Collective Statement: Biden in Occupied Palestine and the “Jerusalem Declaration” – Our Response is Struggle and Solidarity

The Canadian BDS Coalition and a number of its member organizations have signed this statement, along with 80+ other organizations from around the world.

The joint declaration of U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid reveals not only the fundamental bankruptcy of the imperialist and Zionist systems they represent but also underlines the necessity to act and stand now in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their resistance, to liberate their land from the river to the sea. This strategic partnership of violence, warmongering, repression and colonialism must be met with our own anti-zionist, anti-imperialist strategic partnership for justice.

Issued in occupied Jerusalem, itself a signal of the declaration’s alignment with impunity for ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity, the document boasts of “shared values and shared interests.” It is clear that the shared values referred to here are those of imperial domination, settler colonialism and the violent oppression of Indigenous peoples. We reject these “shared values and shared interests” and instead uphold the shared values of humanity: the dismantling of apartheid and settler colonialism, the liberation of the land, and the protection of peoples’ rights not war profiteers’ greed and colonial land theft.

The declaration repeatedly attacks the Palestinian resistance and all forces and nations in the region that seek to defend their right to sovereignty and self-determination. It labels Palestinian resistance as terrorism while remaining silent on the ongoing extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, mass incarceration, land theft, siege and the exile of millions of Palestinians denied their right to return home. Israel and the US are waging colonial war. Their declaration asserts a right to unilateral war, the logic of the colonizer, and boasts of the over $3.8 billion in U.S. taxpayer money sent to further arm that war (while enriching U.S. arms developers). The Palestinian people, like all colonized people, have the right to defend themselves.

Biden and Lapid reinforce their attacks on boycott campaigns, the growing call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and the “delegitimization of Israel,” and clumsily attempt to link campaigns for justice and liberation in Palestine with anti-Semitism. In reality, the campaign to boycott and isolate Israel is growing on our campuses, in our community centers, labour unions and academic associations, in our food co-ops and social justice organizations, in the streets of our cities and communities. Such statements do nothing to legitimize a fundamentally illegitimate project — the colonization of Palestine and the dispossession of Palestinians.

While Biden and Lapid trumpet their military alliance, we must respond with a peoples’ alliance: that is, an alliance that firmly rejects imperialism and Zionism, that builds the very boycott campaigns they seek to undermine or even criminalize, that supports the Palestinian people and their resistance by all means, and that stands together against the systems of domination, injustice, settler colonialism and exploitation that they represent. Together, we organize and struggle, until return and liberation, from the river to the sea.

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    1. Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC)
    2. Alkarama (Palestinian women’s movement)
    3. Asociación Americana de Juristas
    4. BACBI
    5. BAYAN Canada
    6. BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish
    7. Behind Enemy Lines Anti-Imperialist Resistance
    8. Birmingham Palestine Action
    9. Cambiare rotta
    10. Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
    11. Canada Palestine Association
    12. Canadian BDS Coalition
    13. Canadians for Peace and Justice in Kashmir
    14. Center for Study and Preservation of Palestine
    15. Centre for Counter-Hegemonic Studies
    16. Collectif Palestine Vaincra
    17. Crystal Palace Friends of Palestine
    18. CUNY4Palestine
    19. Dallas Palestine Coalition
    20. Dar al Janub – union for antiracism and peace policy
    21. Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnership
    22. Edmonton Small Press Association
    23. Éirígí – For A New Republic
    24. Falastiniyat
    25. Free Palestine Maastricht
    26. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
    27. Frente Antiimperialista Internacionalista
    28. Global Peace Alliance BC Society
    29. Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War
    30. Human Rights for All ( HR4A) Saskatchewan
    31. Human Without Borders Organisation
    32. IDPAL – Indonesia Palestine Alliance
    33. Inminds Human Rights Group
    34. International Action Center
    35. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
    36. International Jewish Antizionist Network UK
    37. International League of Peoples’ Struggle – Canada (ILPS)
    38. Jewish Network for Palestine
    39. Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
    40. Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
    41. Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
    42. Kings Bay Plowshares
    43. Labor for Palestine
    44. Let Kashmir Decide
    45. Louisiana Workers Voice Socialist Movement
    46. Madison for Palestine
    47. Manchester Palestine Action
    48. Masar Badil – Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement
    49. Nederlands Palestina Komitee (NPK)
    50. Nevadans for Palestinian Human Rights
    51. Niagara Movement for Justice (NMJPI)
    52. Not In Our Name: Jewish Antizionist CUNY Coalition
    53. NYC Jericho Amnesty Movement
    54. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
    55. Occupy Bergen County
    56. One State Assembly
    57. PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity)
    58. Palestine Action
    59. Palestine House – Palestinian Canadian Community Centre
    60. Palestinian American Women’s Association
    61. Palestinian Youth Movement
    62. Party of Communists USA
    63. Pax Christi Toronto
    64. Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association
    65. Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine
    66. Red Banner Anti-Imperialist Collective
    67. Regina Peace Council
    68. Revolutionaire Eenheid
    69. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
    70. Socialist Action
    71. Students for Justice in Palestine @ The Ohio State University
    72. Students for Justice in Palestine at UW-Madison
    73. Students For Palestine (NL)
    74. SUPER — UW
    75. SUPER PSU
    76. Syria Support Movement
    77. The Mapping Project Collective
    78. Toronto Raging Grannies
    79. U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
    80. United National Antiwar Coalition
    81. Upstate Drone Action
    82. Whanganui Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa
    83. Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine
    84. Workers World Party
    85. Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University





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