Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/es This newspaper exists to build the people's struggle! We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. es Minnesota: More than 2000 protest against ongoing Nakba In Palestine http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9048 <p>Columbia Heights, MN - On May 15, over 2000 people marched in the streets to protest the Israeli regime’s latest onslaught against Palestine. The occasion was Nakba Day, commemorated on May 15 every year since 1948 when Zionist settlers ethnically cleansed over 750,000 Palestinians from their national homeland. The event was organized by American Muslims for Palestine-Minnesota (AMP-MN) and the Anti-War Committee (AWC), which were joined by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota (SJP-UMN), Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities, Women Against Military Madness and others. </p> <p>Demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, wore keffiyehs, held signs denouncing Israeli apartheid, and chanted slogans like “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” Hundreds present were Palestinian refugees themselves. They were joined by many local Arab Americans, Muslims and others, as part of a growing wave of awareness of Israel’s U.S.-backed crimes. Residents of the heavily Arab-American Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights honked horns, raised fists and flashed victory signs in support.</p> <p>The protest took place after a week of brutal Israeli attacks on Palestine, with no end in sight. As of this writing, international outlets reported 188 Palestinians killed, including 55 children, by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) since May 10. The violence began with Israeli attempts to ethnically cleanse the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in order to facilitate illegal Zionist settlement. This was followed by violent IOF attacks on Ramadan worshipers at the nearby Al-Aqsa complex, one of the most sacred sites to Muslims around the world. </p> <p>After a May 10 deadline for IOF withdrawal from Al-Aqsa passed with no action, Palestinian resistance forces began firing rockets from besieged Gaza toward Zionist settlements. The IOF responded with a large-scale bombing campaign, targeting apartment towers, schools, banks and other civilian infrastructure in the densely populated Palestinian enclave. </p> <p>In an unprecedented turn of events, the resistance in Jerusalem and Gaza was joined by uprisings of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as well as in neighboring Lebanon and Jordan, with reports of Palestinian refugees even crossing the colonial border fences into historic Palestine.</p> <p>Palestinians in mixed towns inside the Israeli regime’s 1948 borders such as Lod (known as Lydd before the Nakba) also took to the streets. Zionist settlers formed lynch mobs in response, attacking Palestinians and destroying Palestinian-owned businesses. Concurrently, Syrians confronted the IOF in the Golan Heights, a region of Syria occupied and partially settled by Israel since 1967.</p> <p>The mass uprisings quickly activated a global solidarity movement, with tens of thousands of demonstrators filling the streets everywhere from Baghdad to Sydney to Chicago.</p> <p>In Minnesota, AMP-MN released a statement declaring, “We do not commemorate the Nakba as an event of the past. Today we are living the Nakba as ethnic cleansing and genocide are unfolding in front of our eyes.” The group called for support of Minnesota’s U.S. Representative Betty McCollum’s HR-2590 legislation to stop U.S. funding of Israeli war crimes. They also called on Muslims in the U.S. to boycott the White House’s Eid al-Fitr event.</p> <p>“I love being Palestinian but by God it hurts seeing your country go through the same shit for 73 years,” Nadia Aruri of Students for Justice in Palestine-MN told the crowd in Columbia Heights, denouncing the ‘two sides’ stance taken by the U.S. media, which portrays Zionist settler aggression as somehow morally equivalent to Palestinian resistance.</p> <p>Andrew Josefchak of the Anti-War Committee called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel, saying, “Our country has sent $147 billion dollars in foreign aid to Israel since Al Nakba and there’s no sign of it stopping anytime soon.”</p> <p>Loretta Van Pelt of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar connected the murders of African Americans by racist police departments to the Israeli military with whom U.S. police forces frequently train. </p> <p>Organizers told demonstrators to stay tuned for more solidarity protests with Palestine in the weeks ahead.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9048#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Internacional Medio Oriente Nakba Day Palestina Sheikh Jarrah Mon, 17 May 2021 01:43:56 +0000 Fight Back 9048 at http://www.fightbacknews.org New York City commemorates Nakba Day http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9047 <p>New York, NY - Over 50,000 people gathered on May 15, in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn in honor of Nakba Day. This day is to remember the violent displacement of over 700,000 Palestinians by Israel in 1948. This action also came after recent events in Sheikh Jarrah, and the airstrikes of Gaza that have killed more than 140 Palestinians. The event was organized by Within Our Lifetime. </p> <p>The crowd flooded the streets and rallied before marching through the neighborhood. The Bay Ridge community is an especially symbolic area for the action due to its large Palestinian population. People came out of their apartments and joined in with the crowd’s chants of “Free, free Palestine!” “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”</p> <p>Even after the march, many people stuck around to continue rallying for Palestine and celebrating their resistance.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9047#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Internacional Medio Oriente Nakba Day Palestina Sheikh Jarrah Mon, 17 May 2021 01:31:07 +0000 Fight Back 9047 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Biden's first 100 days gets failing environmental justice score http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9046 <p>Minneapolis, MN - On May 13, the Climate Justice Committee organized an event which brought together local activist groups in front of the offices of Senator Amy Klobuchar to examine the actions taken on environmental policy by the Biden administration during its first 100 days in office.</p> <p>Climate Justice Committee (CJC) speaker Tracy Molm explained how when Biden took office in January, the CJC held his campaign accountable for the promise of doing more on climate, demanded a People's Agenda, and a reversal of Trump's many disastrous executive orders on climate change – picking 11 of the worst for Biden to overturn t during his first 100 days in office. Of these 11, Biden has only reversed one: rejoining the Paris Agreement. Other measures which could have been changed with a simple signature on day one, like going back to pre-Trump era emissions standards, were flatly ignored. A big point of disagreement, respecting treaty rights and ending fossil fuel pipelines was minimally addressed with the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, while larger pipeline endeavors such as DAPL and Line 3 continue to trespass and trample on indigenous sovereign land while still severely contaminating our environment.</p> <p>The grave impact of these dirty pipelines was further emphasized by the testimony of Water Protector Betsy Foy, who told of her experience being arrested twice for her resistance to pipeline construction. Foy spoke of the disturbing legal process arrestees were put through and the inhumane treatment inflicted upon them by the police - one example described officers placing protesters ‘in isolation’ using blindfolds, headphones and sacks over their heads to cut them off of their surroundings. </p> <p>"Indigenous treaties across what is now known as the United States do not endow rights to Native Americans," reminded Robert Hendrickson, reading a statement from a MN350 Pipeline resistance team member, "They provide rights to non-Indigenous people to live upon these lands. Mni-sota is built-up over the territory of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people, who are the custodians of these lands, past and present."</p> <p>Meredith Aby-Keirstead, speaking for the MN Anti-War Committee, listed further instances of the Biden administration’s failure to address a people's agenda. She pointed to his silence on Israel's most recent desecration of a Muslim holy site, the horrific and continuous bombing of Gaza, the evictions of Jerusalem residents in Sheikh Jarrah and the systematic violation of Palestinian human and civil rights, the "plan to privatize the occupation of Afghanistan," with performative theatrics of bringing our soldiers home while leaving the bulk of occupation in the form of U.S. Special Forces, mercenaries, intelligence operatives and 18,000 Pentagon contractors "all planning to stay," the continuation of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, with ICE, last week, detaining about 15,000 immigrants, including more than 1500 parents and children at the family holding facilities; all pointed to the fact that Biden is not substantially changing Trump's policies. "The only change is in the rhetoric," Aby-Keirstead declared.</p> <p>So for this, the action of the Biden administration Aby-Keirstead graded with Needs Improvement. "And since I am a teacher," Aby-Keirstead concluded, "that's official."</p> <p>"What we need to force change is a fighting movement," said Tracy Molm. "While politicians are happy to talk about all of us making choices to be more green - reduce waste by recycling, and all - our personal choices are minor compared to the impact of the U.S. military. So we need to be outraged and demand cuts to the U.S. military, demand that the U.S. military account for their role in climate change. To do this we need all of you to join us, like today, out at events. And we need to continue to connect issues like climate change to attacks on our Black and brown siblings and attacks on immigrants. We need to demand justice and a People’s Agenda."</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9046#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Climate Justice Committee Environmental Justice Senator Amy Klobuchar Mon, 17 May 2021 01:19:15 +0000 Fight Back 9046 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Michigan protest demands ‘Free Palestine’ http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9045 <p>Grand Rapids, MI - 60 protesters gathered for a “Free Palestine, Stop U.S. Aid to Israel” protest in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 15, as the world observed Nakba Day amid continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.</p> <p>Organized by the Grand Rapids Anti-War Committee, the protest featured speakers from Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America, Bimose Ode, Justice for Black Lives, and local Palestinian activists.</p> <p>Protesters chanted “Free, free, Palestine!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”</p> <p>“Joe Biden and the American government need to stop funding the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians immediately,” said organizer Olivia Lashley, “the entire world is waking up to the lies of the American and Israeli governments, and the people will no longer tolerate these atrocities.”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9045#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Al Nakba Palestina Sun, 16 May 2021 15:54:25 +0000 Fight Back 9045 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Solidarity rally in Madison, WI: ‘Palestinians can’t breathe’ http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9044 <p>Madison, WI - 200 people came out in Madison in the late morning of May 15, the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, to stand with Palestinian people resisting genocide at the hands of the racist Israeli government. The demonstration took place on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Over 130 people have been killed, nearly 1000 wounded, and many more thousands have been displaced from their homes in Israel’s most recent string of attacks that began on May 10.</p> <p>The event consisted first of a rally where a handful of speakers from the different cosponsoring organizations took to the microphone to share their experiences, messages of solidarity, and recommendations for how to help from here in the U.S. Many speakers spoke about the need to amplify the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, pointing to the success of that tactic in breaking apartheid in South Africa. Others connected the Palestinian struggle against Israeli violence to the struggle of oppressed peoples in the United States against police crimes.</p> <p>“The government funding the genocide of the people of Palestine - funding the tanks and the bullets - is the same government funding the bullets that murdered Ma’Khia Bryant, that murdered Tony Robinson,” said the speaker from Black Umbrella Global, a Black liberation organization based in Madison. “Last summer, Palestinians stood in solidarity and said George Floyd’s name with us in the street, calling for liberation.”</p> <p>After the rally, the event took to the streets behind large banners reading “Save Sheikh Jarrah” and “Free Gaza.” The crowd marched around the State Capitol building several times, chanting “Free, free Palestine - long live Palestine” and “Intifada, intifada, long live the intifada.” A coward in a car flying an Israeli flag tried to interrupt the march, but supporters on bikes were quick to cut them off. Marchers rained down boos on the driver as the car passed.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9044#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Free Palestine Palestina Sun, 16 May 2021 15:49:22 +0000 Fight Back 9044 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Denver march demands justice for Palestine http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9043 <p>Denver, CO - On May 14, an estimated 2000 people gathered at the Colorado State Capitol for a Palestinian solidarity rally and march organized by the Colorado Palestine Club. The demonstration marks the biggest show of solidarity with Palestine that Denver has seen in recent memory and is a sure sign of the changing tide of public opinion against the apartheid state of Israel.</p> <p>The demonstration was called for in response to heightened aggression and brutality that the Zionist state has unleashed against the people of Palestine. In particular, Israeli settlers are attempting to illegally and forcefully displace hundreds of Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, with the full backing of the Israeli authorities. Also, on May 10, Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, teargassing hundreds of Palestinians who were praying during the holy month of Ramadan. These grave injustices were correctly called out by event organizers as an ongoing attempt by Israel to ethnically cleanse and ultimately commit genocide against Palestine.</p> <p>After the rally concluded, protesters marched through Denver’s 16th Street Mall before ending up back at the Capitol building. The demonstration finished with a call to action to contact local and state representatives to demand action to stop the brutal violence being unleashed upon Palestine, in particular to demand that the United States immediately sever all aid to Israel. A broad coalition of organizations endorsed the action, including the Denver Peace Council, ANSWER Coalition, Students for a Democratic Society, Friends of Sabeel, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Kuwait Community of Colorado.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9043#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Colorado Palestine Club Palestina Sun, 16 May 2021 15:44:10 +0000 Fight Back 9043 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Lebanese protesters cross borders to occupied Palestine, face Israeli gunfire http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9042 <p>According to a report from Lebanon's authoritative news outlet Al-Manar, a demonstration supporting the resistance in Palestine crossed the border between Lebanon and the territory under Israeli occupation on May 13.</p> <p>“A number of Lebanese protesters demonstrated spontaneously near the barbed-wire fence off the Israeli settlement of Al-Metula, storming the border an crossing shortly into the occupied Palestinian territories,” reports Al-Manar, which had a reporter on the scene. </p> <p>“The protesters held Lebanon’s, Hezbollah’s and Palestine’s flags and chanted slogans in support of Gaza against the Israeli aggression. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and sound bombs, injuring one of protesters,” the report continued.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9042#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Free Palestine Internacional Líbano Medio Oriente Palestina Sat, 15 May 2021 17:03:42 +0000 Fight Back 9042 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Stop Israeli terror in Palestine! Victory to the resistance! http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9041 <p>The Israeli occupiers of Palestine are adding to their long list of crimes. They are attempting to drive Palestinians from the homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Mobs of reactionary Zionist settlers are roaming the streets and attempting to murder Palestinian motorists. Israeli airstrikes are raining U.S.-made bombs on homes in Gaza. The death toll of Palestinians, including children, is mounting each day. The cruel and callous reality of the occupation is there for the whole world to see. The great South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was entirely correct to identify Israeli apartheid as a “crime against humanity.”</p> <p>The people of Palestine are expressing their right to resist – and progressive and revolutionaries should welcome that resistance. Brave Palestinian youth are setting the occupation’s police stations on fire. Resistance organizations are meeting repression with rockets. Protesters from Lebanon braved Israeli gunfire and crossed in the occupied territories. We must answer the call of this mass heroism with solidarity and support. Every act of resistance is a step towards liberation.</p> <p>The Israeli occupation of Palestine is made possible by the U.S. financial, military and political support. The Biden administration is backing the airstrikes on Gaza, calling them a ‘proportioned response.’ Spokespeople of the U.S. State Department become tongue-tied when asked if Palestinians have a right to resist. The Biden administration follows Trump in recognizing the illegal annexation of Golan and Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state. Following in the footsteps of past administrations, the current one considers organizations that fight for a free Palestine, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as ‘terrorists.’</p> <p>The U.S. supports Israel because it is a tool for empire that helps corporations loot the resources, land and labor of the Arab peoples. Washington is trying to stitch together a U.S.-dominated alliance of Israel and the reactionary Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, to ensure U.S. domination of the region. </p> <p>In the days and weeks ahead, it is vital that anti-war, progressive and revolutionary organizations go all out to support the struggle of the Palestinian people. May 15 is Al Nakba Day and major mobilizations in defense of Palestine will take place all over the world. </p> <p>Every act of resistance and solidarity is a step towards liberation. Israel exists on stolen land and borrowed time – and the occupation will be defeated by whatever means the struggle dictates.</p> <p>From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9041#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Free Palestine Internacional Medio Oriente Palestina Sheikh Jarrah Fri, 14 May 2021 21:47:01 +0000 Fight Back 9041 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Stop Israeli terror in Palestine! Victory to the resistance! http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9041 <p>The Israeli occupiers of Palestine are adding to their long list of crimes. They are attempting to drive Palestinians from the homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Mobs of reactionary Zionist settlers are roaming the streets and attempting to murder Palestinian motorists. Israeli airstrikes are raining U.S.-made bombs on homes in Gaza. The death toll of Palestinians, including children, is mounting each day. The cruel and callous reality of the occupation is there for the whole world to see. The great South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was entirely correct to identify Israeli apartheid as a “crime against humanity.”</p> <p>The people of Palestine are expressing their right to resist – and progressive and revolutionaries should welcome that resistance. Brave Palestinian youth are setting the occupation’s police stations on fire. Resistance organizations are meeting repression with rockets. Protesters from Lebanon braved Israeli gunfire and crossed in the occupied territories. We must answer the call of this mass heroism with solidarity and support. Every act of resistance is a step towards liberation.</p> <p>The Israeli occupation of Palestine is made possible by the U.S. financial, military and political support. The Biden administration is backing the airstrikes on Gaza, calling them a ‘proportioned response.’ Spokespeople of the U.S. State Department become tongue-tied when asked if Palestinians have a right to resist. The Biden administration follows Trump in recognizing the illegal annexation of Golan and Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state. Following in the footsteps of past administrations, the current one considers organizations that fight for a free Palestine, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as ‘terrorists.’</p> <p>The U.S. supports Israel because it is a tool for empire that helps corporations loot the resources, land and labor of the Arab peoples. Washington is trying to stitch together a U.S.-dominated alliance of Israel and the reactionary Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, to ensure U.S. domination of the region. </p> <p>In the days and weeks ahead, it is vital that anti-war, progressive and revolutionary organizations go all out to support the struggle of the Palestinian people. May 15 is Al Nakba Day and major mobilizations in defense of Palestine will take place all over the world. </p> <p>Every act of resistance and solidarity is a step towards liberation. Israel exists on stolen land and borrowed time – and the occupation will be defeated by whatever means the struggle dictates.</p> <p>From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9041#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo Free Palestine Internacional Medio Oriente Palestina Sheikh Jarrah Fri, 14 May 2021 21:47:01 +0000 Fight Back 9041 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Minnesota Al Nakba protest and march: Say no to US aid to Israel! http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9039 <p>Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Anti-War Committee and American Muslims for Palestine MN will be holding a rally and march on May 15, at 2 p.m., 4301 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, in order to commemorate Al Nakba and highlight the role that the U.S. plays in endorsing and funding the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. This action follows up on the march of over 1000 people on Tuesday, May 11, in front of Senator Klobuchar’s office.</p> <p>Over the past week Israeli settlers have attempted a forced ethnic displacement of over 500 Palestinians living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, worshippers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque have been attacked by Israeli bombs during Ramadan services, and many Gazans have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, including nine children. The protest will draw attention to the $3.8 billion a year the United States sends to Israel.</p> <p>During the 1948 Al Nakba (Arabic for The Catastrophe) at least 750,000 Palestinian men, women and children were ruthlessly attacked, massacred or driven from their homes by Zionist terror groups. To this day they have not been allowed to return, a gross violation of international law, but the ethnic cleansing and resistance continues.</p> <p>Mariam El-Khatib, a member of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), states, “You know sometimes we say it’s been 45 years since Land Day, it’s been 73 years since Al Nakba, it’s been all these years since all these events, but it’s really important to recognize that Palestinians have been resisting every single year, and they resist every single day. Every day they’re going through checkpoints, every day they’re having to deal with the harassment of the soldiers, every day they’re having to deal with their existence being criminalized. We all believe it: Palestine will be free.”</p> <p>Currently, 5 million Palestinians are living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. For decades now, the Israeli regime has purposefully destabilized medicine, electricity, housing and water in these regions, and it’s no surprise that this vindictive policy extends to the COVID-19 response. As a result, thousands of Palestinians are dying, and there is a malicious lack of a plan to distribute vaccines, even as Israel has enough vaccines to vaccinate every Israeli seven times over. This has been a year of immense hardships for Palestine.</p> <p>The protest is co-sponsored by the Anti-War Committee (AWC), the Minnesota branches of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP-MN), Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 Minneapolis, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC), and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/node/9039#comments Las Luchas del Pueblo nakba Palestine Palestina Fri, 14 May 2021 15:43:23 +0000 Fight Back 9039 at http://www.fightbacknews.org