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More than 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists and activists are featured in a new video highlighting challenges that both communities are confronting, including militarized policing and the prison industry.

The video features Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Sapphire, LisaGay Hamilton, the Baha Men, Dream Defenders Co-Founder Ahmad Abuznaid, Yousef Erakat (fouseyTUBE), and others holding up signs such as “Gaza Stands With Ferguson” and “They choked me on video. I said I couldn’t breathe,” referencing the murder of Eric Garner in July 2014.

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“Mutual expressions of solidarity have helped to generate a vigorous political kinship linking black organizers, scholars, cultural workers and political prisoners in the U.S. with Palestinian activists, academics, political prisoners, and artists,” explained Angela Davis, renowned scholar, activist, and political prisoner who has visited Palestine and is featured in the video.

“Palestinians have spoken out passionately against racist police violence in Ferguson and Baltimore as black people have vehemently stood up in defense of Rasmeah Odeh. That the Palestinian people have refused to surrender after almost seven decades of continuous struggle against Israeli settler colonialism is a great encouragement to black people in the U.S. to accelerate our ongoing struggles against racist state violence. These powerful images represent a journey from struggle against tyranny to a collective hope for a just future.”

The idea for the video came to Palestinian scholar and organizer Noura Erakat in the summer of 2014 while bombs were dropping on Gaza at the same time that the Ferguson uprising was sparked by the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“Palestinians used social media to share their advice on how to deal with tear gas and rubber bullets, and protesters chanted ‘From Ferguson to Gaza, we will be free,’” explained Erakat. “Organically, an analysis emerged highlighting similarities, but not sameness, of Black and Palestinian life, and more aptly, of their survival. Palestinians do not expect Black solidarity, but appreciate it tremendously. Our communities are dehumanized using similar logics of racism and repression. It behooves us to explore those similarities further and recognize that our exceptional conditions are the norm.”

Organizations working in collaboration include: The Dream Defenders, Black Youth Project 100, the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Arab Studies Institute-Quilting Point Productions.

Check out the video below:

Black-Palestinian SolidarityWATCH: Over 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists and activists affirm Black-Palestinian solidarity in our new video. Featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, DAM, Omar Barghouti, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Yousef Erakat, Annemarie Jacir, Boots Riley, Dr. Cornel West, and many others. Angela Davis on the project: “Mutual expressions of solidarity have helped to generate a vigorous political kinship linking black organizers, scholars, cultural workers and political prisoners in the U.S. with Palestinian activists, academics, political prisoners, and artists.”Organizations working in collaboration: The Dream Defenders, Black Youth Project 100, the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Arab Studies Institute-Quilting Point Productions.http://www.blackpalestiniansolidarity.com/

Posted by Black-Palestinian Solidarity on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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  • BillipPhailey

    Is this good for us? What have they done for us? We need to stay neutral.

    • Myllee

      Black People are insane,. These people hate Black people, see them as inferior. These are the same Palestinians who had taken African slaves into Palestine. Ask African people how they are treated in Palestine or even in Israel.

    • Mary Burrell

      That’s what I was thinking. And I have yet to understand why black Americans are putting on capes for these people.

    • Mary Burrell

      Exactly, I really don’t get why black Americans are defending these people. I may be slow in my understanding of world affairs and the politics that goes along with it. But I don’t feel like these folks care about black people. Especially black Americans.

  • [email protected]

    There is no question about my views on this issue. Malcolm X condemned the bad treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli oligarchy. Many activists in the present have done the same. There is massive discrimination and racism directed against Palestinians, and black Africans in Israel. These facts have been documented by tons of sources. Injustice anywhere is a threat for justice everywhere. It isn’t just Arabic people expressing solidarity with the human rights of Palestinians. Many black people and many progressive Jewish people have shown solidarity with Palestinian human beings as well. This is about human rights. Many Palestinians have spoken up for the rights of black people. Black people have spoken up for the rights of Palestinians. Now, we shouldn’t bow before Palestinians like mental slaves. We shouldn’t ignore the necessity of black liberation. We want liberation.

    Yet, I can’t be silent when I see babies being murdered by brutes. I can’t be silent when I see excessive checkpoints. I can’t be silent of any oppression. I can’t be silent of brutal occupation. Therefore, it is right to stand up for the human rights of the oppressed. I’m not surprised at what Lauryn Hill did, because she has always been a conscious Sister. Murder, racism, oppression, imperialism, and injustice must be opposed domestically and internationally. We should never forget about how neoliberal extremists cut water in Detroit, about how crooked cops killed innocent black people, and how structural racism is a real problem in America. Like always, I believe in black liberation, Black Love, and Black Power.

    • Charles Johnson

      so the third intifada is about to pop off (at least that’s what ppl are saying). this is an interesting time to post this because the recent killing spree that the supposed Palestinian guy did (i.e. ran over people, got out the car and started hacking them with a knife) will now be juxtaposed to this. some ppl will think they are giving their tacit approval of such atrocities. it’s very interesting linking systemic oppressive systems, and the recent push back using social media (will revolution be televised). nonetheless, since killings on MSM are apparently more acceptable and tyts and asz, we’re all supremely screwed anyway

    • [email protected]

      The Third intifada might come. The first one was very historic. Yes, there will always be those who exploit innocent lives being lost as an excuse for them to slander everyone involved in the Palestinian liberation movement. Also, the media didn’t readily report in America on a bombing of Palestinian residents in the West Bank where a Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsheh was killed. Innocent people on both sides shouldn’t be killed. This has happened with us with the BLM movement when reactionaries falsely blamed BLM members for the deaths of cops (while these reactionaries ignore how almost 1,000 people have been killed by the police in America during 2015). Oppression is heavily structural.

  • Mary Burrell

    Everyone forgive my Raven Symone ignorance but I guess I need to do my homework and learn what the history of this conflict is about.

  • Mary Burrell

    I have read that in Isreal they have been racist towards the Ethiopian Jewish people. And here in the United States especially in New York i have read there is very bad blood among the Jewish community and African American communities. Especially the Hasidic sect of Jews. Which is probably why African Americans want to be allies to the Palestenians.

  • Mary Burrell

    Angela Davis can wear the hell out of some natural hair

    • [email protected]

      I agree with you. Angela Davis wore her Afro.

    • Mary Burrell

      And in 2015 she still is doing good

    • [email protected]

      Yes, she has a strong consciousness. I have the documentary “Angela Davis: Free All Political Prisoners” documentary that talks about her fight for academic freedom during the 1970’s (and it includes information on her trial, which she won).