Africa: Liberating the Land – From Africa to Palestine

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In Palestine and throughout the African continent, nationwide liberation from colonialism is incomplete with out sovereignty over the land

On March 30, the world marked the forty eighth anniversary of Land Day in Palestine. The day serves as a reminder that the individuals of historic Palestine, although divided by the zionist occupation, stay a single individuals with a standard wrestle for freedom. Peace-loving individuals world wide have, since 1976, joined Palestinians all through historic Palestine and the refugee camps in neighboring international locations to defend the rights of the Palestinian individuals to the lands from which they’d been alienated.

Writing in 1916 (just one 12 months earlier than the notorious Balfour Declaration) the primary Secretary Normal of the African Nationwide Congress, Sol Plaatje described the impact of the racist Natives Land Act in South Africa as one the place “Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African native discovered himself not really a slave, however a pariah within the land of his start.”

The Natives Land Act of 1913 was a crafty juristic instrument which paved the best way for segregation, apartheid, and a particular kind of colonialism the place the colonized majority needed to stay alongside their ruthless colonizers who enriched themselves by means of the oppression and exploitation of the black majority. In 1948 segregation was institutionalized as Apartheid in South Africa – the official coverage of the then lately elected Nationwide Get together. On the similar time, a brutal, settler colonial marketing campaign forcefully evicted 750,000 Palestinian individuals off their lands and made them pariahs within the land of their start: particularly historic Palestine.

The wrestle for land

On the middle of the colonial undertaking, from Palestine to Africa, is the land query. In all instances, the wealth of the land (whether or not within the type of meals, minerals and even water) is expropriated by the colonizers, usually by means of the oppression and exploitation of the Indigenous individuals as laborers. In South Africa and Palestine, settler colonies had been established by means of the brutal expropriation of land. Whereas the Zionist model is one in every of ethnic cleaning and extermination, as is clear from the live-streamed genocide underway in Gaza in the present day, different settler colonies like South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya paired land expropriation with the financial exploitation of the Indigenous inhabitants.

The wrestle for nationwide liberation from colonialism, which the Palestinian individuals are in the present day engaged in, should essentially regain the land which the colonial undertaking has unjustly expropriated. This wrestle for land and freedom is professional and have to be supported. It’s, for instance, no accident that the anti-colonial aspirations of the Kenyan individuals proceed to be traced to Kenya’s Land and Freedom Military – popularly often called the Mau-Mau. Equally, the peasants of Tanzania have repeatedly reminded us that land is life. The power to safe the social copy of our households and communities is on the coronary heart of the wrestle for freedom. This wrestle for life-giving possession and management over lands that had been taken on the barrel of a gun throughout colonialism is an ongoing wrestle in Africa. Whereas international locations like Tanzania and Zimbabwe have made some headway, South Africa and Kenya have a for much longer approach to go in undoing the legacy of colonial land alienation. For that reason, the individuals’s resistance in historic Palestine have to be understood as firmly rooted within the lengthy and ongoing custom of the anti-colonial wrestle to regain land, dignity and real independence.

Considerably, 78% of the Palestinian individuals lived off the land and most of their land (70%) took the type of community-owned agricultural land known as Musha’as on the eve of the formalization of a zionist state (Israel) in 1948. By 2017, 85% of Palestinian land had been topic to expropriation by the forces of zionism. This blatant violation serves because the background for the continuing Palestinian anti-colonial wrestle. There may be merely no justification for such blatant theft of a complete individuals’s technique of subsistence; simply as there’s each justification for combating again towards colonialism and occupation.

The Palestinian resistance has, as soon as extra, demonstrated to the world that the professional wrestle for nationwide liberation won’t be thwarted by those that supply the world nothing however colonialism and fascism.

Peoples’ actions and organizations struggling for Pan Africanism take inspiration from the bravery of the Palestinian individuals who have, since 1976 repeated a consolidated, clarion name for land and freedom. It was the identical 12 months (1976) when college students took to the streets of South Africa to demand an finish to the racist Bantu schooling coverage of the apartheid authorities. The blood of those younger revolutionaries nourished the ultimate thrust in South Africa’s wrestle with the apartheid state; in some ways, it was the scholars of 1976 that propelled the nation to its democratic breakthrough in 1994. These college students breathed new life into the peoples’ actions of South Africa, very like the martyrdom of the six activists on March 30, 1976, which consolidated and amplified the Palestinian wrestle for actual freedom.