Pakistanis for Palestine
March 5, 2010 §
‘Phir barq firozan hai sar-i wadiy-i Sina…’
So wrote the great Pakistani revolutionary poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, in one of several poems of solidarity with the Palestinian people. The global BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement against Israel launched its Pakistani campaign in Lahore on January 25, 2010. We wish them all the best. Watch this space for a short piece on why a campaign like this one, which should be a no-brainer in Pakistan, is actually having a really difficult time explaining to even well-meaning Pakistani liberals why Pakistanis should stand in solidarity with Palestinians. Yes, you heard right. So successfully have the reactionary religious groups been allowed to co-opt an issue that was once a cornerstone of Leftist politics across the world that even well-meaning progressives in the land of Faiz, who expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian cause both through his poetry and through his politics, apparently seem to be finding it hard today to get their heads around this issue. That is, when they’re not identifying with Israel as a ‘fellow-victim’ of terrorism, but more on that later. In the meantime, please visit the ‘Pakistanis for Palestine’ blog at http://paksforpal.wordpress.com/, sign the petition and spread the word.