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    Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More and Indigenous Rights

    (Please note that you can sign by emailing PalestiniansIdleNoMore@gmail.com or using the form:http://bit.ly/PalIdleNoMoreEndorsements are welcome from Palestinian and Palestine support organizations; Palestinians and Arabs; and solidarity signatures in support.)
    Poster design by Guevara de la Serna
    Poster design by Guevara de la Serna
    “You who come from beyond the sea, bent on war,
    don’t cut down the tree of our names,
    don’t gallop your flaming horses across
    the open plains….
    Don’t bury your God
    in books that back up your claim of
    your land over our land,
    don’t appoint your God to be a mere
    courtier in the palace of the King”
    – Mahmoud Darwish, The Penultimate Speech of the “Red Indian”
    Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More
    Indigenous people have risen up across Canada in the Idle No More movement, a mass call for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination and rights, against colonization, racism, injustice, and oppression. As Palestinians, who struggle against settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid in our homeland and for the right of Palestinian refugees – the majority of our people – to return to our homeland, we stand in solidarity with the Idle No More movement of Indigenous peoples and its call for justice, dignity, decolonization and protection of the land, waters and resources.
    We recognize the deep connections and similarities between the experiences of our peoples – settler colonialism, destruction and exploitation of our land and resources, denial of our identity and rights, genocide and attempted genocide. As Palestinians, we stood with the national liberation movement against settler colonialism in South Africa, as we stand with all liberation movements challenging colonialism and imperialism around the world. The struggle of Indigenous and Native peoples in Canada, the United States, have long been known to the Palestinian people, reflecting our common history as peoples and nations subject to ethnic cleansing at the hands of the very same forces of European colonization.
    The Indigenous resistance across Canada includes struggles against the ongoing theft of indigenous lands, massive resource extraction and environmental devastation (including tar sands and pipelines), the continuing movement of survivors of the genocidal residential school system, and movements to demand an end to the colonial and gendered violence against Indigenous women.
    The Canadian government, reflecting its own settler colonial nature, was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of the establishment of Israel as a settler colony on Palestinian land and has since that time been a steadfast backer of Israeli wars, occupation, colonization, and oppression against our people. Canada has done so alongside the United States, which shares the same settler colonial nature, legacy of genocide, and massive support for Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid.
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has pronounced itself “Israel’s best friend,” supporting its assaults on Lebanon and Gaza and consistently attacking Palestinian rights both on the international stage and within Canadian borders. At the same time, it has embarked on a program of refugee and migrant exclusion, cuts to refugee health care, attacks on workers’ rights, support for massive resource extraction and environmental devastation – and attacks on Indigenous rights and sovereignty on treaty and unceded land. Harper and his government’s expansive praise for Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid is simply the other side of the same coin that attacks Indigenous self determination and plans massive resource extraction on Indigenous land.
    We salute the Idle No More movement and the unity of indigenous people around its calls for justice, as well as the courageous hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence. We note that this movement belongs to all Indigenous people and was launched by youth and women. Our struggle as Palestinians is the same – rooted in all of our people and finding its greatest strength in youth and women’s leadership.
    Now is the time – from Canada/Turtle Island to Palestine, we must all be “Idle No More” , and take a stand: against colonialism, against occupation, and for self-determination, sovereignty, rights and justice for Indigenous peoples.
    Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
    Cafe Intifada
    Canada Palestine Association
    Canadian Palestinian Federation of Quebec
    COMMIT Community Leadership Institute
    Free Ahmad Sa’adat Campaign – Palestine
    International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
    International Women’s Peace Service, Deir Istyia, Palestine
    Labor for Palestine – US
    LA Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
    Niagara Coalition for Peace
    Niagara Palestinian Association
    One Democratic State Group
    Palestinian Queers for BDS
    Palestinian Rights Committee
    Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
    Philly BDS
    Popular Democratic Unity Party – Jordan
    Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Toronto
    Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Vancouver
    Queer Visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine
    Regina Solidarity Group
    Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
    Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) – UBC 
    Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) – Calgary
    Students Against Israeli Apartheid – York University 
    Students Against Israeli Apartheid – University of Toronto Missisauga
    Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson
    Students for Justice in Palestine – Florida Atlantic University
    Students for Justice in Palestine – University of New Mexico
    Students for Palestinian Rights – University of Waterloo
    US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
    US Palestinian Community Network
    Voice of Palestine
    Voices of Palestine – Seattle
    Leila Khaled, Palestinian resistance icon
    Abdullah Khalifeh, Vancouver, BC
    Abla Abdelhadi, Ottawa, ON
    Ahmed Alqarout, Gaza, Palestine
    Akram Shaban, Surrey, BC
    Ali Yassir, Quebec
    Amahl Bishara, Massachussetts
    Amira Dasouqi, Memphis
    Andrew Chalfoun, Owings Ridge, MD
    Ayeda Ayed, Toronto, ON
    Ayman Anwar, Gaza, Palestine
    Aziz Arafat, Gaza, Palestine
    Bassel Araj, Palestine
    Beesan Ramadan, Palestine
    Bilal Jiddo, Bethlehem, Palestine
    Chris Lymbertos, Oakland, CA
    Dana Olwan, Syracuse, NY
    Danya Mustafa, Albuquerque, NM
    Dina Al-Kassim, Vancouver, BC
    Eyad Kishawi, Divestment Resource Center
    Faisal al-Refai, Jerusalem, Palestine
    Falastine al-Saleh, Palestine
    Faten Toubasi, Etobicoke
    Habib Haj Salem, Tunisia
    Haidar Eid, Gaza, Palestine
    Haithem Gammoudi, Tunisia
    Haithem el-Zabri, Austin, TX
    Hala Dillsi, Los Angeles
    Hala Sayed, Toronto, ON
    Hammam Farah, Toronto, ON
    Hanan Abunasser, Gaza, Palestine
    Haneen Maikey, Palestine
    Hanna Kawas, chairperson, Canada Palestine Association
    Hiyam Arrafih, Toronto, ON
    Iltezam Morrar, Ramallah, Palestine
    Intissar al-Masri, Rome
    Ismail Zayid, Halifax, NS
    Jenna Sweiss, Thorold, ON
    Khaled Barakat, Vancouver, BC
    Khaled Mouammar, Richmond Hill , ON
    Laith Marouf, Montreal, QC
    Lara Khalidi, Jordan
    Linda Tabar, Toronto, ON
    Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, Occupied Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine
    Maram Salim, Hebron, Palestine
    Marsilio Salem, Venezuela
    Mary Rezk, Brooklyn, NY
    Mezna Qato
    Moataz Elkafarna, Gaza, Palestine
    Mohamad Hamad, Calgary
    Mohammad Battah, UK
    Nada Elia, Seattle, WA
    Nadia Awad, Brooklyn
    Raed Abass Tawil, Palestine
    Rafe Hasan, Winnipeg, MB
    Rami Mustafa, Palestine
    Rana Abdula, Winnipeg, MB
    Rana Hamadeh, Ottawa, ON
    Rawan Kittani, Palestine
    Razan Abu-Remaileh, Vancouver, BC
    Rima Hussein, Berlin
    Saadeddin Ziada, Gaza, Palestine
    Saher al-Sous, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem, Palestine
    Sakinah Hasib, Toronto, ON
    Saleem Qawasme, Ramallah, Palestine
    Sami Majadla, Vancouver, BC
    Sandra Dughman-Manzur, Toronto, ON
    Sarah Abdulla, Winnipeg, MB
    Sarah Abu-Sharar, Mississauga, ON
    Selma al-Aswad, Seattle, WA
    Tala al-Jabri, Dubai, UAE
    Wafa Qutaina, Jordan
    Waleed Yosef, Lebanon
    Wesam al-Khateeb, Amman, Jordan
    Yara Abbas, Ramallah, Palestine
    Zuhair Al-Atwi, Berne, NY
    Azadeh N. Shahshahani, President, National Lawyers Guild
    Bettejo Passalaqua, Spring Hill, FL
    Bill Shpikula, Toronto
    Brenda Paterson, Kelowna, BC
    Carrie Zadrazil, Canada
    Cathy Bellefeuille, Ottawa, ON
    Cheryl Blood Bouvier, Calgary, AB
    Colleen Ross, Canada
    Daniel Stover, Vancouver
    Dara Bayer, Boston, MA
    Deepa Naik, London
    Dennis Kortheuer, Long Beach, CA
    Elise LeBlanc, Halifax, NS
    Emily Smith, Belgium
    Emma Rosenthal, Los Angeles
    Frances Everett, Canada
    Freda Guttman, Montreal
    Helene Matz, Norway
    Henry Zaccak, Toronto, ON
    Ian Ki’laas Caplette, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Homelands
    Jack Friesen, Courtenay, BC
    Jamilah Bahay, Calgary
    Janis Favel, Regina, SK
    Judith Syme, Montreal, QC
    K. Elayne McClanen, Sandy Spring, MD
    Karen MacRae, Toronto
    Rev. Linda S. Trout, Etters, PA
    Marcie Riel, Oshawa, ON
    Marilyn Totten, Truro, NS
    Marlene Newesri, New York, NY
    Matthew Graber, Philadelphia, PA
    Melissa Hill, Onamia, MN
    Michael Billeaux, Madison, WI
    Michael Letwin, Brooklyn, NY
    Nanice Ahmed, Riverside, CA
    Natasha Bannan, New York
    Nazbah Tom, Oakland, CA
    Nicole Davis, Toronto
    Pamela Joyner, Canada
    Pei-Ju Wang, Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory
    Radoslaw Smaczny, Toronto, ON
    Robert Smith, Crystal Lake, IL
    Roberta Davenport, Imperial Beach, CA
    Roger Beck, Toronto, ON
    Rev. Sandra R. Mackie, Gettysburg, PA
    Sayaka Yajima, Toronto, ON
    Spenta Kandawalla, Oakland, CA
    Sumbal Naseem, London, ON
    Tammy Murphy, Philadelphia, PA
    Tanya Rodrigues, Ottawa, ON
    Tar de Moutonnoir, Montreal, QC
    Rev. Thomas Johnson, Claremont
    Tonomi Kinukawa, Oakland, CA
    Valerie Hopkins
    Will Thomas, Auburn, NH

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