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Date Mon, 27 Nov 2023 09:07:30 +0200

We watch with horror the ongoing massive bombardment of millions of people trapped in the Gaza Strip. ---- We consider it necessary to remind that their lives also matter. That we must not forget them. That they too are (equally) valuable human beings who must be defended when they are being killed. That genocide or ethnic cleansing are terrible crimes that cannot be justified by anything, not even the terrorist attacks of Hamas, just as they cannot be justified by the daily crimes of Israeli apartheid.
We continue to watch with greater dismay the distorted one-sided image presented by the media and personalities in Slovakia. The perspective they present borders on condoning the collective punishment of Palestinians, or even crosses that line. Our dismay increases our need to stand up for the Palestinians.
The dehumanization and demonization of Palestinian women that we are witnessing is impermissibly strikingly reminiscent of the language used by supporters of fascism to talk about their victims.
We also perceive the incomprehensible silence of a large part of the spectrum of society that describes itself as democratic. Faced with the cruelty of Israel's attacks on Gaza, these people were unable to take a clear rejection of the crimes committed by the Israeli government and army. They cannot even reject the dehumanization and demonization of the Palestinians, often based on hoaxes and xenophobic conspiracy theories, which are incompatible with the values of democracy and human rights. However, the silence, which acts as an unspoken approval of Israel's policy, is incompatible with these values.
We agree with the well-known saying that the world will not be destroyed by those who commit evil, but by those who watch it and do nothing. Let's stop watching and act!
We are fully aware of the interconnectedness of various forms of oppression and the need for a joint struggle of all oppressed groups. Therefore, with the same vigor with which we fight against racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsyism, queer negativism and other forms of superiority of one over the other and for the equality of all in Slovakia and beyond its borders, we also fight against the apartheid regime of Israel, whose genocidal features are taking on monstrous proportions these days .
We must use our privilege to stand up for those who are recognized, pushed aside, made invisible and whose voice is ignored. It is the people who are being hit by Israeli bombs in Gaza, as well as many of the survivors of Hamas attacks in Israel, who are calling for an end to the cycle of violence. Together with them, we insist that human life is as valuable and worthy of protection in Israel, Palestine as anywhere else in the world, regardless of national, ethnic or religious identity. Only de-escalation and an end to oppression such as military occupation and the apartheid regime can lead to security. Only equality can lead to security for all people who live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
"Never ever!" it must apply to everyone - including the people of Gaza.
We call a silent protest
on Thursday at 18:00 in front of the presidential palace on Hodzov Square,
not to join the hypocritical silence of selective humanists, but to hold up a mirror to them. Our silence is loud, critical, stirring. It points to the absurdity of tacit consent to the terrible crimes sanctioned by Western officials and its incompatibility with the declared values of democracy and human rights. Our silence is an indictment of indifference and a call for change.
In fact, even the hypocritical silence is not silent. It's deafening.

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