Love letters for Palestine
Palestinian communities write letters expressing love for Palestine (PHOTOS)
Palestine is alive and well. Even when suspended in time, deep beneath the earth's surface, in that sunken place, Palestine remains soumoud ("steadfast"). Even when our past is erased and our present is under siege, Palestinians know that our future can still be saved - because Palestine is alive.
Palestine exists, and our very existence serves as a form of resistance.
In this spirit, we, three Palestinian mental health workers and psychologists, reached out to our communities on a global scale to solicit letters of mass love for our beloved Palestine in the face of massive Israeli colonial conquest and the complicity of governments all over the world.
We were inspired by our dear friend and colleague, psychiatrist Yasser Abu Jamei in Khan Younis, who wrote us a letter during Israel's 11-day bombardment of Gaza and the Palestinian uprisings in May.
He was speaking not only to us, but also to the international community, asking, "How long will the People of the World just sit idly by while we here in Gaza suffer like this?" He put pen to paper. “The people of Gaza require more than statements and resolutions, while Israel receives the weapons that kill and terrorize us...
Our current living conditions under siege are a slap in the face to human dignity. ‘We Palestinians have the same right as any other people in the world to live in peace, dignity, and with our rights,' I tell my children and clients. It will appear.'” According to Abu Jamei, Palestinians live in intolerable conditions, with Israel able to commit settler-colonial, racially supremacist violence.
Standing up to racism entails standing up to settler-colonialism. It entails standing in solidarity with decolonisation, and where there is colonisation, there is also decolonisation. Where there are Palestinians, you can always find our intifada attitude, dignity, and decolonial love.