Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, joined with organizations in Germany and around the world in support of Palestine Antikolonial, a youth and student organization based in Münster, Germany, facing repression for their anti-colonial analysis and framework on Palestine, issuing the following statement. The statement is also available in Arabic, Spanish, German, French and Swedish.
We, the undersigned groups, express our clear and complete solidarity with the “Palästina Antikolonial” group in Münster, Germany, after an anti-Palestinian repressive attack – aligned with other such attacks in Germany – has attempted to restrict their legitimate student and political work at the University of Münster. This was done through a false and malicious anti-Semitism accusation formulated by the AStA (the Student Council at the University). This is a common pro-Zionist practice, used to attack pro-Palestinian work while concealing their own anti-Semitism and racism.
This attack comes not only in full compliance with the reactionary anti-BDS resolution of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, but also in an unreflected and pathetic assumption of the logic of imperialist “terrorist lists”. On this basis, the AStA Münster decided that the name of the “Palästina Antikolonial” group must be placed on a list of “anti-Semitic groups” in an attempt to bar them from holding events or organizing at the University. This is an attack that is directed not only against “Palästina Antikolonial”, but also against all Palestinian students in Germany.
We call on all free, emancipatory, and anti-racist voices to join us and sign this declaration. We categorically reject the false accusation of anti-Semitism, demand an immediate apology from the AStAs for this affront, and warn against any tolerance for racist anti-Palestinian repression at German universities.
Samidoun Deutschland, Palästina Antikolonial, Zusammen kämpfen Magdeburg, Volksrat der Suryoye in Europa, Free Palestine Movement FFM, Studis gegen rechte hetze, Antifa Jugend Augsburg, Das Palästina Portal, Institut für Palästinakunde e.V., Palästina spricht NRW, Rote Jugend Schwaben, Internationale Jugendgruppe Siegen, Duisburger Netzwerk gegen Rechts, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (international), US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Collectif Palestine Vaincra (France), Alkarama Palestinian Women’s Mobilization (Spain), Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (US), Canada Palestine Association, Palestinian Youth Movement, Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine, International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Northern California, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – University of Toronto, Palestine Solidarity Collective at York University, Internationalt Forum – Middle East Group, Denmark