A Witness in Palestine
Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer are two of the bravest voices for justice in the Middle East that I met during my time in Syria. Strong critics of the US-led brutal war on Iraq and Israel´s ongoing violence against the Palestinian people, Sarah and Shane worked tirelessly in solidarity with the struggle for freedom, dignity, and self-determination for all people in the Middle East. Although I never met him, I have no doubt that their companion Josh Fattal was every bit as committed as they to liberating the region of US and Israeli domination.
When I met Sarah she was volunteering with the Iraqi Student Project, supporting students whose lives had been destroyed by the US aggression. She worked long hours for no pay and, when I asked, said her work at ISP was the tiniest fraction of a fraction of what Americans truly owe to the Iraqi people. We first met at a screening she organized of Slingshot HipHop in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, connecting Palestinians in the diaspora with those living under Israeli Apartheid. Like her students, Sarah clearly saw and articulated the connection between the atrocities suffered by Palestinians and those elsewhere in the Middle East, all with US weapons. Meanwhile, her partner Shane traveled fearlessly into areas of conflict to document and publicize the true consequences of such atrocities. He uncovered realities about US and Israeli oppression seldom presented in US mainstream media and struggled to make sure people around the world were getting the real story.
Sarah, Shane, and Josh were and are outraged by the crimes that the US government commits and supports in the Middle East. They are colleagues, not enemies, in the struggle against US imperialism and Zionist brutality. In the spirit of humanity, solidarity, and justice, I truly hope that the Iranian authorities will let Sarah, Shane, and Josh go free so that they may reunite with their families and continue their passionate work towards creating a more just world.
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