“Silence is not an option during genocide. If you are an ally – a true ally – you are taking matters to inform people. Everyone has an influence. Whether you’re in a company to change the way that they do business, whether you’re addressing your community or family…There is always a way to act and speak up.”

Inès Abdel Razek

The latest webinar in our “Mobilizing for Gaza” series convened two Palestinian advocates who guide a global community to effectively speak up and take action for Palestine: Inès Abdel Razek, Executive Director of the Palestinian Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD) and its digital platform Rabet, and Aimee Shalan, Director of Makan.


We encourage you to catch up with the discussion here.

Some key takeaways:

💡 While it is imperative to center Palestinian voices in our advocacy, it’s important to remember that Palestinians are not a monolith. Speaking up under occupation and siege results in a hierarchy of Palestinian voices that get heard. We must keep these realities in mind when we center Palestinian voices, noting that we are amplifying a people living in a fragmented society with a diversity of lived experiences and risks. 

💡 The Zionist propaganda machine is well-oiled, heavily funded, and relentlessly persistent. Be aware that the battle is fought on many fronts – from traditional media to online algorithms. At the same time, the Palestinian movement has made significant progress – not just in the past 8 months but also the past several decades. Keep that progress in mind as fuel to keep fighting for Palestinian liberation. Perspective is key in not succumbing to the despair of these difficult times. 

💡 Palestinians and allies are often forced to speak from the defensive position whereas Israel is often treated as a good faith communicator. When we advocate for Palestine, we must take back power and speak from the offensive, leading with the fact—not opinion—that Israel is an apartheid regime that perpetuates crimes of occupation, siege, and genocide. S

💡 It’s imperative to frame the Palestinian struggle as an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial struggle that transcends borders. While the genocide in Gaza has injected an urgency to our advocacy to call for a ceasefire, the Palestinian struggle must not be reduced to an “anti-war” movement – it is linked to a broader global movement for liberation and decolonization with parallels to the struggles of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Algeria. 

💡Truth tellers in Palestine bear the ultimate price for speaking up. Over 100 Palestinian reporters have been killed since October, making Gaza the deadliest place in the world to be a journalist. When we advocate for Palestine and assume the risks of being maligned and smeared, we act in solidarity with Palestinian truth tellers who put their lives on the line. 

 

 

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