‘We cannot ignore the genocide in Palestine’, voices of the UNAM camp

Monday 6 May, 2024
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The camp at UNAM has many voices that come together for different reasons, the main one is to show that empathy still exists and that it is necessary to show solidarity with Gaza, a Palestinian people whose gaze is being extinguished. The rejection of the genocide is resounding, but each of the people who participate has a personal motivation.

A friend of Lexi’s was murdered in one of the many bombings that the State of Israel launched against a humanitarian aid camp where there were children and women. He was a volunteer at the UN. Chema, who identifies as a non-binary person, seeks through the camp to make visible that in Palestine they are killing his sisters. Ana knows that if the repression against pro-Palestinian people grows, so will the resistance.

Last Thursday, May 2, students from various majors and schools, as well as teachers, workers and civil society organizations joined the camps to demand an end to the genocide in Gaza, to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, as well as to make a called on the government to break diplomatic relations with the State of Israel.

As the days have passed, more people have joined and the camp has spread between the perimeter formed by the Central Library and the Rectory Tower. These are some of the stories we found while camping in México.

“I have received threats through Zionist accounts on social networks”

Lexi wants to be an agent of change, that’s why she studies Foreign Relations at a private university; She withheld the name of the educational institution for fear of reprisals, because there are Zionist interests in her school, she assured.

“I have received attacks and threats through social networks from Zionist accounts.

Where I study there is a lot of repression towards students who are in favor of the Palestinian people, who are in favor of the human rights of the people who are in Gaza,” he indicates.

He said that since he started studying, the topic caught his attention. He delved into the story, but became committed to the cause after the death of his friend. It was a driving force for his struggle and activism.

“Of course it was a trigger. No one expects to lose someone in war. Nobody expects to be called during class to tell you that your friend was killed in a bombing. That was something that filled me with anger and I asked if my anger is legitimate, if my pain is legitimate.”

He clarified that the movement is anti-Zionist, but not anti-Semitic and invited the general public to participate in visiting the camp or joining it. There is still space.

“I think each and every one of us who are here are here because we have humanity within us, so we are here for this, so we have to create a safe space for people who are in favor of the cause.”

“There are homosexual people in the Middle East who are dying”

Chema is a non-binary queer person who identifies with the pronoun Elle. She is 27 years old and studies a degree in Communication and Management of Culture and the Arts at the University of Communication. She is from Baja California, but her family always spoke openly to her about Israel’s colonialism and that the genocide began 75 years ago.

He has joined the demand for the liberation of the Palestinian people because he cannot ignore that thousands of people are being murdered, including children and women, but above all to make visible the vulnerability of people from the LGBTQ community.

“People have to understand that this is not about us, I mean, why not do this for someone else, right? It’s just that this is about other people. All our movements are intersectional; “People don’t know that there are queer people in Gaza, there are homosexual people in the Middle East who are dying,” he expressed.

He pointed out that despite the hopelessness caused by seeing the painful images in real time of what a genocide is through a screen, being in the camp injects him with hope that all is not lost because there is still empathy.

“I have found spirituality in the community and it has given me hope. Seeing this movement I have realized that we have not completely lost the empathy we have for another,” said Chema.

“The struggles are connected: what happens in Chiapas is not alien to what happens in Palestine”

Ana Moreno arrived early on Thursday, May 2. She had her backpack on her shoulder, a sleeping bag and everything necessary for camping. Her tent is one of the largest and most visible, somewhat because of the flags they placed outside. She studied International Relations at UNAM and is a member of the civil organization, BDS México.

During his second day of camp he expressed that what he seeks is to support the growth of the movement in solidarity with Palestine, as well as the rejection of the massacre in Gaza by the State of Israel.

“We know that we are not a very large movement, that we need each other, students, academics, workers, civil society, that is why we are here supporting this initiative that has come from the assembly, but that has been motivated by students,” he said.

For Ana, activism in favor of Palestine is not something recent; She started 10 years ago when she was finishing her degree and a bombing occurred in that country resulting in thousands of victims. She delved deeply into the subject and met other young people with whom she formed a study group.

“In 2014 we formed the BDS México collective also as a way of how we can help.”

Ana pointed out, in that sense, that she has learned that struggles are connected. “What happens in Chiapas is not unrelated to what happens in Palestine, nor what happened to the students of Ayotzinapa. I learned from a BDS coordinator who said something like ‘If Israel globalizes repression, we internationalize resistance.’

“We are aware that it is not a war, it is a genocide”

Hugo is 20 years old and was born in the state of Chiapas, but moved to México City to study Philosophy and Letters. He declares himself a socialist and Marxist. He belongs to the Socialist Alternative political group.

He pointed out that when Israel intensified the genocide, he organized discussions and conservatories with his colleagues to inform themselves about it. “We cannot ignore what is happening in Gaza. It’s a matter of knowing that we are on the right side of history. “We are aware that it is not a war, it is a genocide.”

That is why he invited all the people who criticize from the comfort of social networks to participate in the camp.

“From Twitter and Facebook it is very easy to comment, to make bots, but I would invite them if they have doubts to come, to see that our fight is always for all causes, but right now it is time to be with the people of Palestine” Hugo said.

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Source: from Noroeste Nacional on 2024-05-05 15:15:48

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