- Published on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:27
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Tuesday 1 May 2012 is celebrated as May Day or Workers Day around the world. On this date we all recall the struggle of workers against the greed of corporations. It is this greed by the elites that also led to wars, colonialism, occupation, and repression in indigenous communities from Vietnam to Iraq to Palestine to Columbia. Around the world, the billionaires get richer while the poor people get poorer.
The Palestinian holocaust like the previous holocausts of Blacks (tens of millions killed in the slave trade), native Americans (perhaps as many as 100 million), Jews, Gypsies, Armenians, and others. These actions benefitted the rich who got richer. The history of collaboration of Zionists with the Nazi regime is now well established as is the fact that Zionism was simply the other side of the coin of racism. More than half of the world billionaires are Zionists who are shameless in their support of the apartheid state of Israel in its attempted genocide of the Palestinians. 530 Towns and villages were depopulated thanks to numerous massacres committed against the native Palestinians in the past 64 years. 7 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.
Thousands languish as political prisoners in Israeli jails. Those political prisoners are now engaged in a hunger strike and have called for making 1 May 2012 a day of strikes and actions to highlight the Palestinian struggle. Whether the thousands of Palestinians in the small prisons or the millions of us languishing in large prisons like Gaza or Bethlehem, we say it is time for all of us to stand together.
Doing action in the direction for peace and justice is liberating to everyone.
Consider suing Israel for genocide
Action 1: Sign the The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World':
Europe's airlines enforce Israeli travel ban on activists hoping to repair Palestinian schools
http://electronicintifada.net/content/europes-airlines-enforce-israeli-travel-ban-activists-hoping-repair-palestinian-schools Israel (the supposed democracy) prevents its own citizens from simply holding signs with the names of the ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages on the so called "Independence day" of apartheid Israel
http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/361/919.html?hp=1&cat=402&loc=3 (Hebrew including amazing video of brave citizens standing up to fascist police)
Action 2: Call Airlines to stop being sub-contractors to Israeli occupation http://palestinianspring.palestinejn.org/?p=220
Action 3: Jewish voice for peace asking you to sign in support of 60 minutes for doing a story on Palestinian Christians that actually asked us Christians to speak! I signed.
http://ThankYou60Minutes.org See also "Palestinian Christians respond to Israeli ambassador Lies" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdaWyFVKy4A and "Israel's not-so-stellar record on treatment of Christians" http://972mag.com/israels-not-so-stellar-record-on-treatment-of-christians/43325/