see Israel’s occupation/absorption of Judea/Samaria (i.e. the West Bank) as its “tar baby” rather than its “briar patch”.
        Time will tell.

      • Mooser on June 1, 2017, 9:51 pm

        Israel has twins, there’s a sticky infant in either direction.

      • echinococcus on June 2, 2017, 12:50 am

        Mooser and Dickerson,

        That Uncle Remus stuff is just non applicable, N/A. It’s also very misleading. Zionists simply have no right to be there at all, period. Which doesn’t mean that it should not be held to its legal obligations as long as it is in existence.

      • Mooser on June 2, 2017, 3:03 pm

        .” The Great Hare is generally worshipped among tribes in eastern Canada.”

        “Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
        Give a home to the fleas in my Hare.
        A home for fleas, (yeah) a hive to bees, (yeah) a nest for birds
        There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my Hare.” – Eastern Canadian tribal song .

  4. Talkback on May 25, 2017, 1:58 pm

    “100 years since the Nov. 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish state in historic Palestine in support of the budding Zionist movement.”

    That’s a misinterpreation supported by Zionists. Neither the declaration nor the mandate supported a Jewish “state”.

    • andrew r on May 25, 2017, 11:38 pm

      They also didn’t endorse the creation of a colonial-settler majority that the Zionists were deliberately seeking. That said, some British officials like Balfour himself and Herbert Samuel were sympathetic to that aim. The LoN Mandates were built on weasel words and basically set-up for the express purpose of being abused.

      • Talkback on June 6, 2017, 8:18 am

        The first High Commissioners for Palestine Herbert Samuel was a Jewish Zionist. So was Norman Bentwich, the first General Attorney of Palestine. No surprise that they allowed the even illegal Haganah to be created under their supervision.

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