In light of the recent comments made by US President Donald Trump about moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the AUB Secular Club strongly condemns all American and Israeli attempts to rob the Palestinian people of their right to self-determination. We also stand against the aggressive foreign policy of the US and other countries which have stood against the interests of the people in the region. The unconditional aid received by Israel and other regimes have allowed them to act with ultimate impunity.
The AUB Secular Club stands in solidarity with Palestinians demanding their basic rights denied to them whether inside Palestine by apartheid occupation, or in Arab countries by a prevalent racist sentiment as well as an ongoing deprivation of their rights. We find the latter to be as important as the fight against Zionism, and are saddened by the fact that many of those who employ a pro-Palestine rhetoric do not apply similar standards of justice onto the Lebanese government. Subsequently we condemn the indiscriminate use of force against protesters in front of the US embassy today and urge the authorities to protect the rights of freedom of speech and assembly. In our context, we will continue to challenge the racist discourse directed at Palestinian refugees within the Lebanese society, and support their struggle towards achieving their economic and social rights.
A century ago yesterday, former British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent Lord Walter Rothschild a letter made known as the Balfour Declaration. The letter promised to establish in Palestine “a national home for the Jewish people” and thus facilitated the Zionist project of settlement on these lands.
The Palestinians who were violently forced to leave their homes in the aftermath of the 1948 Nakba still face harsh discrimination in the countries they’ve fled to. Lebanon is no exception, as the residing Palestinians are deprived of their basic human rights.
On this end, the AUB Secular Club reiterates its support to the Palestinian cause and right for return, condemns states and institutions supporting Zionism. We are lifelong witnesses to the systemic racism and violence committed by the apartheid state of Israel against the Palestinian people and we feel that it’s important to resist Israel via the boycott divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). We also recognize host countries’ – like Lebanon – unjust and discriminatory treatment of Palestinian refugees and stand with them in their fight for basic human rights.
35 years ago today, Lebanese fascists, in collaboration with Israeli forces entered the Sabra and Shatila camp and massacred thousands of predominantly Palestinian residents over the course of 3 days.
Till this day, no serious attempt of accountability has been pursued against the perpetrators of all the hideous crimes that occurred in the massacre. Racism, specifically anti-Palestinian,discrimination, whether by Zionists or far-right Lebanese militias, is at the core of this crime. Unfortunately, similar tones of racism are still prevalent today against refugees in the country, whether Palestinian or Syrian.
Condemning this massacre as an isolated event is not enough without countering the overwhelming racist discourse in the country, as well as calling for the accountability of the perpetrators of this crime and the many other suppressed crimes of the Civil War. Otherwise, one cannot speak of conclusive justice for all the victims of the Civil War.