“When I see them, I see us”. Those are the first strong words from the ‘BlackPalestinian solidarity’ video that was created by activists and artists, who decided to work together and speak out on state-sanctioned violence that is going on in the US and in Palestine.
“Every 28 hours a black life is stolen by police or vigilantes in the US. Every 2 hours a Palestinian child was killed in Israel’s attack on Gaza last summer”
These activists decided to put their heads together and acknowledge the struggle they both face. Not because their struggles are the same, but because they each struggle against the formidable forces of structural racism and the carceral and lethal technologies deployed to maintain them, they say.
Since 2014 police brutality has been rising at a staggering rate. Mike Brown, an unarmed teen shot by police. Tamir Rice, killed for holding a toy gun. Eric Garner, killed for selling loose cigarettes. Them and more than a thousand others were shot dead by the US police since 2014.
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Hadeel Hashlamoun, Diyaa Abdul-Halim Talahmah and Ahmad Shakara were killed by Israeli soldiers among more than 2500 others since the summer of 2014 and that number has only risen in 2015.
It’s for all these innocent souls that were killed one by one that ‘BlackPalestinian solidarity’ stands for. They want justice. They want peace.
From Lauryn Hill, Angela Davis and Boots Riley to Yousef Erakat and Omar Barghouti, each of them with a strong voice and a strong message. They choose to build with one another in a shoulder to shoulder struggle against the coldblooded horror going on in Gaza and the abominable reality black people have to face in the United States.
This campaign unites minorities who face similar struggles. Supporting each other, they demand to be heard. Free Palestine. Black Lives Matter.