African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine

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African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel took place October 25 - November 7th, 2014.

Statement

STATEMENT OF THE 2014 AFRICAN HERITAGE DELEGATION

April 2, 2015

We, the members of the Interfaith Peace Builders’ 3rd African Heritage Delegation, participated in a study tour of Palestine/ Israel, October 25 - November 7th, 2014.
Our delegation was renamed the Zaynah Hindi African Heritage Delegation in recognition of and in solidarity with our delegation’s co-leader, a Palestinian American, who was questioned, harassed, detained and denied entry into the country upon our arrival. This was our first glimpse of the oppressive system that Palestinians live through daily.
The delegation consisted of seven men and eight women from across different generations, faiths, places of origin, professions, and activists from various traditions of struggle including the Black Power and Civil Rights movement. As the 3rd delegation of its kind, we recognized that our primary mission was not only to learn first-hand about the conditions Palestinians face in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but to build on the experience, findings, and conclusions of the previous delegations, formulate a multifaceted analysis on the occupation, and explore various strategies for resistance and liberation in Palestine.
Our visit took place during a time of heightened struggle which gave the delegation an added layer of intensity. Barely two months had passed since the Israeli assault on Gaza, the deadliest attack on the Gaza Strip in recent memory, left more than 2,100 people dead. The West Bank, since the recent kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teens, has seen a wave of arrests, detentions, and shootings by security forces and police, plans for the exponential expansion of illegal settlements, and other forms of violent oppression leveled against Palestinians. Finally, in the US, the police murder of Michael Brown has set off a wave of struggle that has galvanized many in the Black community. That these events happened simultaneously has allowed activists to draw important similarities between the Occupation of Palestine and the racist oppression of People of Color here in the US.

"Meeting with early leaders of the Israeli Black Panther party and learning about the early protest movement of second-generation Jewish immigrants from Arab countries (Mizrahi Jews) deepened our understanding of the racial hierarchy within Israeli society and the challenges it faces in confronting it.[1]

Members

The African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine members, November 2014:

Media Contact: Jacob Pace, Interfaith Peace-Builders staff.[2]

References

  1. [http://www.ifpb.org/africanheritage/statement.html African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel STATEMENT OF THE 2014 AFRICAN HERITAGE DELEGATIONApril 2, 2015]
  2. [http://www.ifpb.org/africanheritage/statement.html African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel STATEMENT OF THE 2014 AFRICAN HERITAGE DELEGATIONApril 2, 2015]