Activists from the The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) participated in a¬†protest opposing US President Trump‚Äôs election which took place outside the US Embassy at 6pm, asserting¬†the need to build effective and creative movements of resistance to racism and colonialism.
According to the PNN, the protest was¬†called by a coalition of groups, including the IPSC, United Against Racism, Friends of the Earth, ROSA and People Before Profit-Anti Austerity Alliance. Organizers say they are gravely¬†concerned with the danger that the Trump presidency poses, to¬†the people of the¬†US, Ireland, Palestine and the whole planet.
Following is the speech of IPSC Chairperson, Fatin Al Tamimi, delivered at the demonstration:¬†
‚ÄėIn my life I wear many hats ‚Äď I am¬†a woman, an immigrant, an exile, a Muslim, an Arab, an anti-war and anti-apartheid activist, a mother, and I am a Palestinian. These are some of the identities that make up my whole person. And although today I am here to speak about what the US election could mean for justice in Palestine, before I do that I just want to stress that if I lived in the US, Donald Trump, his vile ideology and the movement that has sprouted up around him would pose a serious threat to every one of these identities.
‚ÄėI fear for the people of the US under Trump‚Äôs presidency, especially those from a minority background. In 2015 antisemitic hate crimes in the US rose 9%, anti-black hate crimes rose 8%, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes increased by 5%, and anti-Muslim hate crimes increased by a terrifying 67%. This was before the election cycle began in earnest, and 2016 looks set to surpass last year, with over 200 hate crimes reported in the week since the election alone.
‚ÄėThe election of Trump will serve to further normalize this kind of behavior, and in this legitimization of overt ‚Äď and often violent ‚Äď racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, climate change denial and white supremacism in the US, you can be sure that these kinds of outlooks and actions will grow in number in Ireland and elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, it appears we are heading toward dark times.
‚ÄėA black future also haunts my homeland, Palestine.
‚ÄėTrump‚Äôs prospective cabinet and supporters are a who‚Äôs who‚Äôs of anti-Palestinian thought and action. Rudy Guiliani is being touted as Secretary of State. This is man who believes that it is ‚Äúunpatriotic not to love Israel‚ÄĚ and that the US ‚Äúshould be 100 percent behind‚ÄĚ the apartheid state.
‚ÄėTrump‚Äôs main foreign policy advisor is Walid Phares, a Lebanese-American who was key ideologue of a far-right Christian militia that committed war crimes during the Lebanese civil war, including being the main perpetrators of the horrendous Sabra and Shatila massacres of thousands of innocent Palestinians. Phares is also a raging Islamophobe who expounds vile racist conspiracies about Muslims.
‚ÄėTrump‚Äôs chief strategist will be Stephen Bannon, a leading figure of the so-called ‚Äėalt-right‚Äô, a cheerleader for Israeli war crimes and apartheid, and a racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic and antisemitic Zionist. If it seems strange that someone who is racist against Jewish people could also be a major supporter of Israel, remember that antisemitism and Zionism have a symbiotic relationship, both feed off each other ‚Äď a dynamic recognised by modern Zionism‚Äôs founder Herzl who wrote approvingly that ‚Äúthe anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄėFinally, we should not forget the man who injected millions upon millions of dollars into Trump‚Äôs campaign, Sheldon Adelson. Adelson, a multibillionaire, is an outspoken defender of Israeli crimes, an apologist for apartheid who opposes any Palestinian state and believes that Palestinians are a ‚Äúmade up‚ÄĚ people. He funds propaganda trips for students where they hang out with Israeli occupation forces in Palestine. He is one of the main people leading the fight against the peaceful Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and he claims that the Palestinian people‚Äôs struggle for freedom, justice and equality is not a legitimate resistance to decades of oppression and colonisation, but instead reflects a desire to exterminate the Jewish people. He also believes the US should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. Adelson is close to Israel‚Äôs rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, so close that he funds a free daily newspaper that sole reason or existence is to act as a trumpet for Netanyahu‚Äôs anti-Palestinian policies.
‚ÄėIt is noticeable that AIPAC, the main Israel lobby group in the US, has just removed any reference to a Palestinian state from its talking points, and that Trump has stated his desire to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which would send a strong signal to the world in normalising the illegal annexation and occupation of Palestinian East Jerusalem by Israel.
‚ÄėThese are scary times. But we people of conscience must will not stand on the sidelines ‚Äď we will redouble our efforts in the fight against colonialism, apartheid, racism and war crimes. In Palestine, the US and everywhere else we must organise and build effective and creative movements of resistance. We in the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will oppose President-elect Trump and the hatred that he represents.’
Related —¬†12/22/14¬†Documentary: Ireland & Palestine