The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine stands with the people of Ferguson, and throughout the streets of the cities of the United States, who have taken to the streets once more after the prosecution and the U.S. legal injustice system as a whole failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in cold blood, meaning that he will not face trial or prosecution for this state-sanctioned murder of a young Black man by the police.
This comes as no surprise; the United States’ legal system is historically and at present a perpetrator of massive violence and imprisonment against Black people, just as U.S. imperialism is such a perpetrator against people and nations around the world.
As Palestinians, we are familiar with the injustice of colonial, racist courtrooms, mechanisms of a racist state, that sentence our people to prison en masse while wrapping the perpetrators of crimes, murders and genocide against our people in a cloak of “legality.”
And this system which we recognize all too well from the occupation regime in Palestine has learned well from this same system and structure which has existed for centuries in the United States, the key ally and strategic partner of the occupier.
We see the police forces in the United States, long a mechanism of state terror against Black people and other oppressed communities, escalating their oppression and impunity with massive militarization and military equipment – and we know that the occupation state is working hand in hand with US security agencies to provide training in yet more aggressive “security” tactics, tested in Palestine on our people for export around the world, particularly the United States, to be used against oppressed peoples and movements in struggle.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes the family of Mike Brown and all of the countless Black martyrs whose lives are taken by police in the United States, including Tamir Rice, 12 years old, and Akai Gurley, 28, in the past week. And we stand with the resistance of all of the people taking to the streets, in Ferguson and across the United States, demanding justice, and with the Black liberation movement and its long struggle, and urge all Palestinians and their friends and supporters to join these demonstrations and build stronger and deeper links of mutual struggle with these critically important movements.
We reaffirm and repost below our statement on the struggle in Ferguson and the Black movement for liberation.