Our movements across the globeв?? in solidarity with Palestine, against war, poverty, colonialism, imperialism, repression and an unjust globalized economy, and for more equitable societies в?? need to take into account the very real ways the Israeli government and corporations, often in collaboration with the U.S., contributes to the violence and repression targeting us. Since the founding of the state, Israel has collaborated with many of the most repressive regimes across continents: arming and training the apartheid regimes of Southern Africa, colonial and neo-colonial regimes in the Middle East, dictators in Central and South America and police forces in the U.S.
Through the ongoing colonization of Palestine, military dominance in the region and accompanying atrocities, Israel has developed great expertise in repression, and exporting these tools and methods on an industrial scale has become crucial to Israeli economic and political power. By focusing in Israel, this panel explores the interconnected economies of perpetual war, state repression, militarized borders and surveillance of peoplesв?? movements and communities.
This panel also highlights current a Popular Tribunal Initiative which is exposing the Israelв??s role in fostering state repression around the world. The tribunals bring together activists from popular movements in various regions most impacted by Israelв??s historic and current role in repression. Testimonies have already been collected in Brazil and Tunis.