Activists Show International Solidarity With Palestinians at World Forum

Mon, 2013-02-11 13:51

By Charlotte Kates, Suzanne Adely and Azadeh Shahshahani

Originally publised by Truthout

The World Social Forum - Free Palestine (WSF-FP) convened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at the end of November on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a UN-recognized day that commemorates the 1947 partition of Palestine by the UN - and the occupation, dispossession and injustice that has ensued ever since. Emerging from the growing centrality of Palestine solidarity in international justice movements, as well as the active participation of Palestinians and their allies in the World Social Forum process for over a decade, the forum aimed to bring together global Palestine solidarity initiatives and broader social movements in an international gathering that would simultaneously highlight the role of the global South in solidarity with the Palestinian national liberation movement.

Over 125 workshops took place at the forum, directed at the wide spectrum of Palestine solidarity activities: labor and Palestine; boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; the struggles of Palestinian political prisoners; Palestinian women's organizing; solidarity with Palestinian fishers and farmers; the growing queer anti-pinkwashing movement; the role of solidarity; refugees' right of return; and challenges facing the Palestinian Diaspora. 

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