Let me paint you a picture of the world I live in.
I’m Seventeen and shackled against a wall.
My hands are tied dangling above me. My legs are chained to the floor. There are a few rooms that I can see from my cozy ideal.
To my right is the room of Palestine.
There is blood everywhere. The other prisoners call it the red room.
On the table sits a child no older than 8. She has blue eyes and dirty blonde hair, which is stained with blood. Those blue eyes hold the ferocity I saw in her father before he died
They called themselves Palestine and they were proud of it!
She is glaring at the man before her. He has a wicked smile and eyes filled with delight.
They call him Israel!
She is stubborn and he is smug. He claims that all he’s doing is protecting his land, sorry I mean the land he stole from the girl’s parents.
I watched him unsheathe the knife. I watched him feel it’s blade. I watched as the little girl spat on his shoe and I watched as the red room got a fresh coat of crimson blood.
She didn’t scream and neither did I.
I can’t help because I am chained
Who chained me, you might ask?
I did. I chained myself and I have the key, because being chained to a wall is an excuse to why I kept silent in the dungeon of the world.
You may ask, because it is a crime to stand and support the oppressed. It is a crime to claim the land which is yours, the land which was stolen from you. It is a crime to demand justice. It is a crime to protect the land which your lord called blessed.
In the dungeon of the big bad world, not everybody is chained. That is why a whole week has been dedicated to the tyrannized people of Palestine.
Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures, fund-raisers and rallies against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The series is held from 2-8 March in South Africa.
The past few years have seen a sharp increase of literature and analysis that has sought to document and challenge Israeli apartheid, including reports issued by major international bodies and human rights organizations and findings published by political leaders, thinkers, academics, and activists. Many of these efforts have highlighted the role that could be played by people and governments across the world in providing solidarity with the Palestinian struggle by exerting urgent pressure on Israel to alter its current structure and practices as an apartheid state. Prominent Palestinians, Jewish anti-Zionists, and South Africans have been at the forefront of this struggle.
At the same time, an international divestment campaign has gained momentum in response to a statement issued in July 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations calling for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel . Important gains have recently been made in this campaign in countries like South Africa, the United Kingdom , Canada and the United States .
The aim of IAW is to contribute to this chorus of international opposition to Israeli apartheid and to bolster support for the BDS campaign in accordance with the demands outlined in the July 2005 Statement: full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands – including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – and dismantling the Wall, and the protection of Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194. In previous years IAW has played an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about Zionism, the Palestinian liberation struggle and its similarities with the indigenous sovereignty struggle in North America and the South African anti-apartheid movement. Join us in making this a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.
Written by Taaibah Karolia
Edited by Fatima Moolla
Join Timeless Teenz Foundation by showing our solidarity and support to Palestine by using the Hashtag #DeafeningSilenceEchoes and #IsraeliApartheidWeek in your tweetes when stating facts or raising awareness about Palestine.