In the early morning hours of 14 April, the U.S., France and Britain bombed Syria. There are already antiwar events and actions scheduled across the U.S. and in many other countries: see the UNAC Calendar of Spring Actions and ANSWER’s schedule. These imperialist nations’ bombing recalls the destruction that has been visited on Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, as well as the long history of these countries’ brutal, exploitative, destructive and murderous colonialism in the region, a legacy and continuing oppression that continues to stifle liberation to this day. This cannot be separated from these same countries’ role in supporting, bolstering and arming the Zionist colonization of Palestine, the Israeli state. We urge all to participate in the anti-war actions and raise the Palestinian flag, support the Great Return March and highlight Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, to stop the U.S. and imperialist war machine in Syria, Palestine and everywhere in the world.
The #GreatReturnMarch entered its third week in the Gaza Strip on Friday, 13 April with ongoing protests demanding Palestinian refugees’ right to return and an end to the siege on Gaza. As Palestinians continued to march to the colonially imposed “border,” where once again, they faced lethal Israeli live fire turned on a mass, popular protest. Palestinians in Gaza are over 70 percent refugees who have been denied their right to return home for 70 years after being driven from their land in 1948 by Zionist forces. Today, over 2 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, where they continue to resist and struggle despite facing constant Israeli occupation attacks by air, sea and land. The Israeli occupation, with the cooperation of Egypt and international powers, has imposed a deadly siege on Gaza that has deprived Palestinians of power, electricity, clean water, utilities and key goods and other basic needs.
So far, one Palestinian, 28-year-old Islam Herzallah, was killed by Israeli occupation forces, in addition to the 32 lives taken in the past two weeks of protests. Hundreds more were injured, many by live fire in addition to tear gas, shrapnel and rubber-coated metal bullets.
Around the world, people have responded to this popular upsurge of Palestinians in Gaza with outrage at the Israeli crimes and solidarity with Palestinians continuing to march for return and liberation. These actions are continuing in the coming days, marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and joining in the #GreatReturnMarch for the liberation of Palestine.
April 17 is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, a national and international day of action for the freedom of all Palestinian political prisoners, the prisoners of freedom, the prisoners of return and liberation, behind Zionist bars because of their commitment to the freedom of their people and their land. This year, April 17 can and must be a day of mobilization to liberate Palestinian prisoners, free the land and people of Palestine, break the siege on Gaza and confront all imperialist and Zionist attacks.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges supporters of Palestine around the world to mobilize in immediate and ongoing response to the Land Day massacre in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the entire Palestinian people – including all of the millions of Palestinian refugees in exile and diaspora who struggle for their right to return home, the key to Palestinian liberation.