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(en) Czech, afed: On a wave of solidarity. Will we help the Palestinians as soon as possible? -- Reflection from our sympathizer on "coronavirus" solidarity [machine translation]

Date Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:21:01 +0300

Solidarity associated with the coronavirus epidemic is addressed on the website of the Anarchist Federation, both the current A3 and the article Drape against the logic of money . Both texts point out - quite rightly - the need for solidarity and the importance of solidarity, based on ordinary people, with whom many anarchists have a lot of experience. One of the articles said that such solidarity, however, is not capitalism and a mighty appetite, perhaps because, in addition to the weakness of the system, it also shows our possibilities and our strength. ---- Given the evolution of the situation, however, even the Czech government, which by demonstrating "inappropriate" solidarity, manifested by "inappropriate" beneficiaries, usually does not want to discourage part of the more voters, has decided to help Italy and Spain by sending protective suits. In this case, however, the government does not really take too much risk with the voters, it is aid within Europe. As far as these countries are concerned, many Czechs can recall their holiday, favorite football club or wine they have ever enjoyed in connection with Italy or Spain. Moreover, even the EU leaders have noticed that the reluctance of EU Member States to help each other at least a bit, is blatant and could lead to further cleavage of the EU.

However, in the context of the current manifestations of 'coronavirus' solidarity, a wider solidarity issue arises. We support those who live in our neighborhood and who are bound by a common language and history or other feelings of a certain belonging mentioned above. But will our society be willing to support those who do not have such a link? Can our solidarity transcend narrow boundaries and manifest itself selflessly?

Title of the article Palestinians remain abandoned in the face of the coronavirus epidemic published by Lucie Šarkadyová on the Referendum daily. The situation of Palestinians has been terrible for a long time. Unfortunately, there is no reason not to trust activists who have pointed out how Israel has consistently destroyed, for decades, any infrastructure that could help the Palestinians, including health. We cannot expect Israel to change its attitude significantly with coronavirus.

It is therefore very important to show solidarity with the Palestinians right now. It might seem that, as individuals, we have much more limited possibilities than sewing masks and helping those in need around us, but that's not the case. We can put pressure on Czech politicians to commit themselves to providing aid quickly, even if the Czech Republic does not have any political benefits from it. The speed of aid plays a crucial role here. I believe that in this case it does not matter if the Palestinians receive help from Babiš's government, after all, it will not really be their money. As anarchists, we engage in political protests, for example because of political persecution, there is no reason not to exercise similar activity in the case of "coronavirus" solidarity. World banks have "conjured" billions, billions and billions promised by governments, so that at least part of these resources reach the most needy. We ourselves can also send financial aid to organizations that help the Palestinians before our powerful people take action.

At the same time, we have to face an increase in xenophobic moods in our area, as coronavirus is and will be another great topic and chance for populists. We must also fight fear, when people fear that greater material or financial assistance provided outside the Czech Republic could endanger their lives and those of their loved ones. Unselfish solidarity may be linked to the material "disadvantage" of the person who provides solidarity, but the moral overlap of such assistance completely outweighs it. In the face of this challenge, our resilience and determination will fill us with justified pride.

Indeed, we have shown that aid from the bottom is possible and effective already during the solidarity manifested during the (still present and growing) refugee crisis, when some parts of the state and its representatives were not very happy with this assistance. And if I should turn a little and comment briefly on the state while it is still here - it is the state that stands on us, our willingness to tolerate and listen to the powerful. It does not depend on Babiš, who assures us generously that he will not limit democracy. He is ridiculous in his stupidity when he thinks he will take the rest of our freedoms with a snap of his finger. It shows only the limited view of this "owner and manager of everything and everyone" on the desires of man, which can be summed up in the exclamation of freedom, equality, fraternity.

It is clear to me that immediate assistance is needed not only by the Palestinians but also by the refugees (including a genuine and swift solution to their faultless situation); With the example of the Palestinians, I just wanted to show that our society must persevere and, when it comes to solidarity, start increasingly aiming beyond the horizon, as it should be with solidarity. The company will then bear the slogan OUR WEAPON IS SOLIDARITY, and the powerful of this world may finally wonder what all free individuals can do when they join forces and reach out to action.

Related Links:
FNB Social Quarantine Continues to Help Most
Vulnerable Drapes Against Money Logic
Digital Infrastructure for Solidarity Action

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