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Call for Action!

Palestinian civil society has called for a general strike on May 18th across historic Palestine (including the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and 1948 lands) to call attention to Israel’s ongoing campaign of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and settler mob violence. Palestinians have called upon the international solidarity movement to support their popular uprising and uplift their demands for liberation by observing an international day of action. 

The Democratic Socialists of America unequivocally stands in solidarity with Palestinians and Palestinian workers. In that spirit, the DSA BDS & Palestine National Working Group urges all 241 DSA chapters, unions, and labor coalitions to respond to this call by doing the following:

1) Hosting an action at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your region.

2) Holding a protest or vigil for Palestinians killed by Israeli terror.

3) Making a public commitment to Palestinian liberation and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

4) Calling on our government to place sanctions on Israel. 

To find a solidarity action in your area, visit the Global Calendar of Resistance organized by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. This calendar is regularly updated with events and emergency actions. The DSA BDS & Palestine Solidarity Working Group will also be posting local actions on its Twitter (@DSA_Palestine) and Instagram (@DSAPalestine) pages. Follow to stay updated. 

As DSA fights for a multi-racial, international working class movement, it is imperative that we uplift the struggles of Palestinian workers against the racist, settler-colonialist Zionist project, which not only prevents working class solidarity but even incentivizes the hyperexploitation of Palestinian labor. We understand the interconnectedness of our struggles with those of the Palestinian people. We understand that until all of us are free from the shackles of racism, imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism — none of us are free. 

Our understanding continues to serve as the beating heart of an ever-growing solidarity movement that has turned out hundreds of thousands of people to actions around the world in just the past week. On Tuesday, we must do everything we can to continue to turn our solidarity into powerful action as we continue our fight for a free Palestine, from the river to the sea.

In solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s nonviolent struggle for equality, human rights, and self-determination, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) adopted a resolution at its national convention in 2017 in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In 2019, DSA reaffirmed its commitment to the BDS movement by voting to establish a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Palestine Solidarity national working group. 

Our working group organizes primarily around the 3 demands of the Palestinian BDS call —  (1) an end to Israel’s continued occupation and colonization of historic Palestine, (2) equal rights for Palestinians, and (3) the right of millions of Palestinian refugees to finally return to their homes, as stipulated by UN Resolution 194, after decades of forced exile.

To these ends, we mobilize DSA members to engage in BDS and other Palestine Solidarity actions in their respective cities, and we also aim to recruit Palestinian, Black, Indigenous, and other POCs into our fledgling working group —  and DSA at large —  as we continue to work towards building the necessary infrastructure to launch BDS campaigns across the nation. 

Further, through teach-ins, publications, events, and the creation and dissemination of various resources, our working group seeks to educate DSA members and endorsed candidates about the Palestinian struggle for liberation, Zionism’s settler-colonialist and imperialist roots, Israeli apartheid, and Palestine’s interconnections with a myriad of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggles in America and elsewhere. 

We fiercely believe in socialist values of freedom, justice, and equality for all, as well as the interconnectedness of our struggles under capitalism. This interconnectedness is tragically apparent in Palestine, where the U.S. state invests an annual $3.8 billion investment into Israeli apartheid instead of securing housing and healthcare for its own citizens. The future we seek demands an end to apartheid. It demands an end to racism. It demands an end to imperialism. And finally, it demands a free Palestine, from the river to the sea.

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