Black American solidarity with Palestinians rising amid Israel's genocide
A growing number of Black Americans see the Palestinian struggle against Israel, amid the occupying regime’s war in Gaza, reflected in their own fight against racial discrimination in the U.S.
Over the last decade, Black Americans and the Palestinians have found growing solidarity, the Associated Press said in a report.
The recent rise of protest movements against police brutality in the U.S. has connected Black and Palestinian activists under a common cause, the AP said.
Black American support for the Palestinian cause dates back to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Israel latest barbaric war in Gaza has deepened ties between the two movements.
Some Black Americans have drawn comparisons between Palestinian detainees held without trial by the Israeli regime and racial inequality in the U.S. prison system, the AP said in its report.
In 2020, the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer resonated in the West Bank, where Palestinians drew comparisons to their own experiences of brutality under occupation, and a massive mural of Floyd appeared on Israel’s hulking separation barrier.
In 2016, activists from the Black Lives Matter movement included support for Palestinians in a platform called the “Vision for Black Lives.” The BLM movement has also described Israel as a n “apartheid” regime.
Israel waged the devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.
Since the start of the onslaught on Gaza, the Tel Aviv regime has killed over 19,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 51,000 others.
Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.