Thanks Kehaulani for the op-ed. It is very timely as people from around the world are preparing for another solidarity action against the siege of the Palestinian people living in Gaza imposed by Israel and supported by the United States. It is very important for Americans also to take responsibility for the crimes their governments did in the past and the present, and to do so by taking a position on Israel/Palestine is not a selective act but very much at the heart of being anti-racist and true and honest to one's calling himself/herself progressive, anti-racist and for peace. Critiquing racism is not promoting hatred, to the opposite. Those who do not want to talk about racism, want consciously or not, to continue the status-quo and allow for more violence against Native people everywhere. Palestinians and Natives from around the world have so much in common, and their struggles are very connected. To criminalize such solidarity is act of racism and violence and hatred. What you are promoting is honesty and solidarity so that the world all over lives with less oppression and violence. Thanks again, and this is especially touching for a Palestinian who lives on the ground and knows first hand the complicity of Israel and the USA in oppressing the Palestinian people who are made prisoners in their own lands.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 19:51