|Why are we marching?|
Since the beginning of the Great March of Return Israel has killed more than 200 unarmed demonstrators, and injured and maimed more than 27,000 – more casualties than during the entire war on Gaza in 2014. Just over a week ago, the UN Human Rights Council voted to adopt a report which accused Israel of committing war crimes during these protests, including intentionally shooting down medics, journalists and children.
Since the election of Donald Trump the collective rights of the Palestinian people have come under intensifying attacks. Israel has further entrenched its system of oppression; passing a racist nation state law that confirms that Palestinian citizens of Israel do have the same rights under the law as Jewish citizens, maintaining its crippling siege on Gaza, and continuing to rapidly expand illegal settlements in defiance of international law. Meanwhile, Trump’s cuts to UNRWA funding are part of a wider attempt to redefine the refugee status of millions of displaced Palestinians and erase their fundamental Right of Return. All of this is paving the way for Trump to launch his “Deal of the Century” but we already know its contents: no right of return; no capital in Jerusalem; Palestinians confined to a series of Bantustans with limited autonomy.
And so the Palestinian people need our solidarity more than ever. As Israel continues to flout international law and violate human rights, there is a responsibility on the global community to hold it to account and push for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people.
Hear from the inspiring Ahed Tamimi on why everyone should join the national demo on May 11th: