Human rights are human rights

“An Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, on Saturday. The strike on the high-rise came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the 12-story building, which also housed Al-Jazeera, other offices, and residential apartments. The strike brought down the entire structure, which collapsed in a gigantic cloud of dust. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.” – AP News, May 15th 2021

Over the past few weeks and even just today, we’ve witnessed violence against the Palestinian community as many Muslims observed the end of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. The use of military force is unconscionable. SFWPC cannot in good conscience advocate for women’s rights, racial equity, inclusion and accessibility in the bay area and stay silent when people are being displaced and murdered around the world. Human rights are human rights. That such a simple statement is considered politically fraught when applied to the Palestinian people is unacceptable. We continue to call for the dismantling of all forms of systematic oppression. We refuse to legitimize the silencing of marginalized communities and are alarmed by the lack of spoken outrage on this very matter. We absolutely demand that this violence ends. We are not free until we all are free.

Signed & In Solidarity,

The SFWPC Board

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