Wednesday, November 29
Indianapolis Liberation Center
1800 N. Meridian St., Suite 305
Amidst the unprecedented U.S. and global movement for a Free Palestine, it is necessary to reflect on the political vision for which we are organizing and struggling. In other words, what does it mean to “free Palestine” and what is the role of anti-war activists here in the U.S.? To broach these questions, we have to first understand the modern origins of the “conflict” in Palestine. At this month’s Liberation Forum, organizers and activists will delve into these questions by debunking a series of oft-repeated myths about the struggle for national liberation in Palestine, West Asia, and throughout the colonized and formerly colonized world.
For example, we often hear that the root of the conflict is an “irreconcilable” conflict between two religions or two peoples. While there is an irreconcilable conflict in the Middle East, it is not one between different peoples or faiths. It is instead the struggle between imperialism, Israel and the dependent Arab regimes on the one hand and the oppressed peoples of this oil-rich and strategic region fighting for liberation and progress on the other.
At the very heart of this conflict is Palestine. The Palestinian struggle is a struggle against Western colonialism. It has been this way from the beginning, more than a century ago. As is the case with all conflicts and world events, what is going on today in Palestine and the Middle East can only be understood in its historical context.
Only with a proper understanding of this context can we adequately support the cause of our Palestinian comrades, effectively combat the right-wing talking points parroted on the right and left, and continue moving consciousness forward to defeat the Zionist propaganda machine once and for all.
You’ll hear presentations from organizers who have decades of experience in the national and global anti-war movement, Palestinian activists, and more. After, we’ll have ample time for discussion and socializing.