How to help Palestine..


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walking through university today, my path was blocked by students lying on the pavement, with the names of countries taped to their bodies… Palestine and Indonesia jumped out from among these names… and a young man was gathering signatures for his petitions, apparently BAE (British Aerospace Engineering) invests in my university and also holds recruitment events to hire graduates. They export to the state of Israel… so I signed.

I only stopped becuase I felt empathy for the guy standing in the freezing cold trying to get people’s attention, it isnt exactly an easy task, and can be quite demoralising, especially as some people lower their and walk faster pretending not to have seen you😛 It wasnt that I thought that this would have any impact… so what does have an impact? what can we do? why its ok to be a pest in the west, and why the international (UK and USA mainly) should care I will outline in another post.

How we can help Palestine (target audience: UK residents):

Direct campaigning:

  • be clued up on what the conflict is all about , and be aware of the zionist stance, dismissing them as having no legitimate argument is correct but will only serve to make you look ignorant, and unwilling to engage in discussion. How to handle a zionist confrontation appears in a previos post.
  • put your knowledge into action, write to your MP outlining the situation (keep it short and be polite!), and why it is of British concern. Focusing on specific issues, such as arm deals, or Israels bid to gain norwegian like status with the EU or requesting more import of Palestinian goods, is preferrable, as it gives your MP something tangible to work with.
  • keep abreast of the media, if the news reports something biased or factually incorrect, complain.
  • circulate a petition… yes they seem like a waste of time, but they are easier than getting people to write to their MPs, youcan include your petition with the letter, in a ‘see how many voters in your constituency care’.

So we have established that other supporters are necessary, but how can people know about the situation? lets not forget that there is practically a media blackout in Gaza… and very little information is given with whatever news clips get shown… and people are often lazy to follow up or simply do not see it as something that concerns them. This brings us to our second main point…

Raising awarness:

  • first rule of thumb: do not go around shoving palestine down people’s throats, nor is an overly emotional ‘argument’ effective.
  • keep your ears open, palestine IS in the news, it WILL come up in conversation, be prepared to engage with people.
  • stick with facts… they cannotbe argued with.
  • some emotion is good, as the issue has a massive humanitarian effect… children are in jail, white phosphorus is being used, 1000s of people lost their houses in Gaza, unemployment is through the roof, and aid has been witheld for nearly a year now. It is not good.
  • organise film showings and advertise them well (posters, leafleting, word of mouth, newspapers, emails and email groups).
  • organise talks, scholars of the issue, Palestinians who lived in Palestine, or local activists who have visited.
  • have informational leaflets ready (here, here, here, make your own, or collect them at national rallys) and collect names + contact details… you may want to organise more events, and more people may wish to be involved.
  • ensure meetings/talks do not go on too long, you dont want people feeling that this will take over their lives…
  • hold rallys, have a weekend stall in town, do something eyecatching… hold a Dabke dance in town (you will need town council permission though!).
  • at events if possible show pictures… have a political photo timeline and show pictures of palestine and the people/culture… somehow, seeing the personal side of Palestine and Palestinians makes their plight even more real… people can connect with them on a personal level.
  • advertise books on Palestine and not just technical books, but fictional/biographical ones (“I saw Ramallah”, “In Search of Fatima”, “Sharon and my Mother in Law”)

Not so politicky things:

here is where I add some more ideas on how we could ‘help’, that do not involve campaigning or politics… simple straight forward help:

  • give to charity (this one is a no-brainer)

and last but not least, do NOT allow yourself to sink into despair… it will only turn into apathy, and that is the LAST thing that is needed.

21 Responses

  1. Great post, really! //Imaan

  2. Thanks Imaan🙂

  3. dat really helped!!!gr8 post…

  4. glad it did🙂

  5. I WEEP FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND PTAY FOR THEM EVERY DAY

  6. Heather your prayers are needed

  7. the Arab leaders are gulty just as of the Israeli leader for what happen in Palestine
    you must know this : Bashar asad of Sarya, he serandare to Israel in 2002 after he got information that America will attack Iraq and Afganestan. he is tratior , caward , he kill the palastenin in 2002 in Janen Palasetine. and Israel kept Bashar in his set and think of him as partner with Israel against Palasetine. and Israel think of Bashar as of Arabic tratior, caward.

  8. Nassir the main cause of Palestinian suffering is the Zionist occupation, and as much as i detest the actions of certain groups of Arabs (e.g. the current Egyptian blockade of Gaza and the 82 sabra and shatila massacres) but the reason this is happening is due to the Zionist state. I am not aware of asad having any role in Jenin, from what I can remember it was a totally Israeli incursion into the refugee camp.

  9. My dear Muslim brothers and sisters,

    This is the extremely bad time for palestinian peoples our heart is weeping. We must come out now, if we will not come out then America and Isarel will kill us in our houses, it is better to die with fighting, we have to die anyway die like a lion,Tipu Sultan said that one day life is better than 100 years of jackal life. This is the time to fight again America and Israel, plan and act how to dis-arm American and Israeli Army, it is not difficult it is very easy we need some people and trained them unfortunately we do not have arm as we as we have no aram we must use this tactics, the israli and american army is very coward army in the world they cannot walk a single step without arms. This is the time to destroy and finish israel and america, I am very optimistic that the time is very near to finished them inshallah.( nasrun minllah-e- FATEHIN qareeb inshallah tala. ALLAHO AKBAR

  10. Great pointers, Loolt! Some of the not-to-do stuff I may have been a little bit guilty of doing myself. I’ll be careful from now on. I’ve copied the pointers & shall refer to them ever so often. I particularly dig your last point about not sinking into despair for fear of becoming apathetic. So very true!

    Kind regards!

  11. salam people , pray,pray,pray we can send money we can go to demos we can scream and we can shout and inshaalh it might make a difference but u have to keep on making duah the almighty will tidy up this mess in palestine the almighty allah will bring justice to the palestinians and the zionists evil plans will backfire inshallah!!!!

  12. please watch the documentry occupation 101 it will open ur eyes as to what is really happening in palestine!!

  13. ovahji thanks for stopping by

    Gene lol the not do stuff i learned from experience😉

    shereenI agree prayer is iimportant, but why would God help those who do nothinh but pray, its important to DO

    Elyias I hear it is an excellent film and plan on seeing it, thanks

  14. i m very sorry about this matter

  15. we can help palestine while get togather for help this country

  16. A friend of mine has got a pretty novel ideas for raising funds for Palestinian Aid. Perhaps you could give it a mention?:

    http://www.justgiving.com/beard4palestine

    cheers,
    James Ari

  17. I have recently become interested in the situation involving Israel and Pasestine. I have always been led to beleive that the Palestinians were the problem. Now, I don’t think so. The American journalist and hollyood filmmakers are the ones you need on your side to create world awareness. You need to generate a first class documentary for all the world to see how you suffer. You must show that your land was taken as well as your basic rights. At all cost do it, do it now. Do not be too proud to beg!

    • People are trying, a good documentary entitled “occupation 101” addresses this issue, and was released a few years ago. I think activists have made some progress, if people who perceived the Palestinians as the problem have access to information which changes their mind🙂

      Thanks for your comment and support!

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