As you read this message right now, about 1,500 Palestinian people in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, Jerusalem are fighting to stay in their native homeland, resisting Israeli bulldozers coming to destroy their homes and forcing them out to make room for settlers. For some families, those bulldozers could arrive as soon as today.
Their resistance is part of a global uprising for justice for Palestinians and all oppressed people fighting against exploitation, racism, and repression across the world.
Today we’re showing up on the phones and in the streets in solidarity, alongside thousands of allies for a Week of Action to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing. We demand that Democratic leadership quit giving Israel the green light to continue ethnic cleansing in Silwan, Jerusalem and all of Palestine. SF Bay Area, join us for a demonstration in front of the SF Federal Building this Thursday, July 1.
Please stop what you’re doing and call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Insist they demand that the Israeli government IMMEDIATELY halt these scheduled expulsions in Silwan.
Flood their phones!
QUIT! supports rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex people (LGBTQI), and opposes all anti-queer measures, everywhere. QUIT! has a long history of supporting international and local queer rights. But our struggle is for liberation, not equality, in this or any oppressive society. We don’t seek to be soldiers of imperialism, not in the US and not in Israel. We see all fights for liberation as our fight, and we see our fight as queers as part of all liberation struggles. We do not want to assimilate in this oppressive and unequal society, we want to radically transform it.
Our mission was, and is, to build support in the Bay Area queer communities for Palestinian liberation, to make queers and queer liberation visible and integral to the local Palestine solidarity movement, to support queer organizing in Palestine and around the Arab world, and to oppose United States colonialism, military intervention, and funding and support for Israeli colonialism. One Palestinian member articulated our primary goal this way: “When the history of Palestinian liberation is written, I want at least a footnote to say that queers were part of the struggle.”