#FreePalestine

Nelson Mandela once said, "Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter in to contracts."

In context of what's happening in Palestine in response to the announcement about Jerusalem and in general living under the longest and most brutal military occupation - we have to get a few things straight.

Nobody gets to tell an occupied people how to respond to their own oppression and the continued stripping of their humanity, agency and land whether they are Palestinians or not. Nobody. Oppressed people determine how, when and where to resist. They set the parameters. You don't have to agree. Unless you have lived in their condition under the boot of a racist, supremacist, violent regime that sees them as less than human - you have no say in this conversation.

I am tired of people who are more worried about the response from the oppressed, who have critiques of the oppressed but are silent on the oppressors and their decades of brutalization and illegal occupation of Palestinians and Palestinian land. The critiques of Palestinians as the unwilling party in the peace process is inaccurate and based on false premises. "Peace" has always come with conditions from the occupier. Nelson Mandela once said, "Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter in to contracts." Palestinians are prisoners of the occupation. This is simple - there is an occupier and an occupied. These are NOT two equal parties coming to the table.

The international community must once and for all call for an end to the illegal occupation, dismantlement of ALL settlements and hold Israeli officials accountable for war crimes and violation of international human rights law. Then maybe a conversation can begin.

This is the South African Apartheid moment of our generation - the US was on the wrong side then, and are on the wrong side on Palestine. Stand on the right side of history. Choose the side of the oppressed or you have aligned with the oppressor. #FreePalestine

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