But oppressed nations and groups have always opposed racism on principle, whereas the coloniser has always utilised racism to justify their oppression.
The struggle for Palestinian rights is incompatible with any form of racism or bigotry: a statement by Palestinians
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:16
We the undersigned, as Palestinians living in historic Palestine and the diaspora, in the spirit of past statements, and in light of recent controversies, write to reaffirm a key principle of our movement for freedom, justice, and equality: The struggle for our inalienable rights is one opposed to all forms of racism and bigotry, including, but not limited to, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Zionism, and other forms of bigotry directed at anyone, and in particular people of color and indigenous peoples everywhere.
We oppose the cynical and baseless use of the term anti-Semitism as a tool for stifling criticism of Israel or opposition to Zionism, as this assumes simply because someone is Jewish, they support Zionism or the colonial and apartheid policies of the state of Israel - a false generalization.
Our struggle is anchored in universal human rights and international law in opposition to military occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, something people of conscience of all ethnicities, races, and religions can support.
Finally, we call on people around the world to join us in a morally consistent stance that opposes racism and bigotry in all forms. An ethical struggle for justice and equal rights in any context entails zero tolerance for racial discrimination and racism anywhere.
Signed (in order of signature):
Randa May Wahbe
George E. Bisharat
Amal Atieh Jubran
Omar H. Rahman
Ghassan B. Zidan
Salma Abu Ayyash