The latest bombardment of Gaza has murdered at least 26 Palestinians at last count, and the number will almost certainly have risen by the time you have read this. Just days before the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, when 750,000 Palestinians were systematically ethnically cleansed from their native land to create the settler colonial state of Israel, Israel is celebrating this crime by killing more people, many of whom are children. To understand this form of genocide one must also understand that genocide not only attempts to wipe out a people, but to also annihilate their existence out of history. One of the ways in which Zionists do this is to deny that the Palestinians exist as a people, or that they ever have. One of the methods they use to do this is to ban the Palestinian flag, a flag which symbolises Palestinian statehood and refusal to no longer exist. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the flag is visible to as many people as possible, as often as possible, and that we have not forgotten Palestine. This is a chance for people to unite around the World in order to combat the violent extremism of the Zionist ideology. The Zionist apartheid regime believes that it can get away with attacks that would be unacceptable in most other countries. They do not even stop during Ramadan, if anything they often escalate their attacks during this time. They underestimate us, our deen is our strength, Ramadan is a time for us to unite and remember those who are in need. This year we are calling on people to fly the Palestinian flag, and promote the boycott of Israeli apartheid.
Why this is important now more than ever
These last two years have seen an awakening in the mainstream, and the term apartheid is no longer just used by those activists who are campaigning for human rights, but is accepted by many mainstream organisations, and the United Nations. We have at the same time seen Arab countries sell out to the Zionist apartheid regime in return for acceptance from the United States. We need to make clear that these governments do not represent us, and that neither the Muslim Ummah, nor the World, has not forgotten our Palestinian sisters and brothers, we shall not accept or normalise apartheid. We have continued to see the demolition of homes for illegal settlements, arresting of children leaving more than half of children in Gaza with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, assassination of political leaders and the terrorising of a civilian population without an army, navy or air force, culminating in an atrocious form of ethnic cleansing.
How does the #FlyTheFlag and #boycottapartheid Campaign work?
We are asking people around the world to fly the Palestinian flag in solidarity with Palestine. You can #flytheflag and promote #boycottapartheid outside your home, work place, car, or wherever you see suitable.
Taking part is very simple:
- Take a picture or video of yourself with the Palestine flag.
- Share it on your social media with the hashtags #FlyTheFlag and #boycottapartheid. You can buy Palestinian flags, including car flags or badges at https://shop.ihrc.org/collections/fly-the-flag-2022 .
- Tag your friends and family asking them to do the same!
- Forward your photos and clips us or tag us at Twitter: @ihrc Facebook: @Islamichumanrightscommission Instagram: @ihrc.org
You can buy Palestinian cloth flags and those suitable for the car from the IHRC Bookshop, as well as badges, facemasks here.
You can download an A4 flag and print it at home by clicking here.