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March 7, 2017 5:48 pm

Platform of Wednesday’s International Women’s Strike Calls for ‘Decolonization of Palestine’

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Rasmieh Odeh. Photo: Justice4Rasmea.

Rasmea Odeh. Photo: Justice4Rasmea.

The organizers of Wednesday’s international women’s strike support the “decolonization of Palestine,” the platform published on their website reveals.

“Against the open white supremacists in the current government and the far right and anti-Semites they have given confidence to, we stand for an uncompromising anti-racist and anti-colonial feminism,” the platform says. “This means that movements such as Black Lives Matter, the struggle against police brutality and mass incarceration, the demand for open borders and for immigrant rights and for the decolonization of Palestine are for us the beating heart of this new feminist movement. We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine.”

As reported by The Algemeiner last month, a convicted Palestinian terrorist was among eight feminist activists urging American women to join the strike — which was described as a protest “against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights.”

Rasmea Odeh served time in Israeli prison for her involvement — as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) — in a pair of 1969 terrorist bombings in Jerusalem, one of which killed two Hebrew University students at a supermarket. She was freed in 1980 as part of a prisoner exchange, and moved to the US in the mid-1990s. More recently, Odeh has been in the headlines due to charges of immigration fraud filed against her and a subsequent ongoing court case.

In a Guardian op-ed published in early February, Odeh — joined by Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Angela Davis — wrote that their goal was to “mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle — a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions…Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism — a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.”

An excerpt from the platform published by the organizers of Wednesday's International Women's Strike. Photo: Screenshot.

An excerpt from the platform published by the organizers of Wednesday’s International Women’s Strike. Photo: Screenshot.

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