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We Stand with Palestine.

Updated: Apr 24



 

"I am not a terrorist, but neither am I a pacifist. I am simply a regular guy from the Palestinian street advocating only what every other oppressed person has advocated - the right to help myself in the absence of help from anywhere else."


Marwan Barghouti

 

As we sit in the comfort of our homes tonight, close to those we love, warm, with security and peace, let us remember the darkness that clouds over the world whilst Palestine endures the ongoing violence and bloodshed within their home. A home that hasn’t felt comfort, warmth, security, and peace longer than most of our audience has been alive.


We, as a global community, are failing to learn from our past.


The statistics from this year alone are incomprehensible. The apartheid has claimed the lives of thousands with the majority of casualties being Palestinians' livelihoods. Most were born into the conflict and many have suffered because of it, most, if not all, their lives.


The things we all take for granted at times, homes, schools, and hospitals, for Palestinians are now in ruins, leaving families displaced and communities shattered. The blockade on Gaza continues to suffocate its economy, depriving people of basic necessities.


This humanitarian crisis demands our immediate attention and response.


As a platform championing South Asian culture, we must recognise the parallels between the Palestinian Apartheid and The Partition of India in 1947 are painfully evident, yet we seem to be content watching history repeat itself.


Destroying communities, murdering innocent people at mass, displacing families, and the lack of humanitarian needs.


However, as much as we have seen the conflict all over the media, not enough noise has been made yet. And the silence of those who hold the power to make a change is eardrummingly loud. With the Tory and Labour leaders refusing to hold Israel accountable for the genocide happening in front of our eyes, we must raise our voices until our throats croak.


Because if it was your home and livelihood constantly under attack, you’d make noise for justice.


In the UK, we possess the power to affect change.

Through research and our personal opinions, these are a few steps you can begin to take to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and advocate for a non-violent end to this aparthaid:


1. Raise Awareness

Educate yourself and those around you on the complexities surrounding the ethnic cleansing and occupation of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Share articles, documentaries, and firsthand accounts to foster understanding and empathy.


2. Support Humanitarian Organisations.

Contribute to trusted organisations working tirelessly to provide aid and support to Palestinians.


3. Advocate for Policy Changez

Contact your elected representatives and urge them to prioritise a just and lasting solution to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Encourage them to support policies that uphold human rights, dignity, and justice for all parties involved.


4. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

Consider supporting the BDS movement, which calls for non-violent economic pressure on Israel until it complies with international law and respects the rights of Palestinians.


5. Engage in Dialogue

Foster conversations about the conflict within your community, challenging misinformation and promoting open, respectful discourse. Encourage others to question preconceived notions and seek a balanced understanding.


6. Hold the Media Accountable

Hold media outlets accountable for spreading misinformation and biased media supporting political agendas. Encourage balanced reporting that highlights the experiences and perspectives of all parties involved.


The time to act is here. We can no longer afford to be idle bystanders. Together, we fight in the pursuit of peace and put an end to this cycle of suffering. Humanity's lesson calls for nothing less.


To help aid those directly affected in Palestine, we will now be donating all our sales directly to those organisations making a difference as well as providing you all with resources to more historical information on the conflict, trusted organisations to donate to and petitions for you to send to your local MP’s.



RESOURCES




Historical Context to the Israel-Palestine Conflict


Medical Aid for Palestinians:


Palestine Children’s Relief Fund:


The World Food Programme:

https://www.wfp.org


Doctors Without Borders:

www.doctorswithoutborders.org


UNRWA:

www.unrawause.org


NGO Monitor:



Palestinian Medical Relief Society:


Palestine Legal:

www.palestinelegal.org/about


United Palestinian Appeal:


Museum of the Palestinian People:


Healing Our Homeland: https://www.zeffy.com/donation-form/00850780-30aa-44af-b4c5-438d89009e75




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