Friday, June 18, 2010

NY City Councilperson Charles Barron on Palestine: "This Struggle Is Important for Us to Win"

NY City Councilperson Charles Barron at MAVI MARMARA Survivor Speakout last night (excerpt):
To a Rabbi that called to scold him on his position:  “Any experience that deliberately sets up a people to die because they can’t get water, can’t get medicine, is a death camp,” Barron went on, “and if you don’t like me using those words, too bad. That’s what it is. You can’t purposely set up people to die, inflict genocide on other people and think that you’re the only one that has a monopoly on suffering.  You have no monopoly on suffering. Every people has a holocaust. There’s been an African holocaust.” Millions of black people died under the apartheid regime in South Africa, with its partner Israel, Barron pointed out, “so don’t talk to me about your outrage.”

“We know that when we liberate Palestine, we liberate Africa,” said Barron. “When we liberate Africa, we’re going to liberate the Caribbean and Latin America, and Central America and Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant and the United States of America. This struggle is important for us to win.”
“You only go around once in life so you might as well live it with some spine,” he concluded.
To read what the survivors had to say (except for one who was blocked from coming to NY), go to:
http://www.indypendent.org/2010/06/18/activists-recount-events-on-the-mavi-marmara/

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