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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

In this issue, TWiP has profiled a number of organizations and vocal, high-profile supporters of Palestine who have been influential over the years, including in the past six months, to give an idea of the sheer scope of solidarity across time and space. We recognize that there are hundreds of thousands of others who have been faithful allies and fearless champions of Palestine; they have stood with us but do not appear in these pages. We simply do not have space to list them all. So we hereby acknowledge all these warriors for Palestine, who have done battle on behalf of Palestine with no concern for the consequences, and with love in their hearts – artists, health workers, labor unions, sports stars, football clubs, singers, entertainers, rappers, broadcasters, teachers, actors, train drivers, students, academics, sports fans, musicians, film directors, politicians, local governments, Indigenous peoples, retirees, writers, poets, cultural workers, town councils, journalists, chefs, social media influencers, and others. We salute you all. Palestine loves you all.




Amira Hass

TWiP salutes Amira Hass, an Israeli journalist, author, and activist, widely recognized for her vocal support for – and reporting on – Palestine for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz. For the last 30 years, Hass has chronicled the everyday practices of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. She is the only Israeli journalist living in and reporting from the occupied Palestinian territories. Her pioneering journalism and intricate knowledge of Palestinian life under occupation have not only conveyed the griefs and humiliations of the occupation,  but, as an excerpt from an Everand review of her book Drinking the Sea at Gaza puts it “She offers a portrait of Palestinians who are eloquent, spiritually resilient and morally courageous.” Hass, the daughter of East European Holocaust survivors, has faced threats, harassment, fines, arrests, and detentions for her critical writings on the Israeli government’s actions. Her courageous journalism has earned her numerous awards.


Angela Davis

TWiP salutes the renowned American scholar and civil rights activist, who, for more than four decades has influenced critical thought and social movements. Palestine solidarity has been a central theme of Davis’s political life. She received the support of Palestinian political prisoners in 1971, when she herself was imprisoned on charges of armed kidnapping in the United States. She met Arafat in 1973, and in November 2023 said that “Palestine occupies a very central place in the political imagination of the last 50-to-75 years.” After a 2011 visit to Palestine, where she saw the racial segregation first hand, reminiscent of “but even worse” than her childhood memories of segregated townships in her childhood home in Birmingham, Alabama, she and her fellow scholar/activist delegates committed to bringing Palestine into the mainstream of social justice causes and agendas. At the first Black Lives Matter mobilization in 2013, Palestine was a central theme.  In a recent interview, she says that for the younger black generation, “Palestine is for them what South Africa was for us.” Reflecting on the current massive, global support for Palestine she said “This reminds us that connections across countries are possible, allowing us to imagine a different kind of world. We are depositing our dreams in Palestine.”

 


Bella Hadid

TWiP salutes Bella Hadid, the 27-year-old model and daughter of a Palestinian refugee,
Mohamed Hadid, who was born in Nazareth during the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. Mohamed’s family had to flee their native Safad and Nazareth during the Nakba. She is a descendant of Zahir al-Umar, the mid-eighteenth-century monarch of northern Palestine. Mohamed instilled the love of Palestine to Bella and her siblings Mariella, Alana, Gigi and Anwar through culture, food and the passion for history. Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on its 2023 annual list (80 million+ followers on X), when she first made the cover of Vogue in 2018, she posted A Palestinian girl on the cover of Vogue. The joy it brings me to say that….I won’t stop talking about the systematic oppression, pain and humility [sic] that Palestinians face on a regular basis.” She has repeatedly marched against Israeli military actions in Gaza, signed public letters and petitions, and in 2023 called out the racism of Israeli politicians. In 2021, she was accused of antisemitism but faced down her detractors saying, “It has always been #freepalestine. ALWAYS. I have a lot to say about this but for now, please read and educate yourself. This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!”


Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, Presbyterian minister, and TV broadcaster who first went to Palestine in the late 1980s. Since October 7, he has devoted episodes of his weekly TV broadcast to the issue. He has also written a weekly column for ScheerPost an acclaimed independent news source, providing clear and compelling analyses of the evolving situation and its context. He has given numerous talks on the genocide in Gaza, the settler colonial nature of the Israeli state, and Israeli apartheid. In April this year, in his article A Genocide Foretold, he wrote, “Genocide in Gaza is the final stage of a process begun by Israel decades ago. Anyone who did not see this coming blinded themselves to the character and ultimate goals of the apartheid state.” Although Hedges served as the foreign correspondent for fifteen years for the New York Times, where he was the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief until 2004, he has been highly – and vocally – critical of US and European mass media for its “total” support of Israel and its defense of Western interests in the world. He supports the BDS movement.


Francesca Albanese

TWiP salutes Francesca Albanese, an Italian international lawyer, academic, author, senior adviser on migration and forced displacement, and an outspoken and fearless champion of Palestinian rights. Following a ten-year stint as a human rights expert with several UN agencies, she was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories in 2022. She reports regularly to the UN Human Rights Council where she has been consistently critical of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, recommending in her first report that UN member states develop a plan to end the “Israeli settler-colonial occupation and apartheid regime.” In October 2003, Albanese called for an immediate ceasefire and warned that Palestinians in Gaza were at risk of “mass ethnic cleansing.” On March 26, 2024, Albanese reported to the UN Human Rights Council that Israel’s actions in Gaza amounted to genocide. Efforts to silence her by Israel, the United States Congress, and the French president have been strongly contested by academic and human rights organizations. In February this year, the Israelis denied her future entry to the country following her remarks on the October 7 assault by Hamas. She continues to speak out on mainstream and social media and speaks frequently at conferences and public events on the legal situation of Palestine.


Gabor Maté

TWiP salutes Dr. Gabor Maté, one of the wisest and most humane analysts of the present Israeli-Palestinian situation. Dr. Maté, a Hungarian-Canadian physician, is a renowned speaker, best-selling author, and a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. In hundreds of poetic and compelling interviews with mainstream media and broadcasters, including Piers Morgan, over the past 30 years, he has eloquently and passionately critiqued the foundation of Israel, which, he says, required the extermination, expulsion, and massacre of Palestinians. “The very concept of Israel means violence and oppression” he says. He supports the cultural boycott of Israel and the BDS movement. Key turning points for Dr. Maté were the Vietnam War, the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and visits to Palestine during the first Intifada – most recently in 2022 when he began work with Palestinian women who were tortured in Israeli jails. In an interview last month, Dr. Maté reflected on his transformation: “I was born into genocide during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1945. I became a Zionist in my teenage years. No matter how satisfying it [the creation of Israel] seems to our historical trauma [as Jews] – a tremendous injustice, an historical injustice has been done to another people. We tried to escape from our nightmare by imposing a nightmare on another people – and we are still doing it. … And I’ll be speaking on this issue whenever I have an opportunity, because nothing is more important to me.”


George Galloway

TWiP salutes George Galloway, one of the most charismatic British politicians, a commentator, TV and radio broadcaster, writer, and lifetime supporter of Palestine liberation. Galloway, of Scottish and Irish descent, is a six-time British parliamentarian. He was expelled from the British Labour Party in 2004 for his defiant opposition to the Iraq war. In his most recent parliamentary contest in Rochdale, he identified another foreign policy issue that has become something of importance to the British electorate,  and ran on a pro-Palestine platform. He scored a resounding victory, declaring in his acceptance speech that “this is for Gaza.” Galloway’s support has spanned taking aid to Gaza, launching global speaking tours, utilizing his TV and radio platforms to robustly challenge the established narrative on Palestine, and using conferences and meetings to inspire and mobilize Palestinian activists. In a “Stop the Wall” meeting on May 18, 2008 he said that “there is no peace in the Middle East without justice for Palestine. If there is no peace in the Middle East, there will be no peace in the World.”


Gideon Levy

TWiP salutes Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist and author who was born in 1953. Since 1982, Levy has been writing opinion pieces and a weekly column for the newspaper Haaretz focused on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Levy, who is on the editorial board of Haaretz, has said that his views on Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians developed only after joining Haaretz. “When I first started covering the West Bank for Haaretz, I was young and brainwashed,” he said in a 2009 interview. “I would see settlers cutting down olive trees and soldiers mistreating Palestinian women at the checkpoints, and I would think, ‘These are exceptions, not part of government policy.’ It took me a long time to see that these were not exceptions – they were the substance of government policy.” Levy fearlessly enriches Israeli public discourse without surrendering to convention or social codes. Knesset members have called for Levy to be put on trial for treason, and in Tel Aviv he moves around with a bodyguard. Levy supports the academic and cultural boycott of Israel and the BDS movement and has called for a ceasefire in Gaza.


Ilan Pappé

TWiP salutes Ilan Pappé, a brave and principled anti-Zionist academic and Israeli citizen, who continues to challenge – with every instrument in the tool kit of political and academic advocacy – all the traditional Israeli narratives on Palestine, including those of October 7. The following are excerpts from an interview with him on October 10, 2023, “My Israeli Friends: This Is Why I Support Palestinians,” published in the Palestine Chronicle.

“It is not always easy to stick to your moral compass, but if it does point north – towards decolonization and liberation – then it will most likely guide you through the fog of poisonous propaganda, hypocritical policies and the inhumanity, often perpetrated in the name of ‘our common Western values.’”

“It is challenging to maintain one’s moral compass when the society you belong to – leaders and media alike – takes the moral high ground and expects you to share with them the same righteous fury with which they reacted to the events of last Saturday, October 7.”

“There is only one way to resist the temptation to join in: if you understood, at one point in your life – even as a Jewish citizen of Israel – the settler colonial nature of Zionism, and were horrified by its policies against the indigenous people of Palestine.”

“If you have had that realization, then you will not waver, even if the poisonous messages depict Palestinians as animals, or ‘human animals.’”

“It is this moral compass that led me, and others in our society, to stand by the Palestinian people in every way possible; and that enables us, at the same time, to admire the courage of the Palestinian fighters who took over a dozen military bases, overcoming the strongest army in the Middle East [on October 7].”


Ken Loach

TWiP salutes award-winning British filmmaker Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most revered and successful filmmakers, for his outspoken and sustained support for Palestine. Loach’s longtime support for Palestinian rights intersects with his platforming of social and political issues in his films and his portrayals of anti-fascist struggles. In 1982, he directed the anti-Zionist play Perdition in central London, and in 2017 he donated his film revenues to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a “gesture of support to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.” He has stood firm in the face of accusations of antisemitism. Two months ago, Loach, whose film The Old Oak, about Syrian refugees, was nominated for an Outstanding British Film Award, called for a “permanent, lasting ceasefire” during the 77th British Academy Film Arts Awards (BAFTAs). In an interview in 2017 in support of the cultural boycott of Israel, he said “People say there are no great causes left. There is a cause, and that is the cause of the Palestinians. We should all, whether we think of ourselves as artists, as workers, support Palestine in the way that the Palestinians ask….The Palestinians suffer a kind of oppression like nowhere else on the planet.”


Luisa Morgantini

TWiP salutes Luisa Morgantini, trade unionist, Italian MEP (1999–2009), former vice president of the European Parliament (2007–2009), a leading member of the Italian peace movement and one of the founders of the Italian branch of the Women in Black anti-war organization. She has been a long-standing advocate for the rights of Palestinian people through her work as an MEP, with civil society organizations, and grassroots movements. She has been visiting Palestine since 1982. She has successfully negotiated the changing political environment in Italy, mainstreaming support for Palestine into the anti-war movement when right-wing populism emerged as a political force there. As an MEP, Luisa brought delegation after delegation of MEPs, Italian academics, and civic activists to Palestine, “walking towards us over the hills like an army,” as one Palestinian observed. “In Palestinian areas she demonstrated with the people against the Israeli occupation.” For ten years, she reported back directly to the European Parliament on the deteriorating situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Since 1982 she has used every public platform, including conferences, virtual panels, interviews, letters, vigils, rallies, demonstrations, and teach-ins, to speak out on Palestine. She is currently president of Assopace Palestina, a national organization that supports BDS.


Mads Gilbert

TWiP salutes Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian trauma and emergency-medicine specialist, humanitarian, activist, and politician for the Norwegian Red Party who has devoted a large part of his life to Palestinian liberation. From 2007 through October 2014 – when he was banned for life from entering Israel – Dr. Gilbert traveled three times a year to teach at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, conduct research with Palestinian colleagues, and work at Shifa Hospital. When Gaza was being attacked and no international press was being allowed in by Israel, he would narrate the situation to the mainstream press corps from inside Shifa. Every time he returned home, he went on global speaking tours. He is an eloquent, clear, and passionate speaker, and his talks are always sold out. In November 2023, he entered Gaza for one hour from Rafah with a WHO mission and has continued to campaign for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid for Gaza. “If you want to be neutral, you end up being part of the problem,” he says. “We are all complicit, whether we shut up or stand up.”


Marc Lamont Hill

TWiP salutes Marc Lamont Hill, academic, activist, and media personality, who continues to highlight the linkage of Black and Palestinian struggles for liberation. Less than 24 hours after his 2018 speech at the United Nations in support of Palestinian self-determination and equal rights, CNN fired him. “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea,” he said. Lamont Hill, who speaks fluent Arabic, represents the renewed manifestation of Black Palestinian solidarity seen in the Black Lives Matter Movement of the past decade which uncompromisingly endorses solidarity with Palestinian liberation. Influenced by Malcom X and iconic civil rights activist Angela Davis, Lamont Hill has addressed academic conferences and popular rallies, and most recently in 2019, co-authored a book with Noura Erakat Black-Palestinian Transnational Solidarity: Renewals, Returns, and Practice.


Mark Ruffalo

TWiP salutes the Big Hulk star Mark Ruffalo, who, sporting an Artists4Ceasefire red pin calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, shouted “Humanity wins!” as he hurried down the red carpet at the 96th Oscars event at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 10. Hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters gathered outside the venue waving Palestinian flags and chanting, “While you’re watching, bombs are dropping.” For the past six months, Ruffalo has used his celebrity for Palestinian political advocacy at the most public of occasions in the entertainment world, guaranteeing global media coverage for the genocide in Gaza. Two weeks after October 7, Ruffalo was one of the 457 Hollywood A-listers who signed a letter to President Biden demanding a ceasefire. In November, he took to social media to slam Israel for its killing of innocent civilians, and in February at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards, he wore the Artists4Ceasfire red pin again, calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.


Max Blumenthal

TWiP salutes Max Blumenthal, an award-winning journalist, blogger, and best-selling author who has been vocal on Palestine since 2009. His articles and video documentaries have appeared in liberal mainstream media outlets in the US. He is the senior editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, which he launched in 2015 to “shine a journalistic light on America’s state of perpetual war and its dangerous domestic repercussions.” His documentaries and on-the-ground reports have been seen by millions. He became an overnight internet sensation in 2009, posting a video, Feel the Hate, depicting Jewish-American youth in Jerusalem. His subsequent books, articles, talks, and blogs are uncompromising departures from the neo-liberal standard narrative on Israel/Palestine. He testified at the Russell Tribunal in 2014 on Israeli war crimes and genocide. He has visited Gaza frequently since 2009. An advocate of BDS, Blumenthal’s Grayzone platform exposes what the mainstream media chooses to ignore on Palestine, including how the Democratic party’s most prominent figures have been bought off by the Israel lobby, Israeli admissions of intentionally massacring unarmed Gaza protesters during the March of Return, and successfully challenging Israeli claims that Hamas beheaded Israeli babies on October 7.


Noam Chomsky

TWiP salutes Noam Chomsky, who, with more than 150 books to his credit, is one of the world’s most-cited scholars, a public intellectual, a political activist, and one of the leading voices in the struggle to liberate Palestine. He is also the most foremost critic of US foreign policy in the world. In his 1983 book The Fateful Triangle, he argues that the US continually uses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for its own ends. He has been a persona non grata in mainstream US media, not so much for his anti-war positions but more for his illuminating and ongoing condemnation of Israel’s historical and ongoing suppression of Palestinian rights. He prefers the company of activists to intellectuals, saying, “My own interest in political analysis and writing is simply to bring information to people who I think can use it for the purposes of changing the world.” Chomsky has frequently denounced Israeli settlements and is a supporter of the BDS movement. In May 2013, he successfully lobbied the renowned physicist  Stephen Hawking to boycott an Israeli conference, saying that “Israel systematically discriminates against the Palestinians who make up 20% of its population in ways that would be illegal in Britain.” As a result of his views on Palestine, Chomsky was banned from entering Israel in 2010.


Naomi Klein

TWiP salutes Naomi Klein, a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker who is one of the most visible and influential figures on the American left, a vocal supporter of Palestinian rights and the need to delink Judaism from Zionism. The following are excerpts from an op-ed published in the Guardian on April 24, 2024, “We need an exodus from Zionism,” which Klein reiterated in her speech at a New York demonstration on April 26, 2024.

“This Passover, we don’t need or want the false idol of Zionism. We want freedom from the project that commits genocide in our name. Zionism is a false idol that takes our most profound biblical stories of justice and emancipation from slavery – the story of Passover itself – and turns them into brutalist weapons of colonial land theft, roadmaps for ethnic cleansing and genocide. It is a false idol that has taken the transcendent idea of the promised land – a metaphor for human liberation that has traveled across multiple faiths to every corner of this globe – and dared to turn it into a deed of sale for a militaristic ethnostate…. What are we? We, in these streets for months and months, are the exodus. The exodus from Zionism.”


Norman Finkelstein

TWiP salutes Norman Finkelstein, an American political scientist, author, and activist. In the fields of Middle Eastern studies and political science, his work is considered seminal. Finkelstein was born in New York City to Jewish Holocaust-survivor parents. His career in American academia has been controversial, as he confronted the American intellectual community head on, scathingly demystifying pseudo-scholarly arguments used to justify Zionism. His involvement in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict began in 1982, and during the first Intifada, he taught English at local schools in Hebron and Beit Sahour. He was banned from Israel in 2008 for ten years. For the past six months, Finkelstein has been implacably vocal on social media, fearlessly debating mainstream media pundits. He famously said about October 7: “Dolores Ibarruri, La Passionaria, famously exhorted during the Spanish Civil War, ‘Better to die on your feet than live forever on your knees.’ For the past 20 years the people of Gaza, half of whom are children, have been immured in a concentration camp. Today they breached the camp’s walls. If we honor John Brown’s armed resistance to slavery; if we honor the Jews who revolted in the Warsaw Ghetto—then moral consistency commands that we honor the heroic resistance in Gaza. I, for one, will never begrudge—on the contrary, it warms every fiber of my soul—the scenes of Gaza’s smiling children as their arrogant Jewish supremacist oppressors have, finally, been humbled. The stars above in heaven are looking kindly down. Glory, glory, hallelujah. The souls of Gaza go marching on!”


Roger Waters

TWiP salutes Roger Waters, a rock superstar and a co-founding member of the legendary rock band, Pink Floyd. His solidarity with Palestine is not subtle. He often wears a keffiyeh while performing and incorporates Palestine-related political themes in his work. A turning point for Waters came in 2005 when he agreed to a gig in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. He almost immediately received appeals not to play, including one from Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Since then, Waters has used the global platforms of his music and social media to talk about Palestine, activism that has come at the cost of canceled international concerts, hotel bookings, and recording contracts. He has called for the removal of the Israeli West Bank barrier, supports BDS, and has repeatedly described Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as apartheid. Waters has tried to be a voice of conscience to his fellow musicians as well, publicly asking Madonna not to play at the Eurovision song contest finals in Tel Aviv in 2019. In 2023, he was one of the principal signers of an open letter called Artists Against Apartheid. The late John Pilger on October 2, 2003 said of Waters “Of the few famous names in the arts who stand by the terrorised Palestinians … none has faced down the malign smears of the Israeli state and its foreign acolytes as he.” At the age of 80, Waters still performs at sold-out events.


Susan Sarandon

TWiP salutes Susan Abigail Sarandon, an Oscar-winning American actress who has been active in support of progressive and left-wing political causes since the early 1980s. She began speaking out in support of the Palestinian people, calling out Israel for settler colonialism and apartheid. in 2021. She co-signed an open letter criticizing Israel for labeling six Palestinian human rights groups as terror organizations. Since October 7, she has participated in and spoken at multiple pro-Palestinian rallies. She tweeted on November 4, 2023 , “You don’t have to be Palestinian to care about what’s happening in Gaza. I stand with Palestine. No one is free until everyone is free.” She was attacked for antisemitism and dropped by United Talent Artists in the same month. In the Millions March for Palestine protest in March this year in New York City, she addressed the crowd saying, “Speaking inconvenient truths can lose you your livelihood. It can lose you friends; it may lose you family, but you are not alone, we are your family…Free Palestine!”




Celtic Football Fans for Palestine

On October 25, two weeks after Israel launched its genocidal assault on Gaza, Scotland’s Celtic Football Club was fined $31,500 for supporting Palestine after its 60,000 fans waved Palestinian flags and unfurled two large banners that read “Free Palestine” and “Victory to the Resistance” during a Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. As kick-off neared, the stadium transformed into a sea of Palestinian flags, in a show of solidarity with those in Gaza under the Israeli bombardments. Fans could be heard singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The video was shared widely on social media. In a statement after the match, the governing body of football in Europe (UEFA) deemed the flags to be “provocative messages of an offensive nature.”

Hazem Tabash, the manager of the Benn’a Sports Club in Gaza, saw the October 25 images online despite Israel’s communication blackouts and widespread bombing in the besieged territory. He told Al Jazeera, “We thank Celtic fans for this stand and for their ongoing solidarity to the Palestinian people in Gaza.” Regarding the display at Celtic Park, he said, “[The fans’] actions are important to raise awareness of the public in Western countries where governments give Israel full support to continue its crimes against Palestinians in Gaza. They also help to support us Palestinians on the ground, giving us some hope that we are not alone.

This is the second UEFA fine collected from the club for using the world stage of football to show support for Palestine. In 2016, Celtic fans united in a massive protest against Israel at a tie played against the Israeli Club Hapoel in Israel. The stadium in Be’er Sheva was filled with Palestinian flags and chants of support for Palestine. The UEFA fined the club £8,000. The wider fanbase swung behind a fundraising campaign, not to pay the fine, but to support charities in Palestine. More than £175,000 (US$214,000) was raised, which helped to fund the formation of Aida Celtic, a football team in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. The links established at that time have solidified in the seven years since, with regular exchange visits made to deepen fans’ education on the Palestine issue.

The Celtic Football Club, commonly known as Celtic, is a professional football club in Glasgow, Scotland. The club has competed in the Scottish top-flight since first entering a league in 1890/91, and they were the first British club to win the European Cup. The club was founded in 1887 by Brother Walfrid to help alleviate poverty in the east-end parishes of Glasgow among the Irish immigrant population who fled famine and poverty during the great famine in 1845–52, a direct outcome of British colonial policies in Ireland. As a club born from the Irish Catholic diaspora in Scotland, the fans’ solidarity against the assault on Gaza was no surprise. Support for left-wing, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist causes among the fanbase is common. Celtic has dedicated supporters’ clubs on every continent.

Celtic Club officials have told representatives of the fans privately that they are concerned with “their corporate image and corporate responsibilities” to shareholders. “But we’re unashamed of and unequivocal in our support for Palestine, and that will continue,” the fans say. “The political class likes to tell working-class people that they don’t know what they’re talking about or that they can’t have an opinion on certain issues,” they say. “We’re a proudly politically conscious group. We won’t be dictated to by anyone.”


Jewish Voice for Peace

TWiP salutes Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), founded in 1996 by undergraduates at UC Berkeley, the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world. JVP organizes a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of US Jews into solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle. JVP attributed October 7 to “Israeli apartheid and occupation –  and United States complicity in that oppression.” JVP said “Inevitably, oppressed people everywhere will seek — and gain — their freedom.” Ninety-two percent funded by individual donors, JVP holds its political independence dear. One week after October 7, JVP together with IfNotNow led a rally in Washington, DC calling for a ceasefire, and two weeks later organized an occupation of Grand Central Station in New York City, where protesters called for a ceasefire and wore T-shirts saying “Not in our name.”  JVP has sustained and built its public activism over the past six months, organizing vigils, disruptive protests at prominent venues and federal buildings, and rallies on many university campuses through their student chapters across America. It supports the current student protest at Columbia University, demanding disclosure and divestment from corporations linked to Israel. JVP has faced crackdowns by the authorities but says that “As long as the people of Gaza are screaming, we need to yell louder, no matter who attempts to silence us.”


Medical Aid for Palestinians

TWiP salutes Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), which, since October 7, has fielded four emergency medical teams (EMTs) to Gaza in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). MAP’s team in Gaza was among the first to respond to the current emergency and remains one of the only international organizations providing humanitarian and medical services, including in the north, where conditions are worse for Palestinians. Guided by more than 30 years of experience working inside Gaza, the EMT comprises a group of anesthetists, surgeons, and disaster experts, who work alongside Palestinian doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to build local capacity. The teams have completed hundreds of surgeries.

Since its establishment in 1982 by the iconic Dr. Swee Chai Ang and fellow medical professionals, MAP has been working to deliver locally led health and medical care to those Palestinian communities most affected by war, occupation, and displacement. Since October 7, MAP has delivered nearly US$7 million of assistance to Gaza hospitals and shelters, including drugs and medical supplies and the local purchase of sheltering materials and household hygiene kits. The EMTs have conducted more than two hundred surgeries. MAP is also supporting medical services in the West Bank, during the escalation of IDF and settler violence, with US$500,000 of trauma and emergency supplies to Palestine Red Crescent Society teams and local emergency health centers.


Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

TWiP salutes Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), established in 1991, one of the leading humanitarian organizations working in Palestine, delivering lifesaving medical relief and humanitarian aid. In response to the urgent situation following October 7, PCRF swiftly launched a Gaza emergency appeal to provide crucial medical relief and humanitarian aid. PCRF’s efforts have encompassed distributing essential supplies to support the healthcare system – emergency relief such as daily food parcels, water, clothing, shelter items, and psychosocial relief. PCRF also operates soup kitchens as well as critical specialty medical tents offering free care and medications at local medical points within the displaced communities. PCRF facilitates treatment abroad for sick and injured children, and is in the process of completing a field hospital in southern Gaza. PCRF has strengthened partnerships and collaborated with various partners throughout the crisis to optimize aid delivery. To address the immediate surgical needs in Gaza, PCRF has partnered with other organizations to deploy surgical teams in the region. Currently, PCRF has a ten-person emergency medical team deployed in Gaza to serve on an emergency medical mission.


Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance

TWiP salutes Sadaka, the Ireland Palestine Alliance, established in 2009, which advocates for justice, human rights, and self-determination for the Palestinian people through engaging with the government of Ireland, with politicians from all parties (including in the European Parliament), and with officials, to influence policy and actions regarding Palestine and Israel. Sadaka builds relationships with organizations and individuals in Palestine, in Europe, and elsewhere who can support this work, and drafts legislation for political parties, including the Occupied Territories Bill which, if passed, will ban trade between Ireland and Israeli settlements. Sadaka also drafts motions for parliament, including a motion protesting the de facto annexation of Palestinian territory by Israeli authorities through settlement expansion, passed unanimously by the Irish parliament in 2021.

Sadaka gives evidence before parliamentary committees, including recently to the finance committee, to promote divestment of the Irish National Pension Fund from enterprises –  including Israeli banks – operating in settlements. Recently, the  government announced that it is divesting from Israeli banks and that it will recognize the State of Palestine. Sadaka organizes speaking tours, engages in media work, and writes regular briefings for politicians and supporters. In 2022, with several other civil society organizations, Sadaka established the Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine which now has 25 member organizations representing over one million people across the island of Ireland.


 

United Palestinian Appeal

TWiP salutes United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), the oldest Palestinian American humanitarian organization in the world, which launched an emergency appeal for Gaza only days after mobilizing its global support. UPA made addressing the gap between healthcare supply and demand for primary and secondary care the cornerstone of its response and began immediate collaboration with three NGO hospitals. To date, UPA   has helped medical staff provide care to over 50,000 patients by sourcing close to US$300,000 worth of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Further, UPA’s mobile medical teams of a doctor, two nurses/community health workers, and a social worker have cared for approximately 62,000 patients and 74,000 children. UPA also continues to provide fresh food, warm clothing, and drinking water through personalized delivery systems, reaching the least-served populations, using local purchases where possible. As a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization that has worked in Gaza for the last 45 years and that operates on a guiding principle of “here to stay,” UPA programs in health, education, community, and economic development are sustainable in the long term, with a component of emergency preparedness that reflects the constant disruptions endemic to Palestinian civic life, permitting UPA to act with necessary agility.

4 Comments

  1. Antoine Nesnas

    I wish to thank you for citing these individuals for their honorable stand with the Palestinians and their vociferous objections to all that is unfolding throughout. The world should hear about them and perchance will listen to their points of view. Also, it is very important for us Palestinians to know who of the world renowned international and Israeli figures champion our cause not afraid to be chastised by their governments or the State of Israel. I say a simple “Thank You” to each of them.

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    1. Sani Meo

      Thank you Mr. Nesnas, and we raise our hats to them and all the other unmentioned heroes.

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  2. Ali Nashat Shaar

    Thank you,
    you should add Mtt Carthy, an Irish member of the parlimebnt with a very high knowledge and analytical speaches about the palestinian question with human rights perspective.

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    1. Sani Meo

      As per the introduction at the beginning of the section, there was simply no space to acknowledge everyone. However, Ireland was acknowledged through Sadaka, the Ireland Palestine Alliance.

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