Solidarity with Gaza

185 Palestinians have been killed and thousands left homeless in Israel’s latest military aggression in Gaza in the last week. It is a sobering situation to say the least. I wrote a piece for The Langar Hall a few days ago about my concern with the possibility of a Sikh-Israel alliance.

Hundreds gathered in NYC on Friday to protest Israel's atrocities in Gaza

Hundreds gathered in NYC on Friday to protest Israel’s atrocities in Gaza. Photo by Stacy Lanyon

I know there are Sikhs who look at Israel as a source of inspiration, a successful model for Sikh nationalists who see no hopes for freedom or sovereignty in the state of India. I will leave the question of Sikh nationalism itself aside for now but must at least assert that following in Israel’s footsteps would likely be the worst thing that could happen to the Sikh quom today. One’s freedom cannot be based on the subjugation of another. Therein lies the heart of the contradiction of the state of Israel. To Israel, Palestinians are a demographic problem, not human beings. What philosophy could be farther from Sikhi? What could be more antithetical to the ideology and practice of sarbat da bhala? 

You can read the full piece here.

Now more than ever, Gaza needs us. Palestine needs us. Attend a demonstration in your city. Reach out to your elected officials. Educate yourselves and others on the situation. This is not some historical “conflict” between two equal parties. This is a colonial occupation. This is ethnic cleansing. This is a human rights crisis. Below are some links where you can learn more about the situation and take action. Check out the video below for a useful and accessible intro to Israel/Palestine, and share with your friends and family.

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