On the 23rd of May, I joined other cyclists and Mombasa youth in showing solidarity to our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Palestine has experienced great injustices for over 70 years. From ethnic cleansing, to limitation of rights and freedom, violence and the fear experienced by the People of Palestine is disheartening.
“How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?” ―
I feel a little sick every time I watch what is happening to the Palestinians. I cannot imagine how it is like for them to experience such trauma every day, and have been for the past 70 years.
Surely, in 2021, why is Palestine not free?
The solidarity ride came after two peaceful protests that I was part of that were interrupted violently by the police in the same week. We, Kenyans, have the right to protest,picket and assemble guaranteed in Chapter Four of the Bill of Rights, Constitution of Kenya. Therefore the police dispersing us with teargas even though they had been notified of the protest was a violation to our rights as Kenyans and also makes me wonder, who is the police trying to protect? It is definitely not us the citizens.
The people of Palestine are asking for one thing only – FREEDOM. Freedom to live in their land, to do business, to live in peace. They want their humanity and dignity, that have been deprived for over 70 years. And I know, there are self proclaimed devil’s advocates who would like to make excuses for the genocide in Palestine. One thing remains true, that the burden of oppression is heavier on the Palestinians. This is not a conflict, this is a crime against humanity.
So No, we will not debate about human rights, save that for another subject. Human dignity is non-negotiable. Regardless of religion, race, sexuality or social status, you should feel free and dignified. And that is just the bare minimum.
We all have a role to play in the liberation of the people of Palestine. It could be as simple as educating yourself on the history and present of the crisis. Learn the truth, and honor it. Here are other ways you can show your solidarity at no cost, and may I add, with minimal effort and resources too;
- Amplify the voices of the Palestinians by engaging with the #FreePalestine content online. Like, Comment and Tag. Let us keep talking about Palestine
- Support organizations working directly with the Palestinians. Conduct your due diligence to ensure that you are donating to a reputable group
- Show up for protests
- Support protestors by contributing resources like placards or skills such as photography, organizing, legal information
- Boycott Israeli products
- Speak about this and share with your family, employers and friends.
Join us this coming Sunday 13th as we take to the streets of Mombasa with our bicycles, motorcycles, cars and skating shoes to create awareness and show solidarity.
Before I sign off here is a little photo dump from the ride.
‘We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.’ – Nelson Mandela
You can find real time updates on the next #FreePalestine solidarity activities happening in Mombasa from my Instagram in the next few days. You can purchase #FreePalestine tshirts at Ksh 500 or $5 . All proceeds go to Gaza through Artictic Hope Organization. The fundraiser and activities are organised by young people in Mombasa. Make your order or donate through MPESA – 0702 868 986 or Paypal – firstname.lastname@example.org