As the ongoing Israeli Defense Forces’ relentless bombardment of Gaza continues, I would like to share some of my thoughts:
Advocating for the human rights of Palestinians does not equate to supporting Hamas.
Similarly, expressing “Free Palestine” does not imply anti-Semitism or a desire for all Jews to leave.
What “Free Palestine” means:
- Free Palestinians from the Israeli occupation that has deprived them of their basic human rights for 75 years.
- Putting an end to imprisoning 2.3 million Palestinians in the world’s largest outdoor prison, about half of whom are children.
- Ending the apartheid imposed by the Israeli government. (See also “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians” by Amnesty International.)
- Giving Palestinians control over their basic infrastructure on their land.
In the end, “Free Palestine” should signify the establishment of a Palestinian state in a part of the land they have historically inhabited.