Palestine & Ukraine: Unite the Struggles a Public Zoom Forum

Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign 26 October 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2023 9AM PST / 12PM EST / 18:00 CET
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The Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the people of Ukraine have much in common, now and historically. Both are resisting invasions, mass repression, and war crimes. U.S. president Biden has (hesitantly) supported Ukraine and is now backing Israel “one hundred percent.” Zelensky had made repeated expressions of “unconditional support” for the Israeli apartheid state. Biden and Zelensky have both turned history on its head by comparing Palestine to Russia, and Ukraine to Israel. The left must come to terms with this confusion.

How are the wars in Palestine and Ukraine connected? Is it possible to support one occupied nation without supporting the other? Many on the left who support the Palestinians are blind to the plight of the people of Ukraine, and vice versa. Socialists, and those who oppose war crimes in general, must address these political inconsistencies. This Sunday, Dana El Kurd and Vladyslav Starobudtsev will be speaking on these questions.

DANA EL KURD: El Kurd is a Senior non-resident fellow at the Arab Center Washington, and author of the book, "Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine”. For a summary of her views, see this interview.

VLADYSLAV STARODUBTSEV: Starodubtsev is a Ukrainian history student, who also studies the history of Eastern Europe. He is a member of Sotsialnyi Rukh/Social Movement in Ukraine. This group is working with workers' rights, pushing socialist agenda, human rights, and social protests. For a look at his views, see this interview.

OFER NEIMAN: We will also have added background from Ofer Neiman. Neiman is a longtime Palestinian rights activist in Israel. His views can be seen, among other places, in these interviews.


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