Statement by MST: The Palestinian People Have the Right to Resist and Struggle Against Israeli Occupation
A new Israeli military offensive has already resulted in hundreds of arrests and deaths in occupied Palestine. Across the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, and other Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, we witness further violence and violations of human rights and international humanitarian rights by the Israeli government. Thousands of civilians are murdered, wounded, and arrested during Israeli military operations. Now Israel threatens to invade Gaza once again. Every invasion of Gaza resulted in the bombing of homes, schools, hospitals, and offices of social and political organizations of the Palestinians and of those who provide humanitarian support. Every invasion of Gaza involved the use of white phosphorous bombs, ammunition with depleted uranium, and incendiary bombs that are similar to the napalm used by the USA in the Vietnam War.
Facing yet another Zionist-colonialist aggression, all that is left for the Palestinian people is to continue their popular resistance and struggle for Peace, Justice, and National Liberation. The origin of the conflict is the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israeli colonialism. The end of Israeli occupation is the only solution that may guarantee a just and lasting peace in the region. While this day does not arrive, the Palestinian people count with their own courage and rebelliousness of a people who live under Israeli occupation, and with the international solidarity with the people, organizations, and governments that – together – form a powerful movement of denouncement against the injustices practiced by Israel. The Landless Rural Workers Movement – MST stands and will always stand alongside those who struggle for justice and dignity. In this conflict we stand with the Palestinian people and with their legitimate organizations, which demonstrate through their resistance against the oppressor, the path that will result in the freedom of the people and the land. The MST will struggle alongside various organizations of the Brazilian people for a Free, Sovereign, and Independent Palestine. We also call upon our sister organizations in La Via Campesina to participate actively in this struggle in solidarity with this heroic people who are an example of dignity, daring, and courage for us.
The Brazilian people struggle together with the Palestinian people.
FREE PALESTINE NOW!!!
END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION!!!
FREE PALESTINIAN HOMELAND, WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!
NATIONAL DIRECTORATE OF THE LANDLESS RURAL WORKERS MOVEMENT – MST BRAZIL