South African anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils reflects on how an upcoming event with Leila Khaled has sparked an unexpected correspondence with old classmates.
On Tuesday, September 15, Donald Trump will host a ceremonial signing of deals to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain. Activists will gather to protest these deals which are not about peace but about furthering Israel’s systems of occupation and apartheid. The protest will be led by a coalition of over 50 Palestinian rights organizations and groups, many of which are led by Palestinian Americans and Arab Americans.
“It is no longer a political suicide for members of Congress to take a principled stand on Palestine. We are cognizant of all these dynamics and we intend to build on them,” American Muslim for Palestine’s Executive Director Dr. Osama Abuirshaid tells Mondoweiss.
Adie Mormech writes that direct action has always been a key component of international solidarity with liberation movements that were fought and won, and we haven’t used enough of it for Palestine: “We know it works and we know what the Palestinians are facing – so we have no excuses.”
Once the hope of liberal Zionists, Benny Gantz is now siding with settlers against Netanyahu for political advantage. Angered by the move, dedicated Zionist Michael Koplow urges U.S. Jewish community to open discourse to include a one-state outcome.
Puma has been calling for action against hate. But Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak asks, “So why is Puma supporting the hate which is destroying lives and poisoning the beautiful game?”
“The repeated arrest of one of Palestine’s most active and prominent scientists is a direct attack to Palestinian’s right to science protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” says 2018 Chemistry Nobel Laureate George Smith. “The violation of the right to science anywhere is an attack to scientists everywhere”.
The Trumps and Netanyahus think they can use anarchy as a specter to vilify uprisings, but Adi Callai writes: “The more they use the term ‘anarchists’ to disparage a mass movement, the higher we can raise our voices and offer an alternative.”
The victory of the Humboldt 3 is another sign that the whitewashing of Israeli apartheid can no longer be legitimized in the face of the Palestinian movement’s moral rightness and humanistic message.