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Statement of Solidarity for Palestine

RAWI Board, 2023-10-13

We, at the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), want to express our support for Palestinian liberation, today and always.

We unequivocally condemn the Zionist state for its ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinian lands, its brutal military occupation that has affected the daily lives of Palestinians for decades, and for its ongoing military blockade on Gaza that, for over 15 years, has upheld inhumane conditions akin to an “open-air prison” according to Human Rights Watch.

We understand that – counter to the Western media’s portrayal that relies on racist, orientalist tropes of the uncivilized terrorist Arabs – the current situation in Palestine is a result of decades of colonial violence, at the hands of the racist necropower and apartheid state that is Israel.

We, further, condemn the mainstream US literary establishment’s cowardice in remaining silent about the ongoing occupation with which all US citizens are complicit. In a time when US and Israeli politicians are deploying genocidal rhetoric against Palestinians, it is our duty as a literary organization to fight for the dignity and justice of Palestinians, in both our actions and words.

We call on our allies to join us in affirming their commitments to Palestinian liberation, even and especially in difficult times like these when Palestinians are reminding us that decolonization is not a metaphor or abstraction, but is a real, tangible struggle that exceeds the limits of the neoliberal imagination. Our struggles are one and intertwined.

We are seeing the political repression that Palestinians and allies in the imperial core are enduring as they speak up and move for collective liberation. Speaking truth to power comes at a price and Palestine is no exception. Palestine Legal offers free advice on your constitutional rights, here: https://palestinelegal.org/intake

We would like to offer the following further resources for education and awareness on Palestine:

We also encourage donations and support to the following organizations:

– The RAWI Board, October 9, 2023