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History is punctuated with examples of art that challenges the status quo. James Baldwin famously said "Artists are finally the only people who knows the truth about us."   If so, then it is my moral responsibility as human, poet and artist to share what I have learnt. I can't talk about what art does, if I deny it's political dimension. 


That is why we stand in solidarity with the Palestinians. Additionally I have studied about Israel/Palestine for 3+ years now and have even gone to Israel to dig deeper. I have never been one to state opinions. Only facts. My sources are credible, the likes of Ilan Pappe, Norwegian Refugee Council, Atlantic Council, Economic and Social Welfare Commission for Western Asia, State Crime Journal, Human Rights Watch, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Amnesty and United Nations Office of High Commissioner etc.

  • What is happening between Israel and Palestine?
    There is a history of almost 73 years to this. But in short, it's settler colonialism, and apartheid. It's not a "conflict". What's the difference between colonialism and settler colonialism? The former, like the British colony in India wants something from the group it dominates, like labour, resources etc whereas the latter wants the group to be wiped out completely or assimilated. But what sparked the huge uproar in 2021 was the attack of the Al Aqsa mosque by Israel TWICE which after the Mecca and Medina, is the most important site for Muslims. This came as retaliation against the peaceful protest and legal action taken by the Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.
  • Why are countries not helping to stop it?
    1. Post the Holocaust in World War 2, the Jewish community garnered world wide sympathy (all for the right reasons, ofcourse!) But the Zionists have milked this and have weaponized this sympathy to silence any form of critcism by dismissing them as anti-Semitic. This is one of the primary reasons why countries remain silent because it's such a sensitive topic. 2. Islamaphobia and Arabophobia are also REAL factors as to why the first world countries don't care. 3. The State of Israel holds the world record in breaking over 50 UN legislations but they still get away with it. This makes other countries feel like if Israel doesn't have any regard for international law, how can they help? 4. Surrounding middle eastern countries who have ties with Israel, instead of helping their fellowmen and women, stems from fear of losing their land (like Egypt did in the 1967 war) and also from recognizing that their economy cannot depend on oil reserves alone.
  • Why doesn't Palestine have it's own army?
    Palestine doesn't have an army, airforce or a navy. The Palestinians fight back with stones. This is why the symbol of Palestinian revolution is the rock. There are several images of Palestinians throwing stones at fully equipped and armed Israeli forces. The reason why they don't have an army is because Israel clamps down on their right to assembly. Additionally, over the course of many peace talks between the two nations Israel consistently demanded that Palestine remain demilitarized and all matters regarding Palestinian security had to go through the state of Israel. The mediator, often the West, favours Israel because of the Holocaust, their own role as settler colonizer back home and their own misconceptions about the "uncivilized" and "dangerous" arabs. This would also explain why Israel gets military aid from the West. However, the Palestinians have armed factions within their leaderships: Fatah and Hamas. Both are considered as terrorist organisations by the UN and Israel, although Fatah has been removed from the list.
  • What about Hamas?
    Hamas is an Islamist, militant group formed in opposition to the secular leadership of the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli government actually funded the organisation to divide the Palestinian nation because unity is a threat to the state of Israel. The Israeli governer of the time has admitted to allocating funds for Hamas which would enable both a narrative and cycle of violence wherein Israel is always the victim and the only one for whom "the right to self-defense" applies. However, it got out of hand when Hamas increasingly became more violent, including using suicide bombers to achieve their goal of wiping out Israel. Pro-Israelies will say things escalated in 2021 because Hamas fired rockets. But they don't pause to think who created the monster? What's the root which created the thorn?
  • Is the slogan "from the river to the sea" problematic?"
    "From the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) Sea, Palestine will be free" - this slogan came into existence after the creation of the State of Israel and gained traction amongst the Palestinians and pro-Palestinians. Unfortunately many assume this to be a call for another Jewish Holocaust. But it isn't. This slogan is within the context of a freedom movement NOT an ethnic cleansing campaign. Don't make make everything about the oppressor and not the oppressed.
  • What is the BDS movement?
    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a Palestinian-led movement which calls for boycotts, divestments, and economic sanctions against Israel. This is very important and effective tool especially in the face of mute international community. By shaming the companies that do business with them, the businesses can put pressure on governments to act since nations relies on companies to maintain a healthy economy . This has a historic precedent with South Africa being one of it's success stories.
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