|

‘Stop the Genocide!’ Venezuelan Social Movements Rally in Solidarity with Palestine

The march in Caracas' 23 de Enero neighborhood condemned the complicit role of the United States in the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza.
Venezuelans carrying a large Palestinian flag in Caracas's March 2 rally. (Photo: Venezuelanalysis)

Caracas, March 2, 2024 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan social movements united with millions worldwide to protest in solidarity with Palestine, calling for an immediate halt to the US-backed Israeli military operations in Gaza. 

The march began at El Panal Commune in Caracas’ 23 de Enero neighborhood, known for its rich history of revolutionary activism, ending with a concentration near the Mountain Barracks, President Hugo Chávez’s resting place and the outpost from where he led the 1992 uprising.

The demonstration was part of the Global Action Day for Palestine launched by a number of organizations, among them the International Peoples’ Assembly, Progressive International, ALBA Movimientos and La Via Campesina. 

Caracas’ action was organized by the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force and communards from El Panal Commune with the Solidarity Platform with the Palestinian Cause, while the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) and many other organizations joined the call.

In the rally, Hindu Anderi, a Lebanese-Venezuelan journalist and longstanding Palestinian solidarity activist, criticized multilateral organizations for their failure to halt the genocide in Gaza. She called to create new organizations that respond to people’s demands and address global injustices.

The activist went on to add that under international law Palestinians have the right to resist the colonizing entity by any means necessary and encouraged people across the world to stand with Palestine in order to fight against rising fascism.

“What the people of Palestine are doing is comparable to what the Soviet Union did during World War II. They are stopping the new fascist wave! Palestine is fighting for its independence from a colonial regime that oppresses it,” Anderi told the crowd.

For his part, the Palestinian ambassador in Venezuela, Fadi Alzaben, forcefully rejected Israel’s ongoing atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza and recalled that Israel’s settler-colonial project began more than 75 years ago.

In a heartfelt speech, Alzaben expressed gratitude to the Venezuelan people for their unwavering solidarity, steadfast mobilization and continued support in the struggle for Palestine’s liberation. “When I see your faces, I see hope,” he said.

The ambassador mourned the 30,000 people, almost half of them children, who have been killed by the Israeli military since October 7. “Not only that, people are being starved, women are going through C-sections without anesthesia, doctors are amputating people using nothing but apple vinegar.”

Jorge Quereguan, a member of the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, highlighted the connections between Zionism and imperialism, describing them as intertwined fascist branches with a shared agenda. The activist drew parallels between Israel’s settler colonialist project and the Spanish colonization of the Americas, noting their shared goal of eradicating indigenous populations.

Jorge Arreaza, Secretary General of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’s Trade Agreement for the People (ALBA-TCP), also addressed the solidarity action accompanied by Chávez’s daughters María Gabriela and Rosinés.

The former Venezuelan commune minister reminisced about Chávez’s legacy of support for Palestine and his leadership on world stages denouncing Israel’s US-backed occupation, massacres and apartheid regime against the Palestinian people.

In 2009, the former president broke diplomatic ties with Israel after a deadly assault on Gaza that left around 1,200 Palestinians dead and over 5,000 wounded.

President Nicolás Maduro has likewise expressed continuous support for Palestine’s liberation struggle and his government supported South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

The Venezuelan leader recently paid tribute to the sacrifice made by US airman Aaron Bushnell, who self-immolated outside the Israeli embassy in Washington in protest over Israel’s genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip.