Palestine, Settler Colonialism, and Abolition (Panel online)

A genocide is taking place in Palestine. It’s the culmination of more than 75 years of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. The Israeli killing machine has caused a vertiginous level of violence and destruction in Gaza. It also generated an unprecedented wave of global solidarity with Palestine. It’s certainly the most consequential anti-war movement since 2003 when people around the world opposed the US war in Iraq. Everywhere, people are demanding an immediate ceasefire and justice for Palestine.

This panel proposes an abolitonist lens to examine the history of settler colonialism, the ongoing genocide in Gaza, as well as the creative struggles of Palestinians. It explores the connections between US and European imperialisms and the Israeli colonial project. The panelists will analyze the role of the Israeli prison and security industrial complexes in maintaining and reinforcing the colonial geography of Palestine. Finally the panelists will discuss the abolitionist present and the possibility for a decolonial future in Palestine.


Linda Quiquivix is a geographer and works on and with Palestine/ians and Latin American Indigenous communities. She is working on a book project about decolonial Palestine and maps.

Amr Saedeldin is a political scientist from Palestine who does popular education with Syrian and Palestinian communities in Lebanon. He recently published a book about DBS.

Sai Englert has a degree in development studies and works primarily on the zionist labor movement. He recently published a book about Settler Colonialism.

Date: December 1st at 3pm Boston time, 8pm London time, 10pm Palestine time.

Sponsors: JVP – Pittsburgh, SJP Emerson, Global Prison Abolition Coalition, The Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution, DSA Boston, Muslim CounterPublics Lab

Watch the recorded panel online:

Iran: Prisoner on Hunger Strike Sends Solidarity Message to Gaza, Palestine

Atefeh Rangriz is a writer and activist in Iran who was arrested in 2019 during a May 1st International Workers Day public gathering in Tehran, and was sent to the notorious Gharchak women’s prison. 

Rangriz launched a hunger strike on October 18 to protest her prolonged detention and abuse in prison as well as the harassment of her family. In a statement during her hunger strike she expressed “I will turn my body into a weapon against all the oppression we’ve been through”. She received 11 years prison sentence but was able to secure her own release on bail. 

On September 10th, 2023, as part of the wave of mass arrests ahead of the anniversary of Jina Amini’s death in custody by the state, Rangriz was re-arrested and was sent to Shahrud prison.

Since October 18th Rangriz has begun another round of hunger strike. This time her hunger strike has coincided with Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza. Below is a the transcription of her audio solidarity message to the people of Gaza and the broader Palestinian liberation movement:

“For Palestine, us, and our resistance. Oh, Palestine, occupied county, land of the olive trees and winds of resistance. I write to you even though my hands are tied. We learned about resistance from you a long time ago. [We learned] That resistance is life and never ending. And we have continued, and will continue, this path in the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi revolution. Oh, people of Palestine who are bombarded with fire. We will neither forgive nor forget. We are, and will remain, seekers of justice. 

Yes, we know very well that in occupied lands, our fire is a fire of joyful rebellion and fire of Shakarimis*, fire of ‘yes’ to life and ‘no’ to everything that is reactionary, and burning it. Our fire is a ‘no’ to everything that cuts life’s umbilical cord. But their fire is the fire of genocide, child murder, atrocity, prosecution, war and execution. 

Yes, they are the ones who belittle our message, who draw their swords to spill our blood. Oh, Gazan child, our scream for your blood is not different from our scream against those who have our blood on their hands. But since I believe that resistance is life, I know that the day will come that our lands will be liberated, and we will still scream at them and tell them to go live and die anywhere else, but not among us. The time has come for them to leave us alone because we have a lot to do and must start doing what we’ve been prevented from doing. Here we have the history and the sound of first cries at birth. Here we have today and the future, and our world and our destinies. We will tell them to get lost from our lands, from our land and our sky, our bread and our scars, our everything and our memories.

Long live Palestine. Long live everyday resistance. 

Shahrud Prison, October 20, 2023”

* Nika Shakarami is a 16 years old martyr of the Jin Jiyan Azadi uprising in Iran who went missing on September 10 during street protests. Her dead body was found at a morgue in a police station 10 days later. 

Poster created by GPAC using art originally created by Palestinian artist Nabil Anani

Letter of Solidarity Against Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan

GPAC has been part of this solidarity campaign, and will be coordinating followup work on building alliances against enforced disappearances in Pakistan in the future. Please get in touch for more information on [email protected].

Note: Sammi Baloch, the General Secretary of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and the daughter of Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch, will mark 14 years since her father was forcibly disappeared by Pakistani security forces on 28 June 2023. Read her personal appeal for solidarity on this link.

To sign this letter of solidarity click here.

ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR DEEN MOHAMMAD’S DISAPPEARANCE We sign this letter in solidarity with Sammi Baloch and her search for her father, Dr Deen Mohammad, who was forcibly disappeared in the middle of the night by Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps. On 28 June 2023, Sammi will mark 14 years since her father was abducted from a hospital. While on night duty, he was brutally beaten, blind-folded, hand-cuffed, and thrown into a military vehicle to never be seen again…(continue reading)