At a time when grassroots activists and organizers everywhere are denouncing normalization with Israel, one Palestinian with a very large global social media following is actively promoting it, pandering to the liberal Zionist line of “both sides” being to blame for the violence and loss of life in Palestine.
Many in the Arab world are saying that the normalization of Israeli-UAE relations demonstrates the failure of “Arab nationalism,” but Nada Elia says this idea was invented to begin with and was never a true basis for solidarity.
Ahmed Erekat. Twenty-seven years old, executed on the eve of his sister’s planned wedding, two weeks before his own. He was born, lived, and died, under a brutal, merciless occupation. Honor his life, and that of all Palestinians–under occupation, under apartheid, under siege, and in exile–by not normalizing Israel’s egregious crimes.
From Ramallah to Haifa to the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the homeland are joining the global denunciations of systems of racial supremacy. This video compiles some of their statements of solidarity, including “We see you,” “your pain is our pain,” and affirming the belief that justice will prevail.
This is not a moment to highlight the similarities between law enforcement violence in the US and Palestine says Nada Elia, but to work in solidarity to topple the violent system of racial supremacy in the United States.
As we mark Nakba Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Nada Elia implores us to make radical demands that secure a life of dignity for all.
Everywhere, COVID-19 has revealed the disproportionate effect of the disease on communities that are already disenfranchised by state-sanctioned violence, including the incarcerated. April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, brings new urgency to calls to free all prisoners in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was always the case that the left was working to elect its opponent for the next four years. Now that Bernie Sanders has left the race, that struggle carries on.
Nada Elia says it is offensive to compare our circumstances with the coronavirus in the United States to those of the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.