Published 3 July 20203 August 2020 · Main Posts / Palestine / Activism Statement: Artists and Academics Against Annexation Micaela Sahhar, Sara M Saleh and Randa Abdel-Fattah ????????? We are deeply concerned by the Australian government’s complicity in enabling the Israeli state to suppress the aspiration of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Last week, Australia was one of only two countries (with the Marshall Islands) to vote against a UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning the illegal annexation of significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israel. With the deadline set for July 1, the proposed annexation seeks to formalise ongoing de facto annexation of Palestinian lands since before 1948. The policy purports to solidify the ongoing attempts by successive Israeli governments to systematically and illegally expropriate the lands and homes of Palestinian families, in order to depopulate the land of Palestinians and thus clear the way for more illegal Israeli settlements and Israeli settlers (now numbering over half a million) in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The State of Israel was created on stolen land 72 years ago. Its illegal military occupation of the West Bank – which imposes a punitive legal system on Palestinians in contrast to their Israeli settler counterparts, who enjoy the rights of full Israeli citizens – has been ongoing for 53 years. Throughout this time, Israel has continued to commit war crimes in breach of the Geneva Conventions, and to violate the most basic of Palestinian human rights, ultimately denying Palestinians the right to be sovereign in their own homeland. Israel’s annexation plan will cement the apartheid reality that currently exists. It confines Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza within 115 bantustans that are physically, economically, socially, and politically cut off from each other. The Israeli state has subjected Palestinians to land confiscation, ethnic cleansing, forcible population transfer, home demolitions, settler violence, severe and discriminatory restrictions on their right to freedom of movement, excessive use of force, torture, and a racist legal system and state apparatus which explicitly operates by granting preferential political, legal, social, cultural and economic rights to Israeli Jews. Israel’s annexation plan has been universally condemned. UN human rights experts from across the globe have said that annexation “would violate a cornerstone principle of international law”, and have called for Israel to be held accountable. One thousand European parliamentarians, political leaders, diplomats, religious leaders including 600 Jewish clergy, over 250 leading international lawyers, and an unprecedented 50 independent UN experts have all deplored the plan as a grave violation of international law. The European Union is considering sanctions. We draw great inspiration from current global justice movements committed to the eradication of racism, fascism, imperialism, and apartheid — a collective and intersectional emancipatory process of decolonisation. As iconic civil rights campaigner Angela Davis writes, “When we are engaged in the struggle against racist violence…we can’t forget the connections with Palestine. In many ways, we have to engage in an exercise of intersectionality. Of always foregrounding those connections so that people remember that nothing happens in isolation.” As Davis makes clear, an unequivocal stance against all forms of racial oppression must include support of Palestinians. From Minneapolis to Jerusalem to Gadigal land, all sites of recent state-sanctioned violence, we affirm the critical ongoing and historic solidarities between different movements against systemic and institutionalised state violence, systemic oppression, and brutality. Palestinians in Australia are positioned as settlers of colour and have proudly sought and affirmed solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our indivisible anti-colonial struggles. Israel has acted with impunity for decades. Against all odds, Palestinians remain hopeful. Palestinians continue to resist occupation, apartheid, dispossession, and racist political domination in a struggle to secure their inalienable rights to justice, dignity, and freedom. Consistent with the aspirations of any human being, Palestinians want to live free: to control their own lives, and to determine and build their own futures with the people they love. ?? ??? ???????????: · Publicly condemn the Israeli government’s unilateral, unlawful annexation plans. · Demand the Australian government publicly oppose the Israeli government’s annexation plans and cease greenlighting Israel’s violations of human rights and fundamental principles of international law. · Call on people of conscience everywhere to continue to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination and their aspirations for freedom, justice, dignity, and equality for all. ??????????? Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah, academic and author Sara M. 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Pritchard, Associate Professor Micaela Sahhar Micaela Sahhar is an Australian-Palestinian poet and researcher. She completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2016 focusing on the influence of Israeli national narrative on Western media coverage of the situation in Israel/Palestine. She currently lectures in the History of Ideas at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. More by Micaela Sahhar › Sara M Saleh Sara M Saleh is the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. A campaigner, writer, and poet, Sara’s work has been published in English and Arabic, and she co-edited the anthology Arab-Australian-Other. Sara received the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and is developing her debut novel More by Sara M Saleh › Randa Abdel-Fattah Randa Abdel-Fattah is an internationally award-winning author, former lawyer and a human rights and anti-racism advocate. 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